Looking to escape the typical Thanksgiving scene this November? Maybe you’re too far from your family, and you’ll see them at Christmas anyways. Maybe you aren’t up for the typical turkey and stuffing dinner. Maybe you want to take advantage of the long weekend with a little adventure. Whatever your reason is, November is here and Thanksgiving is creeping up quickly. Don’t have another staycation this Thanksgiving. Grab some friends or go solo on some of these last minute, easy-to-plan Thanksgiving travel ideas.


If you’re looking to escape the Thanksgiving madness, Canada is a great choice. The Canadians celebrate their Thanksgiving the second Monday of October, so you won’t have to deal with early closing hours, traffic, or even feeling the pressure that you have to be eating a turkey and stuffing and pumpkin pie for hours on end. With major cities located so close to the border, it’s relatively easy to take a roadtrip up to Montreal, Toronto, Quebec City, or Niagara Falls. From the west coast, British Columbia’s Vancouver and Victoria are just past the border as well. If you’re trying to escape the city, go over to Vancouver Island for wildlife and whale watching.

orca whale watching vancouver island

Photo via Vancouver Island

Florida Keys/Everglades National Park

Visiting the Florida Keys is a way to escape the chills of the north during Thanksgiving. Go snorkeling or scuba diving at John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park for an underwater adventure of coral reefs and marine life. Or, before you reach the keys, go on a tour of the Everglades National Park. During the dry season of winter is the best time to visit the Everglades because the annoyances of insects are virtually non-existent, the water levels are lower so you can see more wildlife, and the temperatures are usually in the 70s. And of course, don’t miss Key West for the incredible sunsets and lively atmosphere.

john pennecamp coral reef national park

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Groupon Getaways

When you finally get a break from work or school, the last thing you might want to do is plan a trip. Even though you are dying to get away, planning a trip can be stressful and simply take more energy than we really want to give during a long weekend. Thankfully, Groupon has tons of getaways that are all-inclusive. From exotic vacations that include airfare to one or two night getaways near the mountains, there are plenty of vacation opportunities to take advantage of on Groupon. The only downside is you have less of a choice in where you can stay or go, but a getaway to anywhere might be exactly what you’re looking for.

Where will you escape to for Thanksgiving?





Sydney Pereira is a student at New York University trying to change the world while simultaneously making enough money to travel when she's not studying or writing. She's also an athlete, music-lover, and avid news reader. When she's not exploring NYC, fresh flowers from the farmer's market and a cup of hot tea on a lazy Saturday are equally fulfilling.


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