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We all know the feeling that comes once a year around tax season, when the large sum of money you’ve anxiously been waiting for miraculously appears in your bank account.
And according to IRS data, the average tax refund will be around $3,000 this year, which is more than enough to plan a trip and add another pin to your map. Before you blow your refund on a shopping spree, consider taking the time to plan a trip to somewhere you’ve never been before.
Which of these places will you cross off your bucket list?
Bon voyage, tax season travelers!
1. Reykjavik, Iceland
Bathe in the Blue Lagoon, gaze up at the Northern Lights or scuba dive between the North American and Eurasian continental plates. From volcanic beaches to the surging waters of Gullfoss, being in Iceland is as close as you’ll get to walking on another planet.
WOW Air, an Icelandic low-cost carrier, is offering flights to Reykjavik for as low as $99.
Pair that with Contiki’s four-day Iceland package for the ultimate budget-friendly getaway to the most desired destination of 2017
2. Honolulu, Hawaii
One of the most underrated foodie cities, Honolulu is best known for its crescent beaches, art galleries and some of the region’s finest chefs. Honolulu is overflowing with natural beauty and perfect for travelers looking for a laid-back vacation.
Taking advantage of Hawaiian Airline’s unreal vacation packages with a pre-planned itinerary is the way to go.
3. Machu Picchu, Peru
Rich with history and culture, head to Peru’s most famous destination, Machu Picchu. For many, trekking the Andes Mountains, enjoying Peruvian cuisine and rubbing elbows with locals is high up on their travel wish list. If you’re looking for a quick-fix adventure,
Peru for Less offers packaged tours, including unlimited WiFi (very important), starting at $849.
4. Havana, Cuba
Cuba’s capital city is only a 45-minute flight from Miami, but a whole new world. The lively and exotic city is filled with friendly locals, live music and lots of rum. Major airlines allow people to book direct flights, making it easier to travel there, as long as you have a tourist visa.
Staying with a host through Airbnb can save you money and ensure you get an authentic experience. Your chances of available WiFi are slim to none, so be prepared to unplug and totally immerse yourself.
5. Lisbon, Portugal
Lisbon, one of the most charismatic and vibrant cities in Western Europe, is home of picturesque views at every cobble-stone street corner. It’s the closest European capital to the United States and just around a two-hour flight from all the other major European cities.
With Azores Getaways, travelers can explore Lisbon for six nights with air, hotels and transfers included, starting at $849.
6. Montreal, Quebec
For those looking for the most perfect combination of European and North American vibes, Montreal is your spot. Filled with creativity, cozy cafés and those Montreal bagels, the city has a certain old-world charm that is becoming an increasingly popular destination for Millennials.
Drive or take a short flight for a quick Canadian escape. Accommodations options range from family-owned bed and breakfasts to luxurious hotels.