With the economy not having much to boast about these days and Americans translating that insecurity into their own spending habits, less people are planning extravagant vacations this summer in an effort to be more responsible spenders. The New York Times suggests that your own city's gems you haven't yet explored could be a good alternative to traveling away from home: "Who needs London or Paris, with these cultural riches so close at hand?" Do you buy this line of thinking, or is there no good replacement for a vacation in a brand new location?
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