Young travelers can let others foot the bill

Courtesy Contiki

You've finally graduated -- now it's time to celebrate. There's a new way to plan (and afford) that post-graduation backpacking trip to Europe.

Contiki, a vacation-planning service specializing in travel for 18- to 35-year-olds, has a gift registry. You can post your dream trip, and your friends and family can log on to fund parts of it—including airfare and hotel(s).

After registering for free, you get a personal website with a blog and photo gallery, so your gift-givers can see what you're doing with their money. Select from 100-plus packages, and then tack on as many extras as you choose to personalize your trip. With locations as far away as Australia and as close to home as Canada (not to mention U.S. destinations), you might cure your wanderlust just enough to start looking for a 9-to-5. Not to say we’re betting on it.

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