The U.S. Virgin Islands Will Give You Money to Visit in 2017

🚨 This is not a drill. 🚨

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When daydreaming about your life next year, are you envisioning yourself lounging on a beach with the wind in your hair and some sort of fruity tropical drink right beside you? No? Well, YOU SHOULD. Because in 2017, the U.S. Virgin Islands will *pay you* to take a vacation there. Hallelujah.

It's all part of the islands' 100 year anniversary of becoming a U.S. territory, except on this birthday they're giving out gifts. To celebrate, every visitor will receive $300 to spend on their vacation. The money can be used for historical and cultural tours and activities, so visitors can learn more about the islands' culture, according to Thrillist (opens in new tab). This includes eco-tours, museum admissions and outdoor exploration, like kayaking and hiking.

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Those traveling in March (the month of the actual centennial!) will also receive a commemorative "centennial" souvenir. All you have to do is go to VisitUSVI.com (opens in new tab) and book a three-night minimum stay at one of the participating hotels (opens in new tab) on St. John, St. Croix, or St. Thomas. The department of tourism will then send you $300 in credits to use like cash money at any of the participating locations.

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So if you ever feel the need to escape for a bit in the coming year (you know, for no particular reason (opens in new tab)), you now have the perfect hideaway spot.

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Madison is a staff writer at ELLE.com, covering news, politics, and culture. When she's not on the internet, you can most likely find her taking a nap or eating banana bread.