5 Cities You Must Visit Twice

“It’s just not fair,” I sighed. “What is it?” my friend asked, looking vaguely concerned. It was stupid but I told her. “The world is too beautiful and it’s just not fair that I will never get to see it all.”

With so many beautiful places to visit around the globe, it is tempting to simply tick a destination off in your travel journal and move on, never giving it a second glance. After all, why should you revisit some places when you still haven’t seen a million others?In our fast-paced world of time constraints and deadlines, it is no surprise that we often try to impose similar restrictions when it comes to down time. But, to me, travel is all about exploring different cultures and experiencing new emotions. And you know what? Both those things take time.

That is why I have decided to put together a list of five destinations which merit at least two visits, if not more. Sometimes a place’s charm is so intricate that it will take a few dates before you finally give in and fall head over heels in love with it. Sometimes a place is simply too multifaceted for you to understand it in one go. Whatever the reason, here are my picks!

New York

Here’s a little quiz! Did you look at the picture above and immediately think “oh, that’s New York”? If your answer was “no”, you could probably do with a few more visits of this wild metropolis. There is simply no way you could ever comprehend the city’s cacophony of car horns and high heels clacking on concrete in one go. There are enough sights and characters in New York for a lifetime of exploration!Oh, you’re still wondering about that photo? Those whimsy English dwellings are located on the Upper West Side in a gated community on Pomander Walk. If you manage to get in somehow, you might even bump into Humphrey Bogart or Woody Allen, both of whom own houses there.

“The city seen from the Queensboro Bridge is always the city seen for the first time, in its first wild promise of all the mystery and beauty in the world.” (F. Scott Fitzgerald)

London

There’s no getting around it – whenever I return to it, London welcomes me looking even more beautiful than before. No, I’m not writing it another love letter… But I certainly could. From quirky Camden to put-together Kensington, the British capital cannot be explored in full during a single visit.

No matter how long your first trip lasts, it won’t be enough to devour all the culture (not to mention the crumpets!) your heart desires. Trust me – my first trip to London lasted two years and I’m moving back this September.

“You find no man, at all intellectual, who is willing to leave London. No, Sir, when a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford.” (Samuel Johnson)

Beijing

Beneath all the smog and noise pollution lies an unpolished gem of a city. Beijing is so much more than I ever expected – a place where tradition and modernity meet in a whirl of Confucianism and confusion. The traffic jams and the Buddhist monks, the hukou system and the world’s biggest Adidas store… Beijing will keep you on your toes whether it is your first or twenty first visit.

“Let China sleep, for when she awakes, she will shake the world.” (Napoleon)

Amsterdam

Especially for the party animals among you, Amsterdam certainly merits more than one visit – and not just because you might not remember much of the first, however likely that may be. There is no place like Amsterdam in the world – a city of unimaginable cultural depth, endless stashes of weed, world-renowned museums and infamous parties. It’s like a young philosophy major’s wet dream but whoever you are, you can fall in love with Amsterdam if you keep an open mind.

“Some tourists think Amsterdam is a city of sin, but in truth it is a city of freedom. And in freedom, most people find sin.” (John Green) 

Marrakech

It’s not only the big metropolises which require more than one visit. The whole of Marrakech could probably be seen in a matter of weeks, if not days, but understanding the city is not an experience you can rush. The medina with its magical souks and omnipresent spice vendors is a dangerous maze for once you enter, you might not be able to escape for as long as you live. I know I still haven’t.

“To visit Morocco is still like turning the pages of some illuminated Persian manuscript all embroidered with bright shapes and subtle lines.” (Edith Wharton) 

What do you think? Are these some of the cities you would visit twice? Is there a destination you keep returning to and, if so, why?

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This post is part of the #WeekendWanderlust and Sunday Traveller series. Check out both for some incredible posts from my fellow travel bloggers – anything from a rainforest skyrail to a San Francisco food tour

  • Emma

    Well thgis is really interesting, I have known about the Four cities. In fact going on chinatown bus boston nyc tour, but really don’t have any kind of information about Marrakech. That seems a nice place too, It is a city of Morocco. I will also love to visit the place whenever i’ll find the chance.

  • Honestly, I don’t feel like I need to return to Amsterdam. TOTALLY agree with New York though – over and over again 🙂