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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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Ignite your career with a Master in Digital Fashion Communication

Fashion is becoming increasingly digital. From instant purchasing platforms to ‘Instagram-able’ outfits, we’re all part of the game in one way or another.With a global focus on sustainability, students are required to upskill their knowledge on tech-based trends and ethical e-commerce concepts.In the future, wearable tech and smart fabrics are set to revolutionise fashion.Outlined in The State of Fashion 2019report by McKinsey, written in partnership with the Business of Fashion (BoF), “The year ahead will be an awakening after the reckoning of 2018 a time for fashion companies to look at opportunities and not just at surmounting challenges. The ones that will succeed will have come to terms with the fact that in the new paradigm taking shape around them, some of the old rules simply don’t work.

“Regardless of size and segment, players now need to be nimble, think digital-first and achieve ever-faster speed to market. They need to take an active stance on social issues, satisfy consumer demands for radical transparency and sustainability, and, most important, have the courage to ‘self-disrupt’ their own identity and the sources of their old success to realise these changes and win new generations of customers,” the report explains.

Source: USI LuganoFor the fashion industry’s fragmented and complex ecosystem, change is on the way and digitalisation is a major priority. Therefore, universities teaching digital fashion communication courses must make it theirs.That’s why Università della Svizzera italiana (USI) in Lugano, Switzerland is enabling postgraduates to find out how fashions ethical dimension and major sustainability challenges impact society, as well as how long-term socio-cultural processes shape fashion.Through the Master in Digital Fashion Communication (MDFC), you’ll have the chance to design your career and acquire communication skills to apply to the fashion industry, cutting-edge tools to interact in a digital business environment, and the cultural sensitivity to communicate in a global market.

The Master is an English-taught, two-year (120 ECTS) Double Degree offered jointly by USI and Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, France.To gain an insight into the fashion industry, during the last year of the programme, you’ll be required to complete a two- to four-month internship in a company of your choice.
By embarking on this venture, you will have the opportunity to create an international network of contacts and heighten your professional experience.Additionally, you will do study tours and gain additional experience in fashion’s historical districts and industry hubs in Switzerland, Italy, Spain and France.
The tours will include visits to factories, ateliers, museums and company headquarters.Valuing student inclusivity and diversity, the university encourages you to fuse your creativity with activities, initiatives and events.

For example, digital fashion communication students launched a magazine named Tablet:Zine.Known as a creative brainchild of the Master in Digital Fashion Communication at Università della Svizzera italiana, it acts as an ode to the digital aspect of the programme and recognises the growing influence of the digital world on fashion.

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Your weekend arts forecast: A feast for the eyes (and ears)

Petersburg Museum of Fine Arts, A Feast For the Eyes: European Masterpieces From the Grasset Collection is an exhibition of 40 baroque-era oil paintings – brilliant, beautiful and lyrical works from the likes of 17th and 18th century masters van Dyck, Canaletto, Brueghel the Elder, de Velde and others.The masterworks are from the private collection of Juan Manuel Grasset, of Madrid, Spain. The 90-year-old art collector attended a media preview of the exhibition, accompanied by several members of the extended Grasset family, Thursday.His daughter Christina explained that the St. Pete visit is only the second time Grasset’s collection has gone on loan in the United States; indeed, it was previously at the San Diego Museum of Art,  in 2016.

Jan Davidsz. de Heem, Dutch, 1606-1683/4 Still Life of flowers in a glass vase in a stone niche, Oil on oak panel Christina Grasset detailed the collection’s backstory: “My father bought these paintings over the course of 50 years.I think there are four Spanish painters, but everything else is Dutch and Flemish. Or Italian.And so he would buy these paintings in London, or in Paris, and then bring them back to his home in Madrid.”Over the course of many years, she continued, “like any true collector, it’s very difficult for them to stop! They will see another painting, they fall in love, and they have to have it.
My parents have a fairly large home in Madrid, but we got to a point where the paintings were on the floor and stacked against the walls.“It took a very long time to convince him to part with the paintings, because they’re objects that he loves.

But we finally convinced him that they would be much better in a museum. And this is where the paintings look their best.”Frail and wheelchair-bound, but smiling and looking dapper nonetheless, Juan Manuel Grasset offered a quick compliment to the Museum of Fine Arts. “I think I never saw the collection as brilliantly displayed as it is here,” he said.The Grasset collection consists almost entirely of landscapes and still lifes of flowers, fruit bowls and laden banquet tables, along with other bounties. MFA Curator of Exhibitions and Collections Stanton Thomas asked Grasset about this.

“None of the grand traditions of Spanish portrait portraiture, or religious paintings or battle scenes appealed to him,” Thomas said. “He has almost no images of people.”Thomas – and others who’ve examined and thought deeply about the collection – developed a theory. “The thought is that these very beautiful, very lyrical, very escapist pictures might be a reflection of his youth, which was during a very difficult time,” the curator explained.“It was right after World War II, there wasn’t a lot around. These are kind of a reaction to the hardships of his youth.“There’s a beautiful logic to the paintings – people enjoying themselves out in the country, or beautiful flowers, or feasts. They would have been an enormous contrast to what people would have experienced in post-World War II Spain.”Juan Manuel Grasset, seated, talks with the media at the Museum of Fine Arts March 21. At far right is his daughter Christina.

Photo by Bill DeYoung.Thomas will conduct a Gallery Talk on the exhibition from 3 to 4 p.m. Sunday, March 24.A Feast For the Eyes: European Masterpieces From the Grasset Collection will remain at the museum through July 28.And now, thisOf course, the 2nd annual St.Petersburg Tiny Home Festival is Saturday and Sunday. Everything you need to know is here.Brad PaisleyNice cross-section of popular music this weekend, including country legend Clint Black (tonight at the Mahaffey), Chicago (or what’s left of the band that was once the mighty Chicago) at Ruth Eckerd Hall tonight, and yet another country star, Brad Paisley (Valspar Live! at the Osprey Driving Range in Palm Harbor Saturday – details here).The Palladium’s got the Boogie Woogie Blues Piano Stomp Saturday (here’s what we wrote about it) and country’s Mickey Gilley Sunday.

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The Flavors

What's the story behind some of Spain's most iconic dishes? Paella. The Moors introduced rice to Spain over 1,200 years ago, making Valencia the …

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Raise a Glass to the Arts

One way they are doing this is by having art expositions within their corridors. As its name reveals, Arts Club started this trend in “attempts to attract.As its name reveals, Arts Club started this trend in “attempts to attract more clients,” said Arts Club Promoter Manuel Laparte.
“Before the crisis, people would go out more frequently,” said Carlos Lopez, marketing coordinator and Madrileno. “However, even after this country recuperated, there was a change with how the Spanish started to spend their money when going out.” Where bars are as abundant as people’s expectations, the addition of local art expositions help set them apart from the many options Madrid city-goers have to choose from. As you enter inside Arts Club, the entrance walls are lined with mismatching seats and round, dark wooden tables.
Looking up you can catch a glance of Mexican artist Aurora Covarrubias’ latest exposition. Inspired by the fast-pace life Madrid has to offer, along with her Mexican heritage,  her pieces display bottles of tequila and mezcal.Almost every piece displays something pink, weather it be lips, a bottle, pants or even the American $100 bill, which was transformed into a long, hot pink canvas.Expositions like Covarrubias’ allow not only for her to gain publicity, but also attract more people to the venue.“Killing two birds with one stone,” said Covarrubias. Many of the night goers that stop upon Arts Club, are coming to actually see her exposition.They get this information from social media platforms such as Instagram, through hashtags.While Arts Club might have been the first venue in Madrid to start the trend of art expositions, other, smaller bars around the city have quickly caught wind of this.In Malasana, the more hipster barrio of Madrid, a few bars have also caught on to this trend. On Calle Valverde 24 lies Verbena Bar, a much more casual place of leisure, considering they also open for breakfast.
Here, 20-something hipsters of all nationalities can be observed sipping on iced lattes, freshly squeezed juice and tea.Upon walking into Verbena Bar, you can observe an illuminated, long venue.astel colored liners hang from one end of the roof to the other side. Along the cream colored walls are hundreds of watercolor paintings, original drawings and old photographs placed in mismatched frames which oddly match the mismatched furniture.While indulging in typical Spanish tapas, like tortilla and patatas bravas with a Cold Doble of Mahou, one is surrounded by the hard work of local Madrileno artists. One of many examples amongst this venue’s walls is the small square canvas, which is a copy of Frida Kahlo.The brushstrokes paint her red dress like velvet and her thick brown eyebrows seem almost life like. Other places of the moment such as La Fabrica have also taken this trend and ran with it.
Open seven days a week, this small coffee shop, no larger than 400 square meters, has begun to expose contemporary art. However, along with this, they also have a library filled with photography books.Currently, amongst the white walls of La Fabrica is Marc Chagalls contemporary exposition, on loan from the Museo Guggenheim of Bilbao, Spain. The European Vanguard exposition reveals pieces from the Interwar period, a time when Spain was going through a civil war.This contemporary exposition, is “rival of Picasso’s Guernica in the Reina Sofia, and worthy of visiting,” said Vera Mateus, visitor to La Fabrica.“Everyone has a curious side,” said Manuel Laparte.“And most importantly, the young people of Madrid want to be and feel the now.” Like previously mentioned, art expositions give a variety of venues the opportunity to expose up-and-coming artists to the public, while simultaneously allowing them to attract more customers.
It turns out that young people relate better to art while sipping on Spanish beer and gin and tonics. This is extremely important considering that in Spain, “almost half of Spanish artists do not not make it to 8,000 euros a year,” according to a Spanish study by Lamono.This exposure helps many struggling, up-and-coming artists gain publicity and recognition.However, there is another side to this coin.It also allows for art to spread in the capital of Spain, in a time where less and less young people are visiting traditional sources of art such as museums. A study conducted by La Caixa undercovered that only around only “22% of Spanish men and women between the ages of 16-29 had visited a museum.”“Just because some people don’t understand art, doesn’t mean it is irrelevant,” Aurora Covarrubias said. “The past, present and future need an outlet, in this logical world.”

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