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Setting foot on a place for the first time is discovering the unchartered and unexplored for oneself; defying the stereotypes and being idiosyncratic.  For veteran ramblers, thus stepping out on instincts is absolutely zilch unusual.
I know this is a feeling that I just can’t fight, you are the first and last thing on my mind…
Let's Go on a Journey, to win not only the place but also the hearts of the people. @DoiBedouin
Let's Go on a Journey, to win not only the place but also the hearts of the people.
Yet the same seasoned travellers would recommend visiting a place more than once, so as not to regret leaving any rocks unturned. So that once you go back to your daily routines, you could boast- “vini vidi vici” from the deepest strings of your heart. A break from the daily blues thus can be well spent in an already known place.  

§  You could re-live your previous visit

Have a happy memory of a specific place to cherish then why not visit the same place again to roll down the memory lane. Visiting the place in person is way more prizing than veering through the photographs.

My second time in snow. But this one time I seriously missed my BAE. @DoiBedouin
My second time in snow. But this one time I seriously missed my BAE. Missing the closest person during the happy moments is nothing but natural.

§  You visit the previously missed places first

During the last visit you happen to miss some wonderful places or were not aware about the site or your guide misled you, there could be as many reasons as to have overlooked a spot. So why wait, it’s better late than never. Those spots become your priority this time. And yet again you get that “knowing the unknown” feeling all over the same.


Ranka Monastery @DoiBedouin
I visited this monastery on my third visit to Gangtok, yep you saw it right! third visit...

§  You get to know the places well

If you are travelling in a group, you literally become the ex-officio guide for the routes. You happen to know the routes way before you are actually told. This subdues the chances of being taken advantage of. For a second timer budgeted itinerants, details about the shared transportation becomes handy and the precise location of the cab stations are easily accessible. 

§  You get more time for relaxation

Since the place is more known to you, you can have a more of “me-time” or “family-time” in a restaurant or have a stroll through the avenues, relaxing in one’s own ways. Time handling gets stress-free the second time.


Its coffee time!!! Lots of it. @DoiBedouin
Its coffee time!!! Lots of it. 

§  You get to know the offbeat ones

Since the known destinations are explored, you tend to diverge for an offbeat site, be it a remote village or a trek through the sloping tree covered gradients, or even blending with the natives to know their custom and culture. You get to experience an uncultivated vista of Nature that was never a part of your itinerary.


We came across this unfinished monastery on a trail at Rayong which is situated on Namchi-Ravangla road of Sikkim. @DoiBedouin
We came across this unfinished monastery on a trail at Rayong which is situated on Namchi-Ravangla road of Sikkim. Picture courtesy: Molay Roy


§  You get a totally different picture for a different season

For a different season, the same place would dress up differently casting bewitching spell on the onlooker’s eye. One season’s murky locale can be other’s limpid milieu alight with colours. Such is the beauty of nature that you would be wondering at the differences which brings us to…

The pinkish Cherry Blossom blooms only in the month of November and in other season it is all green. @DoiBedouin
The pinkish Cherry Blossom blooms only in the month of November and in other season it is all green.


Rhododendrons on the other hand blooms in the April end. @DoiBedouin
Rhododendrons on the other hand blooms in the April end. 

§ You get a different perspective for the same photo spots

The seasonal variations would not only cast its stupefying spell on you but on your camera as well. The same spots would have different photos in different seasons. Even if the season be the same, a different angle to taking the pictures would add a different perspective. And you will evolve as a photographer. This is where you will realize that Travel and Photography go hand in hand.

 Buddha Park, Ravangla during november with the range visible clearly in the backdrop. @DoiBedouin
Buddha Park, Ravangla during november with the range visible clearly in the backdrop.

The same Budhha statue in the nightlights. @DoiBedouin
The same Budhha statue in the nightlights.

Buddha Park in mid-June amidst the clouds and from a different angle.  @DoiBedouin
Buddha Park in mid-June amidst the clouds and from a different angle. There was no way the range could have been spotted.

§  You get to taste newer foods this time too

A food trail adds up to the delights to your trip, and it is never possible to track down all the flavours of the city in just one go. A second or even a third trip elevates the taste of the city in the true sense.


Thus the penchant for travelling should never be restricted to just one visit to a city. To explore the unexplored as well as the explored is the dictum of the evergreen wanderers, should it go by the pockets.
Happy Exploring!



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8 comments:

  1. The idea is really good. I got to visit my honeymoon destination once more and relive the visit and get new pics with my three kids. Aweee.. I need to go on a trip

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    1. Thanks... :) Why wait???? A trip to anywhere is always good and welcomed too :)

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    2. This is a really refreshing article to read. In fact, just this morning we were talking about how we would love to go to Patagonia again. If you really love a place then why would you only visit it once? You get a different perspective with each visit.

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  2. I totally agrra with these. I just love how the same place looks different in a different season

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  3. Totally agree! Reliving and recreating those moment at the same time creating new ones

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  4. Absolutely agree that there's so much to enjoy returning to a destination. You get to spot the small differences, find new places to explore and see the tiny changes over time.

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  5. Good introspection. Absolutely agree.

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  6. I absolutely agree with you. It's always good to go back to places you already visited. I loved my second time to Madrid.

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