For me reoccurrence only happens with locations and themes (winter, night, sunset, desolation, …). The happenings are different.
When I visit unseen areas, I sometimes get a specific feeling of excitement and think "this looks just like one of my dreams". Then I usually do reality checks. Once in a while I become lucid right after, other times I just confirm my waking state and yearn for being able to do cool lucid dream stuff.
- big cities (often Chinese), subway stations
- mountain villages
- dungeons, castles, caves
- towers, sky scrapers
- rails and trains, woodland, roadhouses or huts
Every few years I dream of a ziqqurat in a sandy desert. It has a pool on top with a blue whale swimming in it, and people from all over the world travel to see it. Can't even start fathom what it all could mean.
Another extremely common dream locale is a sort of Bauhaus-style house, except it's a night storm and the house is a swamp up to my knee - it even has ferns, frogs and weeds.
Every once in a while, I dream of a few tannish-colored towers in an empty landscape. That's it. Never been able to take control while in that dream.