Even when winter is on its best behavior, the idea of a quick getaway to a tropical paradise is never a bad one come this time of year. And while most airlines are notorious for jacking up their prices to warm-weather destinations during the cold months, you can actually get paid to visit the U.S. Virgin Islands this winter — and for all of 2017, for that matter.
Sometimes overshadowed by its neighbor, the British Virgin Islands, the U.S. Virgin Islands of St. John, St. Croix and St. Thomas are known for picturesque beaches with great snorkeling and sailing. The islands are also famous for producing fantastic rums (many of the distilleries on the island open their doors to the public, too). Plus, it's easy to visit: Americans won't need a passport since it's a U.S. territory.
To celebrate just that—the 100th anniversary of the U.S. purchasing the islands from Denmark—the U.S.V.I. are giving travelers $300 to spend once they arrive on the islands and stay for at least three full nights.
According to the U.S.V.I.'s tourism site, the money can be used for "historical/cultural tours and activities" of your choosing, but there is some fine print: You must book your trip between now and October 1, 2017, and travel must be completed by the end of 2017. Check visitusvi.com for all the details because you'll also have to book with a participating partner hotel to take advantage of the promotion (don't worry, there are options at every budget), but other than that, you're pretty much set to go on vacation and get paid to do it.
Now, who's ready for an umbrella drink?