We all have a spot that has stolen our hearts. You could go back there over and over and never get bored. New places can be tempting and fun, but those favorite places are comforting.
Going back is like going home.
You know your favorite places. You know which restaurants you just have to hit. You have a favorite spot to hike or drive. You know there’s more to discover and love, and you don’t get bored exploring.
The first time you went to a favorite place, you probably went to all the major tourist destinations. There is nothing wrong with that. Get them in and out of the way. Nothing wrong with playing tourist. But after you’ve done that, you can dig a little deeper.
Now when you go back, you have time to do whatever you want. Like hiking? Find all the best hikes and start crossing them off. Prefer water sports? Rent a stand-up paddleboard or snorkeling gear and spend your time in the water.
Become a local.
Or local adjacent. Find all those gems that aren’t in the tour guidebooks. Seek out local restaurants and bars. You will find some great places that aren’t filled with the usual tourist fare.
Returning to a familiar place is like visiting an old friend.
You never forget an old friend, and when you get together, it’s like no time has passed. You know they will always be there for you, much like a favorite place. We may grow and change but knowing we can always go back is a great comfort.
Do not give up exploring the world. Instead, embrace the comfort of loving a place so much you could visit multiple times. You can see a new location each year while finding time to go back to those places that call to you.