Sweeter The Second Time: Why You Should Revisit Places You’ve Traveled To

If you’re like me, you probably have a never-ending list of dream destinations that you’ve been trying to check off. Still, I somehow find myself going on return trips to places I’ve visited in the past. You might ask, “With the limited amount of time and money you have, why go on a trip to somewhere you’ve already been?” Here I’ll list some benefits of making a repeat trip.

  • Covering Ground

You’re very lucky if you get a week or more to enjoy a single place; but for me, I usually only have a couple days at most. This often means I have to sacrifice some things that I want to see or do and narrow my list down to the essentials. Having the opportunity to come back means that I can skip over what I’ve seen before and hit up the places I missed out on the last time. On a similar note, if you’ve already seen the usual tourist spots then the next trip can be more about going off the beaten track and gaining more local knowledge.

  • More Time to Relax

When I visit a place for the first time, you can usually find me on a mad race to cram as much as I can into each day. On a repeat trip, I no longer have that FOMO and can take more time to enjoy just being in the place rather than checking off a to-do list. There’s also the assurance of familiarity. Since I’ve been to this place before I may have less stress with the logistical part of the trip: how to get around, where to stay, etc. I spend less time worrying and more time having fun.

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  • Time Makes All the Difference

Often, years will have passed before you have the opportunity to return to the same place. Not only will the destination have changed, but you as a person will have as well. The first two times I visited Paris were on family trips when I was 14- and 18-years old. This year I came back and took my boyfriend on his first time to Paris. Visiting at different stages of my life brought different experiences each time as my perspective, financial situation, and the people I traveled with changed.

  • Having Your Heart Stolen

Some places just make me fall in love with them the more I visit. During my time studying in Norwich, I made the trip down to London five times. With each visit, I grew more confident and comfortable being there until it felt as familiar as home; like it was another belonging place for me. Developing emotional ties to different places around the world makes me feel connected to a greater community.

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It’s a toss-up for me: to go somewhere new or somewhere familiar. Sure, it’s satisfying to knock another destination off your bucket list, but it can feel equally as good to really root into a place. I have had wonderful experiences doing both. What are some of the places that have made you want to return?

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Margarita De Guzman

Margarita is a 21 year old English Literature and Creative Writing student at the University of British Columbia in beautiful Vancouver. She has just finished a semester abroad at the University of East Anglia and in the span of 5 months, has seen Her Majesty the Queen twice. Other than trotting around the globe she can be found singing (most likely with her a cappella group), playing on the uke and guitar, trying to up her photography game, or just relaxing with a good cuppa. Peep her adventures on instagram, @ritaroundtheworld.

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