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15 places you'd rather be than here

Long Islanders seem to have a lot of excuses to daydream and wish they were anywhere but here. Heck, Monday mornings are enough to make some of us want to plan an escape.

To help you leave your weather- and work-related woes behind -- even if just virtually -- we've rounded up 15 places we'd rather be than here.

Anywhere in Bora Bora

The St. Regis Bora Bora Resort in French

The St. Regis Bora Bora Resort in French Polynesia — just bring bug spray.

Biking through Tuscany

A country road leads to the monastery through
Photo Credit: iStock

A country road leads to the monastery through the Italian vineyards in Montalcino, Tuscany.

Sunbathing in Maui

Hamoa Beach in Maui, Hawaii, ranked fifth on
Photo Credit: AP / Ron Dahlquist

Hamoa Beach in Maui, Hawaii, ranked fifth on the 2014 list of Dr. Beach's Top 10 Beaches.

Cruising to the Caribbean

Cruise ships offer fun for the whole family.

Cruise ships offer fun for the whole family. From luxurious spas and entertainment to casinos, golf and high-end dining experiences, there are many cruise ships setting sail from New York, Florida and other locations.

Exploring Alaska

The Bering Land Bridge National Preserve in Alaska
Photo Credit: U.S. National Park Service

The Bering Land Bridge National Preserve in Alaska is dotted with hot springs, ancient lava flows and the largest maar lakes in the world.

On a golf course in Florida

Golfing is a big attraction on Amelia Island
Photo Credit: Amelia Island

Golfing is a big attraction on Amelia Island in Florida. Amelia Plantation has 54 holes, some paralleling the ocean. Fernandina Golf Club, open to the public, has 27.

Floating on a raft in Fiji

Cocktail drinks are served to guests on Turtle
Photo Credit: Turtle Island

Cocktail drinks are served to guests on Turtle Island in Fiji.

In the happiest place on Earth

Whether you have kids in tow or you're
Photo Credit: Getty Images

Whether you have kids in tow or you're a kid at heart, heading to Walt Disney World can be a memorable vacation. Conquer the rides, see the shows and meet some of your favorite characters.

Sightseeing on a Greek island

Oia Village is on the popular Greek island
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Oia Village is on the popular Greek island of Santorini.

Lounging in the Maldives

The One & Only Reethi Rah in the

The One & Only Reethi Rah in the Maldives offers rooms just steps away from the beach.

On a Bahamas water slide

The Atlantis resort on Paradise Island, Bahamas, is
Photo Credit: Atlantis Paradise Island

The Atlantis resort on Paradise Island, Bahamas, is a mesmerizing complex with a 141-acre Aquaventure water park consisting of 11 swimming pools and the iconic Mayan temple water slide feature, where guests can race one another on the Challenger Slide.

Visiting a national park in Ohio

Cuyahoga Valley National Park, a short distance from
Photo Credit: Amjad Zwaid

Cuyahoga Valley National Park, a short distance from the urban areas of Cleveland and Akron, Ohio, is a refuge for native plants and wildlife, and provides routes of discovery for visitors. This photo captures Brandywine Falls.

Surfing on the Big Island

Waikoloa, Hawaii, on the Big Island, is a
Photo Credit: TripAdvisor

Waikoloa, Hawaii, on the Big Island, is a village rich in history and culture. Travelers can experience an authentic luau or explore the cerulean shoreline and its abundant wildlife with AdventureXRafting.

On a Six Flags roller coaster

The Goliath, a wooden roller coaster at Six
Photo Credit: Six Flags Great America

The Goliath, a wooden roller coaster at Six Flags Great America in Gurnee, Illinois, is 180 feet tall and travels at 72 mph.

Sipping a frozen drink on the beach in Key West, Florida

Soaking in the sun, sipping a frozen drink,
Photo Credit: Visit Florida

Soaking in the sun, sipping a frozen drink, swimming with dolphins -- head to Key West, Florida for a relaxing vacation.

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