There are always places you experience and you decide that you would be okay not to experience them again. I’ve had a few of these places where I don’t feel the need to head back to any time soon. However, there are some special locations where if I was given the chance, I would pack my bags and visit again in a heartbeat. That’s saying a lot knowing there are still so many places I would like to see!
Here are some places I would agree to go back to without a minute’s notice.
1. Paris, France
I have to admit, I’m one of those people who can’t get over the magic of Paris. I’ve been there four times, and it’s one of those places you can see again and again and always find something new to experience. I’ve climbed Montmartre one trip, visited the Louvre on another, and found deep corners of the city where tourists don’t venture to go. Paris is a place that always changes, but somehow always remains the same.
2. Tokyo, Japan
The Japanese culture is one that continues to fascinate me. After returning this last year, I can confidently say that I would go again to Tokyo and spend more time exploring the city. There are some locales that seem similar, but Tokyo really is unlike any place that I have ever been before—and probably will ever visit again. If I could find a good flight deal, I would book it now and head to the other side of the world.
3. Fes, Morocco
I wasn’t expecting to fall in love with Fes, one of the largest cities in Morocco. After a few hours of wandering through the old medina, talking with some locals, and smelling some of the delicious spices, I knew I would be back again. To this day, when I think of visiting Morocco, I think of staying at beautiful riads, finding some unique ceramic pieces to take home, and visiting the stinky tanneries where some of the best leather products in the world are made.
4. Antigua, Guatemala
Antigua seemed initially just like a stop before we climbed volcanoes and visited the ruins of Tikal, and I had no idea that it had an interesting history, friendly local people, and a fun city vibe. We even ended up canceling some of our plans to stay a few more days there so we could relax and enjoy some salsa dancing and dive bars. It was also incredibly safe, and a great introduction to Central America and all it has to offer.
5. Venice, Italy
Venice was where it all began for me. As a study abroad student, I was caught up in the wonder and the history that I could find there. Walking over the bridges to class every day and tasting various types of gelato, it was impossible not to fall in love with the city. I made it back once after I left (with definite tears in my eyes), and that short trip reminded me of how you could spend years there and still feel as though you could discover more. Someday, I hope to make it back again—and hopefully before it sinks into the Adriatic Sea forever.
Do you have any places that you would choose to go back to? What are some of your favorite destinations and why?