I feel like many of us have arrived at a typical crossroads: try to squeeze in one more vacation, or resign ourselves to staying put for the rest of the summer. With a time crunch or a dwindling budget in mind, many of us may have settled for the latter option. But the reality is, you may not have to concede so easily - what if a quick road trip somewhere close by was the perfect happy medium?\nWe've spent tons of time this summer investigating nearby destinations that are accessible to any budget, age, timeframe, and interest. Whether it's renting a cottage close to Montreal, adventuring to a hidden cave, going on a challenging hike, or hanging out at a beach, we've continually proved that you really don't need to go far (or spend a ton of money) to have an awesome summer getaway.\nSo stop telling yourself that there's no time or money left for you to have a fun summer trip with your friends. We've compiled a list of some of the most beautiful, exciting, and unique areas to explore close to Montreal, so no excuses, because half of the work is already done. The only thing you need to do is pull the YOLO card and make some memories.\n1. Go cliff jumping at Lac des Piles\nA photo posted by Audrey (@audreyparent26) on Aug 1, 2016 at 3:58pm PDT\nDirections\n2. Explore the Lusk Cave and go hiking in the surrounding area\nA photo posted by Emily Joy (@em_joyful) on Aug 3, 2016 at 12:46pm PDT\nDirections\nSidenote: Justin Trudeau was recently spotted here, so I mean, do you need another reason?\n3. Spend a day at Brome Lake\nA photo posted by Maëlle Aeschimann (@maelleaes) on Jul 31, 2016 at 6:39pm PDT\nDirections\n4. Head to Plage D'Oka, one hour from the city\nA photo posted by LAURENCE ?? (@laurence_desjardins) on Aug 4, 2016 at 2:06pm PDT\nDirections\n5. Hide away at this secret swimming spot, near the Saint Adele river\nA photo posted by @deephousekeeping on Jul 31, 2016 at 12:11pm PDT\nDirections\n6. Find serenity at this lakeside spa\nA photo posted by ⓐⓤⓓⓡⓔⓨ ❣ (@audreey.s) on Aug 2, 2016 at 8:16am PDT\nDirections\n7. Rent one of these nearby cottages in Quebec\n8. Roadtrip to the stunning Sandbanks Provincial Park\nA photo posted by Étienne Vigneau (@amiral99) on Aug 1, 2016 at 9:59pm PDT\nDirections\n9. Go on a zip lining, treetop adventure at Arbraska Lafleche\nA photo posted by M a n u e l a (@manuserje) on Jul 5, 2015 at 6:13pm PDT\nDirections\n10. Go horseback riding at Captiva Farms\nA photo posted by Captiva Farms (@captivafarms) on May 28, 2016 at 3:42pm PDT\nDirections\n11. Go camping at nearby Parc National du Mont-Tremblant\nA photo posted by Bridget Conway (@briggiesmallls) on Aug 3, 2016 at 2:37pm PDT\nDirections\n12. Roadtrip to ice cream heaven, a.k.a Coaticook, QC\nA photo posted by •Megan Landry• (@megan_landryy) on Aug 2, 2016 at 6:49pm PDT\nDirections\n13. Escape from everything at this beautiful, peaceful Ontario island\nA photo posted by Jesse (@short_notice95) on Jul 30, 2016 at 11:35am PDT\nDirections\n14. Venture to one (or all) of these amazing Quebec poutine shacks\nA photo posted by ??????? (@heather.m.k) on Dec 21, 2015 at 4:26pm PST\n15. Rent this insane lakeside treehouse for a weekend\nPhoto cred - Airbnb\nAdd mtlblog on Snapchat.