Have you ever had a holiday or a trip that lives in your memory as perfect? Everything about that experience evokes rich, vivid memories filling you with raw satisfaction.
Whether it was a honeymoon destination that seemed to stretch on romantically for days, as you and your husband embraced the newness of your commitment, the dinner conversations that lingered as the sun slowly made its disappearance between two mountains or the expedition that marked a genuine dream come true, and forever altered the way in which you view the world. From black sand beaches, to mystified landscapes, each time you recollect those locations there is that gravitational pull that tempts you to return, to engulf yourself in those landscapes, the culture, the people once again, but you catch yourself. You wonder if part of what makes that or those locations so flawless is because they live in your mind that way; you someone created the perfect based on situation, out of necessity to escape, the people who shared your time, the deep sensory experiences, and/or the profound emotions that were felt? Was it that the location was merely a backdrop for what you needed at the time and all the other factors were what really heightened the experience making it utterly magical?
And is it ever possible to replicate perfection? If you were to return would you only be riddled with disappointment? Would the impeccable memories that have been created and harvested all those years somehow be tarnished?
What is your experience with returning to your favorite location? Was the return visit as incredible as the first, a disappointment or simply different? We would love to hear from you!
What are your “perfect” places. For us, not much tops Switzerland, but Iceland is quite impressive too!
P.S. We just returned to a location we loved the first time and guess what, it was just as awesome the second time!