Revisiting Vacation Spots of the Past

By Charlie Fletcher | September 12th, 2022

Can you go back again?


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Is it wise to expect that in revisiting vacation spots of the past we can re-create the fun times? Maybe so, if we follow some basic guidelines. 


As we get older, it is fun to look back at the good times and relive the memories of our past. Many people try to do so by going on a vacation to a place that they visited years ago, but it is important to remember that over time, things change, so the destination you remember may not be exactly the same.

Before you try revisiting vacation spots, you need to put your expectations in check and have a plan in case things are not as they were. Let’s talk about ways to do just that.

Compare this vacation to past getaways

If it has been years since your favorite vacation and it looks vastly different from what you remember, then use this as a time to reflect. Look at where your favorite places used to be and talk about the great memories you had there. If some of the places you loved still exist, then visit them again.

As time goes by, the world evolves, and so does its architecture. Many buildings that you likely remember may have been updated or renovated, and you may be impressed by the improvements. Make a game out of what looks different and take some photos.

Another fun idea when revisiting vacation spots of the past to try is to bring an old photo of a favorite location there and then take a new picture now. Compare and see how things have changed over the years. Some photos may now be completely unrecognizable, and it will be fun to spot the differences.

Think of new ways to celebrate your old vacation spot

Even if your getaway looks different from the vacation of your memories, it doesn’t mean that you can’t have fun doing new things. While you may want to relive some of the exact same activities from all those years ago, this is a chance to walk around town and see if there are things you want to try that wouldn’t have interested you when you were younger.

This is also an opportunity to have fun while fitting in some physical exercise as you stroll around the new city. Walking has become the trend lately. In addition to the fitness aspect, walking communities are also great because, with fewer cars around, they are safer. Plus, when you walk, you have a better chance of seeing noteworthy stores and attractions, and shopping helps to stimulate the local economy.

You can also think of ways to enjoy a specific activity. So, if you loved going to the beach and surfing as a youth but you have lost interest in the sport, then you can enjoy the sand in another way by reading a good book or treasure hunting with a metal detector. You can even find cool stuff in six feet of water, like gold rings and old coins.


Revisiting vacation spots at classic OBX lodging


Turn a disappointing vacation around

Even if you try the tactics above and the vacation is still not what you hoped, then there are ways that you can turn things around. For instance, if all of the destinations you used to love are now gone, you can talk to people around town or at the hotel and ask about some of the current attractions and see if they seem interesting.

In the same vein, you can also try getting off of the beaten path and see what fun new experiences you stumble onto. Walk until you find something, and don’t be afraid to get a little lost as you never know what is out there.

Finally, if your primary destination isn’t what you hoped, then get in the car and drive to the next town over. Every city has its own charm and activities to enjoy, so see what you discover. Whatever you do, try not to sulk in the hotel room and feel sorry for yourself, or you will regret it.

In the end, it is important to remember that things change over time, and so will the vacation spot from your prime years. If it has, use these tips to reminisce and create new memories.

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