Should you visit the same place twice?

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Here’s an open question: given the near-infinite number of things to see and do across the globe, and our finite time kicking about upon it, is it ever worth returning to a place? Or is the time better spent exploring somewhere completely new?

I’ve visited a fair few places I’d love to return to – Malawi probably top among them – as well as a handful I definitely don’t need to revisit (hi, Beijing), but I’m not sure I could justify a second trip as long as I have the likes of this on my desk:

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What are your thoughts?

Tim Chester 31/05/13    Where to goworld Link Report

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Nice ad! ;D

In answer to your question though, yes.

I absolutely agree with your point about seeing new places, and I do that the majority of the time. However I have favourite destinations I love revisiting every now and then too. Not all the time, but every now and then.

Singapore is a great example. I LOVE Singapore! And have visited it many times, this has allowed me to get far deeper than the usual touristy surface and really understand the place, see things that general tourists don’t get to see, just relax in the destination and experience it.

The same is true of other favourite destinations (hello Thailand!)

If you visit the same country more than once, it doesn’t mean that you go to the same places either. I didn’t get to see all of Malaysia on my first visit, but covered the rest on the second!

BUT saying that I always try to get to new places too.

A mix of both is probably a good thing.

I usually head back to fave destinations on shorter trips, I usually save the extended trips for new places.

For example the last time I was in Singapore (last summer), I stayed there for a week before jumping off to Indonesia and Bali for a couple of months.

So far this year it is all about the new places though, South America baby!

Michael Huxley 01/06/13    Link Report

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Well not always but I feel various times to visit the same place. I have been to Niagra falls and I can go there again and again. Some places have a permanent attraction with them which pulls you towards themselves, right? I m currently in Thailand and have visited Bangkok, pattaya, Kanchnaburi provinces but I found kanchnaburi so fascinating and it don’t let me leave from here. I have been to some marvellous places here like Erawan waterfalls, Hellfire pass, river kwai bridge etc and I can go there again. I can say about the same thing even about the hotels in Thailand like Hintok River Camp in hellfire pass and the FloatHouse River Kwai. They are amazing and I could go there and stay again.

Alex Carter 01/06/13    Link Report

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That’s another thing Alex, different parts of different places can be completely opposite too. I’m with you on Kanchanaburi, amazing place and I would definitely like to go back one day! But Pattaya? Ew! Was only there as I changed buses and passed through on the way to Koh Chang, but I could not wait to get the hell out!

Michael Huxley 01/06/13    Link Report

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Interesting answers. I suppose I try and avoid the same place twice, but don’t mind too much if I have to return – especially if there’s different things to do.

Visiting family (as much as I love them) is probably the main reason I see certain places again and again and again, using up valuable travel time…

Tim Chester 03/06/13    Link Report

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I like visiting a place at least twice. The first time sometimes there is so much to see and do it can be a bit of a sensory overload. To much to process at once (Especially big big cities like Rome or New York.) The 2nd time you visit some place it takes less time to get comfortable. A lot of times the 2nd time you visit a place can ruin the image you’ve built in your mind since the last time you went.

The more you visit a place the more you really know it.

Chris Spinney 03/06/13    Link Report

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Tim, while I always like a new place to visit there are a few places that I never get tired of visiting. It’s like peeling an onion, the closer you get to the center, the sweeter it is. For me London, Paris and Barcelona are sweeeter each time I go back. I don’t go back for extended periods of time, but just start or end another close by trip in my 3 favorite cities. When you dig below the typical tourists destinations, you get a real feel for the great city of London and it’s surrounding villages. Places like the Royal Operating Theater or an afternoon in Greenwich feed a different part of my curiosity. Sitting on a bench at St. Paul’s has allowed me to be present for a visit by a number of Royals a few years back. Just sitting and something just happened. So I guess my response would be if it’s a favorite place, you will alway find something new to see and experience. It’s like the accidential tourist experience!

Time of my life 03/06/13    Link Report

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The problem I always came across is that when I’m somewhere amazing I want to try and see and do everything because I’m always thinking “I might never be here again!” so what I’ve learned to do is just say to myself, you don’t have see everything right now because you always can come back. So, I plan on visiting many of the places I’ve been again and already have done so several times. Because no matter how many times you go, you always discover something new and it is never a waste.

Now when I’m travelling and I miss out on seeing something I think “Well now I’m just going to have to come back.”

kakiq 28/07/13    Link Report

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I really never think that I’ll not be back again, mostly for the reason that I’m most surprised that I got there (or here) in the first place.

I “travel” a bit differently than most – spending about 1/2 of each year in India, the other half in Switzerland. But on each return, I make plans to visit some of the places that I’ve not yet been. But I also spend time in some favorite places in each, for the simple reason that I like them.

PirateAt50 29/07/13    Link Report

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No, not unless it is free, close by, life is too short and money is too hard to come by!

Lily 18/11/13    Link Report

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