My Top 5 Destinations to Revisit

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Have you ever visited a place and started thinking about the next time you can return there…while you’re still there? This happens to me all of the time. When you only have a limited time in a place, there’s no way that you can experience everything unless you rush around like a crazy person. And even then, you still won’t see everything in some spots. Plus, you’ll feel like you need a vacation after your vacation, which isn’t the greatest (although, I’m guilty of that).

Anna of Slightly Astray has nominated me to choose my top 5 destinations to revisit! She states that she likes the familiarity of revisiting old places and also discovering something new there, and I have to agree! It wasn’t easy narrowing it down to just five. Here are mine, in particular order:

New York City

In Central Park at the top of Belvedere Castle

I’ve been to New York City on three prior occasions: once in Grade 11 history class where we visited many touristy spots and museums; once on New Year’s Eve to see a concert for the Flaming Lips and Wilco at Madison Square Garden; and once in 2009 to view the cherry blossoms at the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens. All three trips were very different from one another, and I’ve still yet to see many places in NYC. Justin has been there once before, although we’ve never visited there together. It would be a great getaway for a few days as it would be wonderful just to walk around Central Park and the city streets, eat some delicious vegan food, check out some museums and some shops. New York City is one of those places you can keep revisiting and have a new experience each time. It is about seven hours from our home, within driving distance.

Atlantic Canada

Bay of Fundy – Hopewell Rocks

I visited parts of Atlantic Canada (New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island) back in 2005 when my band was on tour. Yes, I used to be in a band! It was a post-rock band and I played guitar, keyboard, and clarinet. We played shows in Trenton (Ontario), Ottawa, Montreal, Saint John (New Brunswick), Halifax, Truro (Nova Scotia), and Charlottetown (PEI). I got a taste of Eastern Canada as we drove there and back with all of our musical gear in tow. We only had one day off from playing shows, where we got to explore downtown Halifax. Otherwise, we had a little bit of free time here and there, but not much time to see the sights. I’d love to return to properly see all that Atlantic Canada has to offer. I’d also love to add Newfoundland to the trip, too!

Dominica

I’ve visited Dominica on three occasions in the past from cruise ships, and I’d love to give it a proper visit by spending at least a full week there. It is the “Nature Island” of the Caribbean, where much of the island is left untouched. There are beautiful waterfalls, oceanic rainforests, hot springs, black sand beaches, and so many spots to explore. Justin and I have gone whale and dolphin watching there, I have visited the rainforest on an aerial tram ride, and I’ve swam through Titou Gorge to view a beautiful waterfall in the caves. The hot springs there are a great place to unwind, too!

Montreal

Vieux Montreal

I’ve been to Montreal on 4 separate occasions and would still love to return for more. The last time I was there, Justin and I wandered around Old Montreal, Old Port, and ate some delicious food. There are still plenty of events (like the Chinese Lantern Festival in the Fall) and places to see (Mount Royal is one of those!) that we have yet to see. Montreal is only about a 5 hour drive from home, making it the perfect weekend (or longer!) getaway.

Bonaire

Bonaire

We love Bonaire! It is such a unique Caribbean island – primarily flat and desert-like with underground caves. The most spectacular part of Bonaire surrounds the island; the coral reefs are fully protected and work on a rotating system where you are only able to dive at sites once every five years in order to maintain the integrity of the coral. We did some snorkeling around Klein Bonaire, a small island just off the coast of Bonaire. It was amazing. We saw so many different kinds of tropical fish and sea turtles!

There you have my top 5 places that I would love to revisit! I hope this has inspired you to travel to some new places.

What places would you most like to re-visit?

37 Responses

  1. East Meets West Veg
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    I know the feeling! Almost every time I travel I am thinking about the next time I visit there while I’m still there! It just seems like there is so much to experience and I can’t see and do it all comfortably in one trip! Great choices! I feel like I could go back to New York again and again and not get bored. I have never done a vegan foodie trip to New York so that is on my list.

    • Lauren | Justin Plus Lauren
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      I haven’t done a vegan foodie trip to NYC either! I went to a lot of restaurants there as a vegetarian though. It would be hard to even narrow down which restaurants to try there if only going for a few days, there are so many to choose from! It’s a good problem to have ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Michele {Malaysian Meanders}
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    I’ve got my 3rd visit to New York in the works. It’s the longest that I’ll have ever been there (5 days), so I’m quite excited to not be so rushed. I’ve never been to either Montreal or Atlantic Canada, but I’ve been wanting to visit.

    • Lauren | Justin Plus Lauren
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      It’s great not feeling rushed! I spent 4 days there once, and there is still more that I have to go back and see.

  3. Karyn @ Not Done Travelling
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    Awesome, thank you so much! Already I can’t decide what my 5 are going to be lol!

    • Lauren | Justin Plus Lauren
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      It’s really tough to narrow it down, isn’t it! I had a tough time. But I went with these selections. Even now I can think of some that I wish I had added if it had been a top 10!

  4. WorldWideVegetarian
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    I want to revisit Montreal!! I actually ate at my first ever vegan restaurant in Montreal, but I was confused about what to order so just had a soup and salad, but I want to go back and try more vegan foods!

    • Lauren | Justin Plus Lauren
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      Oooh, which restaurant? There are tons of new vegan restaurants opening up in Montreal all the time, there are tons more there now than when we went a year ago!

  5. iputmylifeonashelf
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    When I used to travel to Las Vegas 4-5 times a year, I always had multiple trips booked. When I would fly home, I would look lovingly out the window and say “I’ll be back in ___ days!”

  6. Jessica Meddows
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    I feel the same way about Montreal and Nova Scotia, I love those places. ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m probably the only person in the world, though, who wasn’t too fussed on New York. Personally, I really want to go back to New Orleans and any of the Australian Whitsunday Islands.

    • Lauren | Justin Plus Lauren
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      Hey, we all can’t love the same places, right! I’m sure there are other people out there who aren’t in love with New York. I haven’t been to New Orleans or Australia at all, and would love to go to both!

  7. Anna | slightly astray
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    I haven’t been to ANY of these places, and I want to see them all! NYC has been on my list for a while, just because I feel like everyone from the US should go there. And I’d LOVE to go to the Caribbean… so jealous of your cruise! Dominica sounds like my kind of place!!!

    • Lauren | Justin Plus Lauren
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      Dominica is beautiful, so many wonderful natural places to explore. I would love to spend more time there, more than just a day!

  8. Katie@From Shores to Skylines
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    What a fun post!! We might be going to NYC next month and Bonaire next year! Great minds… ๐Ÿ˜‰

  9. Bryna
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    I loved NYC and would love to go back (there is so much to eat there…). Atlantic Canada is on my places to visit. I’m just waiting for for some flight deals – fingers crossed!
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  10. Constance - Foreign Sanctuary
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    I have been to NYC and Atlantic Canada before and I totally understand why you would love revisit them again. They views and the places are absolutely amazing!
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  11. Lily Lau
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    Nice top 5 couple, I’ve been to some of them and I’m willing to revisit them soon too! ๐Ÿ™‚
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  12. Steph (@ 20 Years Hence)
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    Ditto on NYC & Montreal, the only places you picked that I’ve actually been! I think you could probably spend a lifetime exploring either NYC or MTL and still not see them all!
    Steph (@ 20 Years Hence) recently posted…London LoveMy Profile

  13. HotMamaTravel
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    I love seeing new places, but I always want to go back to places I know I enjoy. Unfortunately, I don’t have the budget for both, I am constantly struggling to pick and choose.
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  14. Milosz Zak
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    It definitely shows you have a thing for the East Coast.

  15. Stephanie Mayo
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    Great list! And always love to see Canada represented!
    Stephanie Mayo recently posted…5 Cities that Keep Pulling Me BackMy Profile

  16. Adrienne
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    I really love this idea for a post. Most places I’m OK with visiting once but Viequie and New Orleans are the two spots that come to mind that I would visit again and again.
    Adrienne recently posted…Chillax at the Stowe Mountain Lodge in VermontMy Profile

  17. David
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    Vancouver and British Columbia always have something different to offer every time I visit … I love this part of Canada so much!
    David recently posted…5 fun things to do on CorfuMy Profile

  18. Shikha (whywasteannualleave)
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    Great list! I had NYC in my blog post about the same thing but never been to the others on your list – Bonaire looks amazing!
    Shikha (whywasteannualleave) recently posted…An Alpine Fairytale in Lake Bled, Slovenia: A Cream Cake with A ViewMy Profile

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