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How to Travel on Your Tax Refund

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That tax refund is burning a hole in your pocket. Why not spend it by feeding your insatiable wanderlust? We have a few ideas, depending on how kind the IRS was to you this year.

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Under $1,000: See Philadelphia

Channel your inner Rocky on your trip to Lonely Planet’s #1 U.S. city to see in 2016. Take the celebrated run up the stairs of The Philadelphia Museum of Art or order a classic pastrami at the Famous 4th Street Delicatessen where the Tom Hanks and Denzel Washington flick “Philadelphia” was filmed. Fulfill more Philly film fantasies at more spots where Philadelphia inspired pop culture.

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$1,000 to $4,000: Experience London

Pair your ride on the London Eye with champagne and see the landmarks in 60 minutes. Another thought: Imagine you’re an MI6 agent and follow London’s shadowy, spy-studded past with visits to Scotland Yard, the Tower of London and the historic St. Ermin’s Hotel.

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Over $4,000: Tour Shanghai

Tour the city by boat and hit up high-end shops and 5-star restaurants in The Bund. You could also find unexpected ways to slack off in Shanghai and get in touch with your zen spirit by taking a day trip to the Anji Bamboo Forest, the backdrop for the international blockbuster “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.”