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 Get a Passport in 24 Hours—Here's How

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Randy Harris/iStock via Getty Images

Between driver's licenses, replacement social security cards, and passports, receiving tangible evidence of your identity from the government can be a glacial process. It can take six to eight weeks to process your initial passport application and weeks more if you need to renew one that’s expired.

As incredible as it may seem, there’s a way to turn that long wait into something as brief as one business day, Conde Nast Traveler reports. But it’s going to cost you.

A service called RushMyPassport has teamed up with FedEx to offer new passports or passport renewals that can be turned around in just 24 hours. Their business model involves hand couriers that visit U.S. passport agencies after they receive your documentation.

Why the rush? Sometimes people simply forget to glance at their passport and make sure it’s still valid before booking an expensive international trip—or don't realize that the country they're traveling to requires visitors' passports to be valid for several months past the planned end of their stay. Others don’t realize how long it can take to obtain their first passport.

The service is counting on people who are willing to pay a premium for expedited delivery. Overnight renewal will set you back $449. If you can wait a few more days, other packages ranging from two-day service ($399) to an 10- to 14-day wait ($99) are available. You also need to pay the $170 processing fee charged by the government.

The paperwork requirements are plentiful and include proof of identity, proof of citizenship, and proof of travel. If you’re applying for a new passport, you’ll still need to visit a Passport Acceptance Agent, like the ones found in post offices, to verify your identity.

[h/t Conde Nast Traveler]

Oscar Mayer Is Renting Out the Wienermobile on Airbnb For Overnight Stays

Airbnb
Airbnb

Oscar Mayer is about to make all of your hot dog dreams come true. To celebrate National Hot Dog Day (today), the meat-industry titan has listed its legendary Wienermobile on Airbnb for overnight stays. Mark your calendars for July 24, when reservation opportunities will go live throughout the day, with prices starting at $136 per night.

Oscar Mayer Wienermobile on Airbnb
Airbnb

The 27-foot-long locomotive hot dog, parked in Chicago, can accommodate two people and includes a sofa bed, sitting area, and outdoor space with a bathroom and “hot dog picnic zone” where you can lounge in Adirondack chairs while enjoying a savory snack. The 'mobile will also be packed with all the hot dog amenities you didn’t know you needed: Highlights include a mini fridge stocked with hot dogs and Chicago-style fixings, a custom Wienermobile art piece by Chicago artist Laura Kiro, and an Oscar Mayer roller grill that you get to keep forever. And that’s not the only souvenir: each guest will also receive a welcome kit with as-yet-unidentified “hot dog-inspired accessories.”

Other features include air conditioning, free parking, breakfast, a hair dryer, and the essentials: towels, bed sheets, soap, shampoo, and toilet paper.

Interior of Wienermobile on Airbnb
Airbnb

Interior of Wienermobile on Airbnb
Airbnb

The booking dates overlap with Chicago’s famed Grant Park music festival Lollapalooza, which takes place from August 1 through 4. The lineup this year includes Ariana Grande, Childish Gambino, Tame Impala, The Strokes, and Kacey Musgraves, to name a few. What better way to stay nourished and well-rested after a musical marathon than in a cozy, oblong automobile filled with meat?

If you can't book a Wienermobile getaway, you can still celebrate July as National Hot Dog Month by hosting your own hot dog picnic wherever you are (just make sure you know the proper way to plate, dress, serve, and chow down on a plate full of frankfurters).

Check out the full listing on Airbnb.

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