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Are Vacations in Your Own City a Good Alternative?

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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nureinsoldat nureinsoldat 9 years
While this may be an alternative for funds-strapped spenders, I think the lure of vacationing in a completely different place is largely psychological. That is, it provides a mental escape from all of the headaches one is taking a vacation to get away from. Thus, vacationing in one's own locale may be a viable alternative to not taking a vacation at all, but vacationers may still find themselves plagued by work or daily stresses.
sugar_me_sweet sugar_me_sweet 9 years
i've lived in the same city since i was born so i have to go to some place different for it to be called a vacation.
paramita paramita 9 years
I live in Europe and I have to admit that my holiday feeling comes when I'm in a place where people speak a different language. Feels really away like that (although sometimes it's only 3 hours away). But now I'm just moving to a big city where tourists actually come here, so being a tourist in my own city might also work :).
Angelica Angelica 9 years
It's a nice option, but never feels comparable to a trip to a new, exciting city.
jessie jessie 9 years
if you search hard enough you can sometimes find a diamond in the rough..something you didn't know that was there, or forgotten. but it is nice to actually go away too.
WhatTheFrockBlog WhatTheFrockBlog 9 years
Nah. I do fun things in Philly all the time, I want to get away from Philly for my vacatin.
bsglrok132 bsglrok132 9 years
I think that being a tourist in my own city would be fun. There are a lot of tourist-y things I haven't seen and there are some really high class hotels that I'd love to stay in. I pretty much just go back and forth between home and school and the grocery store, so there's a lot left for me to experience.
shanimalcracker shanimalcracker 9 years
I don't think it makes up for going faraway, but it definitely is nice to see what your neighboring areas have to offer. I live in the Bay Area so there is always something to look for to do.
MindayH MindayH 9 years
I wouldn't mind staying in my own city, but I also have been visiting friends and family that live in great locations. Cuts out hotel and car rental, but still is the chance to be AWAY
stephley stephley 9 years
I think when you actually play tourist in your own city you can see your world through different eyes. You can relax around the art there for you to see - take time to study it as opposed to rushing through a museum. I'm nerdy enough to enjoy an occasional walking tour through a local historic district.
SkinnyMarie SkinnyMarie 9 years
I wouldn't stay in my own city, but I wouldn't travel as far. Instead of going to a city I would never get to go to, I would opt for something more local but its still getting away from what you know.
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
I think many people take advantage of what's in their own backyard, literally.
mondaymoos mondaymoos 9 years
Even if you don't stay in your city per se, there's probably a bunch of fun stuff in the general area to check out. I live in Tucson, AZ... last weekend, we roadtripped down to Mexico for some haggle-shopping... this past weekend, I drove to San Diego... both hella inexpensive options and still LOTS of fun.
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