1. You’re tired of the cold. Or the heat.
Utah only gets a few weeks of mild weather each year. Otherwise, it’s either freezing cold or baking hot. Get out of the state for a vacation and enjoy a more mild climate for a while.
2. You get cranky when you have to pay for parking in Salt Lake.
Remember the last time you visited downtown Salt Lake and were upset that you had to pay $10 per day for parking? Travel to one of America’s large cities and experience the $30 per day and up rates. You’ll come home and gratefully pay that $10 next time.
3. You regularly drive 10 miles over the speed limit.
This lawlessness is common in our state. So common, that it It might be good to drive elsewhere and practice going the speed limit. Of course, when you return to Utah, you’ll instantly be killed on the freeway if you putt along at 60 mph.
4. You’ve never tried ethnic foods.
Utah has plenty of fabulous ethnic restaurants, including Indian, Korean, Thai, Persian and more. If you’ve only ever dabbled in Mexican food, it’s time to try something new. It’s easy to stick with what you know when you’re home, but when you travel, you’re often more open to new foods. Take a trip and discover new cuisine, then come home to Utah and find it right here in your backyard.
5. You can’t imagine eating fries without fry sauce.
French fries actually taste amazing with a host of other sauces. Or, try eating them plain. If they’re quality, hand-cut fries, the taste of the potato and salt really shine when not coated with gluey sauce.
6. The only roller coaster you’ve ridden in the last five years was at Lagoon.
Lagoon IS a fun amusement park, but there are some monster coasters out there, and you might be missing out.
7. You insist that you don’t have a Utah accent.
Yup, you do. I’m willing to bet that you drop your t’s on certain words (say the words “mountain,” “certain,” and “Layton” out loud. See?).
8. You know how to pronounce every Utah town name.
If you know how to pronounce “Tooele,” and you know that “Hurricane” isn’t pronounced like the weather event, it might be time to travel to other states and explore other towns with unique names.
9. The last time you basked on a beach, it was at the Great Salt Lake.
Sure, you’ll float in that salty water, but it’s not really the same as swimming in the ocean, and the brine flies might chase you right off the beach. Find a warm, sunny ocean beach and spend a week basking, reading and swimming. You’ll come home to Utah refreshed and ready for the summer (with a tan, too).
10. You’ve only ever skied in Utah.
Utah DOES have the best snow on earth, but it’s awfully fun to ski elsewhere. Switzerland comes to mind. You really can’t beat the views from the Alps, but when you return to Utah, you’ll have new appreciation for our fresh powder.
11. You give addresses based on Utah’s abbreviated grid system.
Every Utah who’s been here for very long knows that 300 South is “3rd South.” Addresses in other places are different...get out there and expand your navigation skills.
12. When people refer to “Monticello,” “Naples,” or “Plymouth,” you think of the Utah towns.
Maybe it’s time to visit Thomas Jefferson’s home in Virginia, Plymouth, Massachusetts, or Naples, Italy. Our Utah towns were named after those places. When you return, you can visit them to see how they compare.