First things first. I’m a longtime fan of the North Sea, and for whatever reason, this fact seems to annoy some people. Yeah, not much sun, no palm trees, no warm water, no bikini. So “why going to the North? Why North Sea at all?” they ask. “Aren’t there more interesting places to travel in the world? Isn’t it boring — returning to the same place over and over again?”

Many of us equally embrace what might be considered more “challenging” travel. But we’ll still argue in favor of travelling to a familiar place, a place that feels a bit like home. This is exactly what happened when I came back to ‪‎Ostend in Belgium, the place to be if you are a sea foodie. 

Wait, sea what?

Ostend

I came back to ‪Ostend‬ in Belgium, a place that never ceases to surprise me. I found this place quite different, as I saw it through some different eyes.

Which makes me think, why do we feel pressured to always see something novel when I travel? Is it still traveling when you’re not heading to a new destination? Do we always have to dream big? Go far? 

Ostend

Ostend

I’ve always told aspiring travellers that they don’t have to take a long flight journey in order to travel far. Besides, one of the beautiful things about travel is being able to revisit familiar places and bask in old memories while making new.

Someone told me these days that, by dint of always dreaming to travel and exploring the world, sometimes we forget how our neighborhoods are beautiful.

And this couldn’t be more accurate.

Ostend

Ultimately, I think there is need to be a balance between the two extremes – the adventure of discovering a new place and the comfort of reconnecting with an old one. But maybe that’s just me. Anyway, Ostend here I come again 🙂

Ostend

 

Should you return to a place you loved or travel somewhere new? What do you think about all of this? Do you have the same struggle? Tell me in the comments bellow.

 

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