Where to go: New England; Marfa, Texas; The Bay Area
Why to go: It's a great big world, but sometimes it's nice to think small
What to bring: A wink and a smile

It's not something everyone can find relaxing, and it can occasionally backfire, but those who can go with the flow gain a lot by taking a relatively unplanned trip to visit with small town life. Small towns can be almost impossibly charming, especially when you're not from one of them, and the friendliness and lack of overwhelming options can create a nice trip full of easy decisions and long, lazy days. Which is what vacations should be all about.