The band Disturbed in the last year or so did an amazing rendition of the song The Sound of Silence by Simon and Garfunkel. It is easily one of my favorites songs of all time and possibly one of the best covers I’ve ever heard of the song (dare I say better than the original?).
Want to listen? Seriously…I encourage you to. You won’t be disappointed.
But unlike the song, the sound of silence isn’t always a bad thing. Sometimes it’s exactly the thing you need to truly take in an experience. And sometimes, that’s exactly what you need when you’re traveling…silence.
That’s right…sometimes the most faithful travel companion is no sound at all.
Silence doesn’t have to always be related to depression, or because you are feeling down trodden…it can also be because you are simply wanting to ensure that your focus and attention is completely on the experience you are taking in.
Sometimes silence enhances an experience rather than takes away from it.
In my article Trippin’ Tunes I mentioned how music, food, and travel go together like three peas in a pod. And while that is very true, I know that sometimes I love to just let the window down, turn off the radio, and let the only sound be the wind rushing past as I drive the back roads.
This is especially true on a day when the temperature isn’t too cold, or too hot…but…as Goldilocks would say…just right!
So, the next time you are out looking for the next great escape and find yourself on the back roads, consider turning the radio off, rolling the window down, take a deep breath, and take it all in.
It may just be exactly what you need that day.