Be a Tourist in Your Own Town
Want an easy escape without going too far? Check into that quaint bed-and-breakfast or fancy hotel that you’ve always been curious about in your very own (or a neighboring) town. Let someone else cook breakfast, then explore the quirky sights and stores that you’ve passed by millions of times without stopping for a second look. Feed the ducks at the pond, drive around unfamiliar neighborhoods to admire the architecture, or poke into dusty antique stores that have been around for as long as you can remember. Ignore your usual haunts and reminders of the daily grind—no stopping into the grocery store or picking up a coffee at your neighborhood Starbucks. Instead, linger over a cappuccino at the brand-new café, read the paper in the local park, and check out that little Thai place down the street—and fall in love with your hometown all over again.