Ready, Set, Travel…Repeat?
It’s a big, big world out there. With so many destinations available, it’s often hard to justify visiting the same place twice. After all, you’ve already been there right? Wouldn’t it be worth putting your money towards a new destination? After much soul searching I’ve found that the answer is both Yes – and No.
So Apparently I’m Stubborn…But That’s Nothing New…
If you’re anything like me, you’ve vowed to “Never visit the same place twice” – willingly that is. I have a strict rule for vacations: until I’ve been EVERYWHERE, I won’t do any duplicate trips. This is often to the chagrin of Chris who would like nothing better than to keep visiting New Orleans, Las Vegas or Jamaica for the rest of our lives. I like to make the argument that if I hadn’t pushed us out of our comfort zones in the first place, we would have never found those awesome destinations.
Maybe That Makes Me A Bit of a Travel Snob
(But only just a bit)
I think the reason that I’m so selective about my destinations is simply because I think you have to be – it’s my travel philosophy. If I was able to travel from now until the end of time I don’t think I’d see all the places on my bucket list or be able to curb my insatiable wanderlust. We all agree, money and time are often the two most limiting factors for any trip or vacation. And since for me neither of those things is unlimited, I’ve always thought that you need to carefully choose what ventures to invest in and where to travel.
Destination Déjà vu
And here comes the ‘but’ part of it all.
Recently I went along with some friends on a stopover at the Grand Canyon. They had always been meaning to go, and it was along our route to another one of my crazy excursion ideas. I have already been to the Grand Canyon, but I honestly didn’t mind breaking my rule of duplicate experiences. You know why? Well firstly, it was only fair, but the trip turned out to be just as good if not better than the first time I went there.
The first time Chris and I visited on our bachelor/bachelorette trip, there were swarms of people, it was too hot out, I had a nosebleed on the bus ride in and Chris wasn’t feeling good. This time though, the timing was impeccable as the sun was setting and the weather was perfect. I was able to finally get that panorama shot I’ve always wanted and a couple short videos too. We visited the South Rim this time – previously I had seen the West Rim. It was the same Grand Canyon, but a whole different experience.
It made me start thinking – where else would I go again if I had the opportunity?
So here’s my list of places I’d like to try again:
1. Mount Denali in Alaska
I never even got to see the mountain after hours and hours of driving. It makes for a good story now, but at the time I was less than impressed.
2. Horseshoe Bend in Arizona
The hike was good but the lighting was horrible when I was trying to take pictures. I also didn’t get to see either of the Antelope Canyons which I have been told are breathtaking.
I’d love to walk hand in hand with Chris along the 7 mile beach in Negril.
In general. There are so many national parks I haven’t been able to see including Bryce Canyon and Zion National Parks.
Although it’s one of the most beautiful places on Earth, I had a horrible trip in my younger years. I hadn’t met Chris yet either. I want to watch a Maui sunrise with my best friend, and he promised me he will try volcano boarding.
Paradise Already Discovered
Now that I’m in my 30’s and so much older and wiser – I will admit that sometimes the best places have already been discovered. It often takes a couple of bad trips to appreciate the good ones.
So should you go back to the good destinations? HECK YES. I definitely recommend it.
You don’t always have to visit far-flung places around the globe to be well traveled. When you visit the same place twice you can see it through a fresh set of eyes. See and experience all the things you didn’t have time to do the first time around, and repeat old experiences with a better appreciation. If you visit a place enough times it will start to feel like a home away from home, which can be very comforting and stress-free. My grandparents would travel to Cuba every single year for their holiday. They got to know all of the hotel staff and their families. Sometimes you need a relaxing vacation with familiarity instead of a brand new excitement. I’ve found that what often make vacations special are the people and experiences rather than how exotic the location is or how much money you spent.
So Should You Visit The Same Place Again?
I will be.
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