Why is the Beauty of Silence so Underrated?

Why is the Beauty of Silence so Underrated?

No matter the season, nature is always fascinating. Or so do I feel. Mountains or beaches, smooth hills or glaciers, desert or forests, I am wild about untamed landscapes.


Magic Algerian Desert


Maybe because I grew up in a small mountain village in Switzerland I could never got really used to the city life in Milan, even though I’ve been now living here for 30 years. It took me some time to fully understand why, then I got it. What I can hardly stand in a city is  the noise. This is probably one of the reasons why I could never really appreciate Asian capitals, while I enjoy Barcelona, Rome, London because they have pedestrian areas and promenades where I can enjoy a stroll in a relatively calm environment.

[pullquote]There are places and moments of such an absolute beauty that no words are needed.[/pullquote]

It is however when I am in the wild that I feel the full power and beauty of silence.

I like hearing at the sound of the wind, the lightly storming leafs, the birds’ songs, the rhythm of my breath. I want to catch all the things nature is telling me. I want to enjoy all the beauty surrounding me, keeping it stuck in my memory.

White pure beauty

White, pure beauty

It appears, nevertheless, that I belong to a minority. When I was in Algeria, camping in the desert, I had to face every morning a little group of travel companions talking loudly about shallow things while I was admiring, speechless, the raising sun coloring the dunes in pink.  Often, when I’m hiking in the mountains, I hear people talking between themselves at a very high volume and I just wonder… why?

There are places and moments of such an absolute beauty that no words are needed. These are the moments when I cherish silence at most, because I can concentrate on all my senses and let them go, freely, to be nurtured by the wonders surrounding me.

Maybe it’s just me, but I feel that silence enhances the experience. Words can be spoken…. Afterwards…


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  • [email protected]
    Posted at 00:40h, 25 September Reply

    I totally agree with you and find it ironic that a lot of beautiful nature pictures which are wonderful in their own right, then they are made into posters with quotes obscuring the photo.

    • Simon Falvo
      Posted at 13:11h, 26 September Reply

      Oh, it’s good to read that you share my views on awesome pictures ruined with quotes, often not even that relevant.

  • Doc Wends
    Posted at 10:21h, 02 August Reply

    I agree when you say that there are raw beauty that no words are needed and for someone who cames from a city who uses motorcycles as public transport, silence is indeed a luxury

    • Simon
      Posted at 12:53h, 05 August Reply

      Yes, I think more and more that silence is the ultimate luxury… 🙂

  • Lisa @chickybus
    Posted at 23:55h, 25 January Reply

    Lovely post. I, too, enjoy the beauty of nature and silence. While I enjoy cities for a few days, I think I’m happiest when I get out into the country or some sort of wilderness area or desert. It’s where I find real peace.

    • waitinginthedark
      Posted at 23:57h, 25 January Reply

      You would do a perfect travel companion to me, Lisa!

  • Nancy from Family on Bikes
    Posted at 07:27h, 22 October Reply

    Beautiful post! I think that is the reason I enjoy traveling on bike rather than other forms of transport – I can get out into the wild and experience the silence every day. It’s wonderful.

  • Jason
    Posted at 00:04h, 20 October Reply

    Very poetic, your writing really made me stop and think. Living in the city I rarely experience complete silence. When experiencing nature with others, we shouldn’t need to talk.

  • Boomergirl
    Posted at 14:42h, 19 October Reply

    Silence is truly golden especially when you don’t have it. I live downtown Toronto and wear ear plugs at night to sleep. Get me out in the Canadian wilds however and I sleep like a baby sans plugs. I think all earth’s creatures need quiet to truly R&R. I’ve even caught our little feline needing a bit of peace.. curled in a ball with her paws covering her ears.

  • flipnomad
    Posted at 06:24h, 10 October Reply

    beautifully written… and i agree with you… growing up in an asian capital city, i never had experience silence and calmness… there’s always something going on around me… it is thru my travel that i found the joys in just being still and silent and enjoying the moment… thanks for sharing your thoughts

  • Nomadic Samuel
    Posted at 05:52h, 10 October Reply

    It’s these moments where we get experience such rugged beauty that reminds me of why I enjoy travelling so much 🙂

  • Elise @ Positive World Travel
    Posted at 17:41h, 03 October Reply

    I love this post…and i completely agree with you. We were in the Amazon rainforest just the other night and hearing the sounds of the creatures was the best part for us….we didn’t need to sit around the fire and talk with everyone else….we just wanted to listen.

  • Abi
    Posted at 19:16h, 30 September Reply

    Words can be spoken…. Afterwards…

    Couldn’t agree more…Lovely.

  • Abby
    Posted at 03:08h, 29 September Reply

    I love mountains, but that first photo is peace in a picture. I love it.

  • Barbara Weibel
    Posted at 22:55h, 27 September Reply

    I suspect we would make very good traveling companions 🙂 Beauty always speaks louder than words. Appreciate your thoughts.

  • Spinster
    Posted at 09:55h, 27 September Reply

    Yep, sounds about right. Silence is absolutely golden.

    From a proud introvert.

  • RambleFeet
    Posted at 20:50h, 26 September Reply

    Thank you for writing this – I feel the same way. When I hike I like to do it as silently as I can – even internally I like to simply regard what I am viewing without remark.

    You write “Words can be spoken… Afterwards…”. That feels exactly right – thank you!

  • Ekua
    Posted at 01:18h, 26 September Reply

    Thanks for sharing these thoughts, I feel the same way. I love the energy of cities, but when I’m in nature, I want the opportunity to be fully immersed in it. I’ve been in similar situations where fellow travelers have drowned out beautiful natural sounds or moments with excessive talking or loud music. People could get so much more out of nature if they just let themselves experience it!

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