Summer is coming. You’ve been staring at that Lonely Planet you’ve had forever and a day, and it’s time to take it off the shelf. You’re about to play the role of your deepest desires, and it’s Europe which will provide the scenes, aromas and time period. You’ve grown up with tales of Europe, of knights, kings and castles. Images of Paris, London and Rome taunt you in your dreams, calling you forth. It’s time, your time.
To travel has always been to explore, but so much of the adventure can be lost these days. With an iPhone and a budget airline you can be anywhere in Europe within a few hours. You end up going through the motions of the revolving advertisements of airports and check-in lounges.
Travelling is not a race, it’s not a challenge. It’s a romantic ideal of the journey and exploration. After ten years of travelling and visiting over a hundred countries, I found that it’s only by train travel where this experience of romance still exists.
Train travel is an art form. Centuries old villages, of wooden houses and church spires fade in and out of view as you pass through them. The valleys you travel through seem almost infinite in their splendour. You become aware that it’s what’s in-between the major citie which hold the greatest inspiration. The approach to a new city or town fills you with such a sense of anticipation that you become ready to explore. It’s a moment made from pure bliss of being somewhere entirely foreign, and with a travel journal full of blank pages begging to be filled.
As a visitor, your existence in Europe may only be temporary, but your memories are eternal. The experience will always be there to mould you into a better person, because finding out what’s out there is how you write your own story. The only way to truly appreciate this experience is riding in the carriage of a train.
See Europe with Rail Plus
Rail Plus are giving away a Eurail Global Continuous Pass to one lucky traveller! The Global Continuous pass lets you travel by train on every single day of pass validity, but does not require you to take a train every day. Armed with a Eurail pass in pocket, enjoy the freedom of train travel whenever you want. It’s one of the best ways to see the most of Europe.
To enter simply guess which city is shown in the photo below and enter in your contact details using the online form on this page. The first person to correctly guess the name of this great city will win the competition. Hurry, entries close at noon AEST on 16th March, 2016.
Can You Guess This City?
Clue: this city was the setting for a famous musical play and film about the von Trapp family.
Good Luck! Remember entries close at noon AEST on 18th March, 2016.