12 Places to Travel on Your Tax Refund

From Charleston to the Dominican Republic, Iceland to Washington, DC, here are our top picks for where to go with your tax refund.

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Adam Richman

Adam Richman

"Tune in to @travelchannel in one hour to see why this dude isn't just a hero, he's OUR hero. @ManvFoodNation" - Adam Richman 960 1280

  

Adam Richman

Adam Richman

"Love watching a friend make it! My Yale drama classmate Amanda Cobb after killing it in "Importance...Earnest" on Bway!" - Adam Richman 960 1280

  

Adam Richman Mermaid Parade

Adam Richman Mermaid Parade

"All in a day's work." - Adam Richman 960 1280

  

Adam Richman

Adam Richman

"All in a day's work." -Adam Richman 960 1280

  

Oatmeal

Oatmeal

"Much like @bertkreischer, this is breakfast on the road (& reason I'm healthy after 4 MvF Seasons!) #YayOatmeal" - Adam Richman 960 1280

  

Aaron Goodwin

Aaron Goodwin

" At the dentist for a check up on old work done. No work done today but this brings back bad memories lol" - Aaron Goodwin 960 1280

  

Aaron Goodwin

Aaron Goodwin

- Aaron Goodwin 960 1280

  

Aaron Goodwin

Aaron Goodwin

"I just woke up from a long nap & slept the day away. But at least i got to see this cool sunset." - Aaron Goodwin 960 1280

  

Zak Bagans car

Zak Bagans car

"My new hood ornament" - Zak Bagans 960 1280

  

Zak Bagans

Zak Bagans

"Here's some pics of my dungeon..." -Zak Bagans 960 1280

  

Zak Bagans

Zak Bagans

"Some jackass just cut me off.... Road ragin'!" - Zak Bagans 960 1280

  

Andrew Zimmern

Andrew Zimmern

"Pushing it out." - Andrew Zimmern 960 1280

  

Andrew Zimmern

Andrew Zimmern

"#fwclassic grand tasting" - Andrew Zimmern 960 1280

  

Andrew Zimmern

Andrew Zimmern

"Source's food, killer stuff, Asian inspired" - Andrew Zimmern 960 1280

  

Andrew Zimmern

Andrew Zimmern

"Photo courtesy of @MeatMaven: enjoying Josh Skenes' brassica dish at #FWclassic. One of best bites of my year." - Andrew Zimmern 960 1280

  

Andrew Zimmern, Gail Simmons

Andrew Zimmern, Gail Simmons

"Great pic. You all r the best RT @offalchris: Hanging with great friends @andrewzimmern @gailsimmons" - Andrew Zimmern 960 1280

  

Crawfish

Crawfish

"After the party..." - Anthony Bourdain 960 1280

  

Anthony Bourdain

Anthony Bourdain

"@laurentmanrique and this one!" - Anthony Bourdain 960 1280

  

Anthony Bourdain

Anthony Bourdain

"Recording voiceover for upcoming El Bulli episode..." - Anthony Bourdain 960 1280

  

Bert Kreischer

Bert Kreischer

"Behind the scenes with @bertkreischer. It's been a long 2 weeks..." -Derek Hoffman 960 1280

  

bert kreischer

bert kreischer

"Father Day brunch with all them women in my life." - Bert Kreischer 960 1280

  

Air New Zealand tries to put the romance back in flying with its 'Cuddle Class,' giving 2 people the option of buying the third seat in a row at half price, so they can fold out the chairs and make a bed -- for cuddling only, of course. 960 1280

Air New Zealand  

The resurgence of bedbugs has many travelers' skin crawling. They are turning up everywhere ' hotels, planes, trains, even stores. There's even an app for tracking the infestation hot spots. 960 1280

CDC  

Airports' stricter and more invasive security spurs much debate whether or not pat-downs and body scans are invasions of privacy or necessary measures. 960 1280

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Airports, hotels, restaurants, cities, and even some flights, are all providing free wireless internet. Now travelers have even more temptation when attempting to unplug on vacation. 960 1280

DeshaCAM  

With 'Eat, Pray, Love,' the book-turned-movie-turned-tourism-boom, women everywhere leave for solo journeys in search of finding themselves and Javier Bardem look-alikes. 960 1280

  

Whether you're checking on a flight status, converting foreign currency or looking for the nearest clean toilet on the road, you'll find an app to help you. Apps are taking the guesswork out of travel. Some folks fear they're taking all the fun surprises out of travel, too. 960 1280

  

The new luxury train named "Royal Rajasthan on Wheels' is billed as one of the world's most luxurious and romantic train journeys. This is just one of the new luxury trains that's caused an upturn in rail travel. 960 1280

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Motel 6 is just one of the budget motels that reinvented itself this year with a whole new look, including modern furnishings influenced by European and boutique hotels, flat-screen televisions, wood floors and an ergonomic workspace. Budget chic is here to stay. 960 1280

Motel 6  

After Britain's Prince William and his longtime love, Kate Middleton, announced their engagement, the world has gone bananas booking trips to London for their wedding in April. It seems watching it on TV just won't do. 960 1280

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Been everywhere on Earth? What about the final frontier? Virgin Galactic's space tourism rocket SpaceShipTwo achieves its first solo glide flight in October, marking another step in the company's eventual plans to fly paying passengers into space. 960 1280

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On Your Mark, Get Set, Go!

On Your Mark, Get Set, Go!

The elite men cross the starting line of the Boston Marathon in Hopkinton, MA. Hopkinton has been the starting point for the nation’s oldest marathon since it was moved from a neighboring town in 1925. 960 1280

Yoon S. Byun/The Boston Globe via Getty Images  

Running Through Boston

Running Through Boston

Each year 25,000 runners attempt to complete the winding and hilly 26.2-mile route. 960 1280

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Framingham to Natick

Framingham to Natick

From Ashland, the runners make their way through the nearby towns of Framingham and Natick. Around 500,000 spectators turn out to watch the race each year, making the marathon the biggest sporting event in New England. 960 1280

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Racing Through Natick

Racing Through Natick

The runners pass a residential area of Natick. If you know someone in the race, be sure to track their progress so you don’t miss them. 960 1280

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Running Together

Running Together

Dick Hoyt pushes his son Rick as they compete in the Boston Marathon. Rick -- a Boston University grad -- was born with cerebral palsy, and his father (now 71!) has pushed him all the way to the finish line in 29 Boston Marathons. Dick and Rick -- who have become local celebrities -- run to raise money for the Team Hoyt Foundation, whose catch phrase appropriately is “Yes, You Can!” 960 1280

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Halfway Done!

Halfway Done!

Downtown Wellesley marks the marathon’s halfway point, but before the runners reach the 13-mile mark, they get a significant boost in morale from the students at Wellesley College (pictured here). Thousands of Wellesley women pack the streets by the campus, creating the famous “Scream Tunnel.” Runners have claimed that they can hear the women’s screams of support a mile away. 960 1280

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Brookline

Brookline

From Newton, runners pass Boston’s Brighton neighborhood and enter the city of Brookline. Cleveland Circle, where the runners turn a sharp left onto Beacon Street (pictured here), is a particularly loud, but exciting place to watch the race. 960 1280

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Heartbreak Hill

Heartbreak Hill

The aptly named “Heartbreak Hill,” in the city of Newton, is one of the most daunting challenges for runners. The infamous hill is the last of 7 that the runners must climb in the quaint suburb. The hills span from miles 16 to 21 on the route. 960 1280

Stewart Dawson, flickr   

Coolidge Corner

Coolidge Corner

Spectators cheer on the marathoners as they make their way through Coolidge Corner, a popular shopping and dining area in Brookline. 960 1280

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Beacon Street

Beacon Street

As the runners continue down Beacon Street they approach Kenmore Square, where the famous Citgo sign greets them, heading into downtown Boston. 960 1280

Soe Lin, flickr  

Marathon Monday

Marathon Monday

Each year on “Marathon Monday,” Fenway Park hosts a Red Sox home game -- the only morning game in all of Major League Baseball. 960 1280

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Wheelchair Race

Wheelchair Race

Since 1975, disabled athletes have participated in the marathon’s wheelchair race. The Boston Marathon has become the most famous and elite wheelchair race in the world, with strict qualifying standards. 960 1280

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The Finish Line

The Finish Line

Hundreds of runners make their way to the marathon’s finish line on Boylston Street in downtown Boston. 960 1280

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