Take a Break

What to do when you feel like you can't get away -- but really want to

Last updated: Jun 29, 2011

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Can't get away for a proper vacation? The recession ushered in the idea of the "stay-cation," taking a vacation without ever leaving home. Most of us live in places where there are museums, historic sights (like old homesteads or battlefields), sports facilities, famous restaurants, or other attractions that we've always been meaning to check out but never did.

If you can slip the bonds of caregiving for even a couple of hours, you can take in an exhibit and treat yourself to lunch at a museum café. Even a sandwich will taste snazzier in fresh surroundings, and the newness of what you're seeing and doing will stimulate your brain -- and make you feel like you've really "been away."

-- Paula Spencer Scott