When you’re planning a holiday are you more inclined to go back to places you’ve already been, your favourite travel destinations, or visit somewhere completely new?

I’m always really torn between the two. There are places that I’ve absolutely loved holidaying in and things I’ve done that have been brilliant and part of me always wants to go back and do these things again. (I wrote about my Top 5, must go back to places, here)

The three weeks staying in a villa in Crete, ten years ago now, was so special. Three weeks was long enough to settle down, spend some time doing nothing and also get out and about and see most of what we wanted to see.

Paris is always a favourite as is Rome and Florence. I’ve been to these cities several times and again, I love them, I love the vibe, the cafes, the lifestyle.

I love Melbourne, Tasmania and Cairns and anywhere in the UK and I could feel very comfortable revisiting all of these familiar places.

But …

By continually going back to places I know and love is it limiting my options, limiting the experiences and the adventures that I could have?


A few years ago, when I was looking to travel somewhere to celebrate my sixtieth birthday this question was right up there at the forefront of my mind. There were so many places I would have loved to go back to for the celebration of this milestone birthday, dinner on the Champs Elysees or champagne up the Eiffel Tower, a sunset stroll along the Ponte Vecchio or sunrise on Santorini.

Instead I chose to step way, way outside my comfort zone and trek to Everest Base Camp, and we all know what came out of that, particularly my decision to go back and do another trek in Nepal two years later.

(If you’re new to Travellingbag pop over here  and here to read about my first trek and here to see how I landed myself in the middle of Nepal’s largest earthquake in 84 years on my second trek.)

Anyway, back to my question. Do you tend to go back to familiar places on your travels or are you usually game to veer off and explore and experience new things?

Hadrian's Wall walk

I’m just starting on my travel plans for next year and am struggling with this right now. I’m definitely going to the UK to walk the length of Hadrian’s Wall but beyond that I’m open to suggestions.

Hmmm … the familiar and comfortable or the new and slightly scary?


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