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Fact: Your time off is precious. And you shouldn’t be spending it killing time at the airport between connecting flights. So we’ve rounded up a handful of gorgeous destinations just a plane ride away from San Francisco--direct flights only. You heard us: no layovers, no pushing people out of the way to make your gate connection and no fear of lost baggage.

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

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SFO to Los Cabos, Mexico

Say hello to Mexico’s quieter alternative to rowdy Cabo San Lucas. Here, world-class resorts and spas make for just the right amount of R&R. A nonstop flight on Virgin America or Alaska Airlines will get you to the beach in about three hours.

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SFO to Manila, Philippines

Any well-traveled city denizen knows you can fly direct to a host of destinations in China and Japan. But now you can explore Southeast Asia with nonstop flights to the Philippines on the country’s own Philippine Airlines. Rest up on the 15-hour flight to ready yourself for touring dense jungles, terraced rice paddies and glistening beaches.

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SFO to Sydney, Australia

Living in California means you’re destined to visit the land Down Under. Lucky for you, United Airlines recently revamped its fleet of Boeings headed to the continent. Passengers can expect satellite Wi-Fi, power outlets and extra aisle room. Use the 15-hour flight to get all of your work done so you can take Australia’s sights by storm.

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SFO to Oahu and Maui, Hawaii

Get yourself to the most exotic locale in the U.S. by hopping a plane to one of the Hawaiian islands. Virgin America just launched direct service to Honolulu (Oahu) and Kahului (Maui). Hawaiian Airlines also flies direct to Honolulu and is the only airline that offers complimentary meals prepared by some of the island’s top chefs, plus a glass of wine to wash it all down.

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SFO to Copenhagen, Denmark

If you find yourself craving rye bread and smoked herring for breakfast, that means Scandinavia is calling. Hop aboard a nonstop flight on Scandinavian Airlines, and in just under 11 hours you can be noshing on the national delicacy as you stroll the picturesque waterfront.

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SFO to Istanbul, Turkey

Talk about Turkish delight. Mosques, bazaars, baths…this place is rich in both history and culture. The country’s national carrier, Turkish Airlines, whisks you away to Istanbul in 13 hours flat.

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