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
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.