The research shows that using our money to have new experiences makes us happier than buying material goods. Both the anticipation of those new experiences and the memories add to our happiness over the long term. But those experiences don’t have to be expensive. You can create new experiences close to home. Plan a trip around your city as if you were a tourist. What sites would you want to see, what restaurants would you want to visit, and what history would you want to learn about? Who would you like to take on your in-town vacation? Use TripAdvisor and other internet travel sites to learn new attractions in or around your town. Spend some time creating an itinerary and picking your favorite activities, just like you would if you were spending lots of money on a trek across the country. Pick someone special to plan your excursions with you. Explore your city like a tourist and the fun, anticipation, and memories will make you happier.