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Old 09-03-2011, 03:41 AM
 
Location: Lincoln, CA
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I spent my last weekend with some friends in Napa, CA and we met this wonderful couple. They're financially sound and in their late '30s and they have this interesting philosophy about traveling. . . no matter what happens, they make it a point to travel somewhere on the weekends. With them both being busy with their businesses, they only travel to cities and places within their own state (California) and do short trips in each city.

Has anyone ever tried this? It seems like fun and a nice getaway. My wife and I are thinking about doing something similar, maybe not as frequent, but the idea of just taking a weekend off and visiting neighboring cities sounds like fun. There are many cities I have never been to even though they're just a short distance over. Thoughts?
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Old 09-03-2011, 07:43 AM
 
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Has anyone ever tried this? It seems like fun and a nice getaway. My wife and I are thinking about doing something similar, maybe not as frequent, but the idea of just taking a weekend off and visiting neighboring cities sounds like fun. There are many cities I have never been to even though they're just a short distance over. Thoughts?
For two years (2008-09), my wife and I traveled two weekends a month. One weekend would be a short overnighter within a few hours of Chicago. The other weekend would be a one-two hour flight on Southwest - KC, Omaha, Pittsburgh, Detroit, etc. The flights were $39-59 OW pp. Toss in a cheap rental car and a hotel from Priceline and it was pretty inexpensive.

Most people go on and on about their foreign travel to exotic places. Personally, there are a lot of great things to see in every city. I highly recommend the Moon Guides and the Off the Beaten Track Guides.
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Old 09-03-2011, 11:48 AM
 
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I spent my last weekend with some friends in Napa, CA and we met this wonderful couple. They're financially sound and in their late '30s and they have this interesting philosophy about traveling. . . no matter what happens, they make it a point to travel somewhere on the weekends. With them both being busy with their businesses, they only travel to cities and places within their own state (California) and do short trips in each city.

Has anyone ever tried this? It seems like fun and a nice getaway. My wife and I are thinking about doing something similar, maybe not as frequent, but the idea of just taking a weekend off and visiting neighboring cities sounds like fun. There are many cities I have never been to even though they're just a short distance over. Thoughts?
Sure, that's a great idea when one lives in California. Go to the beach, the mountains, redwoods, LA, San Diego, San Francisco, etc.

Not a good idea for many. Other states have nothing to offer except farms or a few state parks.
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Old 09-03-2011, 03:07 PM
 
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I spent my last weekend with some friends in Napa, CA and we met this wonderful couple. They're financially sound and in their late '30s and they have this interesting philosophy about traveling. . . no matter what happens, they make it a point to travel somewhere on the weekends. With them both being busy with their businesses, they only travel to cities and places within their own state (California) and do short trips in each city.

Has anyone ever tried this? It seems like fun and a nice getaway. My wife and I are thinking about doing something similar, maybe not as frequent, but the idea of just taking a weekend off and visiting neighboring cities sounds like fun. There are many cities I have never been to even though they're just a short distance over. Thoughts?
Heres a site you or your friends might like.
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Old 09-03-2011, 03:17 PM
 
Location: California Mountains
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My husband and I did that often during the decades we lived in Southern CA. When we both were still in the workforce, we had our one or two foreign trips scheduled ahead of time, and left long weekends for smaller trips to places in the state. We called the smaller trips our "date trips".

Since we're now retired, there is no need to wait for long weekends, so we do short trips to nearby city/state whenever the impulse hits.
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Old 09-03-2011, 03:46 PM
 
Location: SW Missouri
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I spent my last weekend with some friends in Napa, CA and we met this wonderful couple. They're financially sound and in their late '30s and they have this interesting philosophy about traveling. . . no matter what happens, they make it a point to travel somewhere on the weekends. With them both being busy with their businesses, they only travel to cities and places within their own state (California) and do short trips in each city.

Has anyone ever tried this? It seems like fun and a nice getaway. My wife and I are thinking about doing something similar, maybe not as frequent, but the idea of just taking a weekend off and visiting neighboring cities sounds like fun. There are many cities I have never been to even though they're just a short distance over. Thoughts?
Back in the glory days, before we owned our own business which takes up all our time; and before the price of gas went astronomical, we would often take "day trips" in and around the area. Mostly scenic drives since Missouri is so beautiful but occasionally, we would hit up a casino or visit a park or other destination.

The hard part for me, was finding good places to eat (picky eater than I am), but I always enjoyed the drive. Oddly enough, most of my favorite destinations are in Arkansas rather than Missouri. Eureka Springs, Hot Springs, Scenic Highway 7 (the Grand Canyon of the Ozarks), Mountain Home and Cotter being my favorite destinations.

Alas time is too short and gas to high to enjoy doing this. Maybe someday!

20yrsinBranson
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Old 09-03-2011, 05:08 PM
 
Location: The Chatterdome in La La Land, CaliFUNia
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I spent my last weekend with some friends in Napa, CA and we met this wonderful couple. They're financially sound and in their late '30s and they have this interesting philosophy about traveling. . . no matter what happens, they make it a point to travel somewhere on the weekends. With them both being busy with their businesses, they only travel to cities and places within their own state (California) and do short trips in each city.

Has anyone ever tried this? It seems like fun and a nice getaway. My wife and I are thinking about doing something similar, maybe not as frequent, but the idea of just taking a weekend off and visiting neighboring cities sounds like fun. There are many cities I have never been to even though they're just a short distance over. Thoughts?
This does sound like a neat idea, especially if your budget does not permit traveling to further away locations. California is so diverse and there's so much to see and do. I also have yet to explore my state and should maybe look into doing weekend getaways at least once per month or every other month (my budget would not allow me the luxury of traveling each weekend). If you have access to your own transportation and don't mind the drive, then you could even combine multiple locations within a trip as well.
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Old 09-03-2011, 05:13 PM
 
Location: The Chatterdome in La La Land, CaliFUNia
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Sure, that's a great idea when one lives in California. Go to the beach, the mountains, redwoods, LA, San Diego, San Francisco, etc.

Not a good idea for many. Other states have nothing to offer except farms or a few state parks.
Think outside the box ... Have you truly explored all the riches that your particular state has to offer? Not sure what part of the US that you are located but some smaller states are close enough to where you can easily drive to another state with more amenities ... Have you looked into airfare for neighboring states?
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Old 09-03-2011, 07:10 PM
 
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Think outside the box ... Have you truly explored all the riches that your particular state has to offer? Not sure what part of the US that you are located but some smaller states are close enough to where you can easily drive to another state with more amenities ... Have you looked into airfare for neighboring states?
The OP specifically said 'within your state'.

And yes, I have explored everything the state offers, which is only some state parks, some quaint towns, and a few rivers. I still visit the state parks, but only because that is the only place I can be alone with nature in a few hours drive. Otherwise, everything is farms.
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Old 09-04-2011, 07:29 AM
 
Location: Lincoln, CA
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Some really great tips and comments everyone!

I mean, even just visiting a neighboring city. For example, I didn't even know that Roseville, a 5-minute neighboring city, had a flight museum. My brother is a pilot and loves anything with flight so we plan to take him to see it next weekend. I think most people tend to take long trips or go abroad that they never really look at spending shorter, closer trips.
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