Very true on making tables like your own back yard. I catch myself doing it (which is okay for ECW as I live up the road from Naseby*).
Whenever I holiday in areas that I also game in I try to take pictures of just countryside so I can re-create it better. My AK47 tables changed after going to Tanzania, for example.
* Actually this is not the case as the land has been enclosed, but it sounded clever when I wrote it.