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7 Great Post-Grad Getaways That Don’t Require a Passport

Are you a recent grad? Major congrats! We hope you found time to celebrate your awesome accomplishment with your college besties and can take some time to enjoy the season’s warm weather before jumping into your job search or kicking off your career at a company everyone wants to work for. Whether you’re itching to hit the beach with bae or looking for an adventure to enjoy with your group of gal pals, we rounded up seven easy getaways to take — and none of ‘em require a passport. Scroll on for the top picks from our friends at Natural Retreats to make this summer the best one yet.


1. Cape San Blas, FL: We bet you’ve thought about bringing your BFFs on your post-grad getaway, but what about your dog? The travel experts at Natural Retreats tell us that your other girl’s best friend can come for some R&R too. “Bring your pup along to one of America’s most dog-friendly beaches and enjoy miles of untouched shorelines (or explore on horseback),” they encourage. “This lesser-known part of Florida is the perfect place to lounge on the beach without worrying about fighting for towel space — and it’s canine friendly too!”

2. Great Smoky Mountains, TN: Enjoy a mountain weekend, post-grad style! Natural Retreats’ experts suggest, “Take in the great outdoors in a cabin surrounded by the picturesque Great Smoky Mountains. You can go moonshine tasting, explore world-famous Dollywood, or go horseback riding through the trails of the national park.” The travel pros also swear this kind of trip can be the perfect breath of fresh air before you jump into the working world. Needed? We think so.

3. Palm Springs, CA: Missed out on Coachella? No sweat. There’s tons to do in Palm Springs during the summer. “If you and your friends love adventure, rock climb through Joshua Tree National Park and explore the Agua Caliente Indian Canyons, which are a local favorite. Just wanna relax? Chill by a piano-shaped pool at Frank Sinatra’s former estate or dine on burgers at Kings Highway at the Ace Hotel & Swim Club.” So many Instagrammable activities await.

4. Big Sky, MT: Montana may not be at the top of your summer bucket list yet, but it definitely should be. The Natural Retreats team tells us that this Western escape is full of outdoor adventures and has insane views for days. “Explore Yellowstone National Park and take a customized private tour led by expert guides of all the most breathtaking spots, like Old Faithful and Mammoth Hot Springs. You can even ride the Lone Peak Tram to view three states, two national parks, and breathtaking peaks,” they rave. As if that’s not awesome enough, the sky lights up each night with bright stars. Hello, jacuzzi and a big glass of wine; we’ve been waiting for you.

5. Teton Springs, ID: “From Yellowstone to Grand Teton National Park, Teton Springs is home to waterfalls and flower-filled meadows,” the travel team shares. “Need a break from hiking? Stop by the Grand Teton Brewing Company for an upgraded version of your favorite tailgate beer.” Make sure you bring (or buy) some cowgirl boots and hats (or DIY a flower hair comb) for a night out in nearby Jackson, WY before you leave.

6. Taos Valley, NM: We hear that this charming little city is full of culture and adventure. “There are endless opportunities for adventure with white water rafting, hot air ballooning, hiking, horseback riding, and even extreme mountain biking,” the Natural Retreats’ team explains. Sounds like this place is the perfect pick if you love soaking up the sun and trying activities that’ll get your adrenaline pumping. Count us in!

7. Tybee Island, GA: “Throw it back to spring break and head to Tybee, GA with your friends,” say the travel pros. “You can hit the beach all day and will have a blast hanging out at places like Doc’s Bar for drinks and live music at night.” You’ll also love sunset kayaking, scouring the shops at Tybee Oaks, and witnessing the wildlife, which counts tons of birds and dolphins. It may have only been a month since graduation, but this spot certainly calls for a reunion.

Are you squeezing in a summer vacay before you start working full-time? Tag us in your pics on Instagram!

(Photos via Natural Retreats)

Alright, folks. We've officially made it to fall. And if you haven't already started switching out your decor (as long as it's ready by Friendsgiving, right?) you still have time to do so. Draw inspiration from this round-up of new home products that includes harvest-inspired candles, cozy linens and textiles, and a v. practical piece of furniture. One scroll through these, and you'll have all the motivation you need to transition the seasons. Scroll on to start shopping.

Prism x LOREM Collection ($96+): Calling all Cali babes. The popular Long Beach boutique, Prism, announced a boho-fabulous collab with home decor line, LOREM, that we can't get enough of. Shop everything from plant hangers (eight options, to be exact) to artwork, all inspired by the very colorful vibes of the brands. If you were looking for a cheery way to tide you through winter, this. is. it!

Floyd Mattress (Price TBD): Fans of the cult-favorite Detroit-based brand will love their latest launch debuting on October 29. The highly-coveted Floyd Mattress will have the same made-to-last design and superior comfort as their other furnishings, tailored perfectly to fit the line's in-demand bed frame. Additional details for the mattress include a breathable foam material, highly-mobile packaging, and a low-profile design to secure your best night's sleep yet. Check back on the last week of the month to get one for yourself.

Dims 'Composed Vanity' ($595): Small space? No problem! Direct-to-consumer brand, Dims, is giving you a quick and stylish solution to your storage needs with their newest item that doubles as both a desk and vanity. The functional piece is made with non-toxic, chemical-free materials and can be assembled in seven minutes or less. Throw in four sleek shades to choose from, and this may just be your best purchase of 2019 yet!

Saatchi Art x The Citizenry Holiday Collection ($225+): Get ready to deck your walls this holiday season. Saatchi Art partnered with The Citizenry in a one-of-a-kind collection that features a curation of art across styles. Explore everything from modern to abstract creations in a selection so stunning, it's bound to spark a conversation at your next gathering.

NEST Spiced Orange & Clove Collection ($16+): If you haven't experienced the addicting aromas of the beloved NEST fragrance brand, this is the perfect time to get on board! The label recently released their latest scent — spiced orange & clove — just in time for all your gatherings. Inhale festive notes of orange pomander, spiced brandy, cinnamon, and gingered honey across their suite of candles and diffusers to bring all the good vibes to your home.

Bloomingdales x RiLEY Home ($19+): RiLEY Home gets millennials. So they teamed up with Bloomingdales to make shopping their selection more attainable than ever. Now, you can get in on long-lasting, luxurious staples like flannel sheets, bedding, printed throws, premium pet beds, and more, by shopping online and in-stores at the department store. (Trust us: These dream goods are ones you're going to be *glad* you stocked-up on.)

Italic Serene Towels ($12+): The luxury brand that prides itself on using the *same* factories namesake brands (like Calvin Klein and Lacoste) use, but without the price tag behind them, brings you a new product for fall. Treat yourself to Italic's ultra-soft towel set spun from fluffy, 100% Australian cotton, in a convenient set of six. Consider it the perfect indulgence after a long soak in the tub on a cozy FNI (Friday night in)!

Hyascent x Neiman Marcus ($169): 'Tis the season for a delightfully scented home. Warm your abode with scents like bourbon joy, cheeky rose and more in a unique diffuser that doubles more as decor than a fragrance-inducer. Fresh off the (online) shelves of Neiman Marcus, explore nine scents that last up to six months in a specialized hourglass holder. (Shhh! Your friends will never know the secret of why your place smells so darn good!)