Travelling to a destination we already know has many advantages. Do you want to know which are?
Many times, without realizing it, we turn travel into a kind of competition against the clock. We have so many days and so many things that we want to see, we believe that it is possible to do everything and we jump right into running from one place to another, not allowing ourselves to stop and breathe and observe, to comply with self-imposed schedules. Sometimes we feel that it has been worth it; other times, however, we end up exhausted and with a jumble of blurred images in our heads (and in the camera).
Being in a place we have already visited almost completely eliminates this pressure. On the one hand, we may already know the basics’, so we can start a freer and more relaxed kind of exploration; on the other hand, a second journey somehow unlocks that sense of unique opportunity: it’s a kind of no two without three, a’if I came back once, I can come back more times’. The rush disappears suddenly and we can focus on doing what we really want to do at any given moment.
You can discover the less tourist attractions
As the time of our trips is limited, the first time we want to see and immortalize all the best known spaces of the destination excluding the least known. The second trip allows you to discover and deepen your knowledge of the secrets of local life, and may even end up being our favourite places and be the reason to come back a third time!
You can go deeper into what you’ve only seen above
To eliminate that “bad remorse” for not having been able to enjoy more of that magic corner that you found by chance or that you fell in love with just by looking at it from above. On your second trip, you will be able to prioritize those spaces that remain to be explored and eliminate the feeling of “I wish I had had more time here”.
Feeling at home
There is something that happens when we begin to feel that we know a place, when we have a favorite park, itinerary or restaurant and we move fluidly through its streets or paths without the need for a map: suddenly, we can feel what it would be like to live there, what our routines would be, where we would go for fun and where we would go to relax. That place, suddenly, is a little more ours, like a new home away from home.
Trips to familiar places are trips of exploration, yes, but also of recreation without fear in what we already know we like.