Millennials and Gen Z could potentially deliver the highest youth turnout in decades when they vote in the November 6 midterm elections -- yet that still could translate to less than one-third of them voting. The coveted 18-35 age demographic is increasingly politically engaged, and yet many of us are also kind of lazy and must be bribed into doing our civic duty. Very well then.
The travel company Contiki is bribing the youths with free guided trips around the world to get them to vote, and I am cool with that. Vote and you might win an all-expenses-paid trip, plus $1,000 airfare credit, to such faraway locales as the Moroccan desert, the Pyramids of Giza, Machu Picchu, and New Zealand’s South Island. If you’re between the ages of 18 and 35, here’s what you need to do:
- Vote! (Please do this even if you are older than 35)
- Take a selfie with your ‘I Voted’ sticker
- Throw said selfie on your Instagram with the hashtag #VoteWithNoRegrets and tag @contiki (you have to follow their Instagram account to be eligible)
Do not include your ballot in the selfie! This is illegal in certain states -- you can check to see if yours is one of them here. Once you’ve done all that -- thank you for voting!! -- wait until November 7 to hear if you’re the lucky chosen one. The winner gets to choose from the following five itineraries; all trips are led by Contiki guides and include lodging, transportation, and most of your meals.