Welcome to Contiki's countdown to the New Year. For the next 31 days we will be revealing daily goodies, resolutions, and inspiration to get you geared up and ready to make every moment of 2014 count! Don't miss out on the fun - check back every day to see what's been revealed (perhaps some giveaways?!) and get involved in the adventure. Let the countdown to YOUR new year begin...
The official countdown to 2014 begins. What new experiences are on your wish list for the New Year? Let us know by January 1st using #ContikiBucketList for a chance to win a $500 Contiki Travel voucher and some Contiki Swag.
Travel lets you seek out new adventures, step out of your comfort zone, learn about new cultures, and create amazing stories. It's the only thing you buy that makes you richer. To help get you exploring, during the month of December we're offering 15% off some of our bestselling Europe tours!
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"How do you know what you're going to do until you do it?" – J.D. Salinger. Seize the day and take advantage of one of our Contiki trips departing soon and just go!
Contiki wishes you a Happy Hanukkah. Today is the 8th and final day of this Jewish holiday that is also known as the Festival of Lights and Feast of Dedication. Also, the word Hanukkah is actually derived from a Hebrew verb that means "to dedicate."
The New Year is all about new beginnings. Start this year off with #NOREGRETS by letting us know what you would do if you could live one day with absolutely #NOREGRETS.
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Check out Contiki's 10 Favorite Inspirational Quotes and share your own using #InspireContiki for a chance to win a personalized Contiki shirt with your favorite quote.
Where will you ring in 2014? Check out Contiki's Top Trips for New Year's and let us know where you'd like to celebrate using #ContikiNewYear.
You don't need a ton of cash to travel the world. Check out some easy Savings Tips from Contiki that will get you jetsetting in no time!
Did you know…less than 2/3rds of Americans have a passport?! We can do better. Travel encourages tolerance, and broadens perspectives, not to mention it looks amazing on the résumé. Book a Contiki trip by December 30th and we'll pay for your passport!!
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Happy Friday the 13th! Don't let fears hold you back from your dreams. What could you accomplish in 2014 if you were fearless enough to live with #NOREGRETS? Check out some of our very own Tour Managers' resolutions for some inspiration.
Resolve to eat better not less this New Year. A very smart foodie once said, "We all eat and it would be a sad waste of opportunity to eat badly!" Check out Contiki's Top Trips for Foodies to get some scrumptious inspiration.
Where better to get a dose of culture than Europe? Check out Contikis Top 5 European Culture spots for some inspiration.
Not letting excess baggage weigh you down is not only good travel advice, it's solid life advice as well. Practice makes perfect as there is a happy medium somewhere between "oh crap, I forgot underwear" and "my bag weighs how much?!" Check out Contiki's Summer Europe Packing List to see how the pros do it and share the essential travel item you can't live without using #ContikiPackingList for a chance to win some swag.
Contiki is proud to support The Thirst Project, a non-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness and building solutions to end the world's water crises. Find out how you can get involved in the Holiday Thirst Campaign to bring water to an entire village. Contiki is even awarding the highest fundraiser a Contiki trip!
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It's the little things in life that make each day special. Some call it stopping to smell the roses, others call it seeing the glass as half full. Here at Contiki we call it making every moment count. There is always an excuse to make each day special…today we are celebrating that there's only one week 'til Christmas! Let Santa and his elves know what you're doing today to make it #ExtraSpecial?
Today is the day. Life is for living so get out there and see the world. Book your trip by December 30th and receive $150 off your adventure!?
Don't let another year of your youth pass you by. Check out Contiki's 14 Things You Gotta Do in 2014. Also, don't forget you have until January 1 to share what adventure is on your wish list for New Year using #ContikiBucketList for a chance to win a $500 Contiki Travel voucher and some Contiki Swag.
Resolve to exercise your body and soul this New Year by making an effort to move your body outdoors. Need some inspiration? Check out last year's Tone it Up Bikini Series winners' Costa Rica experience to see how getting up, getting out, and getting active pays off.
Who would have thought that our parents and grandparents style would become fashionable again? It seems vintage is the new black and we all appreciate a good (ahem, inexpensive) find. Check out the best vintage shops from New York to Amsterdam and spread the word by letting us know your favorite #VintageFind.
Spend more time with Mother Nature in 2014. Get back in touch with your wild side on one of Contiki's Top Natural Wonder Trips.
Merry Christmas from the Contiki Elves! Celebrate your youth in 2014 by vowing to always see the world through youthful eyes – a little bit of naivety, a truckload of optimism, and a ton of goofiness. We'll vow to do the same!.
So, what is "Boxing Day" anyway? We asked Google and this is what she said: "Boxing Day, traditionally the day following Christmas Day, was a day when servants and workers received gifts from their bosses called a "Christmas Box." There you have it. Apparently, nowadays the gift we get from our boss is a day off. Fine by us! Happy Boxing Day!!.
Did you know? On December 2, 1804, Napoleon Bonaparte was crowned emperor of France in a ceremony that took place in the Notre Dame Cathedral. He was 35 years old (still young enough to take a Contiki). See the Notre Dame Cathedral this 2014 on Contiki's 9-day London & Paris+ Paris tour. What will you conquer this New Year?
There are so many exciting happenings in store for 2014, it's time to live! Get out there and meet new people, experience new adventures, create new memories, and live out loud. Check out Contiki's list of happenings in 2014.
The best decorating advice is to "live with what you love." Here at Contiki, we love travel! Check out these 8 art prints for the travel obsessed that would be perfect for sprucing up your space in 2014.
Can't convince indecisive friends to commit to travel? Muster up the courage to go it on your own. There are numerous benefits to traveling solo. Plus, with Contiki, it's not as scary as you think.
Don't be too cool for school. Get into the holiday spirit and make a resolution of your own. It's the perfect way to start the New Year off positive. Every passing moment is another chance. Make it count! Let us know your resolution for the New Year using #ContikiResolution for a chance to win a $100 Amex card and some swag.
It's official, 2014 is here! Don't forget, today is the last day to let us know how you're going to make this year the best one yet using #ContikiBucketList for a chance to win a $500 Contiki travel voucher and some Contiki swag.