With frequent airline delays and long security lines, flying is not as fun as it used to be. Why not try something new: See your own city from a fresh perspective. Maybe you’ve lived in a place your whole life but never visited the prime attractions because “they’re for tourists.” Well, it’s time to become a tourist in your own town. You’ll get the same mood-boosting benefits of travel without spending as much or suffering any jet lag.
1. Get out of the house!
Splurge and book a luxe hotel room downtown for the weekend; that’s how you know you’re on vacation.
2. Travel in style.
If you live in a driving city, do this right: Ditch the sedan and rent a convertible or a sports car.
3. Visit the professionals.
This may sound dorky, but have you thought about visiting your local tourist office? It's there for a reason. When looking for fun ideas and destinations, talk to these paid professionals—or at least visit their website.
4. Book a guided tour.
Take a docent-led architectural, history or other walking tour to gain a deep, new understanding of your surroundings.
5. Venture outside your routine.
You know that new art museum, gallery, bookstore and restaurant you’ve wanted to try but haven’t had the time? Now is the time.
6. Hit the water.
If there is a lake, river or ocean in the vicinity—instead of just admiring the view—reserve a canoe or book a ticket on a ferry and get out on the water for a totally new view.
7. Find your hidden nature.
A park or nature preserve near you is waiting to be discovered. Find it!
8. Toast the town.
Many cities boast a signature dish: San Francisco has Dungeness crab; you can’t leave Boston without eating clam chowder. Visit that famous old-timey restaurant that serves the “original” and have a blast.
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Emily Wise Miller is the Web Editor for Live Happy. Her recent articles include 9 Tips to Be Happier Working From Home and 20 Best Sleep-Away Camps for Grown-Ups.