The list: Best weekend getaways

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Wednesday, April 25th, 2018 at 5:38 PM

The end of the semester is hot on our heels, but with very little money left and the average European vacation costing $4,200, it might be worth it to look elsewhere. Here’s a compiled list of some doable “vacations” that won’t leave you strapped for cash.

1. Go camping at a national park or state forest.

If you look at Pennsylvania and New York alone, there are 43 national parks/forests, so odds are you can find one that will fit your needs. Many of them have camping grounds where you can set up a tent and enjoy the outdoors for a fraction of the cost of a hotel room. Plus, what hotel room lets you hear owls and other wildlife hooting and hollering all night? It’s light-years better than one of those ocean noise alarm clocks that try to help you sleep.

2. Go on a short road trip to anywhere.

In case you’ve never been on Facebook, there is a post that often floats around talking about a penny game where you flip the coin and take the direction it demands. Heads for left, tails for right, or vice versa, and flip it for as many times as you want. You get the idea.

3. Explore a place you’ve already been.

You might say you’ve been everywhere in your hometown, but trust me, you haven’t. If you’re bored enough, you’ll find something new to do.

4. Read a book series.

The idea of escapism as a vacation may seem tacky, but unless you have the means to transport to a fantasy realm, or New Zealand if you’re a fan of “Lord of the Rings,” then a book is the next best thing.

5. Go to a music festival.

Hey guys, you remember Warped Tour? Well, it’s on its last year ever, so why not relive the glory days of black eyeliner, MySpace and emo bands galore? If that’s not up your alley, then try The Peach Music Festival or Big Dub. They might get a bit pricey at times, but often are close to $300 or below as long as you don’t go to something massive like Coachella or Governor’s Ball.

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