Why You Don’t Always Have to Try Everything in a New City

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When you travel somewhere, sometimes there’s this incessant urge to see everything you possibly can. This goes for not just landmarks, but also restaurants, and other fun things to do. You might think to yourself that going everywhere and seeing everything is the obvious move, but that’s actually not necessarily true. Here’s why you definitely don’t have to try everything in a new city.

Building Emotional Connections

The thing is that if you see more things, the less time you have to spend on the things you see. This is very parallel with the “less is more” approach, and it certainly holds water in this scenario.

Let’s say you’re in a foreign city and you find a delicious and wonderful cafe, one that truly blows you away like you couldn’t have expected. One approach is to continue to try and go to as many cafes as you can, but we’d argue it might be better to return to the original cafe you loved so much—because that’s how real emotional connections are created.

Years down the line, what will you remember from your trip? If you return to a certain spot instead of trying to see as much as you can, you’ll remember that special place fondly, as a unique highlight of your adventure.