Why You Should Visit A Destination More Than Once

visit a destination more than once

If you’ve kept up with my travels in any way, you may have noticed a pattern. While I visited many different destinations during my year living abroad, there are several cities I’ve frequented more religiously over the years. It’s tempting, for sure, to visit new places. There’s SO much I want to see. Yet, inevitably, I find myself repeatedly booking flights to cities I’m already quite familiar with. ย Especially in Italy. Especially Rome, where I’ve now been a whopping FOUR times. But also including cities such as London, Paris, Granada, Madrid. It’s not always an easy decision to make, but I do believe you should visit a destination more than once at some point.

Why You Should Visit a Destination More Than Once

1. Share it with loved ones

This is a big one for me, and the reason for much of my repeat travel. When I find a destination I fall in love with, I want all my loved ones to experience it as well. I feel a sense of personal responsibility, needing for them not to miss out on these incredible places. Now, I’m slowly learning this is not always the best reason to repeat a destination. If you really love a place, you may be disappointed to find it doesn’t strike as strong a chord with your favorite people! Take those close to you to your beloved destinations at your own risk, and know it’s also okay to keep some of those places for yourself. Everyone’s tastes are different. What I will say, though, is when your special people “get” your special place the repeat trip is well worth it.

visit a destination more than once
Colosseum Roma
visit a destination more than once
Colosseum Roma

2. Ignite that familiar feeling

In the midst of traveling to new and exciting places, it is perfectly okay to rely on the familiar from time to time. For me, nostalgia is a beautiful feeling made even more perfect once satiated. I often stroll the streets of Rome in my mind, replaying fond memories from each of my trips there, reimagining my favorite meals. Stepping out of the Termini station into bustling yet historic Rome feels like coming home, in a sense, each time.

Having lived in Madrid for a year, I often ache for that life. I miss the street I lived on, the routines I held. Sometimes, you want to eat the food you know will be good and visit the places you know will boost your happy. It’s truly satisfying to slip back into those close comforts and know that I am leaving familiar touch points for myself throughout the world.

visit a destination more than once
Roma
visit a destination more than once
Templo de Debod
visit a destination more than once
Plaza de Cibeles

3. See more of what you love

Visiting the same destination more than once gives you the opportunity to expand your itinerary! If you’re like me, you’re spending only a few days in each city you visit. But even when I’ve spent longer periods of time in one place, I’ve left feeling there is so much more to see and do. Challenge yourself to try at least one new restaurant, attraction or activity each time you visit the same destination. For me, this meant signing up for a cooking class in Rome and a food tour in Madrid (more on both to come!).

 

visit a destination more than once
Crystal Palace Madrid
visit a destination more than once
Retiro Park Madrid

4. See it through new eyes

As familiar as a place may seem, it has likely evolved over time. On my most recent trip back to Madrid, I visited my old neighborhood. I was surprised to find what was once my grocery store had been turned into some sort of Home Depot-esque flower store, my favorite boutique shut down and my favorite frozen yogurt place no more — all this within a span of four blocks! What’s even more likely, is that you have changed over time. You’ve grown, you’ve expanded your mindset through new experiences, you see the world slightly or very differently from before. This sets you up to draw new insights from tried and true destinations.

Earlier this year, I returned to Houston for the first time since I left. When I first moved there, I was straight out of college. I was heartbroken, overworked, unhealthy, careless. Even still, I had fond memories of the city, thanks to the friendships I built while I lived there (and the food, the amazing food!). But the sense of clarity and relief that flooded me when I returned, older and more grounded, gave me new ways to frame the part this city played in shaping me.

visit a destination more than once
Tolerance Statues Houston
visit a destination more than once
Houston

Of course, there’s definitely something to be said for visiting new destinations. After all, how would we discover the places we love best without trying them on for size? Personally, I have a large list of countries and cities I would love to visit for the very first time. Until then, I will continue to nurture my love of the places I’ve seen so far.

How about you? Do you agree you should visit a destination more than once, or is that something you actively try to avoid?

Why You Should Visit a Destination More Than Once
Why You Should Visit a Destination More Than Once

29 thoughts on “Why You Should Visit A Destination More Than Once

  1. I haven’t revisited a destination…yet. But I’ve fallen in love with Rome and I can’t wait to take my friends, family, and especially my kids. There’s so much more that I can explore there and so much that I want to see again.

    1. I absolutely love Rome, but I definitely found myself revisiting the same places — it’s easy to do because there’s so much to do when you travel with first-timers. Be sure to make an effort to add something new to you to the itinerary!

  2. I want to go back to pretty much every place I’ve ever been! No matter how long we stay I always feel like there’s so much more to do. Plus we’re fast travelers so we never really stay long enough.

  3. Totally agree with what you say and must say that seeing it through new eyes is what I can relate to the most. When you see other places in between the 2 times to you, you learn to appreciate different things and it makes your experience different time the 2nd time you go!

  4. I can relate to everything on this article ! And I totally agree with you. It so pleasant to come back and show somewhere you really like to friends/family!
    Or just the feeling of being familiar and seeing thing again from a new point of view ๐Ÿ˜€

  5. I totally agree! I am always torn between going to new places or going back to a city that I loved. Some of my favorite cities are always worth going back to again and again for the reasons you mentioned here – and that’s what makes them such special places!

  6. great post. Since there is SO much to see I have this voice in my head telling my to go somewhere new every weekend! You’re so right though. I love sharing my favorite finds with loved ones, making new memories while still experiencing the nostalgic feeling.

  7. I love revisiting places. You definitely can not see everything the first time. We went to places when my kids were younger and it is fun to go there again now that they are older.

  8. This is such a great post because I think we are often on “speed travel” mode to tick off as many places as we with a bucket list mentality and it’s great to be reminded of these things. Particularly #4 – See it through new eyes. It is so true, especially when we visit somewhere in one phase of life and then return years later, it really is an entirely new experience (especially if the destination has changed tons).

  9. I love rome and also one of my best cities in Europe! but unfortunately I haven’t revisited it yet! I gotta do it soon! Thanks for sharing and inspiring me to revisit a place! Cheers!

  10. Here here! Once I fall in love with a location, I just want to be there. I understand wanting to see a lot but I hate passing up somewhere I know I enjoy. I often feel like an outsider with that view so cheers to you! ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. We love re-visiting places – it’s good to keep in mind that nothing stays constant. There’s always so much change, and new things to see, new restaurants to try out, that it makes the re-visit a new experience!

  12. I think these are all great reasons to return to a destination! I definitely have places I’d like to share with my future husband/family ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. I think I do a mixture too – but with long haul destinations I do try and keep visiting new places! I definitely find a personal responsibility too to show others why I loved a particular place!

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