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June 12, 2024 4 mins

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Speaker 1 (00:03):
Welcome to Before Breakfast, a production of iHeartRadio. Good Morning,
This is Laura. Welcome to the Before Breakfast podcast. Today's
tip is that whenever you are going somewhere new or
that you don't go too often, see what's nearby. Perhaps

you'll find something else that you would like to visit
as well. So I was recently heading to Florida for
a speaking engagement. The conference planners had made a hotel
reservation for me, and as I was preparing for my trip,
I looked at Google Maps to see where my hotel
was located. It turned out that it was less than

a ten minute walk from the beach. Now this wasn't
exactly a beach vacation. I was there for a very
short time and working for most of it. But because
I had looked to see what was near the hotel,
I decided to pack my running clothes. I was able
to get in an early morning run on the beach

while I was there, which was a real treat for me.
If I hadn't looked at the map, I probably wouldn't
have done that, So I was glad I did. I
think it's a great idea to use a map app
to see what's nearby anytime you are out of your
usual orbit, so you can make the most of your

time in a different place. Even in your own town.
This could be helpful. You may only go to your
dentist twice a year, but if you look it up,
you may realize the office is near a Trader Joe's.
What a great opportunity to get some special treats from there,
even if it is not your usual grocery store. Your

kid's allergist might not be far from an Italian ice
spot that you have read about and wanted to try.
You might have work meeting near your favorite interior design
consignment shop during your weekly planning or just when you're
passing the time waiting for a call to start map
your upcoming appointments and see if there is a fun

destination he'd like to bundle with a trip. With things
we do over and over again, like maybe meeting a
friend for lunch, we can fall into the trap of
always doing the same thing, and it is absolutely great
to become a regular at that awesome Italian place you
often go to. But if the lunch routine is feeling

a little stale, just put your lunch mate's office address
into a map ap and search for restaurants nearby. Maybe
you'll find out that there's a great Ethiopian place hidden
around the corner. It's worth checking out, And now that
you've searched for what's nearby, you will I have even
started doing this when I am driving kids to lessons

or parties. My nine year old is old enough that
I don't need to hover near him at a friend's
birthday party. But if I have driven twenty minutes to
get there, I'm not going to go home just for
an hour in the middle, So I search nearby and
see what might work. Occasionally there's a cool looking coffee shop,
for a store, or even a library branch. All can

work for getting some work done or experiencing something new.
If you try using a map app to search nearby
and make the most of your time in a different place,
I'd love to hear about it. You can reach me
at Laura at Laura vandercam dot com. In the meantime,

this is Laura. Thanks for listening, and here's to making
the most of our time. Thanks for listening to before breakfast.
If you've got questions, ideas, or feedback, you can reach
me at Laura at Laura vandercam dot com. Before Breakfast

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