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Monday, April 5, 2010

PEOPLE & VOICES - Take a Tour in Your Own Backyard


Take a Tour in Your Own Backyard

by Lucy E. Jackson

It never ceases to amaze me that no matter where we live, we become complacent and rarely experience all that our local community has to offer. And, when it comes time to take a vacation, we feel the need to go hundreds of miles away.

Yes, Baja is your home . . . but, have you looked at it lately? Hundreds of thousands of visitors cross the border every year to explore the exciting attractions, dining, nightlife and shopping that Baja has to offer. And, as a local, you don’t have to leave this paradise to relax or find fun, because everything you need is right here in your backyard.

Think about it . . . Baja is affordable, offers free world-class attractions and has an unsurpassed restaurant scene. So, it only makes sense to choose your own backyard—your own town or a neighboring city—for your next vacation, day trip or weekend getaway.

To start planning your Baja vacation or weekend getaway, first you need to make a list of attractions you’ve been wanting to see and activities that you’ve been wanting to do, but just haven’t had time. Make sure your list also includes restaurants that you’ve wanted to try. Drawing a blank? Check out the “Calendar,” “Dining Guide” and “Activity Guide” in this and previous issues of Mexico Living, or visit www.mexicolivingguide.com for tours and activities by city. Some restaurants and attractions even offer discounts to local residents and/or give a discount just by mentioning that you read about them in Mexico Living.

Next, even if you’re only a few miles from home, check into a hotel to enjoy the blissful feeling of a vacation. The change of setting and pampering service will be relaxing and invigorating, and you’ll get more pleasure from your vacation without the everyday chores and distractions of home getting in the way. Sleep in, savor a leisurely breakfast, and take the time to enjoy the spectacular sunrise and sunset.

Since you’re on vacation, don’t forget your camera. Snap away as you take in the sights and sensations of Baja—your friends won’t believe you had a fantastic vacation without the trouble of driving hundreds of miles away.

The beauty of “touring in your own backyard” is that you don’t have to plan far ahead and you can enjoy it on the spur of the moment.

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We want to hear about the adventures you found while touring in your own backyard. Email editor@mexicoliving.info to share your stories about something you learned, something you tasted, something you saw or something you never imagined existed in Baja.