21 Incredible Last-Minute Vacations That Don't Cost A Fortune

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The only thing more depressing than the end of summer is the number of days between now and the next long weekend. We know: All you want is to sit by a pool (or, better yet, the ocean) with a cocktail in hand, and your iPhone nowhere in sight.

Thankfully, paradise is calling — and you don’t have to wait for next summer to answer it. Whether you dream of hitting somewhere exotically remote or pine for a classically preppy locale — or if you simply want a change in urban scenery — it's surprisingly easy to book a quick, last-minute getaway without drawing up a new budget for your winter vacation plans.

We’ve rounded up 16 destinations that you can typically get to from NYC for around $500 or less, and a selection of accommodations for each spot. That trip you've been pining for is a simple, guilt-free click away.