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and committing to backyard exploration. The upsides to a staycation are many. Save money on airfare, rental cars and gas. Plan two days or plan a week. Lose a lot of the anxiety that comes with navigating a totally unfamiliar place. If you have kids, pets or other major responsibilities, you can get to them quickly if there is an emergency. Incorporate various friends into your plans, something that’s impossible when you go hundreds of miles away. But the biggest perk, to me, is that you gain a new appreciation for your city. Which makes returning to your everyday life that much more enjoyable. We spend so much energy (and money!) on travel so that we can gawk at other cities and countries, and I’m a huge fan of the vacation, too. But we often neglect to bring any sense of wonder to our own surroundings. It’s the equivalent, I think, of working extremely hard on a distant friendship, but failing to nurture the relationship you have with your life partner. I staycation the same way I vacation. Meaning: It’s all about balance. A perfect day brings a relaxing activity, a sweat-inducing activity, a cultural activity and an indulgent activity (or two).
RELAX I find shopping at Letters Bookshop, Parker & Otis, Indio, Bungalow, Vintage Home South and Everyday
Magic to be incredibly soothing. Same with Durham Bulls games.
There’s something so relaxing about the slow rhythm of baseball. Other ideas: Stroll through Sarah P. Duke Gardens and venture
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STAY It might feel silly to book
a place four miles from your home, but I want to stress the importance of packing a bag and escaping your regular life, bed and housework. I recommend the elegant and modern JB Duke Hotel, which is currently offering a few staycation deals. And the Aloft is convenient for walking all over downtown.
Find that new book to read this fall at Letters Bookshop.
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