Book a Trip to Visit the 7 Wonders of the World and Contiki Will Pay Your Rent While You're Gone

Petra, Jordan
Petra, Jordan
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A trip to the seven wonders of the world would take you on a whirlwind tour of seven countries, sprawled across four different continents. Of course, this experience of a lifetime doesn't come cheap. It would set you back some $13,600 (plus airfare and accommodation) if you book via Contiki—but on the bright side, you wouldn't have to feel guilty about throwing away money on rent while you're away.

Tour company Contiki announced it would pay the rent of any U.S. traveler between the ages of 18 and 35 who books Contiki tours to all seven wonders of the world. This represents savings of up to $2840, based on the national average for two months of rent (but if your rent costs less than that, you won't receive the extra money). Travelers who book the trip must provide proof of a rental agreement or evidence of past payments before the discount is applied.

Even if this trip is a little beyond your budget, it doesn't hurt to dream about the itinerary (or just plan a trip to one or two of the sites). The list of seven wonders includes: India's Taj Mahal, Mexico's Chichen Itza, Peru's Machu Picchu, Italy's Colosseum, Brazil's Christ the Redeemer statue, the Great Wall of China, and the ancient city of Petra, Jordan.

Each individual tour varies in length from six to 12 days. Naturally, the tours take visitors beyond the "wonders" themselves, which can be seen in just a day or two. On the India tour, for instance, travelers will experience the "Pink City" of Jaipur, the "City of Lakes" (Udaipur), the beaches of Goa, and the fast-paced city life of Mumbai. Visitors will even have the chance to go tiger-spotting in Ranthambore National Park, representing the perfect balance between city and nature.

If that sounds like a good deal, you can book the package by calling 1-866-266-8454 or emailing jennifer.helsper@contiki.com. For all other trips, you can book at Contiki.com.

You Can Rent This Wizard of Oz-Themed Cottage in North Carolina

Airbnb
Airbnb

This year marks the 80th anniversary of The Wizard of Oz, the classic 1939 adaptation of L. Frank Baum’s book. In addition to watching the film, you can opt for a more immersive way to celebrate the occasion. As Travel + Leisure reports, a cottage in West Jefferson, North Carolina offered on Airbnb is perfect for any traveling Oz fan—and it’s only $35 a night.

The studio cottage is considered a glamping destination and is slim on amenities—it has a breakfast nook, porch, sofa bed, and a Porta John—but the Oz-themed details more than make up for the lack of luxurious perks.

A pair of stockinged feet are visible under the home, hinting at a witch’s untimely demise; a character mural of Dorothy and her three escorts, the Scarecrow, Tin Man, and Cowardly Lion, appears on the side of the cabin; inside, various other decorations pay homage to Baum's books, including a pair of ruby slippers and a few stuffed Totos.

A cottage with a 'Wizard of Oz' theme in West Jefferson, North Carolina is pictured
Airbnb

If you go, you’ll have to act quickly. The cottage is open only in the spring, summer, and fall, as it has no heat.

The Airbnb listing has a perfect score across 16 reviews. You can book it here.

[h/t Travel + Leisure]

Visit Any National Park for Free on September 28—or Volunteer to Help Maintain Them

Yosemite National Park
Yosemite National Park
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By the end of September—which always seems especially busy, even if you’re not a student anymore—you might be ready for a small break from the hustle and bustle. On Saturday, September 28, you can bask in the tranquility of any national park for free, as part of National Public Lands Day.

According to the National Park Service, the holiday has been held on the fourth Saturday of every September since 1994, and it’s also the nation’s largest single-day volunteer effort. It’s up to you whether you’d like to partake in the service side or simply go for a stroll, but there is an added incentive to volunteer: You’ll get a one-day park pass that you can use for free park entry on a different day. Opportunities for volunteering include trail restoration, invasive plant removal, park cleanups, and more; you can see the details and filter by park, state, and/or type of event here.

If you’re not sure how you should celebrate National Public Lands Day, the National Park Service has created a handy flowchart to help you choose the best course of action for you—which might be as simple as sharing your favorite outdoor activity on social media with the hashtag #NPLD.

National public lands day celebration flowchart
National Park Service

There are more than 400 areas run by the National Park Service across the U.S., and many of them aren’t parks in the traditional sense of the word; the Statue of Liberty, Alcatraz Island, and countless other monuments and historical sites are also run by the NPS. Wondering if there might be one closer than you thought? Explore parks in your area on this interactive map.

For those of you who can’t take advantage of the free admission on September 28, the National Park Service will also waive all entrance fees for Veteran’s Day on November 11.

And, if you’re wishing a free-admission day existed for museums, you’re in luck—more than 1500 museums will be free to visit on Museum Day, which happens to be this Saturday.

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