Wait, did I hear that correctly? The government of the U.S. Virgin Islands is offering free money to people to visit their beautiful beaches? The U.S. Virgin Islands want you to vacation there real bad. Like, “We’ll give you $300 to come over” bad. As is the case with most $300 offers, though, there are a few catches. Ah, the catches, and I’m not talking about the catch of the day, I’m talking about caveats. Of course there is a catch, no one is giving away free money for nothing, this isn’t a Dire Straits song.
For those of us who are unfamiliar with the USVI, imagine any dream you had about a deserted island, that’s the Virgin Islands. They’re a group of Caribbean islands that became a United States territory in 1917 after the U.S. bought them from Denmark. Every year, the USVI celebrate that transfer of power on “Transfer Day,” a.k.a. March 31. So if you must know why anyone would need to offer someone $300 to take an island vacation in a tropical paradise, the reason is simply that it’s a celebration. This year marks the islands’ 100-year anniversary as a territory, so their tourism department is offering cash to people who plan to come to the island in 2017 in celebration of the milestone. Seems like a pretty sweet deal for anyone looking for a warm getaway in the harsh wintry months, no?
Here’s the catch
You can’t spend the $300 on whatever you want. If you book your 2017 trip through the U.S. Virgin Islands website, you get $300 in credits for vacation activities, which is good news if you’re the type of tourist who can blow three bills on frozen drinks at the poolside bar. The activities include things like “eco-tours, museums, food tours, and kayaking adventures,” as Thrillist reports. Free food? We are here for it.
So you don’t actually get paid in cash but instead in travel vouchers, that’s still not too bad. You can only spend them in the Virgin Islands so don’t expect an influx of capital flowing in from the Caribbean.
The credits are physical papers and can be used at any participating location. You can get a list of those by checking out the tourism board’s website, or you can just be super chill, show up and see where the island takes you. (Probably plan ahead, though. Just sayin’.)
A round trip plane ticket to the USVI costs around $200 from Miami if you play your flight cards right. So if you can see yourself sunning on a tropical beach, fanning yourself with $300 worth of vouchers, get booking, people.
Yea, thats $300 per person, so you see how many people are in your group and multiply, thats a lot of resort activities that are completely free. I expect to see the lot of you in Hawaiian shirts trying your hand at jetskiing or sailing. It’s not often that you get paid to go on vacation so i advise you to hop on this deal before its gone and yo are left paying for your own fun like a real jerk.
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