A lot can be said for exploring new places. But sometimes you want to go back to a place that you’ve been to before. Revisiting your travels is good for you for so many reasons and it’s something that we’ve started doing more and more. If you know you love a place, and you had a lot of fun the last time, why not go there again, right? That’s not to say you shouldn’t “branch out” and have completely new experiences, but even revisiting your travels will provide entirely new memories.
There are many reasons to go back to the places you love, including cultural immersion and emotional attachment. But there’s also the food and perhaps a new city to learn about. Our goal as travelers shouldn’t be about putting as many pins into a wall map as possible. It’s about gaining a broader understanding and appreciation for the world. And sometimes that means revisiting a place multiple times. Each time you visit it leaves a lasting impression within you, and hopefully you bring something to give in return like conscientiousness, compassion, and open-mindedness.
I wanted to write this post because we just booked a trip to one of our favorite places – Paris! This will be our third time in the City of Light and I can’t wait to go back for all the reasons I have here.
5 Reasons Why Revisiting Your Travels is Good For You
Go Where You Love
You’ll automatically be more receptive to enjoying yourself if your travels include a place you know you love. It can be one of the grandest cities in Europe to one of the smallest towns in South America. It doesn’t matter. The point is, you found something there that made you want to come back. It could be a feeling the place invoked in you or a welcoming interaction with locals you remember. We go where we love because we know we love it. It’s that simple.
Visit a New City
We have been to several countries more than once and the best part each time is finding a new city to explore. When you revisit a country, you’re already a little familiar with laws and customs (maybe even languages) and so getting out of your comfort zone of let’s say, Paris, and heading into a tiny French village where you’re completely immersed, doesn’t seem so scary. I know we will plan a day trip from Paris again this year. We are currently looking at Le Mans!
Revisiting New Foods at Home
One of our favorite things to do after returning from our trips is to try and replicate a dish from our travels at home. My husband loves to cook. It’s one of the things I love most about him. He will go all out trying to recreate something we had in another country. The best part is having all those memories rush back to you on that first bite. We haven’t yet tried to master the French talent for Pain au Chocolat (chocolate croissants) because let’s face it, they just taste so much better in France.
Revisiting your travels is good for you because it allows you to feel a level of comfortability that you probably didn’t have the first time you were there. You know your way around a little better and can even avoid some of the major tourist areas or attractions. I always advise other travels to try and “live like a local” while you’re there. Go to the farmer’s market, prepare a meal in your apartment, or spend the day having a lazy picnic. None of that involves long museum lines and trying to get just the right photo (unless you’re Instagramming your morning coffee, which you know I totally do).
This goes a bit hand-in-hand with “go where you love.” Why do we fall in love with the places we’ve been? Because we become emotionally attached for one reason or another. Maybe it was that amazing dinner you had or it was the way the sun set over the mountains. Maybe you actually fell in love there. Or maybe it was a rainy evening spent listening to a favorite playlist while preparing some simple French foods as a Parisian breeze blew through the open terrace doors. In case you hadn’t guessed, that was a really specific and personal example of why I love Paris so much. 😉
Where is a place you would like to revisit? What are some of your reasons why revisiting your travels is good for you?
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