What is Tranquilo? Part 3: Friends + Family = Framily

November 03, 2017

What is Tranquilo? Part 3: Friends + Family = Framily

This is the third 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?’.

Framily: when friends are considered family. I feel so fortunate to have a close-knit group of friends that I would consider as close as family. We do our best to keep in touch over time and distance, celebrate life’s big events with each other, and often times spend entirely too much time together. These relationships have developed over time, and we are now even planning trips together.

Traveling with friends isn’t for everyone, or every friendship. Being in unfamiliar situations and surroundings shows a side of people you don’t normally get to see hanging out over a couple beers on a Saturday. Nor do the friends you travel with have to be from back home, from your daily life. Some people meet lifelong friends during their travels. But, when you find those people you are travel compatible with, it takes that experience to a special place.

Whenever you go on a trip, you create lasting memories, capture your experience as best you can with endless pictures, all of which you are dying to share with those closest to you when you return. But, no matter how interested the friend nor how detailed the explanation, the closest you can get to relaying your experience to loved ones is a mutual meeting of minds. And what this lacks is the indescribable, the more nebulous parts of an experience; that feeling in your heart and soul you have while actually living that experience. How do you best describe the tucked away bakery that made the best empanada of your life to someone? How can you make another person understand the sense of freedom from riding scooters around Vietnam? How can someone grasp how you felt after a long day of snorkeling with sea turtles?

But when you travel with friends, there is no understanding gap to bridge. When your friends are there with you, you can look around, recognizing that everyone else knows and understands exactly what you feel at that very moment without needing to say a thing. Everyone gets the privilege to share in those special moments together, which are so abundant when on an adventure. These shared moments are important because, I believe the duration of life can be viewed as a collection of moments. In my life, two of the things I find most important are travel and loved ones, and when these two intersect in one of life's moments; it's pure bliss.  The moment so incredible, it burns a lasting image in the mental rewind of life.  And sometimes you just need someone to be on bottom in your human pyramid in front of the Eiffel tower. That is part of my Tranquilo.

What is your Tranquilo?

Human pyramid in front of the Eiffel Tower

Making a human pyramid in front of the Eiffel Tower

Eating the best empanadas in all of South America, found in Valparaiso, Chile

Eating the best empanadas in all of South America, found in Valparaiso, Chile

Hammock naps in the Galapagos Islands

Hammock naps in the Galapagos Islands

Panorama Point Trail in Corwina Park, Colorado

Panorama Point Trail in Corwina Park, Colorado

Scootin' around Vietnam

Riding scooters around Vietnam

Heading back to the boat after a long day of exploring the Galapagos Islands

Heading back to the boat after a long day of exploring the Galapagos Islands





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