In the June issue of Shape magazine, I read the following:
“Deciding between going on one long getaway this summer or taking a bunch of shorter trips? To reap the biggest payoff from your break, choose the second option. Dutch researchers found that you get pleasure from anticipating a vacation, not just taking one.“
Taking shorter trips may be the ticket to summer happiness, and I can attest to that. I can’t remember the last time I’ve been on a true, weeklong splurge of a vacation. For me, shorter (and much, much cheaper) jaunts offer more frequent build-up excitement.
While at Union Station yesterday in downtown Los Angeles, I began to the get an itch for travel – the train travel bug. A day-and-a-half train ride up to Seattle for a weekend stay seems more appealing than ever. Today my mind has taken me to Santa Fe and to Portland. Here I revisit three of my favorite, and affordable, shorter trips from the past couple of years. Yesterday’s post was about being a tourist in your own town; today it’s about being a tourist in or near your own state.
New Orleans, LA (June 2008)
Sarasota, FL (June 2008)
San Diego, CA (July 2009)