Give it a second chance!I am a firm believer in giving everything a go at least once, but what about twice? Why not visit a destination a second time, especially if you had a not-so-good experience on the first visit. If you didn’t enjoy the destination on your first visit, you may be surprised by your second… Many factors can influence your enjoyment of a particular country, city or region. Your travel companions, how the destination has changed over time, your experiences in this city, the weather, the food you ate or how much time you had to relax and truly explore. First impressions can be killers, but why should they be?
The first time I visited Paris it was grey, gloomy and raining. The weather was a big factor in my enjoyment of this now wonderful city in my eyes. Every time you had to go out you would have to rug up and your feet would get wet constantly avoiding puddles. Perhaps it was that this didn't match the Paris ideal I had created in my mind.
The second visit I made to Paris was in the summer with my sisters. The sun was shining, you could walk around in shorts and relax on the green grass. Having been to Paris before, whilst my sisters visited the typical tourist sites, I has time to explore and sit in the park and read a book. For me, it was a more authentic Paris than the previous one I had experienced. The only negative from this trip was getting pick pocketed near the Champs Elysees but that my friends is a story for another time.
Conversely, my first visit to Rome was great. Whilst it was cold, it wasn't extreme and we stayed in a little B&B across the bridge from Castel Sant'Angelo that was so close you could walk to everything. Being just before Christmas time, I remember visiting the Christmas markets in Piazza Navona and getting a big ball of fairy floss.
On my second visit to the Eternal City, it was summertime but it was a bit rushed. On a whirlwind trip around Europe, I was so looking forward to the authentic Italian food I remembered. On a budget, we stayed far from the city centre and had to catch the bus in and back everyday. This left us less time at the end of the day to find somewhere to eat and we ended up falling into the tourist trap restaurants.
If you didn't enjoy a destination on your first visit, it is worth giving it another shot! It may change your outlook and give you a better sense of its true character.