Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Tax-Refund Trips

It has come to my attention that many people in my age bracket have received a tax-refund of about $1,000, and that many of them don't know what to do with it. I suppose if I was a good influence, I'd tell them they should save it because many people in my age bracket don't have very much in savings. However, I'm not a good influence, I'm an enabler, so here are five fantastic place to go (from New York) with your $1,000.

  1. The Caribbean. I'll be honest, I don't love the Caribbean as much as a whole lot of other people do. I've actually only been a few times, but the place is rife with problematic dealings between flocks of tourists and residents still coping with the effects of colonialism. Having said that, it's really, really easy to find a cheap package on cruises and all-inclusives down there, and it's pretty much the easiest way to go on vacation ever. And if you've never been, it's warm and beautiful and a lot of fun.

  2. Napa Valley. With thousands of wineries and some of the world's best restaurants, Napa is like the really nice version Geneva. I think. I don't know, because I've never been there. But it looks nice, and tickets to California are pretty cheap right now. Note: pretty much everyone I know who has been to Napa goes on a balloon ride. I, personally, would opt for a meal at The French Laundry instead. At about $250 for an hour flight or the tasting menu, they're comparable, and will both cause you to go over your $1,000 limit.

  3. Ireland. Depending on when you leave, you can get roundtrip tickets to Dublin for around $500, and if you're good about spending while you're there, you can get by pretty easily on the remainder. While you're there, make sure to visit the Dublin Writer's Museum and the Guiness Factory, both of which are wonderful for different reasons.

  4. Philadelphia. Take the Bolt Bus (about $30), enjoy the Mutter Museum (my favorite museum of all time), and grab a cheesesteak at Jim's. The most economical of all the trips on here, there should be enough of your tax-refund left to help save for retirement, a down-payment on a house, or the keg for your next party.

  5. Peru. If I was going to plan a trip with my tax-refund ($1,002 federal, $75 state, for all you nosybodies), I think I'd make it to Peru, where roundtrip airfare is as low as $596. I've never been, but really, who can resist the allure of Machu Picchu?


  1. Peru is definitely the most intriguing on the list (sorry, Philly). Go for it.

  2. Peru is definitely the most intriguing on the list (sorry, Philly). Go for it.