DiscoverEU: 12,000 Free Tickets Up for Grabs for Travel Up to One Month

Global EAT - DiscoverEU: 12,000 Free Tickets Up for Grabs for Travel Up to One Month
Taking a selfie with a backdrop of the Badeschiff in Berlin, a harbour barge that functions as a floating public swimming pool with a panoramic view of the Spree River.(visitberlin/Philip Koschel )

DiscoverEU, your chance to experience Europe for FREE.  The European Union (EU) Commission is paying for your trip for travel up to 30 days in 2019.

The EU Commission yesterday announced the launching of the second DiscoverEU  competition following its inaugural success the recent summer.

EU national have to be 18 years-old by December 31, 2018 are eligible to participate.  Application will open on November 29, 2018 for travel around Europe between April 15 and October 31, 2019.

Each country has an  application quota.  It’s based on the share of the EU Member States’ population compared to the overall EU population.

DiscoverEU was launched in June this year to coincide with the European Year of Cultural Heritage.  Round one of the competition saw over 100,000 applications with more than 15,000 awarded applicants.

Global EAT - DiscoverEU: 12,000 Free Tickets Up for Grabs for Travel Up to One Month
Architect Jože Plečnik built the Cobblers’ Bridge in Ljubljana, Slovenia between 1931 and 1932. Originally a wooden bridge that doubles as a pedestrian walkway and workshop space for shoemakers. ( Kambic)

The pass allows young people to travel, participate in many of Europe’s cultural celebrations and appreciate the region’s diversity as well as their own heritage.  While at the same time, experience freedom of movement and connect with new friends along the way.

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“We have heard so many fantastic stories from those who took part, and I am delighted that we are able to offer this experience to more young people next year,” said Tibor Navracsics, EU Commissioner responsible for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport.

Awarded applicants can travel solo or in a group of five or less people to at least one EU Member State. The main transportation mode is via rail with the option of bus and ferry travel.

A designated EU Commission contractor handles the travel ticket booking and payment.  Each travel ticket is valued at €260.  Accommodation, food, insurance or any other travel related costs are at the individual’s own expense.

To apply, go to European Youth Portal.