No matter where you are, and I believe this, you can find something to explore, see or do.
A few years ago, I turned down a shot to update the Caribbean to take on the Great Plains for Lonely Planet's USA guidebook (best trip I've ever taken). And I learned my most valuable travel lesson in Kansas.
After seeing grain elevator after grain elevator marking plains towns, I finally stopped at one and asked if I could see inside. Glen, a giant native Texan with "Terminator" sunglasses and a blue jumpsuit on, was happy to oblige.
We squeezed into a one-man elevator, and he showed me empty silos, weird machinery and views looking over miles of Kansas wheat.
I don't drive by them the same way again. And I learned the power of simply creating attractions, by stopping and asking to see stuff.
I've been thinking about re-enactments lately.
Last year, I drove from my home in New York City to Gettysburg, Pa., to find out how re-enactors decide who dies first. I got as many answers as the number of people asked: that it's decided by lottery, a commander dictates hits during action, or you just fall when someone's pointing his musket at you.
This year, I volunteered to partake in the 234th re-enactment of the first public reading of the Declaration of Independence in Philadelphia, an event that occurs, with limited fanfare, every July 8.
76-Second Travel Show: 'How to be a Colonial Reenactor'