If you didn’t procrastinate and you filed your taxes before the April 15 deadline, there is a good chance your tax return should be hitting your bank account, right about now.
An IRS report says that the average tax refund is $3,120, so Kayak has done a good thing and created a list of splurge-or-save destinations from the 2015 Travel Hacker Guide to pick a getaway for 2015. Here is the chance to get the most bang for your buck, we all love that.
Per Kayak, here is where you can splurge or save in 2015:
There’s no better time to visit Milan than June, especially in 2015, when the World Expo takes over, bringing new life to the city from May to October. Three nights at our top trending hotel in Milan, Grand Hotel Verdi, will run about $1,209 according to a recent search. Add that to June’s median airfare and you’re at $2,352. The Grand Hotel Verdi is located in the middle of Milan’s action, just 5 minutes from the Brera district – home to the world-famous Pinacoteca art gallery – and the Corso Como area, which is packed with bars, restaurants and clubs.
Savannah, GA is a quick, inexpensive getaway to escape the cold, so look no further than Savannah in January. Median airfare is just $351, and three nights at the Dresser Palmer House mansion, built in 1876, can get you a luxury B&B experience for around $537. Visit historic landmarks, museums, and soak in the Southern charm. You might even see a ghost.
Splurge: Rio de Janeiro
Use your tax refund to ring in the New Year on Copacabana Beach. Revelers can watch the fireworks and entertainment on the beach, at a beachfront hotel party, or on a neighboring beach like Ipanema. Brazilians always use the holiday as a time of renewal and symbolically wear all white, so dress appropriately and don’t miss out. Travel Hacker Data shows median airfare to be $1,384 and a recent search for three nights at our top trending hotel, the Miramar Hotel by Windsor ran about $1,620. Don’t forget to check the ideal booking window.
Channel your inner Herman Melville with a trip to Vancouver at the end of October. The whale-watching season is just coming to a close at that time, and locals say you’re likely to get lucky spotting one. Vancouver was the #4 Deal destination in our 2015 Travel Hacker Guide (October median airfare came to $432) and the Four Seasons Vancouver was our top hotel. Luxury AND adventure together at last!
If dropping temperatures are not your thing, a trip to Fiji in January will definitely do the trick. Travel Hacker Data shows median airfare in January to be $1,592, and three nights at the top trending Sheraton Fiji Resort runs about $543, totaling $2,135 for flight and accommodations. Take a day trip to neighboring islands and enjoy cultural shows at the resort at night to make the most of this splurge trip.
Save: Puerto Vallarta
Check out Puerto Vallarta in September, when the sun is still hot and our Travel Hacker Data tells us the airfare is lowest ($457 median airfare). Three nights at top trending Grand Miramar Club + Spa will cost about $555, making this the perfect location to extend your summer. Take that scuba lesson you’ve wanted to try or get that extra margarita to put your refund to work.
You should make sure you visit the 2015 Travel Hacker Guide for ongoing tips and tricks, so you can splurge or save, when it comes to various types of travel, including your next vacation. Also, make sure you have the kayak app downloaded for all your mobile devices.
Have a great trip!