I spent part of my summer visiting quaint locales in the continental U.S. and discovered there's much to love about thrift store shopping outside of major cities. (Sorry, New York City and Los Angeles!)
It really depends on the person and the situation, doesn't it? There's no way to shave time off by following assignments in a book. You'll get over it when you get over it. In fact, my last breakup left me fine after 9 days, give or take an hour.