This is the sixth part in our mini-series ‘What is Tranquilo?’ where we explain what it means to be Traveling Tranquilo. For more background info, check out our previous posts on ‘What is Tranquilo?
Before leaving on any trip – one of our favorite things to do is look up all the must-see’s. No matter the location – there’s always that one thing that everyone does. Going to Rome – visit the Colosseum. Visiting Peru – hike up to Machu Picchu. Headed to Spain – make sure to try the tapas.
Then, with your anticipated trip highlights in hand, you leave on your travel adventures. For example, let’s say you’re taking a trip to India, and decide to include a trip to the Taj Mahal. You endure the long flight to India, figure out logistics to get to the Taj Mahal, and then it’s finally time! Your excitement builds as you make your way there, and you catch your first glimpse – you can’t believe it. Being able to experience this sight (finally) in person, you revel in the moment. You experience a sense of marvel and awe. This is a big part of Traveling Tranquilo. Marveling in the moment. Full of amazement. Appreciating the present. All are ways to describe experiencing travel in a more meaningful way.
You don’t need to visit a Wonder of the World to experience this aspect of Traveling Tranquilo. In fact, we believe it’s more important to tap into this feeling in less significant situations. Because, each destination is unique, and each traveler is different. Each place has ‘top’ things to eat, see, learn, or experience. But, you might not be able to see all the must-see’s. And, each traveler has different interests. Some prefer art and architecture – others the outdoors and wildlife. So, it’s just as important to tap into a sense of marvel and awe when you are visiting the Taj Mahal, as when you are in the middle of a walking tour down the back streets of Medellin.
You can find wonder and awe all around you when traveling. Once you get into that mindset, its easy to experience and appreciate the feeling. Food, art, culture, history, architecture, nature – anything that interests you, anything that amazes you. Maybe you love food and planned a meal at a Michelin rated restaurant in Paris. Or ancient history is your thing and you go on a guided tour through Rome. Maybe nature and wildlife are what interest you and you go on a safari in Africa – the list is literally endless.
For me, one thing that always fascinates me are public transit systems when we travel. I know – major snooze fest – Christie always makes fun of me when I take pictures riding subways. But, tapping into a local experience by riding public transit brings out a feeling of wonder and amazement. It gives me a sense of what a city is really like for the people living there. And even on the other side of the world – people still deal with overcrowded subway cars. I have a collection of public transit themed photographs from all over the world if anyone is interested – anyone…?
The Budapest Subway - finished in 1896, making it 3rd oldest in the world - I couldn't help myself...
And on the other end of the spectrum was experiencing the Colosseum in Rome. Seeing one of the wonders of the world - I was in a state of utter amazement learning about the history, the architecture, and its significance. It’s almost 2,000 years old and could hold approx. 80,000 people?! I was so enamored by it all, specifically the stones used to build it, that an awkward picture of me embracing a column exists.
Finding a sense of wonder and awe while traveling is a big part of Traveling Tranquilo. Hopefully you can find it somewhere between public transit and a wonder of the world. But how you find it isn't important – what’s important is that you find it - and experience it. There is nothing better than traveling, stopping for a moment, and thinking ‘wow – that’s just amazing!’ By doing so, you tap into a moment of meaning, add to your experience, and are Traveling Tranquilo.
Yep - super awkward. But hey, I was loving it!
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