12 Small Ways To Travel More This Year

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We often trick ourselves into thinking of travel as a big-time event -- and the truth is, you're not always going to have thousands of dollars to fund a plane ticket, hotel room and dozens of meals out. But you are always going to have wanderlust, and there is a way to cure it without breaking the bank or sucking up all your vacation days.

So this year, we resolve to travel more, in smaller ways. A trip doesn't have to cross continents, span oceans or even leave the house to be a healthy, inspiring adventure that leaves you totally refreshed. Make it a goal to try one of these each month in 2015, and make it your most well-traveled year yet.

1. Spend one night under the stars (in your backyard, at a campground, on the beach... anywhere!).
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2. Take an hour-long drive to a different city, and go out to dinner.
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3. Plan a weekender at the nearest beach.
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4. Roll out the map, point to a country with your eyes closed, and research a traditional meal to cook for dinner.
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5. Go to the touristy spots in your hometown... sometimes we forget why they're famous in the first place.
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6. One sunny day, vow to completely unplug and spend every minute outdoors.
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7. Make a travel piggy bank, and add your change to it every day.
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8. Spend a Sunday in your city's top-rated Yelp coffee shop.
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9. Design a scavenger hunt around your town, and set your friends loose on a Saturday.
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10. Take a vacation day, even if you're not going anywhere (because honestly, we don't use them enough).
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11. Spend the night in a nearby B&B.
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12. Go on a local yoga retreat, or treat yourself to a day at the spa. You deserve it!
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