I listened recently to a podcast interview (shocking, me listening to a podcast!) with Trevor Cox about choosing a destination for a specific reason. It’s not budget. It’s not stunning beauty. It’s not even status or tasty food. What draws you to the places he mentioned? It’s sound.
Have you ever gone to a place because of natural or man-made acoustics? I thought I never did, however, I actually do this on trips quite frequently. Anytime I go to the beach, it’s sound driven. The noise and presence of the water, especially salt water, relaxes me and makes me happy. It’s a simple way to be centered and to be in the moment and it sounds great.
Mr Cox started a website to map acoustic phenomena. After spending some time surfing around his website, it did make me curious to consider traveling with a new perspective. I may choose now to explore certain places because of how they might sound. It’s rewarding to discover things. Once you return home and you’re unpacking after a trip, no matter how much you spent, ate, or traveled, it’s all about the experiences anyway.
Where do you like to go on trips? Do you focus on itinerary or spontaneity? What makes a good holiday? Tell me about it.
Bonus for your ears: check out the Reasonably Sound episode, “Peace and White Noise” for some thoughts about the sounds of the beach at a place I visited: Cape Cod.