Sometimes you just need to get away from the craziness of daily life and head somewhere a little more low key. The ultimate relaxing trip could be lying on a beach, chilling out in spas or just exploring a new town. For the best vacations that won’t make a big dent on your wallet or leave you with a huge credit card bill to come home to, check out these cheap trips that will cost you a budget-friendly $100 or less, one way.
All example flights leave from airports in and around New York City, and most depart in April, but if you do your research, you can find a great deal from any place in America.
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What could help you relax more than a trip to beautiful Bermuda? Lie on the beach, swim with the dolphins or get a treatment at the spa — Bermuda has everything you need for a stress-free vacation. Be sure to catch a ride with the Bermuda Train company to experience one of the most relaxing ways to see the island.
For many travelers looking to save a few dollars, it’s a trip worth taking.
Iceland is famous for its geothermal spa, The Blue Lagoon. With its murky blue water, it offers total unbridled relaxation and a stress-free environment to recharge from a busy life. Holding 9 million liters of water, the lagoon is self-cleaning and renews itself every 40 hours. Whether you visit ice caves, try to catch the Northern Lights or go whale watching, Iceland is a bucket list destination guaranteed to delight all travelers.
Miami offers visitors a huge selection of beautiful beaches, upscale restaurants, designer shops and wellness escapes. For those who like their relaxation to be a little more active, visit Bayfront Park, which hosts free yoga classes every week to help you return from your trip relaxed and rejuvenated. From vegan restaurants to smoothie bars, it’s easy to find healthy, wholesome food in Miami, as well as some not-so-healthy food that’s also delicious, if that’s what you prefer.
Myrtle Beach, S.C.
Myrtle Beach boasts 60 miles of beaches, more than enough to find your perfect spot in the sand to lay out, read a good book and absorb some rays. With an array of beaches to choose from, it’s easy to find some of the best-hidden beaches to fit your budget. The area also has close to 100 golf courses, so if your idea of total relaxation comes with greens and golf clubs, you’re in luck. Make sure to try some fresh seafood and get a photo of the huge crustacean outside Giant Crab seafood restaurant.
Head to Albuquerque and indulge your body in New Mexico’s geothermally heated mineral springs at one of the city’s many spas. You can enjoy the Tamaya Mist spa and salon which was voted one of the Top 25 Hotel Spas in the Continental U.S. and Canada by Travel + Leisure readers. Take a ride on the aerial tramway for an amazing view of the city which is especially beautiful at night.
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Orlando, with its many attractions and theme parks, has everything you could need to revert back to childhood innocence to enjoy a day at Disney World. However, there is more to Orlando than Mickey and the gang. If shopping is your religion, then Orlando will quickly become your bargain paradise. Check out the Florida Mall which has over 250 shops, restaurants and entertainment options. Orlando is the perfect destination for recharging at an affordable retreat, leaving more money left over for shoes.
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Head north to our Canadian neighbors for an East Coast waterfront vacation with a real maritime flavor. Halifax residents know how to party and in fact, the city claims to have more pubs and clubs per capita than any other place in Canada. Be sure to visit Fisherman’s Cove, a restored 200-year old fishing village where you can purchase souvenirs from local artisans for your envious friends and family back home.
Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Fort Lauderdale has plenty of beaches, but if you want to do a little more with your vacation than just resting on the beach, head to Riverwalk arts and entertainment district where you’ll find galleries, restaurants, shops and more. If you are in need of mind and body destressing, check in to one of Fort Lauderdale’s many resort spas and feel all your cares melt away, just be sure to schedule your trip around spring break vacation early.
For ultimate low-cost relaxation, head to the Caribbean and enjoy the lush tropical forest and sandy beaches of French-owned Martinique. Be sure to visit Mount Pelee — an active volcano complete with hot springs, as well as the highest point in Martinique. Visitors looking for something a little bit different should check in to the Le Domaine des Bulles, a unique accommodation where guests sleep in transparent domes.
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Daytona Beach, Fla.
Relax by strolling along 23 miles of sandy white beaches or step it up a little by renting a surfboard and hitting the waves. Treat your body like a temple and dine vegan, Daytona beach has quite a few meat-free spots to choose from, where you can grab a healthy bite, a smoothie or fruit juice.
Another French-owned Caribbean island representing excellent value for money and a place to unwind is Guadeloupe. The setting for the TV show “Death in Paradise,” Guadeloupe features tropical vegetation, mountainous regions and beautiful white sand beaches. Guadeloupe is part of the European Union and therefore uses Euros so you can be prepared for all your shopping needs.
Savannah is consistently voted one of the friendliest U.S. cities by Condé Nast Traveler readers — where southern hospitality is at its very best. Take a ride in a horse-drawn carriage or on a riverboat as you bask in the sunshine, Savannah is best enjoyed outdoors. Due to the friendly locals, Savannah is a great place for solo travelers to explore. Be sure to go on a historic tour of old Savannah on board a traditional trolley.
Florida has so many world-class attractions that draw visitors from all over the world that the smaller or less glitzy destinations can sometimes be forgotten. But Jacksonville, Florida’s youngest city, is well worth a visit, especially for those looking for rest and relaxation. Choose from the 22 miles of beaches, outdoor pursuits and affordable eats that have helped Jacksonville to be the only U.S. city featured on Lonely Planet’s “10 Best Value Destinations for 2018” list.
Californians are often said to be more interested in health and wellness than the average person, and there are certainly more than enough spas and retreats to launch a whole new you or just achieve some calm tranquility in your life. Enjoy some yoga right on the beach hosted by the Beach House at Hermosa Beach. They say laughter is the best medicine so if your stress levels would benefit from a good belly laugh or two, head to the Laugh Factory comedy club for a great night out, and you might even spot some of your favorite celebrities.
All the glitz and bustle of Las Vegas might not seem like the ideal place for a relaxing vacation, but if you avoid the strip and the noisy casinos, it can be a relaxation mecca. Instead of the Strip, select a wellness vacation in the desert. Head to the spa at Red Rock and choose from body treatments, massage, facials and more. There is also a 24-hour fitness center for those who achieve relaxation by getting their sweat on. For a yoga class with a little novelty, book a class at the Mirage where you can do your sun salutations in front of the dolphin enclosures.
No matter which destination you choose, always do your research and compare flights to get the very best deal.