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DiscoverEU Returns: A Ticket to Adventure Awaits Europe's Youth

DiscoverEU Returns: A Ticket to Adventure Awaits Europe's Youth
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07 / 10 / 2023

Starting October 4th, the latest round of the DiscoverEU program rolls out, offering young Europeans a chance to win free train travel for an entire month. This unique initiative, backed by the European Commission, provides 18-year-olds from European Union nations and several associated third countries a chance to explore over 40,000 destinations, spanning bustling cities to historical towns.

The goal is to inspire a new generation to form connections, boost language skills, and experience the beauty of Europe. Last year, nearly 10,000 youngsters applied, with over 2.7 thousand Polish participants bagging the golden ticket for what many deemed the journey of a lifetime.

For those eligible (those born between January 1, 2005, and December 31, 2005), the application process is fairly straightforward. All details, along with the form, are accessible on the European Youth Portal. Once in possession of this prized ticket, winners can embark on trips ranging from a day to 30 days between March 1, 2024, and May 31, 2025. They can either opt for a flexible ticket, make itinerary changes on the go, or stick to a pre-planned journey. As a bonus, the DiscoverEU European youth card accompanies the ticket, unlocking a host of discounts from tourist attractions to dining.

But how are the lucky adventurers chosen? The European Commission follows a unique approach. Based on answers to quiz questions, candidates are ranked. The quota for free tickets for each country is determined proportionately, depending on its population in comparison to other EU nations. And here's a silver lining for those who miss out narrowly: there's a reserve list. So if a winner forfeits their ticket, the next in line gets the opportunity.