It’s finally the day of your big vacation--so why are you spending hours in the airport eating your fourth bag of corn nuts and watching bad daytime TV?

Your time off is precious, and luckily, there are tons of gorgeous, exotic destinations just a plane ride away from NYC that don’t require a layover. (That means no pushing people over to get to your gate, no spending the night in Chicago and no lost bags at Heathrow.)

Check out our guide to the best direct flights from NYC.

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NEWARK TO BONAIRE, DUTCH CARIBBEAN

Say hello to Aruba’s less touristy sister Bonaire. The Caribbean Island off the coast of Venezuela is a snorkeler’s paradise, with breathtaking coral reefs right on the shoreline. Just hop on a five-hour United Airlines flight and dive in.

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JFK TO GUANGZHOU, CHINA

You have Guangzhou, the birthplace of dim sum, to thank for your hard-core dumpling addiction. Fly direct on China Southern Airlines and in 16 hours you could be noshing on shrimp siu mai and hiking Baiyun Mountain (gorgeousness pictured above).

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JFK TO DELHI, INDIA

Instead of spending the winter shivering in your parka, book a 14-hour Air India trip from JFK. Delhi averages 70 degrees in December--yep, that means you'll be exploring the National Museum and the Akshardham Temple in a T-shirt.

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JFK TO TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO, CARIBBEAN

You could spend your Saturday afternoon schlepping to Ikea in Red Hook, but we have a better idea: Hop on JetBlue’s flight to Trinidad and Tobago and you’ll be basking in the sun in about five hours.

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JFK TO REYKJAVIK, ICELAND

In serious need of some pampering? Book a trip on Air Iceland to visit the iconic Blue Lagoon. Sure, Reykjavík is freezing most of the year, but when you?re soaking in the toasty geothermal spa, you?ll thank us.

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JFK TO JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA

Got any plans for October? Now you do. Take a flight on South African Airways to see Johannesburg’s vibrant jacaranda trees in full bloom. The trip is 16 hours, but that’s what, a season and a half of Game of Thrones? Download before you take off and you’ll be there in no time.

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