Over the last year, Contiki’s proven to be a next-level tour provider, especially for young, active, proudly single travelers. They showed us the best of Ecuador, they celebrated this year’s Singles Awareness Day by sidestepping Valentine’s Day altogether, and they plan some of the most legit, off-the-beaten-path tours on the planet. Now, they’re offering to pay your rent while you explore all seven of the New 7 Wonders of the World — seriously.
Contiki’s offer is simple: Book all seven of the company’s individual 7 Wonders of the World tours and Contiki will pay your rent for two months while you’re away. Collectively, the two-month, round-the-world itinerary covers four continents and includes the Taj Mahal in India, the Great Wall of China, Chichen Itza in Mexico, Machu Picchu in Peru, Brazil’s famous Christ the Redeemer monument, and the Colosseum in Rome. Plus, by including the newly announced Israel and Jordan Uncovered trip, you’ll visit the ancient city of Petra as well. Most travelers admit to wanting to visit at least one of the New 7 Wonders of the World. So, the possibility of seeing them all would be truly life-changing.
For anyone who loves to explore, it can seem impossible to coordinate a group trip with your friends. However, the idea of jetting off alone to some far-flung, unpronounceable country might seem daunting, even terrifying for some. That’s where Contiki comes in. Their catalog of “group singles” trips covers six continents; all guarantee the thrill of solo travel without the loneliness and headaches of travel planning.
The bad news is that, like any once-in-a-lifetime trip worth doing, this jumbo-sized, bucket-list-worthy expedition doesn’t come cheap. According to the fine print, the price to book all seven trips in the 7 Wonders of the World package starts at $13,610. That doesn’t include international flights or any additional accommodations, transportation, or meals not listed in the trip itineraries.
If you’re looking to take one hell of a gap year, need a serious break from adulthood, or want to relish a two-month celebration after quitting your desk job, it’s difficult to imagine a better way to do it. If it sounds too rich for your blood, they’ll even let you finance the whole trip. But, since you’ll be paying off your student loans until you’re 160 anyway, what’s a little more debt?