Are you 18 years old? Would you like to explore Europe? Then you are the perfect candidate to apply for this new European Union initiative.
In June 2018 the European Commission is selecting up to 15,000 enthusiastic young people to be the lucky recipients of a travel pass to discover Europe.
Travelling is a chance for young people to take advantage of our freedom of movement, to discover the diversity of Europe, enjoy its cultural richness, and make new friends from all over the continent. Ultimately, it’s also a great opportunity to discover yourself.
With 2018 being the European Year of Cultural Heritage, consider yourself particularly lucky. It means that you will also have the opportunity to participate in the many events that are taking place this year all over Europe to celebrate our fantastically diverse cultural heritage.
Applicants must be 18 years old on 1 July and have the nationality of one of the 28 EU countries. You can travel up to maximum 30 days and visit up to 4 different country destinations. Moreover, there is the possibility to travel either individually or as a group.
For the most part you will travel by rail. Travel scenery on European trains can be stunning. It provides an ever-changing, endlessly entertaining variety of towns and landscapes that help you discover and better understand the diversity of Europe.
In order to ensure the widest possible access, the travel pass will also offer, where necessary, alternative modes of transport including buses or ferries, taking into account environmental, time and distance considerations. In exceptional cases and when no other transport means are available, travel by plane will be permitted.
Those interested need to fill an online application from 12 to 26 June 2018 through the European Youth Portal in order to enter the competition. You will need to provide your UK passport number and to answer 6 quiz questions – Get ready!
Once selected, participants need to commence their travel experience between 9 July and 30 September 2018. Please note that the Commission will only cover the travel pass. Accommodation, subsistence or other expenses related to the trip shall be covered by the participants.
Are you 18 years old, a European citizen and ready to discover more of Europe? Or know someone else who is 18 years and would enjoy travelling across the EU? Then visit the European Youth Portal.
You can read more information about the rules and guidelines of the initiative on the dedicated webpage. Information will also be disseminated through the European Youth Facebook page and the European Youth twitter account.
Europe is at your feet. Take the first step.