When it comes to travel there generally seem to be two kinds of people. The first is the person who finds somewhere that they enjoy visiting and will keep going back to that place again and again for years. The other is someone who is constantly thirsting for new experiences and never wants to visit the same place more than once.
Now, there’s no reason for either of those things to be better or worse than the other; it just comes down to your personal preference. However, one mistake that both sides tend to make is to assume that once you’re familiar with a place, there’s nothing new to discover. This simply isn’t true. In order to demonstrate that, here are some of the most popular travel destinations in the world and how you can find some hidden gems in even the most well-known places.
London is a remarkable place because it’s actually very small, but the sheer amount of stuff to see and do there is enormous. Everyone who lives there or spends any time there has plenty of interesting facts about London to share, and once you get past the obvious tourist traps, there are dozens of amazing little boutiques, restaurants, and bars to experience. London is the kind of place where all it takes is going a few steps off the beaten path to come across something genuinely unique and wonderful.
Barcelona might be one of the most popular travel destinations in the world. For a lot of the people, it’s the kind of place they are willing to just write off as “too touristy” or as only really having the most obvious draws for travellers. However, just like many popular tourist destinations, the key is to dig a little deeper. Get outside of the areas in Barcelona where all the tourists are and discover it’s hidden gems like the amazing Roman Barcino necropolis or the Crypt at Sagrada Familia. There is so much history and culture to experience in Barcelona that those who only focus on the famous tourist destinations are like to miss entirely.
New York might be called the city never sleeps, but far too many travellers end up sleeping on some of the things that really set this city apart from any other. Sure, if you go to New York then you’re going to want to see Times Square and take in a show on Broadway. But the real beating heart of New York isn’t those places; it’s the day-to-day experiences of everyday people. Things like the little coffee shops and diners that only the residents know about, or the secret bars that serve incredibly cocktails that you could walk past without even noticing. Those are the things that make New York worth going back to again and again.
Of course, there’s nothing wrong with wanting something familiar or totally different. It’s just good to remember that even places that you think you know incredibly well still have the ability to surprise you with things that you never expected to do or see.