A swimmer at Iceland's Blue Lagoon.
We've all been there before. It's late at night, you're lying in bed as you scroll through Instagram (points if you've accidentally dropped your phone on your face before!), and you sigh because you see everybody on your feed travelling to an exotic place.
Travelling is probably one of the most expensive hobbies you can have, but it's so much fun to just get away from it all and explore the world. But it doesn't always have to hurt your wallet and your bank account!
So here's your opportunity to get away from the cold weather in Boston.There are 20 amazing destinations waiting for you! And round trip flights cost less than $400. You could be on the beach and getting a tan or you could be seeing one of the most famous monuments in the world. What are you waiting for?
Bogotá is severely underrated as a travel destination. Come here to a sprawling and high-altitutde city that has everything. You can walk around the city center on the cobblestones, walk around and take pictures of the famous landmarks from the colonial era, and have your breath taken away when you see the city below you at the top of the Monserrate. And to top it all off, there's amazing nightlife here.
We could all use a reminder of the magic of Disney. You can go hang out with Mickey and co. for less than $200 on a non-stop flight that only takes 3.5 hours. Um, hello, GET ON IT. Now's the perfect time to go anyway because you'd be escaping the colder weather in Boston. You can still get away with wearing a t-shirt or a light sweater while you're running around trying to find your way to Space Mountain. It's the best ride at the park. Don't @ me.
Oh, and don't be embarrassed to take photos with the Disney princesses. Everybody becomes a kid when they get to Walt Disney World. Nobody has time for that "Oh, maybe I should just let the kids line up for this" attitude.
You won't be twiddling your thumbs in boredom here. You'll be too busy trying to cram everything in on your trip! Copenhagen is a city where you can sightsee by walking around or by renting a bike. Go to the canal to see the famous brightly colored buildings, head over to see the bronze sculpture of The Little Mermaid, and be in awe of the Queen's winter residence. It'll be cold when you get there, but hey, it's nothing you haven't seen before living in Boston!
Berlin is city that has a historical site on every corner. If you are a history buff, this is the place where you can call "heaven on earth." Visit the Brandenburg Gate where you'll fight off other tourists for the perfect picture; See the portion of the Berlin Wall that's still standing to this day; and be inundated with art when you go to Museum Island, which has five museums all in the same area!
While you're there, you can't leave until you've had your fill of currywurst and bockwurst. No, seriously. Don't get on that airplane until you've had both!
It doesn't just have to exist in your dreams. You can actually wake up to the sun shining on your face, your feet on the soft white sand, and the sound of the waves from the bright blue ocean. Swim with dolphins, snorkel with turtles, dive with whale sharks, or float down the underground river at Xcaret. The possibilities are endless and you'll never want to leave after spending time here.
If you're up for some activity on land, head over to Chichen Itza to see Mayan temple that you can actually climb up! If you're afraid of heights, this might be one activity that you sit out. But if you're up for the adventure and the view of a lifetime, hold on tight to that rope and don't look down!
New York, New York
New York is called The City That Never Sleeps for a reason. There's always something going on that you could be a part of. It doesn't matter how many times you've been to NYC, you still have yet to discover every gem that this place has to offer. Go see a Broadway show, eat those crazy desserts you always see on Instagram, go ice skating in Central Park, and walk on the Brooklyn Bridge.
And you can't leave New York without having brunch! There are way too many restaurants to choose from, so when you finally narrow it down make sure you go early!
San Salvador,El Salvador
Come to the cultural center of El Salvador for a getaway. You'll be surrounded by beautiful buildings in the city center that are waiting for you to explore. You can head on over to take a tour of the National Palace and the San Salvador Cathedral. But the highlight of your trip will be seeing Monumento al Divino Salvador del Mundo, the landmark statue of Christ on top of the globe.
Try to see all the sights that you can, but also take a day just to walk around without a plan. Get a feel of the culture and the city as you take it all in. Plus, who doesn't love people watching? This is the perfect time to do it!
For those who aren't looking to escape the cold, head to Iceland! This is where you go when you're looking to get away from your life and embrace nature. Go to the Blue Lagoon to relax and swim around in the bright blue water where it's always the perfect temperature; Sing "Chasing Waterfalls" as you drive around the Golden Circle to see more waterfalls in a short distance than you'd ever imagine; and head on up to the top of Hallgrímskirkja to see the city of Reykjavik. Have fun and stay warm!
If you've visited Seattle, you know that it's very Instagram-worthy. It's a great city to explore especially if you are more spontaneous and don't mind making plans on the spot. If you've been to Seattle before, why not skip the usual touristy spots and rent a car to get out of the city? There are great hiking opportunities that aren't too far away. Breathe in that fresh air and be amazed by that gorgeous view of the mountains!
Get a taste of island living. Bermuda is a popular destination on cruise trips, but skip the boat and just fly straight there! Adrenaline junkies, you should try jumping from cliffs straight into that clear water. It's not so scary if the water isn't murky and you can see where you're landing!
Vancouver, British Columbia
Why not go visit our neighbors in the north? Go see if Canadians are really as nice as they're made out to be! You've got access to the beach, mountains, and forests just at your fingertips. Head on over for a hike in Lynn Valley Park to see if you are brave enough to cross that very high suspension bridge! And if you're up for some winter sports, nothing beats skiing in Whistler.
San José, Costa Rica
Spend some time in the capital city before going to the rainforest. The vibrant city is often overlooked when people think of Costa Rica. But there are several historical sites, art museums, cathedrals, and a botanical garden that you can't miss. And if you get sick of the city, you can always venture out and go see that famous volcano!
Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands
Stressed by the Starbucks holiday drinks coming out? Get away from that and drink a cocktail by the beach instead! Turks and Caicos is always seen as an expensive holiday, but there are always some great deals out there on flights. Try out every water sport you can imagine, swim with the fish, drink out of a coconut, and read those romance novels you're embarrassed about. Everything's better where it's sunny and there's a beach.
If Finland was never on your bucket list, well, it should be now.It's hard to find flights to Europe that are on the cheaper side, but there are great deals for Helsinki! Walk around the Market Square and take all the photos you can of the colorful buildings along the water. If you're up for it, the islands of Suomenlinna are only a 15-minute ferry ride away! There are several walking trails there and a museum as well.
It's time to go beyond your local IKEA. Sweden has more to offer than being the home of build-your-own furniture that causes frustration and relationships to end. Take some time off and head to Stockholm! There are several open-air museums for you to visit, a royal palace to tour, and cobblestone streets for you to walk on that are perfect for your Instagram aesthetic. If you can, walk along the Monteliusvägen cliff path and watch the sunset from there. It's a beautiful sight you won't want to miss!
Come on, everybody's a bit obsessed with the British. They've got the chicest royal family, they know how to make a good cup of tea, and they've got amazing accents. London is a city you can visit over and over again and never get tired of it. They've got art galleries and museums that have free admission, there are cute used book shops to explore, and you can even stalk the locations where they filmed Love Actually and Notting Hill.
Montego Bay, Jamaica
Paradise is a word that best describes a place like this. Bring along your best friends for a fun girls trip, make it a solo trip, or celebrate a milestone with your partner here. Either way, the sunshine and light blue waters are waiting for you! Try parasailing or hang gliding here for a once in a lifetime experience.
Las Vegas, Nevada
Get dressed to the nines and head on out for a wild adventure.Go to the casinos and see what you can win! If you love to play it on the safe side, stick to the slot machines. If gambling isn't your scene, Las Vegas is the place to go shopping. You'll find yourself thinking you need to buy everything and anything you see.
Los Angeles, California
Ever wonder why celebrities always have the perfect body? Besides the personal trainers and personal chefs, it's because celebs are always going hiking! It's a lowkey way to get some cardio in while also being able to reward yourself with that incredible view of the city. And of course, you can always reward yourselves with brunch after.
If you loved La La Land and want to recreate the musical numbers, head to the Griffith Observatory to sing and dance your heart out. Maybe your Ryan Gosling will be there waiting for you...
Damn, Amsterdam! The only real way to go around the city is by hopping on a bike. Plus, you'll have a guaranteed prop for when you need to take those classic photos of the bridges in the city for your Instagram! Of course, to wind down for the day, you have to head to one of Amsterdam coffeeshops to, um, relax. It's one of those typical experiences every tourist has to do!
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