Why is it so challenging to answer this question, especially when it comes to travel? Adventure is undeniably exciting, but there’s also comfort in the familiar, in nostalgia, and knowing what to expect. When it comes to travel, it can be difficult to justify returning to the same destination, let alone multiple times. After all, we all have limited resources – time and money – so how do we rationalize revisiting a place?
Lately, I’ve noticed this topic gaining traction, and it got me pondering about the cities I’ve revisited. Whether it’s been just once, like Istanbul or London, or repeatedly, like Paris, Bangkok, or New York, I realized that some of my most cherished city trips have been return visits. Don’t get me wrong – I absolutely adore discovering new places. But often, the second time around is more relaxed, spontaneous, and enjoyable. Besides, who said you need to change your destination to experience something new? Returning to a place allows you to dig deeper and uncover another layer of the location. Here are my top five reasons why you should never say no to a revisit.
#1 – Famous Sights Already Knocked Off The List
Most iconic landmarks and attractions are popular for a good reason. You wouldn’t visit Cairo without seeing the Pyramids or go to Paris and skip the Louvre and Eiffel Tower. However, on a first-time visit, the focus is often on ticking off these must-see sights, which can come with long queues and wait times. That’s where revisiting becomes appealing – you’ve already experienced the major highlights, giving you the freedom to explore the off-the-beaten-path aspects of a city. Plus, there’s no guilt in dedicating an entire trip to indulging in local cuisine, sipping drinks at hidden bars, or shopping, knowing that you’ve already checked off the major attractions.
#2 – You Know The Lay Of The Land with a Revisit
I’ll be honest, I’ve always had a slight struggle with directions. Whenever I arrive in a new city, there’s a phase of confusion as I figure out the airport transfers, navigate public transportation, and get acquainted with the streets. However, when you return to a place for the second time, it’s like visiting an old friend. You already know how to purchase a metro ticket, the bus and boat schedules, and you don’t need to constantly refer to a map to find your way around. You’re also aware of hidden gems, such as that cozy bar tucked away in a quiet alley or the local bakery serving the best croissants. Of course, you won’t want to visit all the exact same places, but having that local knowledge gives you a sense of ease and confidence.
#3 – A Revisit Can Provide You With Local Insight
This applies especially in the era of social media and blogging. Once you write about a destination, you start receiving recommendations from locals about hidden gems and lesser-known attractions that you might have missed during your first visit. People love reading about their hometowns and sharing their favorite spots. On your next visit, you can take these insider tips and recommendations and truly make the most of them. Going back to a place allows you to put all these newfound insights to good use, enhancing your overall experience.
#4 – Experience A Different Time Of Year
The same city can feel like an entirely different place with a change of seasons. I’ve witnessed the influx of yachts and enjoyed fishing along the Croatian Coast in July, and then experienced the enchantment of the Advent Christmas Celebration and indulged in mulled wine in December. Two distinct experiences in the same location. Different seasons highlight different aspects and areas of a place. Even a change in weather can bring about new perspectives. Sunny days may be perfect for exploring parks and beaches, while rainy days create an opportunity for museum visits and leisurely lunches. Many cities undergo transformations during special festivals or national holidays, offering unique experiences throughout the year.
#5 – A Second Chance
The cities I return to have undoubtedly captivated me during my initial visit; otherwise, I wouldn’t be revisiting them unless it’s a layover destination. However, a second visit is always a double-edged sword. It may reinforce your initial impressions and love for a place, or unfortunately, it can tarnish them. Unfavorable weather, poor choices, or just plain bad luck can turn you against a destination. But perhaps it deserves a second chance? Sometimes, giving a place another opportunity can unveil hidden charm and rekindle your fondness for it.
So, the next time you find yourself pondering whether to revisit a city or seek out new horizons, consider these compelling reasons to rediscover or explore something new. Curiosity knows no bounds, and the world is full of wonders waiting to be explored, whether it’s for the first time or the tenth.