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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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Amazon real estate exec says Bellevue plan not affected by New York exit

Amazon’s top real estate executive said the employment growth the company had planned for New York is not slated for Bellevue. Speculation has swirled in recent weeks over Amazon’s local growth plans in the wake of its decision to abandon a major campus planned for Long Island City as part of its HQ2 expansion, and confirmation that it will not occupy a new office building under construction in downtown Seattle.The company on Valentines Day said it would not go forward with the plan to hire as many as 25,000 people in New York over the next decade, after encountering a hostile response from local politicians and labor groups opposed to some $3 billion in tax incentives offered to lure the company.Amazon last summer signed a second long-term lease in Bellevue, giving the company enough space in the city east of Seattle for about 4,500 people.While Amazon has been mum about its Bellevue plans, the Puget Sound Business Journal and GeekWire reported in February on the companys growing real estate appetite in that city. Some real estate sources have seen Bellevue as a possible spillover location for the erstwhile New York HQ2.
Asked whether he expected to see any of the planned New York City employment land in Seattle or Bellevue, John Schoettler, Amazons vice president of global real estate and facilities, said: No. The plans that we have for Bellevue and all of that was completely separate from HQ2, so its not a result of that, Schoettler said in an interview with The Seattle Times.Schoettler, who has orchestrated Amazons dramatic real estate expansion since 2001, said the job growth planned for New York will be dispersed across about 17 other cities throughout the Americas.

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Visit the Yale School of Art’s 2019 MFA Open Studios, April 6 – 7

The Yale School of Art hosts its annual graduate open studios featuring work from the departments of Graphic Design, Painting and Printmaking, Studios are open to the public and located across three buildings on Yale’s campus in downtown New Haven: 1156 Chapel Street, 353 Crown Street, and 36 Edgewood Avenue.

For more information visit art.yale.edu/OpenStudios. Transportation to Open StudiosMetro North Railroad provides frequent train service between New York and New Haven.During the open studios there will be a shuttle bus service running every 15 minutes from New Haven’s Union Station to the Yale School of Art.Related Events Ripe at Dawn: 2019 Sculpture M.F.A.

Thesis Show, Group Two Through April 6, 2019 Reception Saturday, April 6, 2019 at 6pm Green Hall Gallery 1156 Chapel Street, New HavenAbout Yale School of Art Yale School of Art provides students with intellectually informed, hands-on instruction in the practice of an array of visual arts media within the context of a liberal arts university. As a part of the first institution of higher learning to successfully integrate a studio-based education into such a broad pedagogical framework, the Yale School of Art has a long and distinguished history of training artists of the highest caliber.

A full-time faculty of working artists in conjunction with a diverse cross-section of accomplished visiting artists collaborate to design a program and foster an environment where the unique talents and perspectives of individual students can emerge and flourish.The school currently offers graduate degrees and undergraduate majors in the areas of graphic design, painting/printmaking, photography, and sculpture.The Yale School of Art Open Studios takes place April 6–7 in New Haven, CT. For more information, visit yale.edu/Open-Studios.

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Sex, power, oppression: why women wear high heels

Modern elevated shoes were born in Paris, invented and then reinvented for western fashion as the classic high heels we recognize today. Despite it all, Summer Brennan still loves themSummer Brennan‘Heels made me feel powerful in a womanly way.’
There was a time in my life in New York City when I wore high heels almost every day. I myself did not have much power, but I worked at the United Nations, in a place where powerful people congregate.It is a place of suits and ties, skirts and silk blouses; of long speeches and aggressive air conditioning; of Your Excellency, and Madam Chairperson, and freshly shined wingtips and yes, high heels.There was an image in my mind of a certain kind of woman – professional, feminine, poised – that I wanted to embody.I saw these women daily, year after year, backstage to the halls of power, on benches by the ladies’ room, changing in and out of comfortable and uncomfortable shoes.These were power heels, and they were worn by women from all over the world.
They were leopard print, or green and scaly. They were amaranthine and violaceous and subtly velvet.They were black and shiny as Japanese lacquer, with a shock of red on the sole. Some were plain, but uncomfortable anyway.Perhaps I have embellished them somewhat in my imagination, my memory tempered by glamour. What is not in dispute is that all of these statement shoes invariably came with a steel-spined appendage like an exclamation point: stiletto, the heel named for a dagger.
For the women whose feet put up a fight, these shoes were changed out of and put away, smuggled in and out of the building in handbags, like weapons.When I worked in a formal office setting, high heels were never of any special interest to me beyond the fact that I liked them, and wore them, and liked wearing them.
I didn’t fixate. I never owned too many.If I’m honest, there were times when I liked the idea of wearing them more than the actual wearing of the shoes. Still, without high heels, at work I didn’t feel quite put together.Like a man might feel who has forgotten to put on his necktie in a boardroom full of men in neckties. They made me feel powerful in a womanly way; suited up, compliant, like I was buckled in to the workday.

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New York City Gives $2.8 M. to 175 Arts Organizations, Thanks to Metropolitan Museum of Art’s

When the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York announced a change to its admissions policy in 2018, (ARTnews’s editor-in-chief, Sarah Douglas, and its executive editor, Andrew Russeth, were amongits detractors.) Through the Mets new arrangement with New York City, a portion of the museums revenues had to be given to the Department of Cultural Affairs (DCLA), which revealed on Monday what arts institutions would be receiving increased funding in 2019 because of the Mets fees.In a release on Monday, the DCLA said it has allocated $2.8 million to 175 arts organizations throughout the city. Of that sum, $1.4 million will be given to 160 organizations through the Cultural Development Fund, and 15 more institutions in the Cultural Institutions Group—a consortium of museums and centers that cater to underserved communities, according to the DCLA—will receive $1.4 million.
In a statement, Mayor Bill de Blasio said, “New York is the cultural capital of the world not only because of our hallmark institutions, but because of the smaller museums, shows, and organizations throughout the five boroughs. They deserve meaningful investment too.This agreement has allowed the Met to thrive while giving us a unique opportunity to increase cultural investment in our underserved communities—allowing us to support the diversity that makes our city great at no additional cost to taxpayers.”Among those receiving extra money from the Cultural Development Fund are the New Museum, Artists Space, Triple Canopy, Rhizome, Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, and the Drawing Center.Those increases range from $1,000 to $40,000.The 15 Cultural Institutions Group organizations receiving extra funding are being given between $25,000 and $175,000 more than usual.El Museo del Barrio, the Studio Museum in Harlem, and the Bronx Museum of the Arts are receiving $175,000 increases each. MoMA PS1 and the Queens Museum are also receiving increases in funding.Daniel H. Weiss, the president and CEO of the Met, said in a statement, The admissions policy is performing precisely as we hoped it would—our museum is welcoming record levels of visitors, the increased revenue is supporting our always ambitious exhibition and education programming, and New Yorkers are continuing to enjoy pay-as-you-wish pricing.The full list of institutions receiving increases in funding can be found on the DCLAs website.

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