Here at Black Tomato we've coined the phrase 'slowtopia travel' for the trips that remove you far from the immediacy of the modern world. We like to travel slowly because it means we're not in a rush or facing any kind of deadline; we're wandering through unknown places at a slow enough pace to catch sight of incredible new things as we go. And, simply to experience the joy that the freedom of traveling brings.
Here are our favorite classic journeys of all time. Each one is a testament to human curiosity.
Inspired? To re-create these classic journeys, or design a bespoke journey of your very own get in touch with us for a chat.
In 1997 Fran Sandham decided to walk solo from West to East Africa, leaving his London flat with just a backpack full of clothes and a one-way ticket in his hand. Putting his best foot forward, Sandham negotiated the dunes of Namibia's arid Skeleton Coast, declining modern transportation for the most inherent form of transportation (feet), arriving one year (and 3,000 miles) later on the beaches of Tanzania's Indian Ocean coast. Inspired by Sandham's wholehearted approach to packing light, we created a trip to take you as close as possible to this continent's deep red earth; crafting our very own walking safari through Zambia's grassy plains.
In 1930, General Manager of Dunhill's Parisian Store departed from the urbane Rue de la Paix for the Far East to discover then unknown Asian traditions in luxury apparel. Traveling over ground via Moscow and the steppes of Mongolia, Court arrived in the ornate city of Kyoto, Japan; recording each panoramic leg of his legendary journey in a leather bound journal like a true explorer. Recreate this epic adventure in its entirety, or experience life as he knew it at one of his stopovers, with Black Tomato's exclusive Dunhill discoveries.
The year was 1919 and the Australian Commission had challenged brave aviators of Australia to a race that would see them fly from the UK to Australia in under 30 days. A few mad-cap adventurers entered and, amazingly enough, 135 hours of flying time (& many stops) later, the triumphant Smith brothers and their two mechanics (with their vickers vimy plane) to claim victory.
In 1809, Lord Byron's desire to disentangle himself from the shackles of London society prompted him to flee England's shores for Spain, from where he boldly traveled to the unknown turf of Albania, Greece and Turkey. Byron was so enamored by Eastern Europe's liberalism that he renounced his nationality altogether to join the Greek Movement for Independence. Phew. We set out to discover the corners of Turkey untouched since Byron's day, see what we discovered here.
Byron's Romanticism and less intellectually propelled lust might arguably form some of our greatest incentives to travel. In 1890, pursuing the latter, the athletic Anglo-French writer, Hilaire Belloc, strode through the Midwest of the United States to the home of his future wife, Elodie, in northern California; surviving on the kindness of the strangers of these remote farmlands and the unflinching desire to be reunited with his love.
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