I need to go somewhere beyond the MTA subway system.
April 2, 2012 9:20 PM Subscribe
I desperately need to reset. I need recommendations for beautiful restorative places I can get to cheaply from NYC for a week long vacation that will keep me from looking like someone out of a Jacob Riis photograph
posted by This_Will_Be_Good to travel & transportation (15 answers total) 9 users marked this as a favorite
I live in NYC and realize I have not been out of the City in far too long, and I think it is catching up with me. Also, because I live in this City I am dirt-poor so can't really afford a trip to Rio or something. So, I am wondering if anyone has any recommendations for a reasonably restorative trip I can take somewhat efficiently. By restorative I mean that just by being at the destination it will have a rehabilitating effect on me. So, while I would love to go sightseeing in Rome someday, that is not what I mean. Instead of trying to jet around Europe and see as many gothic cathedrals as possible, I need something more along the lines of laying on my back inside one of those redwood cathedrals.
I would love to go somewhere where I can get some sun, maybe some hiking...but at the very least I just need somewhere that I can be outdoorsy and healthy and just have an overall reset from city-life. I would love to go to California or hike in the Rockies, or sit on the beach in Hawaii or relax at a spa in the desert, but I don't think I can find a way to do any of this cheaply as the constraint is cost. I don't really know what I can say for a price limit. The cheaper the better. Seriously, cheap. I just need any clever ideas: perhaps there is a cheap Southwest route I don't know about, a nearby route I can get to by train, or maybe it is the wrong season at some far-away place where hotels are cut-rate but it is still beautiful. For example, last year, there happened to be an unusually nice weekend around this time and I found a place in the Hamptons that was about 1/10th of the price it would normally be in the summer.
Any strategic clever travelers out there that can help this stranded pale city-dweller?