ZAMEK Culture Centre

TRAVELLER’S GUIDE \ exhibition


Let us introduce you to the contemporary traveller’s handbook. In times of surfeit, with the planet changing at a dramatic pace, the paradoxical challenge does not consist in visiting remote places around the world but in confining oneself to the basics, and looking for what is simpler, closer, and less energy-consuming. A traveller aware of that can boast that this summer... they will not go anywhere by plane, and yet manage to have wonderful holidays! How does one do it, what one needs to take, what means to use and which things to buy—join us and find out with the help of the Traveller’s Guide. As for compelling holiday activities, there are plenty in store with the Castle Travel Agency.


Texts:

Klaudia Lewczuk ─ activist, ecologist, animator. Co-founder of one of Poznań’s first social gardens, Kolektyw Kąpielisko, and Po-Dzielnia, the very first freeshop in the city. Together with ZaZieleń coalition, Lewczuk campaigns for active protection of parks and green areas, as well as conservation of biodiversity in the urban landscape.


Drawings:
Franciszka Kujawska
─ illustrator, graduated in graphic arts from the University of Arts in Poznań. Creates hand-made illustrations featuring maximum detail. Author of the periodical  Czas Postępu, published by the Ostrøv collective.


The most fashionable destinations

Overseas holidays and exotic sunny countries are already passé. Holidaying in 2019 is all about the discovery of what is apparently not at all remote. Bit of sailing on the lakes of Masuria,  or a stay at an agrotouristic farm with the children? This season, microexcursions are the done thing. If you still haven’t planned anything for the two weeks off work, you don’t have to give up on your holidays yet!
With the overwhelming consumerist drive, it is time to focus on resting and getting to know yourself. Morning yoga in the Greater Polish National Park or a mindfulness course will give you and your work-strained mind more peace than a plane flight.  


How to get there?

Do you know that Swedes now use the word  flygskam, which means “flight shame”? In view of the tremendous CO2 emissions from aircraft, many travellers opt for the slower but decidedly more ecological train, for instance. If you travel with children, remember that trains always have special compartments for children and their carers, where you can book places when purchasing the tickets. Also, you can take bicycles with you.  Once on a bike, you’ll not only be closer to the wonderful nature, but also have the opportunity to do some active meditation as well.


Stay away from those places!

Dreaming of travelling across India? You’d better get hold of a smog mask first! Delhi for instance has the world’s highest levels of dangerous pollution. Tourist industry cares nothing about nature; the facilities are built for comfortable leisure but interfere with the environment the most and tend to be extremely crowded. If you really wish to rest and commune with exotic nature, make informed choices and, like popular Instagrammers, pick up trash during your walks. Do the pleasant and the right thing at once, and post pictures of waste collected in the forest or on a beach, with the hashtag #trashchallenge or #trashtag.


Top activities

Remember, less is more. Perhaps the simplest activities can give you peace of mind and calm your nerves after an exhausting year spent working.  Does your corporate dress code require you to wear heels all day? Maybe you spend long hours behind the wheel to meet clients and do new business? Then find time during your holidays to walk barefoot on the grass. This greatly improves blood circulation and reconnects you with nature. Take a walk with your family in the nearest forest, pick blueberries, listen to the birdsong, do some river kayaking or look up and admire the sky. You’ll see how much escapes your attention as you rush through the day.


How to pack? The must-haves in your luggage

Stay hydrated, that’s the main thing! When travelling by train, coach, or bike, be sure to take a reusable bottle. Perhaps one from the huge range of aluminium ones—they’re light and handy.  Lemonade with a mint leaf thrown in looks great in a transparent bottle. Remember that we need to drink around 2 litres of water a day, and even more when it’s hot outside. That amounts a daily expenditure of around PLN six, if you buy bottled water. Still, if you go for tap water, which in most cities can be drunk without any concerns, your daily budget for potable water will not exceed 0.1 zloty.
Carry your own cutlery in your travel bag. It weighs little, and there’ll be no need to generate more waste in the shape of disposable forks and spoons, whose recycling is virtually impossible. Before departure, you may also get hold of a reusable straw made of metal, to make your evening long drink even more special.


Currency

With the microtravels, the problem solves itself, because you don’t need money apart from small change for the train ticket, while water and victuals is something you take with you. One the other hand, if you’re far away from home and it becomes necessary to do some shopping, think what you really need, and then buy it from the local suppliers—as local as it gets. While traveling, do try to take a break from shopping; it’s yet another activity you can have a holiday from!


Shopping!

As Poland is wide, each tourist destination offers the same souvenirs: plastic odds and ends produced in faraway Asia, whose carbon footprint increases with your purchase. More often than not, an object which is supposed to remind us of a place does not originate from it, and will only gather dust on a shelf or fridge in any case. Perhaps taking pictures and notes of memorable moments instead are a better idea? When you come back from holiday, invite your friends and tell them what you’ve experienced, only to enjoy some more good time together!


What to eat?

If the snacks prepared at home are now a distant memory, and your body demands culinary elations, treat yourself by trying new tastes and dishes! Browsing through the menu, ask the staff about vegetarian or vegan courses.  Meat has long since become unfashionable, while being aware of the environmental impact of the industry, it is worthwhile to stay off the meat grid. This doesn’t mean you have to go straight to eating grass, as vegan diet can be astonishingly diverse and colourful. Give it a try, and you won’t regret it.

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