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How to Use Your Tax Return for Travel

Those looking to travel domestically could take a full two weeks to visit the Pacific Northwest (think: Seattle, Portland and the surrounding area.
Couples can spend a week in Sedona, Arizona hiking the red rocks, or lounge on the beach in Florida’s Key West, with airfares in the low $300s roundtrip from many East Coast airports, according to Jauntaroo.
International destinations are still a possibility for couples on a $2,400 budget, including getaways to Croatia, where roundtrip airfare can be found from $483 per person and hotels can be booked for less than $100 per night. (Sadly, outside the capital, there arent a ton of points hotel options.) Theres also Budapest, Hungary. Hunt for a roundtrip flight just over $400 and boutique apartment rentals for $60 per night on Airbnb.
$2,700 to $2,850For international vacations, Midwest residents can head to Spain from the Midwest for just $481 roundtrip per person, or take a quick flight to the island of Aruba for just $371, according to Skyscanner. Entire families can enjoy a trip here by using points to reserve a stay at one of the islands many great points properties.
Photo by Tashka / Getty Images.$3,000 to $3,150The average tax return has historically been about $3,000 per person, and most states land in this range, from Alaska to Georgia, Maryland and Nevada.It’s still a sizable return, and even travelers who don’t want to spend their entire tax return on a trip can find great options within this budget.For residents of Nevada, Alaska, or any of the other western states, the San Juan Islands off the coast of Washington are a short flight and boat ride away.
The rural archipelago is filled with state parks and greenery, making it the perfect option for nature lovers who want to hike, kayak, swim or watch for orcas starting in May. Flights originating from the west can be as low as $103 per person, according to Skyscanner, and hotels on the islands usually run from $70 to $150 per night.For international locations, residents of the West Coast can fly to parts of South America in just a few hours. Flights from California to Sao Paolo, Brazil are usually less than $500 in May.
East Coast residents can turn to the British Isles for a great getaway, where flights to Scotland are $499 round trip and flights to London are just $341, according to Skyscanner. Travelers can splurge on the recently renovated Ritz-Carlton in London, or stay at the highly rated Hilton Metropole for less than $150 per night.(Cash in your points for an award night, and youll have plenty of your tax return left over for food, beverages and activities.)$3,700 to $3,850States in the Northeast see some of the highest average tax refunds, with Connecticut taking the number one spot of $3,844, according to Smart Asset.
Travelers in the highest tax return bracket could jet off to Bali for two weeks to visit ancient Hindu temples. Flights from New York City to Bali can get as low as $481 roundtrip in the month of May (though if you want to book something quick, its not difficult to find flights in the mid-$700s) and hotels run in the low hundreds per night.North African temperatures tend to be relatively mild in the spring, making it a great time to visit Morocco or Egypt (one of our top places to travel this April). Flights to Africa tend to run on the more expensive side, regardless of the time of year, but flights to Casablanca can be found in the low $600s roundtrip.Visitors can rent entire homes near Casablanca for roughly $50 per night — and some even include their own pools.For the latest travel news, deals and points and miles tips please .

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Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® Announces New Advisory Council Members

Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® has announced its new Advisory Council officers and members.The LeadingRE Advisory Council is a leadership group comprised of business development and relocation professionals who provide guidance on key initiatives for the global real estate community of 565 market-leading firms in over 70 countries.
The Advisory Council works closely with the Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® management team on integral relocation, business development and lead generation programs. Council members also mentor other affiliates and serve as ambassadors for the organizations diverse program offerings. Members are elected by fellow council members to serve a three-year term and are chosen based on the merits of their professional experience and reputation.Catharine Pappas, director of Relocation for Dickens Mitchener (Charlotte, N.C.), has been elected to a one-year term as Advisory Council chairperson.Pappas has led the relocation department at Dickens Mitchener for more than 25 years, bringing a depth of experience relating to all areas of relocation.Kimberly Barkoff, executive director, Relocation/Referrals for Halstead Real Estate (New York, N.Y.), has been elected vice chairperson.

Barkoff has more than 18 years of experience, including expertise in property investment and management, real estate and corporate relocation.Joining the Advisory Council are Michele Barnes, director of Relocation at PARKS Realty (Brentwood, Tenn.); Marie Lawrence, VP, Corporate Relocation Services, ARC Realty (Montgomery, Ala.); and Tammy Young, relocation director, Sibcy Cline Realtors® (Cincinnati, Ohio).We are so fortunate to have such an esteemed group of industry leaders serving on our Advisory Council. Their commitment to our network helps us ensure we deliver highly-effective, market-responsive relocation and business development programs for our members worldwide, says LeadingRE Executive Vice President, Member Services Kate Reisinger, CRP.

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AZ511.gov

Provides up to the minute traffic and transit information for Arizona. View the real time traffic map with travel times, traffic accident details, traffic …

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Arizona Art Alliance merges with Central Arts Alliance

Central Arts Alliance, parent company of Phoenix Center for the Arts,  new partnership with another giant of the local arts scene, Arizona Art Alliance.
Over the next 18 months, Arizona Art Alliance will merge its operations into the Central Arts Alliance organization, bringing additional benefits to its league members, and guaranteeing sustainability for the future.This partnership will form a vibrant and vital art force for artists throughout the state of Arizona, strengthening existing art services and delivering opportunities to a wider statewide audience. Existing Arizona Art Alliance programs, including the AZ Veteran Art Program, Extra Special Art, and Caring Thru Art, will continue to grow and thrive.
“I think this is an exciting evolution for us both,” says Central Arts Alliance Director, Joseph Benesh, “because both organizations serve artists in very different ways. Now, we’ll be merged to do more of what we do better and more efficiently.But, most important to me, is the enhanced benefits we can now provide to the communities we serve, including students of all ages and veterans.”Jaime Dempsey, Executive Director of Arizona Commission on the Arts, states “It has been inspiring to watch these two arts organizations engage in the merger-exploration with such openness to the possibilities.
This merger has not been born out of crisis, it has been born out of vision, strong financial practices, and careful stewardship of resources. And together these partners have tapped into some exciting potential: each organization leveraging its history, strengths, and relationships to provide more high-quality creative opportunities and more sustained arts-based services.
”Dempsey goes on to state “In the nonprofit arts sector there exists an idea, sometimes promoted by funders and authorizes, that organizational mergers are a shrewd solution to scarce resources. In many cases, I just disagree: I think there are often gross misunderstandings about the depth of administrative employment in arts organizations, and further, it is so very unusual to find organizations that can productively align their purpose, mission, and practices.”

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