Getting a tax refund this year and not really the type who likes to save? The average refund so far, according to the IRS, is $2,831.
Depending on where you start, that money can take you far, far away –- on a vacation. Here are three destinations where airfare, hotel, taxes and sometime much more for under $2,831.
And if none of these suit you, check out Expedia’s Take a Trip tool. Simply plug in the amount of your tax refund, your origination city, the time period you’d like to travel and the tool will show you up to 100 vacations you can take for the amount of money you can spend. We tried it, plugging in the average refund so far with an origination city of New York for trip 4 weeks from now and got 45 possible options, from Europe to the Caribbean to Hawaii to everything in between.
1. $2699 –- South Africa 10-Nt. Escorted Trip w/ Air
From Gate1Travel via Travelzoo comes this air-inclusive South Africa package. The price of $2699 is $1090 off the original price and includes a journey from Cape Town to Johannesburg with a cable car ride to the top of Table Mountain in Cape Town; “a float past sea turtles and hippopotamuses aboard a game viewing cruise and the chance to spot Africa's Big Five on multiple game drives through Kruger National Park.” You get an English-speaking tour guide for 10 days and 10 nights’ accommodations (several at 4-star hotels) and a total of 15 meals: 10 breakfasts, one lunch, four dinners. The trip must be booked by April 16 and is for departures Oct. 1, 4, 8, 29; Nov. 6, 20, 27 and Dec. 4. Price is per person.
2. $1499 -- Paris & Prague from w/ Air in August
There’s cheaper times to go, but if you want to visit Europe over the summer break, $1499 for six nights in two cities is hard to beat. Accommodations are in 3-star hotels, but there’s an option to upgrade for an additional cost. The price included round-trip flights and flight from Paris to Prague. Price is per person. Package is available through Go-Today.com. For a limited time use promo code TAXTIME14 to take $100 per person off any package. Booking must be valued at $1,000+ per person and the promotion can't be combined with other offers or used on group travel. Book before April 30 to take advantage of the offer.
3. $1899 -- A Taste of Vietnam including airfare
Vietnam isn’t usually a traveler’s first visit to Asia, but if you’ve been there and done that in Thailand and Malaysia, it’s time to check out Vietnam. This package is from FriendlyPlanet.com and is for travel September -- April. It includes round-trip airfare from Los Angeles or New York, intra-Asia flights, 7 nights in “superior” hotels, an English-speaking guide, 8 Meals (buffet breakfast daily plus one lunch) and entrance fees to tour sites. Highlights include Ho Chi Minh City, Halong Bay, Hoi An and Hanoi.