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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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Frestas – Triennial of Arts announces curatorship of 3rd edition Sesc Sorocaba R. Barão de …

A trans-disciplinary platform, it promotes new actions and reflections in a broader field of the visual arts, engaging the public and the circuit in a more.Frestas is concerned with a passage, cracking and rupture—an opening to a new democratic place of activity.This project is carried out by the SESC unit in Sorocaba, in the state of São Paulo, Brazil. The third edition of Frestas is being held between August and December, 2020, presenting a plural art show and entirely new programming for SESC Sorocaba and other contexts of the city.

Since its 1st edition, the exhibition has presented around 170 artists from a wide variety of generations and backgrounds, in different curatorial contexts and programmatic cross-sections. Its extensive spectrum of participants allows for interchange among local, regional and international artists, while also promoting dialogic instances with various professionals from the area, including curators, researchers, professors, cultural agents and others, and with a vast range of publics.Beatriz Lemos (Rio de Janeiro, RJ), curator and researcher, with an MA in Social History of Culture from PUC-RJ. She conceived the research platform Lastro – Intercâmbios Livres em Arte and works in the promotion, teaching and curating of processes of anticolonial, antiracist and feminist creation in Brazil and Latin America.
She is the curator of Bolsa Pampulha 2018/2019 (Belo Horizonte, MG) and coordinates the Grupo de Estudos Lastro na Casa 1 (São Paulo, SP). In 2017, she served on the curatorial commission of the 20th Contemporary Art Festival Sesc_Videobrasil and coordinated the artist residency Travessias Ocultas – Lastro Bolívia.Diane Lima (Mundo Novo, BA), curator and researcher, with an MA in Communication and Semiotics from PUC-SP. She carries out multidisciplinary curatorial practices in a decolonial perspective.This year, she was co-curator of the artist residency PlusAfroT, at Villa Waldberta, and of the group exhibition Lost Body – Displacement as Choreography, both in Munich, Germany. In 2018, she was the curator of the Valongo Festival Internacional da Imagem and a member of the Grupo de Críticos de Arte of the Centro Cultural São Paulo.
Thiago de Paula Souza (São Paulo, SP), curator and educator with a background in the social sciences. He participates in the program Propositions for Non-Fascist-Living, organized by BAK (base voor actuele kunst), in Utrecht, Netherlands.With curator Gabi Ngcobo, he created the platform I’ve seen your face before, as part of the project Ecos do Atlântico Sul, of Goethe Institut, in São Paulo. In 2018, he was a member of the curatorial team of the 10th Berlin Biennial, entitled We Don’t Need Another Hero.This curatorial team is consistent with the institution’s aim of confronting a contemporary global reality, opening borders and constructing dialogues with the international circuit, without losing sight of the local complexity.SESC – Serviço Social do Comércio is a nonprofit private institution created in 1946 by business leaders of the commerce and service sector throughout Brazil.In São Paulo, SESC has 40 centers active in the areas of Culture, Education, Sports, Leisure and Health. The institution’s actions are guided by its educational character and aim to foster social well-being based on a broad understanding of the term culture.

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Man Drops Dead Rat In Food To Blackmail Restaurant, Arrested

In November last year, the man, surnamed Guo, brought his own rat to a popular food chain in China named Haidilao. Shanghaiist reports that the incident occurred in Beijing.
The man reportedly went to a Haidilao outlet with his wife and, 20 minutes into the meal, claimed that he had fished out a dead rat from his hot pot.The restaurant initially offered him a voucher for a free meal, which he refused.They then upped their offer to 20,000 yuan (approximately Rs 2 lakh), which Mr Guo again turned down. Instead, he demanded 5 million yuan (approximately Rs 5 crore) in compensation.When the two sides failed to reach an agreement, the restaurant went to the police. After an investigation, Mr Guo was found guilty of extortion and arrested.
At his court hearing on Tuesday, Guancha News reports, he admitted to planting the dead rat in his food in order to blackmail the restaurant and extort money. He explained that he found the dead rat while visiting his hometown in Henan province and brought it back to Beijing in a bottle.He added that he had only wanted a free meal, but later got “a bit greedy”.Click for more trending newsGet the latest election news, live updates and election schedule for Lok Sabha Elections 2019 on /elections.

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Where to travel: Spring 2019

APRIL: It's still summer in Brazil and wet season in the Amazon Rainforest, which shines at this time of year. It also means that river cruises are able to …

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