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July 24, 2013

Discuss: Do You Ever Return to a Destination?

The Eiffel Tower in Paris. Travel Discussion: Do you ever return to a destination?

There are a ton of fantastic destinations all over the world, and you could easily spend your life exploring just one continent and still not see everything there is to see. However, most travelers like a bit of variety and try to see as many different places as they can.

So, my what I want to know is, do you ever return to a destination?

There are definitely places that I want to visit again, either because I feel like I didn’t get a chance to explore as much as I wanted to or because it’s somewhere I want my wife to experience.

In the past, I returned to several destinations in Europe because, having only visited them as part of a tour, I felt like I hadn’t had the chance to properly explore the cities and find out more about them.

What’s most interesting to me is how visiting somewhere a second time can change your perspective on it; sometimes, it makes you like the place less, but sometimes, somewhere you didn’t like on your first visit is much better the second time around. For me, that was Paris. I visited the City of Lights for the first time when I was in high school and didn’t like it at all. However, when I returned in 2006, I found it to be at least interesting, even if I still didn’t fall in love with the city.

I’m also itching to return to Mexico at some point. I spent three weeks there while I was in college (it’s where I caught the travel bug), and I really want to show this beautiful country to my wife.

So, what about you? Have you or would you visit somewhere a second time? Have you ever visited somewhere again and had your visit change your perception of the destination?

Let me know in the comments section below.


  1. Although we love discovering new places, we have several favourite destinations that we enjoy returning to (Las Vegas, Phoenix). Why? Our repeat places are usually cheap, quick trips making it easy for a getaway. And obviously, there is so much to see and do it’s impossible to check off our whole list the first time.

    • Cost and ease is definitely a good reason to return somewhere. I’ve gone to Atlantic City, NJ several times in the last year for that very reason. Thanks for the comment.

  2. I like going back to the “old” destinations because I may see, experience, find something I missed during my first visit. Also its nice to see the changes, if any.

  3. Wally

    My wife and I are returning this fall to Ireland and can’t wait. Also, I will be returning to Scotland for a second time on the same trip. In the past multiple trips to places like China, Russia, Bulgaria, Albania , Greece, Canada and others were always interesting because I saw both the same things and added many different things I had missed before. I always get a broader and more lasting impression of a place when I return to it and can focus on both the familiar and the different aspects of the place I am visiting. In the U.S. there are many places I have visited multiple times, but my favorites are San Francisco, New York, Williamsburg, VA, and Lancaster County, PA. In fact, we visited Lancaster County so much, we decided to move here three years ago.

  4. My husband and I traveled extensively both together and before we met. As you’ve said, going back to experience a place with your significant other is a good reason. Also recently we traveled to 10 countries with our 2 kids. While most of the places we went to was for the first time for all of us, we did return to a few favourites such as Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok and Chiang Mai. Yet traveling with kids gave us a totally different perspective on the place than when we were kidless. This time around we saw the playgrounds, amusement parks, zoos and play-areas where the locals and expats also tend to go. So as a result we also get a richer more in-depth look into the culture of the place versus running around from attraction to attraction. It certainly wasn’t the same experience!

  5. Amb

    I often return to destinations that I love, but there are places I will never return to. I will never go back to Venice – I loved Venice, when I was younger and had not traveled at all. I have fond memories. I am afraid that if I return now, a little jaded and a lot older, I will see the touristy side of the city for what it is and it will ruin my great memories, from when I was an innocent and easily impressed novice traveler.

    • Venice is one of the destinations I returned to, and I actually enjoyed it more the second time around. But then again, the first time I was on a tour with my family and only saw the touristy parts. When I returned, I got a chance to meander down the backstreets. Made for a much better visit.

  6. Absolutely. Have visited a number of destinations multiple times.

    For one thing, the destinations themselves change. A city you visited 10 or 20 years ago will not be the same when you return.

    Also, your experience can change vastly depending on who you go with and what you do.

    Funnily enough I really didn’t like Bangkok on my first visit and now it’s one of my favorite cities in the world.

  7. Sometimes, though not as often to some as I would like. I’ve been to Costa Rica a number if times because its close and at the time not overdeveloped and London due to business. Floranopolis, Brazil is high on my list to return as is Israel. Thing is there are so many places I still new to see for the first time…

  8. Interesting comments. I first visited Paris when I was 14 and vowed I would work there one day which I did. I’ve been back for work and leisure since then and am always impressed. Not sure I could say the same for many other destinations.

  9. I am returning to Thailand in 3 days! I love the people, the atmosphere and the adventure. Some places you go to see the sites, others you go to because you like the lifestyle there. Thailand is always interesting and it’s also very cost effective (minus the plane ticket there).

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