Do You Travel Back To The Same Places?

Girlfriends sitting on the counter together, friends traveling together, drinking coffee with friends
Friends visiting Charleston

Do you travel back to the same places? I started to think about this on our latest trip to Charleston. A city we keep going back to. Why do we do it? Why aren’t we out exploring new places? I think there’s a bit of nostalgia going back to the same cities. But also, why mess with a good thing too, right? It got me thinking though. How do you go back to the same places but make it feel new and different? Instead of always doing the same activities and experiencing the same things over and over again, how can we make it fresh and make new memories?

When we went to Charleston on this last trip it sparked a blog post idea. Love when that happens. We keep going back to Charleston but we almost always make it slightly different. That’s why I love going back so much! We do a few of our same must visit favorites like oysters and rosé at 167 RAW to smoked oysters at The Ordinary. But we’ve always done something totally different each time. Whether it’s staying at a new hotel in a new part of town for us. Or attending a unique event like Wine + Food Festival.

Each trip becomes slightly new and different. And that’s why I love going back. This year I have tried to challenge myself to visit NEW places. I’ve been doing pretty good between my Louisville trip, Germany and Belgium. Plus an upcoming trip to Spain and Portugal. I’m on a roll! But if you asked me to visit Charleston next week, I’d say heck yes. Here are a few tips on visiting the same places, but making it feel brand new again.

Tips To Visiting The Same Places And Making Them Feel New Again

Stay In A New Part Of Town

Whether you’re in a new hotel, or a new part of town, switching up your home base can make a big difference. You may end up closer to a new restaurant or bars, or a new neighborhood vibe. I loved doing this in NYC this past trip. We stayed in the Lower East Side and it made such a difference for making yet another NYC work trip feel totally new.

Try New Restaurants

Cities have new restaurants popping up all the time. A simple search of “new restaurants in [insert your city] 2019” will likely result in a ton of new spots you never would’ve thought to try.

Take A Different Adventure

I think Charleston was a great example of this. We go all the time and it was great to do a festival while there on our last trip. It was such a great way to experience the city all over again. Look for neighborhood festivals or activities happening that season.

PS this tip was part of my how to have an affordable weekend trip. Read more here!

Photos by Julie Livingston

Jessica is an Atlanta life and style blogger. Aiming to bring practical tips to your every day life. Tips that you can easily tackle and make your life feel just a tad more 'put-together'.

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  1. 5.7.19
    Lisa Autumn said:

    I generally love travelling to new places all the time. However, if I really loved a place I love going back with family or friends and show them what I discovered 🙂

    x Lisa |

    • 5.7.19
      Jessica said:

      Yes I love going back with new people so I can be their tour guide. It’s kind of fun!

  2. 5.7.19
    Laura Leigh said:

    100% go back to Charleston at least once a year. It’s one of those places you can never explore enough. Always something new around every corner. Love these tips on how to make the same place new!

    xo Laura Leigh

    • 5.7.19
      Jessica said:

      Such a favorite place. Couldn’t agree more!

  3. 5.7.19
    Morgan said:

    I tend to travel back to the same places too .. it’s hard to say no to Charleston no matter how many times you’ve been!

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  4. 5.7.19
    Maureen said:

    Great tips and what a timing! I agree with everything you said. Matter of fact, I can relate. My hubby and I were deciding about a trip to LA for the summer and while I love going back there, my hubby not so much. So this time around we are staying at a new hotel that’s new to us and we decided early on, that instead of meeting up with our friends at the same old theme park to get our kids together we will do something different! I would love to visit Charleston one day. I hear it’s an amazing place! Btw, perhaps we will cross paths in Portugal too. We are heading there as well. I hope your week is off to a great start and happy Tuesday!

    Maureen |

    • 5.7.19
      Jessica said:

      Love to hear this! I think a new neighborhood is always a good idea for seeing a city in a new perspective.