I am, admittedly, a homebody, preferring to stay close to my nest and all things familiar. Every now and then, though, the travel bug hits me. Hard. As much as I try to fight it, I eventually cave. But how does one scratch that itch when you can’t go very far or take more than an afternoon away from home? Try this: break out your camera, put on your tourist hat, and go on a walking tour of your city!
Seriously, how many of us know every nook and cranny of the place we call home? I’m betting not many. How do you figure out where to go and what to see? Read on!
Firstly, food is a huge part of the travel experience for me. Every area has its own distinct version of faves, and given the competitiveness of the industry, restaurants and cafes come and go. While you could Yelp your way to a great meal, there’s nothing wrong with wandering around until you find a place that looks good, either. And you could discover some amazing food along the way!
Have you visited a museum lately? I remember the first time I visited the Louvre and laid eyes on the Mona Lisa. She was so exquisitely mysterious and touched a deep chord in me that every time I visit Paris, I make it a point to stop in and say “hi.” Yet there are others who are very “meh” about the experience. What’s the point? Great art is in the eyes of the beholder, so get out there, and give some of your local museums and art galleries a chance to wow you!
Area events can offer a “destination vacation” type of feel. I mean, haven’t you ever headed to another city to catch a concert or attend a festival? You can do the same thing locally, only your accommodations are a sure bet and it’s probably way easier on your wallet!
If you’re more the outdoorsy type, try out a different hiking / biking trail or a canoeing / kayaking experience. Where I live, I’m fortunate to be no further than ten minutes from amazing trails or bodies of water – sometimes both in the same spot! So, when the itch to explore the outdoors hits, I break out the trail maps. I’ve found some amazing hikes with stellar views that way. Who knows? You might find your new fave trail or water spot!
So, yeah, for me travel is fun and exciting, but while long trips aren’t always possible, I can still feed that bug and stay close to home. You should try it, too!
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Aidan Ross might be an engineering genius, but people skills? Not this soldier’s forte. Thankfully, a trusted friend is accompanying him to a make-or-break tradeshow…but then a bubbly redhead hops into his truck, claiming to be his new road trip buddy. She’s a gorgeous distraction he can’t afford. Or ignore.
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With the tempting woman disrupting his carefully planned schedule, Aidan can’t focus on the road, much less their upcoming presentation. The future of his company is riding on this trip, and if they’re to land a huge account, he has to keep his head—and his heart—in the game…
Melia Alexander is the author of sassy, sexy, fun contemporary romances, but is also fortunate to spend her week days at The Male Observation Lab (a.k.a. her job at a construction company) where she gets to observe guys in their natural habitat. Though they often behave like typical alpha males, she’s often seen through their personas to the heart of who they really are – the heroes of their own stories. A native of Guam, Melia traded in warm, tropical breezes for the rainy Pacific Northwest. She’s an avid reader who also loves romantic comedies – preferably with a glass of Cab Sauv and a box of dark chocolates nearby. In her free time, she’s busy conquering her CrossFit fears: ring dips, power cleans, and the dreaded 800 meter run.