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.


"@UKCoachCalipari Great meeting you dude! Thanks for being so gracious!" - Adam Richman 960 1280


"My priceless possession... Worn by one of the best actors of all-time! VV" - Zak Bagans 960 1280


"I could show you the Bagans' recipe but then Id have to....." - Zak Bagans 960 1280


"Should we just go on and talk about congress and tax deficits..." - Zak Bagans 960 1280


"Do u ever go run bs errands then jus sit in park lot and stare at the island bushes?" - Zak Bagans 960 1280


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"Vegas" - Aaron Goodwin 960 1280


"I finally found it and it's broke. The old school TRON game. WHY?!?!" - Aaron Goodwin 960 1280


"And i found an arcade bar that plays tron on its tv's all day here in vegas. I'm closer to the grid now" - Aaron Goodwin 960 1280


"MSNBC time" - Aaron Goodwin 960 1280


"Food woody: Rishia is making choc cake" - Andrew Zimmern 960 1280


"Look at that technique!" - Andrew Zimmern 960 1280


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"From Ukraine With Love" - Anthony Bourdain 960 1280


"Love this. McDonalds, and right next-door, its Ukranian knock-off / competition: McFoxy's!" - Anthony Bourdain 960 1280


"He's more disruptive than I am & we're supposed to be chaperones." - Bert Kreischer 960 1280


"It's the shirt that makes the man..." - Bert Kreischer 960 1280


"Set your TiVo...someone is falling..." - Bert Kreischer 960 1280


"Praying for a Marilyn Monroe wind gust." - Bert Kreischer 960 1280


American Sarah Shourd (left) was freed on $500,000 bail in September after spending 14 months in a Tehran prison. Her fiancé Shane Bauer (right) and Josh Fattal remain in jail. They were hiking near the Iran/Iraq border and arrested on suspicion of spying. 960 1280


Thousands of volunteers and vessels worked together on the largest oil spill in US history. The BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill made many travelers change their plans to avoid the beaches and big tourist attractions along the Gulf of Mexico. 960 1280


A White House leak created a buzz that visits to Cuba by US citizens would be announced. However, after November's midterm elections, Congress lost all interest in relaxing travel or trade restrictions for Americans. 960 1280


A worker clears snow from DC's Lincoln Memorial after 2 back-to-back storms shut down most travel along the East Coast corridor. The February blizzards halted traffic at airports, train stations and on the roads. 960 1280


Passengers clap as the Carnival Cruise Lines cruise ship C/V Splendor docks in San Diego, CA. The luxury liner and its 3,300 vacationers were stranded off the Mexican coast after an engine-room fire. 960 1280


An airplane was the site of an unforgettable moment for several JetBlue passengers. Flight attendant Steven Slater cursed out a passenger over the cabin speaker after an argument. Then, he grabbed a beer, deployed the emergency slide and glided into infamy. 960 1280

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In September, the owner of Segway, James W. Heselden, was killed when he accidently steered one of the manual-powered vehicles off a 30-foot cliff on his estate in West Yorkshire, England. 960 1280

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Qantas grounded its Airbus A380 fleet after one of the double-decker jets blew out an engine and made a safe emergency landing in Singapore on November 4. An oil leak near a turbine triggered a fire and engine failure. It is the most serious mid-air incident involving the world's largest passenger plane since it debuted in October 2007. 960 1280


Iceland's Eyjafjallajökull volcano erupted in April. Huge clouds of ash wreaked havoc from Sweden to Spain. Airlines were forced to cancel more than 100,000 flights after several countries closed their airspace -- costing the airline industry $1.7 billion. 960 1280


Southwest Airlines agreed to buy AirTran for $1.42 billion, combining 2 of the largest discount carriers in the US. Southwest expanded flights to 37 new cities and added new international routes to Mexico and the Caribbean. The Dallas-based airline says it will eliminate AirTran's bag fees by 2012 when the merger is complete. 960 1280


"The professionals" - Anthony Bourdain 960 1280


"Bathtime. Hokkaido" - Anthony Bourdain 960 1280


"On a photo shoot with my cousin David" - Andrew Zimmern 960 1280


"In the copter, the kid can sleep anywhere" - Andrew Zimmern 960 1280


"About to take off" - Andrew Zimmern 960 1280


"Name it! Where did i just return from?" - Andrew Zimmern 960 1280


"More groves and view down valley" - Andrew Zimmern 960 1280


"I call it the wall. I can stare at it for hours" - Aaron Goodwin 960 1280


"few lockdowns ago I found this TRON toy in a spooky room. I Got permission 2 take it home. Haunted TRON awesome :)" - Aaron Goodwin 960 1280


"Just landed at Roswell International" - Bert Kreischer 960 1280


"This sucks...I'm still in my limo and not watching the game yet!" - Bert Kreischer 960 1280


"Reading this NOT in a good way....LOL" - Zak Bagans 960 1280


"for all of u askin what my tatt is - My experience in Poveglia inspired it...Fight between GooD n eViL" - Zak Bagans 960 1280


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