Believe it or not, no matter where you live, there are places to visit as a tourist. If you want to go on a vacation, settle for some place close, possibly 1-2 days away.
This will help save in airline costs, and will also ease the pain in having to deal with all of the bureaucratic security personnel at the airports.
Also, make the trip itself an adventure. Sightsee along the way, if you see something you find interesting.