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.

The Most Popular Tourist Attractions in Each State

Hot air balloons drifting over the Rio Grande River in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Hot air balloons drifting over the Rio Grande River in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
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In 2018, Americans took about 1.8 billion trips for leisure purposes alone, the U.S. Travel Association reports. But what types of attractions do they visit during those trips? Thanks to new data from Groupon and Viator, a TripAdvisor company, we now have the answer.

Map of the Northeast of the United States, showing a few of the most popular tourist attractions in that region
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Groupon mapped out each state’s most popular travel experience and classified them according to price, type, and region. Tourists in the northeast United States tend to gravitate toward what Groupon describes as “exploration and discovery” activities, like the Founding Fathers Tour of Philadelphia, Maine's Portland City and Lighthouse Tour, and the day trip from Boston to Martha’s Vineyard.

Map of the Midwest region of the United States, listing a few of the most popular tourist attractions in those states
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The Midwest is by far the cheapest place to vacation, with the cost of attractions in the region averaging about $48. Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, and North Dakota are great states to visit if you’re looking for a top-ranked food tour, while South Dakota, Iowa, Nebraska, and Illinois offer plenty of educational tours and experiences (including a movie site tour for Field of Dreams fans).

Map of the Southern region of the United States, listing some of the most popular tourist attractions in that area
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Experiences in the South are fairly varied. Visitors have plenty of options, whether they’re looking for a historic tour of Asheville, North Carolina's Biltmore Estate (the largest privately owned house in the United States) or a day of thrills at Virginia’s Busch Gardens amusement park. Tourists in the South do seem to prefer watery activities, though—the region is popular for dinner cruises and dolphin watching.

Map of the Western region of the United States, listing some of the most popular tourist destinations in the area
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Perhaps unsurprisingly, the West is easily the most expensive region for visitors, averaging about $176 per attraction. Tourists in this region tend to gravitate toward experiences like helicopter tours and hot air balloon rides, all of which push the region toward the pricey end of the scale. Still, if you’re looking for astounding natural beauty, there are few places with more variety than the American West.

Driving This Thanksgiving Holiday? Here’s the Worst Time to Leave, According to Google Maps

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Marcos Assis/iStock via Getty Images

For many people, cooking the turkey correctly or dodging political arguments with family members aren't the most stressful parts of Thanksgiving. It's having to share the road with millions of other travelers on the way to Thanksgiving dinner. If you're hoping to make this element of the holiday a little more tolerable in 2019, plan your day with data from Google Maps.

As Travel + Leisure reports, Google Maps recently published a roundup of Thanksgiving travel tips, including the absolute worst times to hit the road. You may think that leaving the day before Thanksgiving will give you a head-start on traffic, but according to Google, Wednesday is the busiest travel day of the week. Congestion peaks between 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. on Wednesday in many parts of the country. If you have no choice but to travel on November 27, plan to leave earlier in the day before roads get too crowded.

It pays to leave the house early the day of the actual holiday. Around 6 a.m., roads will be clear in most major cities, with traffic gradually increasing throughout the morning and peaking as early as noon.

As people who regularly travel for Turkey Day know, getting to dinner on time is only half the headache. Traffic can be just as brutal on the way home. To make the journey as painless as possible, plan to leave first thing in the morning—ideally on Sunday, when most travelers have completed the trip.

Traveling for Thanksgiving is rarely as simple as driving to and from dinner. If you plan on making pit stops along the way, Google has travel information for that as well. According to Google search trends, "ham shops" are busiest at noon the day before Thanksgiving, and outlet malls reach peak traffic around noon on Black Friday. Here are some more stress-free travel tips for the holiday season.

[h/t Travel + Leisure]

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