Go Back Again
If you like a place, visit it again! It is likely that once you get to know even more about it, you will like it even more. This has happened to us over and over again. The first time we visit a new city what we do, what we see, how we feel is very different from the second time. Not everyone can do this, and not every place deserves it, but you’ll be surprised at the things you’ll see the second time around.

Familiarity Leads to Adventure
The first time in a new city, especially a large one (which is our preference) we spend a day or two just getting to know the street layout, public transportation, and different neighbourhoods. The act of getting from place to place are half the fun, but also take more time. While focusing on the ‘getting there’ it is easy to miss the surroundings.

Once more confident in navigation we become more comfortable taking different routes or venturing further and we always come across a cool restaurant, bar, hotel, park, museum or activity that we were not originally looking for. By visiting a second time any apprehension of getting lost or not really enjoying the city itself is gone and we can explore even further. This is when trying to experience a place like a local really kicks in and we have a great time!
We have only visited Rome once. Our entire trip encompassed seeing the highlights that were on the ‘not to miss’ list – The Vatican, Trevi Fountain, The Colosseum, Spanish Steps, The Pantheon etc. We had a terrific trip! And while we did discover a few cafes and restaurants tucked away in cool locations the next time around (no plans yet as to when) will be spent exploring all of the cities nooks and crannies and will no doubt be a very different experience. Maybe we will even learn to like coffee and to drink it standing up!
A Different Perspective
Certainly we do not look at travel, or at cities, the same way in our 40’s as we did in our 20’s. Some of the places we visited on our very first trip together (Las Vegas, San Diego, San Francisco) have become our North American go to’s for completely different reasons than why we liked them in the first place. Perspective changes. So does your tastes and your budget. This argument is one of the reasons that you might consider visiting a place twice even if you did not like it the first time. You might like it now, or you might discover that once should have been enough.
For us Las Vegas is a place that we definitely look at and experience differently now than we did 20 years ago. We still love it, just for different reasons (and we have now been more than 10 times). Austin, Texas is a city that we still have not, and likely will not embrace. Our first visit was just OK, but given the hype from both people we know who love it and all of the travel media we read and listen to we gave it a second try. Nope. Still not for us. 
There are so many places in this world to see that sometimes it is hard to justify visiting the same place twice. But when we have done it we have not regretted it. We’re still living location independent and loving it.

We, Jeff and Tara Ciecko of CK Golf write two blogs, one is our 19th Hole Blog where we share personal experiences and the other an Industry Blog where we comment on general business and internet marketing best practices, sales strategies and give golf industry related opinions. We have owned CK Golf  for 9 years and provide marketing, social media and business services to the golf and other industries. As of August 2016 our life and our business will be ‘location independent’. Our 19th Hole Blog is about the places we visit and the things we do. If you have any questions or comments, or happen to be in the same location as us please reach out and contact us anytime.