Updated: Jul 23, 2019
All of us dream of going to faraway, exotic places with exciting things to see and do. I would like to suggest such a destination for your consideration. As Dorothy so aptly put it in The Wizard of Oz, there's no place like home. While your hometown may not have everything that you have ever wanted to see and do, it likely has more than enough for a quality vacation.
Several years ago, I was in New York City being interviewed by the top writer at Forbes magazine for an article he was writing. To say that this gentleman is well traveled would be an extreme understatement. He asked me about my background, and I told him I was born and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma where I still make my home today. This sophisticated gentleman-who lives in New York City and travels to every conceivable destination in the world on a regular basis-enthusiastically replied, "I've always wanted to visit Tulsa."
I am a huge fan of my hometown and have made a conscious decision to live here. I have traveled several million miles and experienced some wonderful locations, but I have never found anywhere I would rather make my home than Tulsa; however, I would admit to being a bit surprised that the gentleman interviewing me in New York City was that interested in my hometown. When I inquired about the reason for his enthusiastic response to the fact that I live in Tulsa, he told me about his lifelong fascination with art deco architecture, and he considers Tulsa to be one of the prime spots in the world to experience that type of building.
When I got back home, he contacted me about making his travel plans to Tulsa and inquired about other sites in the area. I shared with him about several of our museums and sites of interest. His response was, "With everything to see and do in Tulsa, I will need to plan more than one trip."
I'm not saying you should abandon your dreams of far-flung garden spots around the world, but before you pack your bags, consider all the things you and your family can enjoy in your own back yard. If you will look at your town or city the same way a tourist does, you may find that Dorothy did, indeed, have it right. "There's no place like home."
As you go through your day today, remember all the wonderful places in the world including your hometown.
Today's the day!