WANDERLUST FOR LESS

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WANDERLUST FOR LESS

Travel Like an A-Lister on a D-List Budget

If you tend to ogle over celebrities vacationing with their brood in glamorous destinations -whizzing down the slopes in Aspen, yachting in Anguilla, snorkeling in Tulum-wipe up that pool of drool and know this: fabulous getaways can be had without breaking the bank. Here are four family fabulous trips inspired by celebrity globetrotting.

INSPIRATION: Maria Carey and kids in Aspen
WFL: Hit the slopes in Mammoth

Aspen is a star-studded ski haven for A-listers. Only a 5-hour drive from LA, Mammoth is the same scope of icy adventures minus the hefty price tag. Indulge in activities like ice tubing, skiing, snowboarding, snowmobiling to gondola rides. There are many budget-friendly lodging options.

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Ski slopes in Mammoth

INSPIRATION: Jessica Alba with kids in Tulum, Mexico
WFL: Swim the surf in Malibu

Lush and exotic, Mexico is a best bet for celebs looking for fun in the sun. But, Malibu offers similarly stunning vistas and aquatic experiences. Take the PCH and discover Zuma Beach, El Matador, Point Dume Ste Beach and Leo Carillo State Park all boasting pristine beaches with rocky coves, inlets, sand dunes and ancient rock formations. These tranquil coastal areas are known for fabulous scuba diving, snorkeling, surfing.

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El Matador State Beach in Malibu

INSPIRATION: Kardashian Family in St. Barth 
WFL: Chilling in South Beach

St Barth’s is glamour central for jet setters. But, staying in this French West Indies island will set you back thousands. Instead, head to the South Floridian Shangri-la of South Beach for balmy climes, celeb spotting and an energetic foodie scene. Hit the white sand beaches, stand up paddle board, snorkel and windsurf. Then, explore the artsy Wynwood district and Little Havana.

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Windsurfing in Miami

INSPIRATION: Beyonce, Jay Z and Blue Ivy on the Italian Riviera
WFL: Exploring historic Charleston, SC

Amalfi Coast is ground zero for high style on the Italian Riviera. But, families that love to swim and sightsee can have a killer seaside vacation in Charleston, SC. What to do:  Hit the beach, visit the elegant, old-school plantations in the low country and take a horse-drawn carriage ride through the time capsule of downtown Charleston.

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Horse-drawn carriage ride in historic downtown Charleston

Amy Tara Koch
Amy Tara Koch
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Amy Tara Koch is an author, journalist and television personality. Amy has appeared on CNN, Today, Steve Harvey, Access Hollywood and the CBS Early Show. Koch contributes to the New York Times, Travel + Leisure, the Wall Street Journal, Vogue, Food & Wine, Marie Claire,Town & Country, Men’s Journal and Mandarin Oriental Magazine.