Love at first sight can be overrated when it comes to destinations. It’s often on the second visit that a traveler gets beyond obvious attractions and delves into what makes a place singularly special. Other times, a follow-up trip introduces a changed city. Either way, the second time’s a charm. Here, a collection of IgoUgo travel journals that come with the wisdom of travelers on their second times around.
Culinary explorer SkewedStyle opens Istanbul Is for [Food] Lovers, Part 1 by proclaiming, “On my second trip to Istanbul, there was no need for obligatory sightseeing—this trip concentrated on food, food, food, and having a wonderful time with my friends.” She takes us on a gastronomic tour that only a second-timer could—an itinerary so full of food that it required a second journal, Istanbul Is for [Food] Lovers, Part 2.
In Malaysia, Composthp took a route similar to that of SkewedStyle in Turkey—but different from the one she took on her own first visit to Penang. During her second stay in this city, her focus turned to food. Meals were “just as delicious and cheap” as they were the first time, and more of a priority, as evidenced in Penang Revisited.
Zstrick’s second time in Bar Harbor, Maine, resulted in a Downeast accent (see journal Baa Haba: The Sequel) and a list of 12 must-do activities. We recommend checking it out.
A decade separated hagnel2’s Innsbruck, Austria, trips, but she says that the “magical snowcapped mountains” encircling Innsbruck upon her return disprove Ernest Hemingway’s theory that “we can’t ever go back to old things…or find things the way we remembered them.” After two stays, she remembers plenty of tips for us, including what to eat: a daily dose of Dobos Torte.
GB from Devizes found himself back in Chicago only a few months after his inaugural visit. No matter; he was intent on seeing “a totally different array of buildings, parks, museums, and attractions.” His priority this time? The John Hancock Observatory, where he happily spent an hour exploring the “city in the sky”—a creative way to see a new side of the same city.
When rickhowe returned to Waikoloa, Hawaii, for a second look, he also returned to the resort from his first trip. Even though it had changed hands, the Hilton Waikoloa Village “maintained its high standards over time” (12 years!). Even the happy guest’s wife, a professional horticulturalist, was “in AWE of the plantings throughout the resort.” Despite the change in name, rickhowe says, this hotel proves that some things get better with age.
One advantage of a repeat trip is having more time to spare, according to nilgun. She found that Washington, D.C.’s National Museum of Natural History is too much to take in at once; on her first trip, she “only had time and energy to visit the Snakes and Skeletons exhibit.” Round two proved much more extensive and revealed a more innocuous favorite exhibit: Geology, Gems, and Minerals.
A return trip to Prince George, British Columbia, may not have put Re Carroll on a first-name basis with Mr. P.G., but she was enough of an expert to note that “times have changed”—in a good way. The city now offers “great restaurants” alongside her favorite attraction, The Exploration Place.
"Due to the fact that I had been to New Zealand before," says elizabeth melding, “I thought that we would try different activities.” Her South Island choices—the Wanaka Puzzle Centre, the Shotover River, bungee-jumping, and a Maori night—could satisfy any first-timer, too. And she would know—her husband was one.