Since you can’t travel anywhere for a vacation these money tight days, just hit up ethnic restaurants for less hassle and a make believe getaway. In sum, that’s exactly the pitch Zagat.com gives it readers on why Foodie Staycations are the way to go if you’re looking to kick back and relax. Not a bad idea, we bet the waiters at these restaurants for the first time ever will appreciate campers at their tables.

Now, every once in a while we find an evidence piece that’s difficult to categorize under just one wave. Fact is, the evidence is multidimensional in that there are several human motivational drivers behind it. So with Foodie Staycations, it took us some though to realize that all present truths in this evidence boil down to one single truth: that we look to and rely on surrogate reliefs to make us feel better. And no matter how real a restaurant’s atmosphere makes us feel transported to another country (living vicariously); no matter how much we’ve forgotten about our everyday mundane lives (pacifiers); and no matter how happy we are to pick up the check for a special meal because we said to ourselves, hey I’m worth it (private pampering); bottom line is we’re substituting a real vacation for something much smaller, cheaper, and closer. It’s not the best thing, but it’s the next best thing, and for many looking to fill a void, that’s just what you do to get by.

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