Every suburbanite is familiar with a “city day.” Why shouldn’t the reverse be true? Why shouldn’t stressed-out city dwellers use their local suburb as a way to escape for a few hours?
Apartment Therapy makes the case for planning a “suburbs day” as a way for people from the city to get out of town for a few hours and unwind. This isn’t about hating the city and romanticizing the suburbs; it’s about recognizing the underrated comforts that a strip mall can provide. Look—this is coming from a New Yorker who never plans on leaving the city for good. But here’s why you (and I) should consider incorporating a suburbs day as a way to shake up our routine and recharge.
The merits of a “suburbs day”
When planning a true getaway feels impossible, a quick day trip is an underrated solution. Unfortunately, depending on where you live, you may not have a car, which is pretty much a necessity to make your suburbs day work. Once you acquire transportations, here are some perks to draw you into your nearest suburban neighborhood:
- Cheaper prices. This is by far the most appealing aspect of your day. Hit up a local restaurant, get a haircut, and do a little shopping for much better deals than you’ll find back home in the city.
- A break from crowds. Relish in walking down the street without getting jostled. Finding a park or green space is especially nice—even if it’s smaller than what you have in the city, the break from other people is what matters.
- Not everything smells like trash all the time.
- Less noise pollution.
- Easier driving. Remember being able to go above 15 mph?
- The ability to make eye contact with strangers. Results may vary.
Your suburbs day is all about getting some space and clearing your head, whatever that means for you.
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