To Revisit, or See Somewhere New, That is the Question

Monday, July 13, 2015



Pins to stick in maps or globes, scratch off maps, and checklists are only focused on where you've been before and can make you feel like you aren't accomplishing anything if you revisit a destination. What do you think about revisiting a location?

I'm all for revisiting places I've been before. I enjoy revisiting places so much, that whenever I'm in Connecticut visiting family I try to visit all of my old favorite spots. I also try to visit Kunming, China (where I used to live) every couple of years to see some of my closest friends and to see how much the city has changed in such a short amount of time. In addition to where I've previously lived, I also try to revisit Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New York and so many other destinations in the US, and in China I try to revisit northwestern Yunnan Province including Lijiang, Shangri-La, and FuXian Lake.

To avoid the monotony of only visiting places I've been before, I do research on local businesses and other nearby towns or cities to visit. This way my trip is new and exciting, while fulfilling desire for nostalgia and eating old favorites.

Three Reasons I Love Revisits:




1) Exploring new-to-me businesses. Over the past three weeks that I've been visiting Connecticut I've made it my mission to check out new places - and I've already found new favorites! In my post last Monday I talked about how much I love Muddy Waters Cafe in downtown New London. Just down the street from Muddy Waters I had to try Berry's Ice Cream - and luckily I visited on Milkshake Mondays. At Berry's I had the most delicious thin mint flavored milkshake (try it with chocolate milk!). I've also enjoyed several other new restaurants and will certainly have a post or two about it in the next few weeks.

2) Revisiting old favorites. There is no way that I could possibly resist eating at Paul's Pasta or Singapore Grill time and time again.

In Kunming, I love just walking the streets that I used to spend so much time on. I find it fascinating to see how quickly the city grows and changes. I remember the excitement when the first Starbucks opened - during my last visit I walked or bused by at least four.

3) Getting nostalgic. In the middle of last week I had a few errands to do in Old Saybrook, Connecticut, where my mom grew up and my grandmother used to live. I love visiting Old Saybrook, but I don't frequently have a reason to visit. Luckily, I had a bit of extra time to visit one of the beaches that I used to play on every summer as a kid. It was wonderful!

Last summer while revisiting Lijiang, China, I made sure to stay in the hotel that I used to stay in when I was working in the area. I was delighted when the owner, a very kind Naxi woman, remembered me as the foreigner who studies flowers. It had been nearly three years since my last stay!


What do you think about revisiting places you've visited before? How do you make each destination new?

8 comments:

  1. I've revisited lots of places over the years-- and each time has felt unique and different! I think changing up the focus or purpose of each trip can help: after having had a brief overview of the highlights, we can go back and more slowly enjoy the atmosphere, the locals, the food, simply wandering... it's great! :)

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    1. For me, meeting locals and finding lesser known spots are my favorite parts of travel. I agree that it is hard to do with a shorter trip, but revisiting is a perfect way to learn more!

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  2. It's a tough question. I've been to some amazing places that I'd love to go back to and take my husband to... but then I always want to go to new places!! It's a very tough question!!!

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    1. Sometimes you can mix those trips together! Last summer when we went to China I brought my husband to some places that I've been before and we visited some places that were new to both of us. It was absolutely wonderful! Perhaps you could do the same!

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  3. I love revisiting places for these very reasons! My boyfriend and I try to go back to London, where we used to live, every year. It's fun to be back in my old hangouts and to discover places/shops/restaurants I haven't been to before. I like mixing revisiting with seeing somewhere new when going on holiday.

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    1. You are absolutely right! It is both like seeing somewhere new and revisiting somewhere you love. London is such a huge city that I'm sure you could spend your whole life there and not see everything.

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  4. It really depends on the place. There are so many places I've been that I feel like I can check off and not return to.. but other places, like Italy, feels so homey that I can go back once a year (if budget allows of course).

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    1. I completely agree with that! There are certainly places that I don't need (or want to) revisit, but many that I'd love to see again. Italy is so wonderful - I hope you can go once a year!

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