They say a change is as good as a rest. Well, what about a change and a rest? Presumably double whammy goodness, and our culture vulture destinations certainly offer the change, and very often the R&R element as well.
At the risk of getting all deep, seeing how other cultures deal with the stresses and strains of every day existence and celebrate the good things in life can be a thoroughly life affirming experience.
End of philosophy lecture.