December Ed's Note

8:00 AM

The holidays tend to make me feel restless. My inner WASP kicks in (though I'm technically only one of those things), and I'm hit with a major sense of guilt over both the slowing down of work and the over-the-top materialism of the holidays.

In times like these, I'm wishing and praying that I could simply hop on a plane — change the landscape and my perspective in a matter of hours.

The Brooklyn loft I'm dreaming about this week.
Last December, I hopped on a plane to here with barely any notice or planning ..
my favorite way to travel. 

I love family time and I'd love to have more of it. Something about it is so precious and comfortable, particularly during the holidays. Even if your siblings irritate the stew out of you, your time spent together is a gift that needs no wrapping and hopefully no returns.

But sometimes you owe it to yourself to skip town — whether for a few days or even just a few hours. While away, you can pretend to be someone else, or just a better dressed, chiller version of you. Honestly, we all like Vacation-you better.
December issue of DIME

In this issue, we look at what it takes to bust out of dodge, whether you have the budget to go across country or need to split gas with friends on your way to Nashville. We’re lucky to live in an era where nearly every side trip or potential pitstop has been hashtagged and reviewed for our convenience. But so what? Just because all the greatest dive bars and coffeehouses and gigantic balls of yarn in America have been documented ad nauseam doesn’t mean you can’t find your next favorite memory there. Pack a DIME for the road and let the hunt begin.  

This column was published in DIME's December 2016 issue. 

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