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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Easy Razor Cover

Easy Razor Cover

Ever reached into your toiletries case and met the wrong end of a razor? Ouch. Place a ten-cent binder clip over the razor head to prevent any nicks.  960 1280

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Cool It

Cool It

Running late with a hot curling iron or hair straightener? Cool it down quickly with a cold, wet washcloth. Just be careful not to touch the hot part. If the tool is still warm, use an oven mitt as a sheath to insulate heat in your bag.  960 1280

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Store Small Amounts of Liquids

Store Small Amounts of Liquids

Going on a short trip and don’t want to pack large bottles? A contact lens case is great for storing concealer, foundation, lotions, lip color and more.   960 1280

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No Loss Floss

No Loss Floss

No one likes to floss, so it stands to reason that no one will steal dental floss. The innards pop out easily and make a great place to stow valuables in your suitcase.  960 1280

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Keep Track of Bobby Pins

Keep Track of Bobby Pins

You can use a mint box to hold hair clips and bobby pins but a card takes up much less space in a toiletries bag. 960 1280

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Dollar Store Wine Sleeve

Dollar Store Wine Sleeve

Save money by packing your own wine. Keep it safe with a water floatie. We recommend this for road trips and cruises, not checked luggage.   960 1280

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Tangle-Free Necklaces

Tangle-Free Necklaces

Arriving at your final destination to find your necklaces tangled or broken can ruin the best of vacations. Before embarking, unlatch, string half the necklace through a drinking straw and re-clasp on the outside. Small ones work for thin gold chains while smoothie straws are great for thicker strands.  960 1280

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Makeshift Top

Makeshift Top

Smoothie straws also make a great sheath for both eye and lip liners, which frequently lose tops in handbags. Just use the bendy part of the straw to cover. If the pencil is narrower than the straw, clog the end with a little tissue.  960 1280

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Upcycled Jewel Box

Upcycled Jewel Box

A pillbox is great for medications, but it’s also a fine place to store and pack jewelry while traveling. The separate containers keep your bling organized, easy to see and not in one pile.  960 1280

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Extra Padding

Extra Padding

A simple padded mailer envelope gives your tablet or phone extra cushion and protection in a suitcase. Some are even waterproof.  960 1280

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Hat Trick

Hat Trick

Here’s another option if you don’t have a case. Keep your device cozy in a winter hat to prevent scratching.  960 1280

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For the Shopaholics

For the Shopaholics

If you’re traveling with the intent of shopping, consider packing a suitcase within a suitcase. If you don’t, you’ll end of buying another (probably overpriced) suitcase for the return flight. And chances are you won’t use it again. We packed a week’s worth of clothes that fit into one carry-on bag within a 22-inch rolling suitcase. 960 1280

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Hidden in Plain Sight

Hidden in Plain Sight

Reuse sunglass cases for packing jewelry and other valuables. The hard shell absorbs shock and the ordinary item thwarts would-be thieves.  960 1280

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Tin Tip

Tin Tip

Reuse mint tins and soap tins to hold necessities like ear swabs and bandages.  960 1280

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Snack Hack

Snack Hack

Trying to stay healthy on your road trip? Protect fruits that are easily bruised or punctured with a Koozie. Plus, you’ll have an extra koozie for drinks when you get to your destination.   960 1280

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Passport Hideaway

Passport Hideaway

No safe? A DVD shell is a great spot to hide your passport as the inner clip holds it in place nicely.   960 1280

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Save Those Wine Gift Bags

Save Those Wine Gift Bags

Reuse a cloth wine bag for delicates, like lingerie and bathing suits. And if you need a hostess gift at your destination, consider it the gift bag that just keeps on giving.  960 1280

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Phone Boombox

Phone Boombox

Save real estate in your bag by leaving the Bluetooth speaker at home and using your phone. All you need is a glass from the mini bar. Place the phone inside and the sound amplifies.  960 1280

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Bonus Outlets

Bonus Outlets

Going abroad? Pack a power strip along with a three-prong adapter. Now you can charge multiple devices at the same time. 960 1280

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Pillow Talk

Pillow Talk

The next time you buy new sheets or pillow cases, save the zippered plastic cases. They're great for travel makeup cases.  960 1280

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Catch All

Catch All

Cord catchers are great for your tech gear but they're also great for organizing all the random things at the bottom of a purse or carry-on.  960 1280

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Home to some of the largest hotels and casinos in the world, the Las Vegas Strip spans over 4 miles and is littered with bright lights, flashy hotels and the most eclectic array of entertainment around. 960 1280

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Best known for the Forum Shops, Ceasars Palace, which has over 3,000 rooms in 5 different towers, is located in the center of the Las Vegas Strip. 960 1280

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As a tribute to the gondola rides through the canals of Venice, a gondolier gives tourists a ride at the Venetian Hotel & Casino. 960 1280

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The Excalibur, named for the mythical sword of King Arthur, is located on the strip and it's facade is a stylized image of a castle. 960 1280

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A view of the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino, the second largest hotel resort complex in Las Vegas. 960 1280

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Take a trip to Paris without having to fly overseas. The replica Eiffel Tower at the Paris Hotel & Casino is a signature of the Las Vegas skyline. 960 1280

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The Mirage Resort and Casino in Las Vegas is the former home of legendary magicians, Siegfried & Roy. 960 1280

  

Though not quite as big as the real city, New York New York Hotel and Casino gives off a New York City vibe from the moment you walk in the doors. 960 1280

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A symbol known all over the globe, this Hard Rock guitar is located just off the strip at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. 960 1280

  

Famed for its elegance and always popular fountains, the Bellagio is a 5 diamond award-winning hotel and casino located on Las Vegas Strip. 960 1280

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One of the most spectacular sights in Vegas, the laser light that appears from the top of the Luxor Hotel & Casino Pyramid is visible from outer space. 960 1280

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Paris

Paris

It’s a prime destination for travelers from around the world. The Eiffel Tower, Louvre, Le Marais, Champs-Élysées, Arc de Triomphe are some of the sights to see when visiting Paris. No trip to the City of Light is complete without a stroll on the ornate Pont Alexandre III Bridge, over the serene Seine River. 960 1280

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New York City

New York City

New York City is the full of culture and diversity. Broadway, the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, the Empire State Building, Rockefeller Center, Ground Zero, Harlem, Central Park and Soho shopping are great reasons to visit the Big Apple. Venture out beyond Manhattan and experience the flavor of Brooklyn and the NYC’s other boroughs. 960 1280

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Hawaii

Hawaii

The Big Island of Hawaii is always a popular destination for travelers.  Maui, Oahu and Honolulu are a few Hawaiian hot spots for relax and unwind. There’s something for everyone, including sunset paddling, the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, USS Arizona Memorial, Panaewa Rainforest Zoo, and Waimea Canyon. 960 1280

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Rome

Rome

This is Rome’s famous Ponte Sant'Angelo Bridge, leading to Castel Sant'Angelo. Plan your trip to see more must-see attractions in the Eternal City, including the Vatican, Trevi Fountain, the Colosseum, Pantheon, National Museum of Rome, Sistine Chapel and Piazza Navona. 960 1280

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Cancun, Mexico

Cancun, Mexico

Take a jungle tour; swim with the dolphins; go snorkeling in the 2nd largest reef in the world; or take a Party Hopper Tour of fun pubs in Cancun, Mexico. We also recommend that you indulge in a couple relaxing days on the pristine, sandy shores of the popular destination. 960 1280

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Orlando

Orlando

Epcot Center is just one of the magical Disney parks in Orlando. Looking for more family theme-park adventures? Then head to Magic Kingdom Park, Universal Studios Florida, SeaWorld and Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park. Orlando is also a great destination for adults with dozens of places to visit a spa, golf, shop and it’s also a popular destination for weddings. 960 1280

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London

London

Old and new worlds meet in London with a walk across the Millennium Bridge to the historic St. Paul's Cathedral. Looking for other things to do? Visit Buckingham Palace to see the changing of the guard; spend the day shopping around Piccadilly Circus; or get a view of Big Ben and Westminster palace from the London Eye. 960 1280

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Miami

Miami

Miami is pulsating with nighttime energy, with hot restaurants and hotter clubs. Enjoy shopping on Lincoln Avenue; partying on Ocean Drive; sunbathing on South Beach; and visit Parrot and Monkey Jungle Islands. 960 1280

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Las Vegas

Las Vegas

Luck can be more than a lady in Sin City. With dozens of posh hotels, casinos and a variety of buffets, Las Vegas is a definitely a top destination for tourists. Go indoor skydiving; ride a rollercoaster at the Stratosphere Hotel Casino; stroll through the Bellagio’s Botanical Gardens; or race your friends in a mini kart at the Las Vegas Mini Gran Prix. 960 1280

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San Francisco

San Francisco

Take in the view of San Francisco from high atop Mission Dolores. Plan your next adventure in the City by the Bay. Visit Golden Gate Park, the Castro neighborhood, Palace of Fine Arts, Embarcadero, Coit Tower, The Presidio, Muir Woods, or take a ferry to Sausalito. 960 1280

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Myrtle Beach, SC

Myrtle Beach, SC

Myrtle Beach's Broadway at the Beach is 350 acres of fun with restaurants, movies, mini golf, music pavilions and more. Tourists come to this quaint southern town to bathe in the sun on the beach, but other dozens of other things to do and see, including the Carolina Opry, Family Kingdom Amusement Park & Water Park, Apache Family Campgrounds and Le Grande Cirque Adrenaline. 960 1280

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Los Angeles

Los Angeles

Beverly Hills, Sunset Boulevard, the Hollywood Walk of Fame and Universal Studios are just a few reasons why tourists flock to The City of Angels. While you’re in the area, take a daytrip to Laguna Beach or Santa Monica. 960 1280

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Branson, MO

Branson, MO

Branson, MO, is a lively vacation spot with theme-park fun, live theater and the Showboat Branson Belle. It’s not only known as a country music hot spot, but it’s also great for whitewater rafting, ziplining, catching a show at the Amazing Waltzing Waters or visiting the World’s Largest Antique Toy Museum. 960 1280

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Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico

Morro Castle, Turtle Beach, Old San Juan, El Yunque Tropical Rainforest and Rio Cumuy Cave Park are some must-see sights in Puerto Rico. The Vieques Biobay is also a popular destination and one of a few bioluminescent bays in the world.  Go midnight kayaking or take a dive into the glowing green waters of Mosquito Bay. It’s one of the most amazing experiences Puerto Rico has to offer. 960 1280

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