Reality bites, cities get hot and a change of scenery can go a long way. We keep telling ourselves that if we could only get away for a vacation it would all be better. Back when we were kids, summer held possibilities of mythical proportions and — even though many of us no longer operate on the school calendar — it still does now. Every year, we collectively look forward to summer as the answer to all our problems. This reverence of June, July and August alters the pace of our entire society. Anyone with enough time and money goes out of town. Unless you’re in a summer trade or the service industry, little work gets done. Maximizing our relaxation while the weather permits becomes all that matters. Yet, as Katie so excellently advocates in her latest installment of Unsolicited Advice, we have to just enjoy what we can and let the rest go. We can’t all forgo our daily obligations in the name of a good time. Life doesn’t stop for us to admire the seasons, especially in these cities we call home. Summer will provide its moments of pleasure by sheer increase of Vitamin D alone. Last Sunday, my buddy Jeff and I spent three of the most relaxing hours together that I’ve had all summer. We walked halfway over the Brooklyn Bridge to take in the view, had margaritas in the peaceful back garden of a restaurant where his friend works and wandered around little parks in between. As you’ll see in this week’s stories from seven different cities, you don’t need much to have a great summer. With the right mindset and a spare moment, you can take a vacation any time you want.