All the nearby road trip destinations we know and love will always be excellent and valid getaways, obviously, since the Upper Peninsula is still up there… y'know… peninsula-ing. But what if you wanted to ditch the car and get a little bit further away, perhaps to the exotic landscape of, say, Ft. Lauderdale? Well, we’ve got good news for you: it's not that expensive to do exactly that!
Lucky are we to have a major international airport in our premises -- it makes escaping relatively easy and, more importantly, not wallet-busting. As of press time, the following destinations have almost ridiculously affordable travel options out of DTW. If you haven't considered a backpacking trip to Nicaragua before, maybe you should.
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Price: $300, round trip
Thanks to our country’s imperialistic tendencies, you don’t even need a passport to get to Puerto Rico, but do not be mistaken: this is not another part of the United States. Expect to find tickets to San Juan for cheaper than you can fly to Cleveland (no, really). We suggest getting a one-way, and returning only after you’ve had your fill of rum and sun.