“Sammi and Wynn’s Day of Fun”–as we were calling it–consisted of a trip to the mall (I had to return something and Wynn had to buy something), a trip to the beach, a trip to two used bookstores and then a trip back to the mall because Wynn had to return some of the things she bought earlier (so she could eat that night). Finally we topped the day, or night depending on how you look at it, at the Greenlake Bar & Grill for $5 Steak Night with some of my Rome friends (people I went to Rome with this past Winter Quarter…eventually they’ll be just “friends”). All in all, laid out neatly in front of you like this, it probably doesn’t sound all that exciting, but it was a very good day. According to Wynn it was the best day of her life, so far (obviously).
What I’m trying to get at is that, without going too far away from home (everywhere we went was no more than 20-30 minutes away from our perspective places of residence), the two of us still managed to have a great time. Going back to the “staycation” idea, I’m thinking that there’s something to be said about staying close to home and enjoying what’s around you. I’ll be the first to admit it: Even though I grew up in the Seattle area and have lived here my entire life, I still haven’t hit up all of the touristy spots. I’ve never seen the works that reside in the Seattle Art Museum despite the fact that we share a common name (SAM). I’ve yet to learn the history of the Seattle Underground. Nor have I ever listened to the tunes that fill the halls of the Experience Music Project. Hell, even after spending pretty much every Fourth of July here, I still have never watched fireworks over Lake Union at Gasworks Park. As sad as this may sound, I’m sure I’m not the only person who hasn’t visited all of the major sights in their area.
Earlier this week, I took a trip to the Lynnwood Library and checked out six books. Among the six is a book titled Previous Convictions, Assignments from Here and There by A.A. Gill–who, according to the book’s back cover synopses, is “probably the most widely read columnist in Britain.” It’s a book of travel essays covers both places in Britain (the “Here”) as well as places all around the world (the “There”). I haven’t officially started the book yet but I have read the Foreword already. It shows great promise; I’m going to officially start reading it right after this post (if I remember, I’ll let you know how it goes).
The reason I bring this up is because although Gill covers places from around the globe, he also covers places in his own backyard–I apologize for the use of a cliche. By doing this, by including “travel” essays about places in home country and juxtaposing them with travel essays from all over the world, Gill further proves my point in that you should–cue title–never underestimate the potential of a “staycation.” At least, that’s my interpretation of it.
So, here’s what I’m suggesting: It’s summer and while vacations are great this time of year, there are logistical issues that needed to be taken into consideration such as having the time and money to actually take one. If you’re like me and you’re limited in both areas, take a “staycation” and do the touristy thing close to home. I know that I’m planning on doing it at least a few more times in the next few months (even though I’ve yet to let my friends know that they’ll be joining me). You’ll be seriously surprised how much you’ll enjoy yourself.