How to Make a Return Trip as Fun as the First

Some places beg for a traveler’s return. Even if you are always visiting new places, returning to an old favorite with new eyes and experiences can be even more rewarding.

Here’s why we think the second (or third, or fourth…) time’s the charm when visiting a favorite destination with Global Discovery Vacations.

When to Consider a Second Trip

It’s easy to determine whether a trip is worth another go-round:

  • You feel like you left so much undiscovered.
  • You want to see the place during a different time of year.
  • Conditions were less than ideal (time cut short, bad weather).
  • You want to enjoy the destination with different people.
  • You haven’t been in several years.

Trust us, you’ll know this feeling when you get it. If you fit into any of these categories, go ahead and book that return trip.

Return Trips = More Efficiency

On your first trip, you probably encountered a hiccup or two. Maybe you lost some time and maybe you spent more money than you needed to. That’s to be expected in unfamiliar territory.

With a return trip, you can free up stress and time that took away from your previous stay. You know what sights to see and what to avoid. You know how the public transportation system works. You know what to bring and what to leave at home. Don’t take those initial experiences for granted – they really make a difference.

On top of that, you should be able to avoid stimulus overload by your second visit. Suddenly, the trip slows down and you can appreciate more of the big picture – and you won’t be staring at everything through a camera lens.

It’s like watching a good movie or TV series again – you start to pick up on things you missed the first time.

Same Sights, Different Approach

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Member David G. – Living “aloha above the North Shore of Oahu Hawaii the scenery is much better at 14,000 feet!

Just because you want to visit the same sights doesn’t mean it has to be the same experience. Change it up!

Change the Perspective

Sometimes all you need to do is look at the same thing from a different angle. That could be as drastic as going deep sea diving instead of sailing or taking a helicopter tour instead of driving. Stay at a different area if possible, read a different guidebook, stick to exploring on foot. When you try different methods of exploration, you usually get different results.

Behind the Scenes

Taking guided tours or getting a VIP package can bring deeper appreciation for an old favorite. Whether it’s at an amusement park, popular restaurant or live performance, there’s usually something interesting below the surface. Check before you go to see if and where these packages are available.

Go Further

The thrill of what lies beyond is always tugging at that sense of discovery. Climb higher, paddle harder, bike longer. No matter how much you see in this world, there’s always more, more, more. That’s true for places such as the Great Smoky Mountains, Disney World and the Caribbean, just to name a few.

Keep your expectations in check and make the best of each moment!

What destination would you love to visit again? Share your favorites in the comments.

Corey is a writer from Overland Park, KS, and has been with Global Discovery Vacations since September 2013. Once a sportswriter, he traveled the country and became proficient in airport security line etiquette and leaving items in hotel rooms.