Did you know that in 2018 U.S. workers left 768 million vacation days on the table? Do you find that fact as disturbing as I do? Since January 28th is National Plan Your Vacation Day, maybe you should start planning your next adventure.
Whether you’re planning a cross country trip or a headed out of town for a weekend getaway, I strongly urge you to check out the local art scene while you’re there.
“Local knowledge is always the best knowledge.” Chris Shontz, Venture 4WD
Okay, I can hear the sighs from here. After handing over your hard-earned money for transportation, food and lodging you might feel like you don’t have much cash left over for art. The good news is that local art is usually affordable. And even if a 12 by 16 painting is still beyond your budget, many savvy artists have their work available in smaller formats as notecards, magnets, coasters even Christmas ornaments. One enterprising watercolor artist in St. Maarten divided his work into bookmarks. Such smaller works have the benefit of being more portable than that bulky souvenir sweatshirt that will probably fade in the wash.
To really go native, check out the indie news publications like Reno News and Review for the latest local concerts. Peruse Hometown Reads so you have a local author’s work on your phone to enjoy during those quiet times when you’re not out exploring. Both Mixed Blessings and Ever After are set in Northern California and all the Rhythm & Romance titles are set in Reno in case you were wondering. There’s nothing like being truly on the scene of a favorite book.
My day job workspace is also a personal gallery featuring various artists from California, Northern Nevada and the Caribbean, comprised of bookmarks, note cards, magnets and a coaster. Whenever I glance up from my computer monitors, I see golden meadows and misty mountains. I even have access to a small stretch of beach in the Caribbean and I don’t have to pay for a beach chair.