What is Slow Stays?
We don’t have to tell you there’s an overwhelming amount of information online. And with huge booking sites loaded with thousands of listings, it can be hard to stand out from the crowd.
So where do you go when you want to find a place where you can truly escape, slow down and rest easy knowing your accommodation choice isn’t harming the environment?
Slow Stays by Life Unhurried is the official edit of the world’s best slow and sustainable accommodation. The directory launched in August 2020 with a tight edit of Australian listings – properties from the coastline of Byron Bay to the vineyard-flanked farmlands of Denmark, WA.
Think of it as your Little Black Book; filled with the most unique and desirable stays, all vetted by editors, not algorithms. Rather than wasting hours of your life scrolling through Airbnb, Booking.com and Google search listings, Slow Stays is your go-to directory to find that off-the-grid shack, luxurious glamping spot, beautifully renovated farm stay, or architecturally-designed cabin of your dreams.
Slow Stays was born out of our desire to find the most unique accommodation options in some of the country’s most underrated destinations.
We distill down to find the best of the best, then we dig deeper to tell your story and create a connection with your ideal guests – conscious travellers who share the same world views. Travellers who appreciate beautiful style, but also want to know their stay will have as little impact on the planet as possible, and provide the deeper, true connection they’re craving.
Generic is death. Only you have what you can offer to the world and we want to put you in the spotlight.
Why list with Slow Stays?
We know how frustrating it can be to watch your profits disappear in booking fees and commissions. Slow Stays by Life Unhurried is designed to keep things simple. We take all the best parts of your offering and present them in the most appealing way to our online community, helping you to reach new potential guests and build your reputation as a trusted slow, sustainable accommodation offering.
It works in three easy steps:
- Fill in your application
- Submit it for review
- Start receiving leads
If you have a property you believe makes the ultimate Slow Stay – whether it’s a tiny home tucked away on a wildlife conservation property, a thoughtfully renovated beach shack, or a houseboat moored on the banks of a sleepy riverside town – we want to hear from you.
To be a Slow Stay, it must meet a range of criteria, including a percentage of the following:
- Off-grid (solar/water)
- Low impact (waste management, compost)
- Supports the local community
- Embraces green design
- Utilises reclaimed materials
- Secondhand decor
- Gives back
- Unique accommodation
- Remote/regional location
- A place where you can disconnect
- Focus on self-care
- Immersion in nature
- Owner operated
That’s me! I’m ready to apply.
Who is behind Slow Stays?
Established in 2018, Life Unhurried is part of the next generation of travel. Designed as a space to feature unique Slow Stays and inspiring conversations with those living a life unhurried, the platform shines the spotlight on people and experiences that align with the core values of being present, slowing down, treading lightly and living an authentic life.
We’re three friends bound by a passion for slow and sustainable travel and living – travel journalist and editor, Celeste Mitchell; travel videographer and photographer, Krista Eppelstun; and graphic and web designer, Katie Gannon.
Celeste has worked as an editor, journalist and columnist for 18 years, most recently as a travel writer for some of Australia’s most widely-read titles, including ESCAPE (News Corp), Australian and International Traveller, Jetstar magazine, Virgin Australia, QANTAS, Vacations & Travel, get lost and more. She also has a background in tourism PR and marketing, having worked with Tourism and Events Queensland for close to a decade, both as an in-house publicist and contracted writer and editor.
Krista is an in-demand travel photographer and videographer, usually on the road creating content for the likes of Tourism and Events Queensland, Tourism Australia, Outback Queensland Tourism, Brisbane Airport and more. She has long been a leader in the online space, launching and running Australia’s first online bodyboard store, one of the first womens’ e-commerce stores and online magazine, MyLookbook.
Katie has a strong background in sustainability having created and run her own successful indie fashion label, Mother Maria, before transitioning to graphic and web design, putting her stamp on work for clients such as City of Sydney (Sustainable Destinations Partnership, Cityswitch Green Office Program and more) and Tourism and Events Queensland.
There’s never been a more poignant time for the travel industry and its place in our environment than right now. We know that now more than ever, Australians are looking for unique places to stay in their own backyard but they want to ensure they’re treading lightly on the planet at the same time.
Major booking sites might be convenient but what we’ve found is travellers really want a trusted, curated collection of truly special places over an endless sea of choices.
Take the first step in becoming a Slow Stay now.
We’re happy to offer two easy options for Slow Stays membership.
$55 monthly* / $550 annual
You’ll not only receive a personally crafted listing in our directory, but become part of our wider editorial and marketing efforts throughout the year.
- Regular property highlight on the Slow Stays directory homepage
- Promotion in social media
- Guaranteed inclusion on the Life Unhurried blog
- Inclusion in monthly email newsletters (promoting available dates/deals/as part of round-ups etc)
- Inclusion in media pitches for potential mass-market editorial promotion (See our media page here)
- Traffic report sent monthly – how much traffic we are driving to your booking page and social media accounts so you can measure your ROI
- You choose where your booking link is directed (usually your website unless you exclusively operate through Airbnb).