The 2013 Ultimate Train Challenge – Lisbon to Saigon!
If you are looking for a way to challenge yourself this year, we have an interesting concept for you should check out. The Ultimate Train Challenge is something we heard about in 2011 when three of our travel blogger friends completed it. This year, the adventure is back and now it has been opened up so that anyone can do it.
The concept is simple: You have to make it from Saigon or Lisbon — or Lisbon to Saigon — in the month of May. All by train.
31 days of travel. You make your own schedule and choose your own route. You decide much you are going to push yourself and how many places you are going to try to hit.
Although it’s about 15,000 miles (25,000 kilometers) to navigate, you will still have enough time to stop and do a lot of exploring while off the trains. Barcelona, Paris, Venice, Berlin, Prague, Moscow, Beijing, Hanoi – there are so many great cities to hit along the way. If you’re looking for lesser known cities to explore, check out this list for inspiration.
What do you get for your entry fee?
They explain it all in full here. In short, you can blog your trip on their website to keep family and friends up to date with your journey and they have a live-mapping feature on the site, so you can everyone can keep up with you in real time. Intrepid Travel is also offering two 15-day tours to the first participants to cross the finish line in each direction and Eurail is offering up at least four of their Global Passes that will be raffled off and given away as prizes. Finally, HostelWorld is offering two free nights’ stay in each city. So there’s lots of goodies available to participants.
In order to keep up with the latest developments on new sponsors, prizes and other news, you can sign up for their free newsletter via this link.
As an added bonus, they will be doing a drawing from their newsletter subscribers in February to give away a shiny new Samsung Galaxy SIII to one lucky subscriber.
- If you register by February 15th, the entry fee is $295 US (approx. £183 / €223)
- If you register from February 16th to April 30th, the entry fee is $395 US (approx. £245 / €298)
- And, if you use our PROMO CODE CW13UTC you will get an additional $30 off your entry fee. Simply enter the code CW13UTC on the “Referral” line on the entry page and you will receive a $30 discount.
But really, it’s not about the prizes, it’s about having an adventure you’re going to talk about for years. It is about challenging yourself and doing something very few people have done.
The Charity Aspect to it All
They have partnered up with Blue Dragon’s Children Foundation in Vietnam to raise some needed funds to help out their cause. They are asking each participant to raise $500 and Intrepid Travel has agreed to match each donation, dollar for dollar, up to a $10,000 total.
On the Your World, No Rules website, they explain everything you need to know about the event. They have also put together some resource pages for you to help decide on your route and work through your visas.
This might just be the adventure that will change your life – so sign up today and don’t forget to input CW13UTC in the “Referral” box to get $30 off your entry fee. Tell them that the Traveling Canucks sent you!