You want that perfect beach vacation, a taste of that island lifestyle. But you don’t trust the airlines right now. I mean who knows if your flight will get canceled, delayed, or your baggage lost? It’s stressful to try and travel these days. I can’t help with the airline struggles but I can tell you about 9 islands you can drive to from Charlotte North Carolina. That way you don’t have to even deal with the stress of the airport.

The 9 islands on this list are spread out between North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida. None are more than a 5.5-hour drive from Charlotte either. Whether you are craving that peaceful resort, an outdoor adventure paradise, or a quaint small town there is a destination perfect for you. It’s not too late to get to planning that summer vacation. The days are long, the weather warm, and those vacation days are burning a hole in my pocket at least!