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Why I Choose to Revisit Countries

August 6, 2018

 

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Revisiting Countries

The other day someone commented on my Instagram stories that I write about Greece a lot. His question was in response to my post stating I was returning to Greece on Tuesday. The person asked what I like about Greece besides the beaches. Of course, I responded to him the people and the food. Of course, after some deeper thought, the reason is much more than that.

Visit New Cities

One of the main reasons I choose to return to a country is to visit more cities. Most of the time, I stick to one city or place during a trip as I don’t like to change hotels multiple times. It also means I get to know the city better. However, this usually limits how many places I can visit in a country at once.

Italy is a great example, I have been four times and still haven’t visited all the major cities. I have even returned to Florence multiple times because there is so much to see. In Greece, there are over 200 inhabited islands, and I have only visited 14! Lots more to go.

Immerse Yourself in the Culture

It can be hard to immerse yourself in the culture if you are running through multiple places in a week or two. By returning several times, I can get to know a place much better. I make friends. I sit, and people watch because I have the time. I tend to pick up more of the language if I am there multiple times as well.

Since I usually stay in one place, I try to find accommodation I can cook in. This forces me to grocery shop. I have learned to weigh my fruits and vegetables in Europe and the Middle East. I bring my shopping bag to Europe, so I don’t get charged a bag fee. I watch what the locals are buying and translate labels. I try to understand what a local’s daily life is like.

While in Greece last year, I took the public bus one day in the afternoon. I was able to witness the local children go home from school this way. The public bus is their school bus, and the driver knew where to drop each one. The kids chatted with each other. What struck me the most is that all of the girls looked so similar with their sunkissed brown hair. I thought they could be sisters, but each one got off at a different stop.

Go Where You Love

We all have some level of fear of missing out, and I think that is why many of us continue to go to new places. However, I enjoy going back to the areas I have fallen in love with. They give me joy and peace. Going to Greece feels like going to my second home.

I am not a person that enjoys figuring out how to get from the airport into the city I am visiting. Returning to a place I have already been reduces the stress of travel planning. Of course, I know lots of people who enjoy that aspect of travel.

Sometimes going where you love is seeing people you love too and not so much about the place. I plan on returning to Qatar soon to visit friends. I know Qatar very well, so returning will not be about seeing sights, but about reconnecting with friends and visiting old favorites.

We should all travel for our reasons and not feel pressured to go somewhere new just because it’s new. Go where you want!

What country or city have you been that you continuously revisit?

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14 Comments

  • Reply cherie August 6, 2018 at 11:37 am

    I feel like you can never see everything with just one visit. I too love the food and the people and often want to spend more time with both.
    Before I moved to Germany, I visited many times.

    • Reply Tiffany August 6, 2018 at 8:20 pm

      Not unless your visit is months long! I haven’t been to Germany yet. Need to go!

  • Reply Parul August 6, 2018 at 11:50 am

    I agree that we can never see enough in just a visit. Talking about me, I have not travelled a lot away from India. And since I also want to cover places before its too late, I end up going a lot a places. Sometimes I want to stay put in a city for many days but that’s the part I can’t manage with limited leaves. Maybe some day!

    • Reply Tiffany August 6, 2018 at 8:21 pm

      India is so big I would imagine it’s hard to see everything. I wish I could spend a year in each place I go.

  • Reply Lorna August 6, 2018 at 3:40 pm

    The only place I’ve been to twice is Paris. First time, I discovered the Mona Lisa is very small. Second time, I got dumped. Don’t need to go back. I’d LOVE to go back to Florence.

    • Reply Tiffany August 6, 2018 at 8:21 pm

      I went to Paris once and that was enough for me. I will always go back to Italy.

  • Reply Laurie @ www.lifewithasideoftheunexpected.com August 6, 2018 at 10:02 pm

    I love that you give yourself time to immerse yourself in to the culture. What a great way to experience new places (or familiar ones we love!)

    • Reply Tiffany August 7, 2018 at 1:05 am

      It’s one of my favorite things to do while traveling!

  • Reply Tiffany August 6, 2018 at 10:07 pm

    I return to the Finger Lakes in New York state as often as possible. It is where my heart lives and a weight just drops off of me when I am there. I love it!!

    • Reply Tiffany August 7, 2018 at 1:06 am

      I haven’t been there but I have seen pictures. It’s beautiful so I can see why.

  • Reply Lorelle August 7, 2018 at 7:48 am

    I love returning to favourite places too. And I definitely agree with you about having family and friends in particular places makes us return there too. Rome is always a must stop in Europe as our Aunty is there. 🙂

    • Reply Tiffany August 7, 2018 at 7:55 am

      I have friends in Italy and it makes it so worth returning.

  • Reply Paulina Gaitan August 13, 2018 at 5:36 am

    I feel like you can never see everything with just one visit. I too love the food and the people and often want to spend more time with both.
    Before I moved to paris, I visited many times.

    • Reply Tiffany August 13, 2018 at 6:37 am

      Yes it is very hard or you exhaust yourself and don’t enjoy it. Do you still live in Paris?

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