Some places just feel like home no matter how many times you visit. You feel at peace and at the same time excited to be right there in one of your your favorite places in the world. Nothing else seems to matter. That is Bohol for me. Tranquility. Adventure. Beauty. Love.
However, it may not always be the case for everyone. When you are visiting a place for the nth time, you may think that it can be a waste of time or resources. It’s easy to think that you’re better off going somewhere else. So, here are some tips on how to enjoy each place even when you’ve been there before:
1. Stop and smell the flowers (literally and figuratively).
Take time to explore even the little things for everything holds a different kind of beauty. You may not have had time before to stop and appreciate that stunning flower, how those tiny caterpillar’s feet feel in your palms, or how those kids swinging from a tree by the river seem to have so much fun. This time you do. So, enjoy it.
2. Explore every nook and cranny.
Any tourist destination is much more than its glorified parts. Sometimes, the less popular destinations can give you more satisfaction. Each person is unique and so is each place you go to. A place can speak to you in a different and more intimate way than any of the more popular ones can.
3. It’s the people that counts.
The people you’re with plays a huge part on the nature of each experience. You can visit a place 20 times and have 20 different kinds of experiences if you go there with 20 different groups of people.
This time, I was with family and it was my brother’s and mom’s first time in Bohol, too. So this time, it was different than the usual budget travel my sister and I were used to. We spent more on food and on the tours but it made the experience much more special. And it felt the same way when you’re at home: comfortable, unpretentious, free.