Going Back for More: 10 Reasons to Embrace Repeat Travel
There’s lots of pressure to tick off as many destinations as possible – but if you really like a place, odds are you will again
15 July 2019
All Credits: PA
In the era of the bucket list and the Instagram feed, there’s a high premium on keeping everything fresh and new.
Every year brings a new round of not-quite-identical smartphones, every month brings a new wellness fad, and ASOS recently changed their returns policy to stop people buying an item of clothing, snapping a photo for the ‘gram, and then returning it.
So it is with holidays, but now a new breed of canny globetrotters are espousing repeat travel – which basically means returning to the same places again and again. Here’s why, when it comes to travel, quality can often beat quantity…
Everyone wants to get beyond the guidebook, but if it’s your first rodeo somewhere, then it’s guidebook or trial and error. Once you know somewhere though, you can stride the streets with purpose, tell your friends you “know a little place”, then walk in and ask for “the usual”.
Which do you trust more – the conflicting reviews on TripAdvisor, or your own blissfully happy memories?
If you know a city well, you can cut all the endless guidebook-checking, map-consulting and souvenir-shopping that’s often a tourist’s biggest time sink. You’ve been there and done that, and there’s no need to get another T-shirt.
Otherwise known as scratch map-itis, it’s easy to become obsessive about checking off new countries, and once your holiday becomes an exercise in box-ticking, you might as well just use Google Street View.
You control your bucket list, not the other way round.
No one wants to be instantly pegged as an outsider, and many forgo the camera-around-neck, guidebook-in-hand image hoping to witness that most valuable tourist commodity – authenticity.
We’re pretty sure it doesn’t work. In a brand new place, your very body language gives you away, and most natives can spot an interloper at a hundred yards.
If you really want authenticity, you’re going to have to earn it.
“I once changed planes in Newark Airport. I guess that’s America done.”
You might be selling it a little bit short.
Repeat travellers know what they want to see, but they also know what they don’t want to see. The guidebook might be all over that five-storey pottery museum 10 miles out of town, but if it put you to sleep last time you visited, it probably will this time too.
Most regular travellers will have endured at least one slice of holiday hell. Perhaps it’s an unfamiliar visa system, perplexing public transport, or an accidental breach of a local law.
The more you know, the less likely you are to ruin everything with that sort of faff.