10 Fun Day Trips That Won’t Break The Bank.

If you were not able to take the big Caribbean vacation you dreamed of this year do not despair. Below we’ve put together 10 fun, rejuvenating travel destinations you can escape to and it won’t break the bank.

I. Go To The Beach

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Coney Island, New York is 10 miles from New York City.

If you are located in a city near the ocean or the sea rent a car for the day and visit or make it a thing and stay overnight!

II. Go Visit A Historic Village

The key to this day trip is to find a village that is well preserved. Typically the people who live in historic villages are not only stewards but are also historians and can offer insight into the cultural heritage.

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Colmar, a historic town in the Alsace region, in eastern France bordering Germany — a 2 hour train ride from Paris.

III. Go To A Music Festival

If a music festival sounds like a good idea consider one that is outdoors this way you’ll have to travel outside the city. This website has all of the music festivals categorized by country.

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The One Africa Music Fest is held a few miles right outside Lagos, Nigeria.

IV. Go To An Outdoor Retreat

The biggest trend in self care are retreats, such as yoga retreats or rejuvenation retreats, and they are popping up in every country. They typically prescribe total isolation which means they are often located in the countryside to minimize distractions.

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Yoga Retreat, Costa Rica.

V. Go Wine Tasting

While you can go wine tasting all year there is something about sitting outdoors at a beautiful estate, sipping wine and looking out over the valley. Am I right?

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Wine tasting in Napa Valley, California, located about 40 miles outside of San Francisco.

VI. Go Clam Digging

If you like clams and oysters the best way to experience them is straight from the water. In Point Reyes, California, a few hours outside San Francisco, fishermen along the ocean shore sell clams and oysters by the bucket. Take a load of friends and a barrel of booze and smoke your clams or shuck raw oysters and eat until the sun goes down.

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Oysters. Point Reyes, California.

VII. Go To The River

We suggest you make this day trip with friends. At the River go jet-skiing, river rafting or kayaking and after it is all over hang out at the water as the sun sets and talk about how amazing the day was.

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River rafting in Manali, India right outside Shimla, the capital of Himachal Pradesh..

VIII. Go Bird Watching

There really isn’t a bad time to try this sport but we hear bird watching is better in the summer months which is the time birds try and attract a mate. The bird types are plentiful and they frequently sing clearly and loudly. It is said to be a magical experience.

Golden-Winged Warbler typically found in southeastern and south-central Canada and the Appalachian Mountains northeastern to north-central United States.

IX. Go Cheese Tasting

Local creameries are loaded with tourists during the summer months. Establishment owners frequently offer tours of the factory along with cheese tastings with wine pairings.  The cool thing is you learn so much about cheese and wine and when you return to the city you are the life of any party.

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Farmstead Cheese factory in Point Reyes.
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Farmstead Cheese factory in Point Reyes.

X. Go On A Nature Walk

If you live in cities in the Carolina’s or Michigan you’ve got amazing natural landscapes right outside your city limits. Take advantage of it!

Waterfall outside of Bangkok, Thailand. (image: Getty)

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