When we finish a trip of a lifetime to a country that we have never visited before, we are often sure we will return. Most of the time we don’t.
The reason for this is understandable. No matter how much we loved our past trips the lure of the new and the unknown is usually irresistible. But not always. Sometimes we chose to return. Some places become old favorites. What intrigues me is why.
In a couple of weeks Yolanda and I are going bicycling in Cuba for the third time in four years. What entices us to return? And it is not just us; I’m told that five of the 12 people on the tour are repeaters.
Photo David Gregori. Courtesy WOWCuba
I don’t know about the other people, but it is not as is if we are so well traveled that we have run out of new places to visit. We have never crossed the international dateline. With the exception of Morocco we have never been to Africa. We have the money and we can make the time to go anywhere in the world. Why do we choose to return to Cuba?
In future posts I will write about how we got to Cuba and in the first place and why we keep going back, but for now I want to pose the questions.
To what countries have you returned, and how many times?
What attracted you to go again?
Did you want to repeat known great experiences?
Did you want a deeper knowledge and understanding of the country than you were able to achieve on previous visits?
Did you return because you wanted to see how the place had changed?
Or was it to reconnect with people you met on previous trips?
Did you return because you wanted to repeat an experience with a guide?
What other reasons did you have for returning?
How we balance the known and the unknown influences every aspect of our lives. Travel makes the choices more conscious and in so doing illuminates the choices we make when we are at home.