It’s not exactly adrenaline-junky stuff but the “slow boat” vacation is in fact the perfect way to relax while still going somewhere, even if the top speed is rather gentle. If you like the idyllic sound of splashing water and quiet moments there’s plenty of those. And it can be tailored to suit groups of any size from the solo traveler, to couples, families and even large groups. It also takes you places. The picturesque, quaint canals of Europe offer new perspectives to over-satiated locations while in Africa and Asia you can rub shoulders with local cultures that use the rivers as a form of transport where roads are either hideous or non-existent. Sit back and watch the ever-changing countryside slide by or utilize the many opportunities to go ashore and explore.