It’s tax season, and hopefully that means a nice little tax refund is in your future. Each year, about 10 percent of Americans use their refund towards vacations, and we’d love to see that number increase. The average person might be expecting a lower refund in 2019 compared to previous years, but no matter how much you get, we’re here to show you that you can use that money to travel.
How Should I Travel If My Refund Is:
$300 Or Less
- Start a luggage collection. There are plenty of great deals to be had on luggage, and you could snag a nice checked bag for around $70, a carry-on for around $40, and a sturdy backpack for $30.
- Start a travel savings account. Visualize your dream vacation, set a budget, and use your refund to kickstart your savings goal. You’ll be surprised how quickly the money adds up!
- Go glamping for a weekend. Grab a buddy and head out of the city to spend a few nights in nature. We’ve seen great glamping cabins and tents around the U.S. from $25 to $200 a night.
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$300 To $750
- Take a trip to Europe. Thanks to the rise of budget airlines, we’ve been seeing some great flights to Spain, France, Ireland, and more from both coasts. Spend six nights in Ibiza for less than $650 a person.
- Party in the Caribbean. We regularly see awesome Caribbean vacations for under $750, including adults-only & all-inclusive getaways.
- Book a flight to Asia. Flights to exciting cities like Bangkok, Singapore, and Tokyo cost around $400 to $500 from East and West Coast cities including these great fares to Hong Kong from $456.
$750 To $2,000
- See the pyramids in Egypt. The final price all depends on what flights are available, but we’ve seen 9-night tours along the Nile for around $650. And even when you throw in some extras like camel rides, street falafel, and kitschy souvenirs, you can score a bucket list adventure for less than $1,300.
- Cruise in style. Sure, you can grab an interior cabin on a cruise for $500 or less per person, but with a refund of this size, you can book an oceanview or balcony stateroom instead. And right now is a great time to book cruises, since cruise lines are offering nice bonuses like liquor packages and free WiFi.
- Party in the Greek Islands. If you follow any travel bloggers on Instagram, you’ll recognize the turquoise waters and whitewashed villages of the Greek Islands. Up your own social media game with a week in Greece from just $867.
$2,000 Or More
- Plan an African safari. We’ve seen flights to South Africa and Kenya in the $550 to $700 range in the last few months. While there are budget safaris available, grabbing cheap flights means that you can spring for a luxury wildlife lodge.
- Spend some time Down Under. There have been some great flights around $600 to Australian cities recently, but even if you have to spend $1,000 on your flights, your leftover refund will give you enough room to explore Sydney, hold a koala, and maybe even check out the Great Barrier Reef.
- Stay in Mexico’s only overwater bungalows. These all-inclusive bungalows are the very definition of luxury, with a plush spot at an adults-only resort near Cancun. Flights to Cancun from many U.S. cities fall under $400, so you’ll definitely be able to splurge on your stay.