12 meanings of recurring dreams about places you’ve never been

Recurring dreams about places you’ve never been can be creepy, mysterious, or just weird. But they also help us understand ourselves better and unearth secrets locked in our subconscious.

So what does it mean when you dream about places you’ve never been? How can these types of dreams be interpreted? And what are the meanings behind them?

Keep reading these 12 possible meanings of these dreams to find out…

1) You’re dealing with anxiety

One of the most common interpretations is that these dreams are a result of your anxiety. It’s possible that you’re feeling anxious about something and it may symbolize an internal conflict or struggle in some way.

As with other anxiety dreams, you’re feeling stressed and overwhelmed by the situation even though it isn’t happening to you directly. This dream can be a warning sign that you need to take a step back and just relax for a bit.

Try to spot the source of the pressure and try not to let it get to you. If you can’t figure out what it is, talk to someone and express your feelings.

But wait, there’s more!

The places in your dream can be a physical manifestation of your anxiety. So, what is the symbolism behind the places in your dream?

Maybe you’re feeling trapped or confined in a certain situation and it’s something that isn’t going to last forever.

This could be a sign that you just need to get through something before things start looking up for you.

2) You want to escape the real world

This type of dream is often caused by your desire to escape the real world and the things you have to do and deal with. You just want to get away from your responsibilities and find a place where you can do whatever you want.

You might be feeling stressed, overwhelmed, or even bored in your daily life.

So in your dream world, there is a place that allows you to forget about everything for a while – whether it’s an island, a secluded forest, or even just an empty road.

This can be symbolic that it’s time for some type of change – whether it’s quitting a job or ending a relationship. It could also mean looking at new opportunities or making changes in order to pursue something that makes you happy.

Here are some ways that can help you change and make a difference in your life:

  • Try not to stress over things that should be simple. If you’re overwhelmed, try not to take on too much and just focus on the important things – like your friendships, family, or even just your own personal health.
  • If you’re feeling bored, you might be looking for something new and exciting to do. So, get out there and try something new.
  • If you want to escape from your responsibilities, why not just take a day or two off? Sometimes taking a break can really get your mind back on track and make you feel refreshed when it’s time to go back to work.
  • End toxic relationships and spend some quality time with friends who lift you up instead of bringing you down. Unhealthy relationships tend to take a toll on your happiness – so don’t let someone else decide how your life should be lived.

3) Your brain needs a break from long-term memories

So, here’s the deal:

We all have long-term memories. These are the things that you have stored in your brain and tend to remember throughout the entire day or even years, depending on how significant they are.

Sometimes your brain needs a break from these long-term memories. Maybe it’s stuff from work, school, or just something that happened yesterday that keeps popping up in your mind all day.

After a few days of dealing with these thoughts, you might find yourself having a dream where everything seems to be going smoothly – without anything holding you back or bothering you.

This is probably because your subconscious is taking a break and giving your mind room to breathe – so when it’s time for you to wake up in the morning, your brain can start fresh again and get back to remembering what’s significant or important again.

You should know that dreams like this aren’t all good though. Sometimes they are caused by traumatic experiences, like the death of someone close to you – which is something that is going to stay in your mind for some time after it happens.

But here’s some good news:

Dreams like this can eventually fade away as well if you allow yourself time to accept what happened and eventually get through it without letting it bother you anymore.

4) Get help from a real psychic

Have you reached the end of your rope about recurring dreams?

I was in the same place last year and out of hope about ever solving the relationship troubles, I was going through.

I’d always been curious about speaking to a psychic, so I decided to go for it.

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They are incredibly knowledgeable about the dream world. Most importantly, they can also empower you to make the right decisions when it comes to love.

5) You need healing

Trust me, I know it’s hard to understand that dreams are all a part of your healing process when you’re actually experiencing them.

No matter what the dream is about, you’re going to have a really hard time accepting that it’s something positive.

But here’s the thing:

Both positive and negative things happen in life, and dreams are the way that your mind processes both of them. It’s how you can cope with things like death, betrayal, and failure – which are all things that you experience throughout life.

Recurring dreams about places you’ve never been to are reminders that there are plenty of beautiful things and places to see, which is why you should stop limiting yourself and start exploring what the world has to offer.

And also, recurring dreams about things that have happened before are your subconscious way of letting you know that you’re ready to move on from what happened.

6) You’re compensating for a lack of mobility

Think about this for a moment:

When was the last time you really got out of your comfort zone and did something that you had never done before? Maybe it was taking a new class, or going up to speak to someone in a busy room.

Maybe it’s something you’re too nervous to do, but hear me out on this:

Dreams where you’re running, jumping, or flying away from something can be interpreted as your subconscious trying to get you moving again.


Recurring dreams about places you’ve never been can be a sign of some sort of fear that you have in life. Some people become afraid of the future and avoid taking risks because they are afraid that it will end up going horribly wrong.

You dream about places you’ve been plenty of times before, but if you’re dreaming about places you’ve never been to – like an exotic island, or a beautiful forest – then your subconscious is trying to show you that there’s more in this world than what is immediately around you.

You should know that if this has been happening for a while and you can’t figure out what’s causing it, taking a small adventure and doing something different from your normal routine could really help with this problem.

7) You’re overworked or overtired

As I’ve mentioned above, dreams are a way of your subconscious mind helping you to cope with things so that you can solve them.

You probably already know that if you’re overworked, your mind will start to beat out scenarios for how everything will fall apart.

It’s only human nature, and it happens to people in the best of professions.

I’m sure there are a lot of doctors who have dropped out of med school because they couldn’t handle the pressure. It’s just another thing we all have to learn how to deal with and control in order to be successful.

Dreams about places you’ve never been to can be your subconscious mind’s way of letting you know that you’re tired and overworked.

It might also be showing you that you’re dream world is a lot more exciting than your real one, so that next time when you close your eyes, you can escape for a bit and see the things your waking life doesn’t let you access.

8) You’re afraid of being trapped

Ask yourself these questions:

  • Do you live in a place where you can get lost?
  • Do you feel stuck in your current situation, but know you need to move on?
  • Do you feel trapped with your current partner/spouse or living situation?

You may not be as stuck as you think. Sometimes we just need to ask ourselves questions like those to help us find more guidance towards an answer.

At the same time, this can be another reason why recurring dreams about places you’ve never been to can happen.

If you’re in a situation where you feel trapped and you know it’s time to move on, your subconscious mind might be trying to tell you that there’s an opportunity for you somewhere else, which could be a good place for you to start living your life.

This would work both ways, though, if the dream seems more like an awakening than a warning. What I’m saying is that dreams about places you’ve never been can actually be signs of hope instead of something negative to worry about.

9) It’s your subconscious’ way of trying to get you to do something it knows is important

Have you noticed that this recurring dream of yours happens a lot, but you always wake up before it happens?

Could that be because the dream is your subconscious mind’s way of getting you to do something that’s very important to you?

Maybe there’s a person or situation in your waking life which isn’t right for you. Maybe there’s someone who needs to go and have a talk with that person, or maybe there is something important you need to look at so that way your life can start moving again.

Or maybe you need to make some changes in your everyday life so that way everything will work.

If this is happening, then congratulations!

You are good at multitasking. When it comes down to it, we all have multiple things going on at once in our lives.

What makes us succeed or fail is how well we can juggle these different tasks so that everything works out for us the best possible way . . . regardless of our dreams or who might be dreaming them (even if those people are us).

But here’s the kicker:

If you’re having dreams about this kind of situation, and you’re keeping it to yourself, there’s a good chance that the situation isn’t quite right for you yet.

Something in your life is blocking you from being successful, and until that something is fixed, how can your higher self know what direction to help you go in?

When I was going through my own struggle with this, I told myself that I had to figure this out on my own before I could move on and I decided to reach out to Psychic Source.

Like I said earlier, the gifted spiritual advisor there really helped me see things in a whole new way.

Struggling with these recurring dreams about places you’ve never been isn’t fun, but it didn’t faze the psychic I spoke to at all.

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10) You get restless when your life is too stagnant

I bet you didn’t think I’d go here, but yes, this is a reason why recurring dreams about places you’ve never been might be happening.

It’s one thing to have a dream where you travel around a lot and see new things. But it’s another thing to have a dream which has no clear ending or message in it, and that is all about movement for the sake of movement.

Sometimes your subconscious mind needs to show you that there’s more in this world than what you’re currently doing and experiencing.

If you’re always doing the same things – whether it’s living in a certain place or hanging out with the same people – then your dream world might be telling you that it’s time for a change.

This change could mean moving to another city or visiting some other countries, or even changing jobs so that way you can grow personally and professionally.

11) You don’t want to confront a feeling or reality that’s happening in your real life

Every now and then, I like to leave you with one of my favorite quotes:

“You can’t hide from your dreams.”

It’s true – if something is standing in front of you and it’s scaring you, then the only way how to get rid of that fear and deal with it is by facing it head-on.

It can be as simple as having a conversation with someone, or it could mean moving to another place.

The important thing here is to acknowledge it, and then deal with it.

And if you’re having recurring dreams about places you’ve never been to, then keep in mind that your subconscious mind knows more than what you think – so pay attention to it.

12) Your environment is not safe or comfortable for you and it’s making your mind wander elsewhere

The last meaning of recurring dreams about places you’ve never been will probably hit home for a lot of my readers.

Dreams where you’re in a place that’s not safe or comfortable for you can happen to anyone. It could be recurring like this because there’s something about your environment that’s making your mind wander elsewhere, like seeing stuff outside your window or being around people who aren’t nice to you.

Every person has different issues when it comes to their environment. Some people don’t get along with others at all and they stay away from them, like me.

Others who have a big social circle are always stuck in a rut because everything is the same in their daily life.

And finally, some people are stuck in an environment where they feel trapped and unhappy so they’re always trying to escape it.

Whatever the cause, it’s important to fix the problem before you can move on.

And after all, dreams about places you’ve never been are a means of communication, so it might help you to take action on something that’s bothering you.

Final thoughts

Hopefully, this can help you understand why recurring dreams about places you’ve never been might be happening to you.

Or if you’re not dealing with this issue yet, maybe this will give you some ideas on how to talk to your higher self in the future.

Before you move on, remember that:

You are a spiritual being and your higher self comes from the divine.

So even if you think something is wrong in your life and you want to change it, then your higher self has the ability to help you in any way it can.

Many people already know that they’re dealing with recurring dreams about places they’ve never been to, but others might not have even recognized this yet.

I mentioned Psychic Source earlier. I recommended them because of my own positive experience, and I’m optimistic they can do the same for you.

Their spiritual advisors helped me in a real way that brought me answers I’d never been expecting.

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Can a gifted advisor help you too?

If you want specific advice on your situation, it can be very helpful to speak to someone with special intuition.

I know this from personal experience…

A few months ago, I reached out to Psychic Source when I was going through a tough patch in my relationship. After being lost in my thoughts for so long, they gave me a unique insight into what my future holds, and the confidence to make the right decisions when it comes to love.

If you haven’t heard of Psychic Source before, it’s a site where gifted advisors help people through complicated and difficult life situations.

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Thảo Anh Nguyễn

Thảo Anh Nguyễn

It is the little daily things that make life worth living and I know how to put you in the right perspective. I write about the intersection of life and love: how spirituality has changed my relationships, what I do to cultivate love in my life, and why I believe that all relationships are spiritual. Meet all your needs for your relationship and pieces of life advice with my articles.

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