It's usually amplified in new places for me too.. Like vacationing is the best just for the change of atmosphere alone..I don't mind getting lost somewhere new like that. I can't really explain what that sensation is, but it feels good. Too bad I can't afford traveling a lot.
Sometimes I get a little of the same feeling where I live.. Like the other day I was in a new spot in this city, and was waiting for a ride, and this cool dog (who I should have stolen..he looked like mad max's dog) showed up, and I just sat there for awhile with him, watching the traffic.. It was a simple, relaxing moment for me.