This blog post was updated on January 30, 2020.

You’ve worked tirelessly all year, paid your taxes, and patiently waited for this refund to pay off your bills and book that vacation you’ve been dreaming of. With the extra cash you may receive, you must be thinking about which destination you should plan to travel to next.

Consider this list of destinations when using your tax refund to book last minute flight deals so you can tick off your bucket list of adventure!


Tax Refund Destinations

A trip to the Valley Isle of Hawaii may seem like an obvious way to spend a well-deserved windfall, and it is! With its pristine beaches, rugged trails, lava rocks, plunge pools and waterfalls, you’d be wise to pack your hiking boots as well as your swimwear.

Flights from Mainland U.S. to Kapalua, West Maui can cost under $650 return with four-star double rooms available starting around the same amount for three nights in April.

It’s not too late! Grab last minute flight deals now to get away for less! 

New York

a young woman standin gin times square, NYC

When in NYC you’ll fall in love with the bright lights of Times Square. Visit the Guggenheim for your culture fix followed by a picnic in Central Park as you take in the spring weather in the Big Apple. Take your pick and see a Broadway play for a musical to remember. And don’t fail to top off your weekend with a baseball game at the Yankee Stadium. It’s the city that never sleeps, so why should you?

Flights to New York are plentiful and inexpensive. Rates for hotels can vary depending on your taste and budget with something of good value at every price point.


a woman sitting in a cafe in Paris eating and drinking coffee

Europe’s most enchanting big city beckons with its Eiffel Tower, the Mona Lisa, the Champs-Élysées and more waiting to entice you. In between the big sightseeing, be sure to explore the nooks and crannies of Paris with strolls along the cobbled lanes of Montmartre or while people watching in one of the city’s many celebrate cafes. When the evenings draw in do as Parisians do and congregate at some of the best restaurants in the world.

With low-cost airlines flying from the U.S. to Paris, it’s possible to get there and back for less than $300.

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Tax refund destinations

If you want your dollar to stretch further and don’t mind a long-haul flight, then Bali is definitely worth considering. Its more than 10,000 temples have earned Bali the nickname “Island of the Gods.” Visit Ubud in the heart of Bali to experience its culture or Seminyak and Kerobokan to surf wild beaches. Seminyak also has designer shops where you can take advantage of the favorable exchange rate. Enjoy the nightlife in Kuta and Legian and wrap up your paradise vacation in irresistible style.

A holiday in paradise is definitely doable for well under $3,000 with flight and hotel packages for around $1,000.

How about you? Are you expecting some money back from your taxes and hoping to use the funds to pay for last minute flight deals? We’d love to hear where you’re planning to go, let us know in the comments below!

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