Reflections on a Hometown Vacation
When I told people I was going on vacation last week, the most common response was "Why? You live in Cancun, you can't need a vacation!". Well, living here and traveling here are two mighty different tales. Living here I work six days a week, take care of my hyper preschooler, sweep and mop and cook every day. Traveling here, I get to lay on the beach, chill in the pool, snorkel, eat out, drink frou frou drinks and leave Max in the hands of his grandparents and uncles. I deserved a break and needed it and was happy to have it!
That said, there is something nice about vacationing in the town where you live, no matter where it is. We were able to go home everyday to take care of the pets, I brought all my spices from my cupboards for better cooking in the condo, I got great deals for my family using the "I live here" line (though it's not a line when it's true, right?) and Hubby could use the bathroom at home (he's got a "thing" about using toilets outside the house, freak). Knowing the area as well as we do, we were able to give my family the "inside" experience, even if on the tourist side of life.
I think wherever you live, you should try to vacation in your home town, see things you don't normally get to see, live like a tourist for a weekend. I used to do this in Toronto, rent a hotel room for a couple of nights, get on the tour buses, visit the CN tower or Casa Loma, see my hometown from an outsider's eyes, very enlightening and enjoyable. So often we wear blinders in our day to day life and don't see the beauty of what we have around us. Take off the blinders, put on your socks and sandals and flowery shirt and throw a camera around your neck and see your town in a new light. I'm not sure if this is a dare or a challenge, but I would love to hear from any of you who are willing to do this, no matter where you are from! Tempe, Arizona, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Hobart, Tasmania, or Ljubjana, Bohinj (all recent blog visitors), no need to book an expensive vacation, just turn your hometown into tourist town and tell us all about it! And really, throw away the cynicism and embrace it as though you were a child, you won't regret it.