IMO there's nothing like the feeling of going away for at least a weekend if not more. Time constraints become a thing of the past for 2 days and you just ride.
Pack a pair of shorts, couple of shirts and some socks, rain gear(then you KNOW it won't rain) tent sleeping bag and you're off for a weekend that won't cost you hardly anymore than if you stayed at home.
Sometimes I don't even bother with a map or destination in mind.
The Ride is the destination
Didn't do enough of it this year and I plan to make up for it next.