This is the second part in our mini-series ‘What is Tranquilo?’ where we try to explain what Tranquilo means to us, beyond its literal translation and definition. For additional background, check out our previous post ‘What is Tranquilo?’.
When you think back on and try to remember your past travels, there are so many competing memories vying for your attention, wanting to spring to life from the depths of your memory. So various are the past stories and experiences that come rushing forth when telling your best friend about this awesome trip you just got back from. Some of the most impactful memories that come to my mind have one thing in common: solitude.
The feeling of solitude is equal parts mental and physical, it being a state of mind that overtakes everything, encouraged to do so as a result of my surroundings. I don’t think I can have one without the other.
My day to day surroundings are a hectic mash up of work, exercise, trying my best to eat healthy, seeing friends, and keeping in touch with loved ones. Most of that time is spent sitting behind some sort of screen, with little change in the physical world around me. I do make an effort to alter my surroundings, trying to clear my mind through hikes, long runs, even morning meditation. But, it’s in no way the same feeling, the same solitude, that I experience while traveling. Because when you travel, you are in a completely different physical location. When everything around you is new, it’s easier to change your mindset. When nothing around you is familiar, you are nearly forced to disconnect from the ‘day to day’ and adopt a new perspective.
This mix up from accustomed daily confines to a place where everything is different, propels me into a state of mental clarity that I would equate to solitude. It’s the resulting detachment from daily life brought on by travel. Leaving only myself, my surroundings, and my thoughts. A place where I can see through the fog of my everyday stressors and obligations, bringing into focus important areas for reflection: relationships with loved ones, goals achieved, mistakes realized, decisions made, and future plans laid. The photos selected for this part in the series do evoke a certain sense of physical solidarity, and further, that is pretty much the actual definition. But it’s in no way a feeling of seclusion or loneliness, more an inner fullness brought on by reflection, bringing with it peace with oneself and the current moment. And that is part of our Tranquilo.
What is your Tranquilo?
Gazing into the waterfalls near Minca, Colombia
Watching the sunset over Prague, Czech Republic
Taking in the natural beauty of Patagonia near Bariloche, Argentina
Cruising rivers of the rainforest in Ecuador
Relaxing after a long hike in Colorado
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