Travel Hosts Exposed, Week of March 23

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Thousands of fans flock to Coachella, a multiday music festival in California, to see big-name acts like Jay-Z. Other popular US music festivals include Bonaroo in Tennessee, Lolapalooza in Chicago, Ultra in Miami and Jazzfest in New Orleans. 960 1280

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The internet has made it easier for moviegoers to visit the locations of some of their favorite movies, including Petra in Jordan, one of the major locations in the movie 'Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.' Even 'Star Wars' fans can visit places that seem light years away by traveling to the Mayan ruins of Tikal and the endless deserts in Tunisia. 960 1280

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Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie -- aka Brangelina -- inspire travelers to trek the globe like the rich and famous. Fans following Brangelina in 2010 ventured to Venice, the backdrop for Jolie's movie 'The Tourist' and Budapest, where she made her directorial debut on a Bosnian war epic. New Orleans and Aix-en-Provence, France, are also popular travel destinations for the celebrity power couple. 960 1280

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New Zealand became a travel hot spot in 2010 after news in October that production on the movie adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's 'The Hobbit' was underway. Fans continue to visit the Hobbiton movie set, which is located on a working sheep and cattle ranch in Matamata, New Zealand. 960 1280

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Thousands of people have already made plans to be in England for Prince William and Kate Middleton's royal wedding. Good luck if you're still making plans. Most hotels in London are already booked solid the last two weeks of April 2011. 960 1280

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In Ken Burns' 12-hour DVD series, 'America's Best Idea,' he reminded us that great travel spots are just around the corner. Wonderful US National Parks, including the Grand Canyon, are inspiring travelers to hit the road and check out America's natural wonders. 960 1280

  

In the movie 'Eat, Pray, Love,' actress Julia Roberts inspired travelers to seek out their own transformative journey in 2010. Hip travel agencies like STA offered 'Eat, Pray, Love'-inspired packages, featuring food in Italy, spirituality in India and romance in Brazil. 960 1280

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Vampires and zombies inspired several travelers to cure their blood lust by retracing the steps of popular fictional characters. Twihards invaded the tiny town of Forks, Washington. True Blood fans visit Shreveport, located near the fictional Louisiana town of Bon Temps. Fans of AMC's Walking Dead and the movie "Zombieland" searched for the undead in Atlanta. 960 1280

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The young and old flocked to see The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando. It didn't hurt that the blockbuster movie, 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows' helped generate more interest in the theme park's newest attraction. Be sure to try the butterbeer at The Three Broomsticks pub. 960 1280

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The Titanic's 100th Anniversary cruise is sold out. More than 1,300 passengers will board the Balmoral, a ship that will sail from Southampton, England, on April 8, 2012. It will follow the Titanic's original route to New York. The trip will include a memorial service on the morning of April 15, 2012, in the exact location where the Titanic sank. 960 1280

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Charleston

Charleston

Looking for a warm weather cityscape to enjoy that nice tax refund? Heath south to charming Charleston for mouthwatering cuisine, perfect weather, beautiful beaches and hospitality that can't be beat. 960 1280

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Palm Springs and Joshua Tree National Park

Palm Springs and Joshua Tree National Park

Take a trip to a desert oasis with Uncle Sam’s generous refund. A popular resort town, Palm Springs is also a short driving distance from the awe-inspiring natural wonders of Mount San Jacinto State Park and Joshua Tree National Park. 960 1280

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Iceland

Iceland

Iceland is the place to be this summer to see incredible displays of nature and to take advantage of the mild weather and the longer days of sunlight. 960 1280

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Washington, DC's Free Museums

Washington, DC's Free Museums

Make your refund go far and tour Washington, DC's free museums, like the fascinating Smithsonian Air and Space Museum.
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New Orleans Jazz Fest

New Orleans Jazz Fest

Feel good about using your tax refund to support the New Orleans economy at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, April 24-May 3, 2015.
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Panama

Panama

Shedding its shady reputation of the past, Panama is quickly becoming the next "it" destination that's close and still has amazing beaches.
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Montana Dude Ranch

Montana Dude Ranch

Work off the stress of doing your taxes by unleashing your inner cowboy or cowgirl. Take a break from your cubicle, and stay on a dude ranch in Montana. 960 1280

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Ireland

Ireland

Spring is the best time to visit Ireland, and you won't break the bank with the cheapest hotels in Western Europe and the short flight from the East Coast.
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Alaska Whale Watching

Alaska Whale Watching

Avoid the crowds and take advantage of lower prices by booking an Alaska cruise for May or June. This is also a great time to see the humpback whales. 960 1280

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Dominican Republic

Dominican Republic

The Dominican Republic is almost always the cheapest destination in the Caribbean. A family of 4 can stay for a bargain price, and a little taste of sunshine will carry you over to summer. 960 1280

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Amsterdam

Amsterdam

The tulips in bloom in the Dutch countryside (an easy daytrip from Amsterdam) make spring in Holland the most colorful time of year.
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Las Vegas

Las Vegas

Feeling lucky this year? Try to double your tax refund at the casinos in Vegas.
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"Josh Homme scoring our upcoming desert episode of NoRes" - Anthony Bourdain 960 1280

  

"Morning in the desert." - Anthony Bourdain 960 1280

  

"Getting ready to hit the road." - Anthony Bourdain 960 1280

  

"ZPZ graphic master Adam Lupsha with "Tito", my tarantula sidekick." - Anthony Bourdain 960 1280

  

"NEW #WhatWillTheMaidThink" - Bert Kreischer 960 1280

  

"Oh yeah, I'm on the @RachaelRayShow show today and I'm bringing the thunder!" - Bert Kreischer 960 1280

  

"Help #WhatWillTheMaidThink" - Bert Kreischer 960 1280

  

"how about #WhatWillTheProfessorThink." - Bert Kreischer 960 1280

  

"I'm going back to Cali, Cali, Cali...America the Edible book signing 4/27 @ 7pm @ The Grove Barnes&Noble! See you there!" - Adam Richman 960 1280

  

"After a good road trip with me, myself, & i. its good to be home with my dvr." - Aaron Goodwin 960 1280

  

"Bumble bee #bigsteppin" - Aaron Goodwin 960 1280

  

"Wanna enter my dungeon? Cmon I'll show ya whats carved in the walls." - Zak Bagans 960 1280

  

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"My wifes insane lemon curd marshmallow cake." - Andrew Zimmern 960 1280

  

"Rishia baking Bunny cakes, Noah snacking." - Andrew Zimmern 960 1280

  

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