Tips & Tricks

IRS Tax Refund 101: How to Travel on Your Refund

by Megan Swanick. Posted Apr 14th 2014 02:24 PM
Dreaming Of Refunds
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As most Americans know, tomorrow is the deadline to file your 2013 taxes with the IRS. There is an upside, however, to paying taxes. Well, other than paved roads and schools and whatnot: getting your refund. And the best use of that newfound money is, of course, travel.

Here is a comprehensive list of ideas where your refund can take you, broken down by just how much you're getting back.
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Cherry Blossom Festival: 5 Easy iPhone Photography Tips

by Jess Moss. Posted Apr 10th 2014 01:39 PM
Cherry Blossoms DC
Jess Moss
The Cherry Blossom Festival is on in Washington, DC, and after a long winter the white and pink flowers are blooming. The blossoms are expected to peak this weekend, and if you visit the Tidal Basin you'll see more cameras than at a Hollywood red carpet. But you don't need fancy equipment to capture memorable cherry blossom photos. Here are five tips for taking awesome cherry blossom pictures using only an iPhone.
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13 Things Every Florida Traveler Should Know (as Learned From Carl Hiaasen's Novels)

by Michael Yessis. Posted Mar 28th 2014 01:30 PM
Clearwater Beach, FL
In Clearwater, Florida, even the birds know to always park in the shade. Photo: Getty.

For your Florida spring break, we're happy to share the best places to play with dolphins, or just where to relax with a Bloody Mary in hand. Check out our spring break crawls in Miami, Orlando, Key West and the Fort Myers area.

For additional insight for travelers to the Sunshine State, though, we defer to Carl Hiaasen. In 13 novels and more than 35 years as a journalist with the Miami Herald, Hiaasen has critiqued, chronicled and defended the sometimes strange and always intriguing culture of Florida.

Here are 13 things about Florida every traveler should know, as mined from some of his novels. Note: Some words below are not safe for work. Bold type has been added to the text for emphasis.
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Cherry Blossom Festival: 5 Tips from a Washington, DC Insider

by Elise Hartman Ford. Posted Mar 19th 2014 11:14 AM
Cherry Blossom Festival
Associated Press
The National Cherry Blossom Festival: Washington, D.C.'s most popular annual event has zip to do with politics and everything to do with celebrating the awesomeness of these special trees. The 1912 gift of the original Japanese cherry trees from the mayor of Tokyo sparked both a friendship between those two capital cities and the National Cherry Blossom Festival, which this year runs March 20 to April 13. Trees bloom for about 10 days, but activities of every description take place throughout.


To get the most out of your visit, follow these best-of-the-fest tips.
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Watch How to Hijack an Airplane in Just Two Seconds

by Zach Everson. Posted Mar 5th 2014 01:31 PM
Aol
Airline employees and the widow of a pilot killed on 9/11 released a video showing just how easy it is for terrorists to take control of an airplane's cockpit.
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Rio de Janeiro Travel Tips for First-Time Visitors

by Jess Moss. Posted Feb 28th 2014 01:00 PM
Jess Moss, AOL Travel
Rio de Janeiro's famous sites like Copacabana Beach, Sugarloaf Mountain and the Christ the Redeemer statue have been the stuff of postcards as long as people have been sending postcards. Whether you're traveling here for Carnival, scored 2014 World Cup tickets or are just taking a Brazil vacation, here are five first-timer tips for traveling to Rio:
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Academy Awards Season or Not: 5 Spots to Gawk at Celebrities in Los Angeles

by Eli Ellison. Posted Feb 28th 2014 10:15 AM
20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, run up to 2014 Academy Awards
Angela Weiss/FilmMagicAt Sunday's Academy Awards, Jennifer Lawrence and dozens of other actors will pose for photographers. Here's where you can find them in Los Angeles when they're not on a red carpet.
Jennifer Lawrence and Matthew McConaughey will schmooze their way down the Academy Awards red carpet this Sunday, and almost certainly you won't be in attendance to gawk and yell, "Marry me, Jen!" Tickets for the bleacher seats fronting Hollywood's Dolby Theatre were distributed months ago to Oscar superfans via social media. So where else in Los Angeles can out-of-towners see celebs in their Botox flesh? Tail the TMZ parasites paparazzi to these locales:
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20 Things You Wish You Had Done When You Were Traveling in Your 20s

by Anna Brones. Posted Feb 13th 2014 05:19 PM
People dancing at the Full Moon Party on Haad Rin beach Koh Phangan Thailand
AlamyDon't skip out on a Full Moon party.
Remember the days when all you had was a backpack and a map that was held together with a couple of pieces of scotch tape? If you traveled in your 20s, then you're probably nostalgic for when exploring the world seemed just a little easier. While you can't go back in time, you can at least give someone in their 20s the advice to go out and do what you never did. And if you are in your 20s: make sure that you don't look back on this travel decade with regret. With that, here's a list of things you wish you had done back when you were traveling in your 20s.
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9 Travel Tips for the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games (Many from Yakov Smirnoff!)

by Zach Everson. Posted Feb 4th 2014 04:00 PM
Previews - Winter Olympics Day -4
Getty Images
The Opening Ceremony for the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics is just three days away. If you're heading to Russia to watch the Games. Here are nine tips to help your trip go as smoothly as possible.
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Everything You Need to Pack for a Ski Vacation (Plus $400 Gloves)

by Rob Story. Posted Dec 6th 2013 03:00 PM
A man loading skis on top of a car.
Getty Images

Before you travel to the mountains this winter, think seriously about what to pack. Don't discard the flip-flops because it's cold: What else are you going to wear to the ski-lodge hot tub, loafers? The following is a list of the essentials you'll need for a fun, safe ski vacation.
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