Do you know any 18-year-olds who would like a free European travel pass this summer?

Eighteen-year-olds are being offered the chance to win a free travel pass to explore Europe this summer, courtesy of the new European Commission initiative DiscoverEU.

Up to 15,000 teenagers will receive passes as part of the project and Erasmus+ beneficiary organisations are urged to promote this unique opportunity to eligible young people.

Applicants must be 18-years-old on 1 July and native to one of the 28 EU countries. Youngsters can travel for a maximum of 30 days and visit up to four different countries, travelling individually or in a group.

For the most part travel will be by rail but the 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.

Anyone interested can find out more and enter online through the European Youth Portal before 26 June 2018. Entrants will need to provide a UK passport number and answer six quiz questions.

Those selected will need to start 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  be covered by the participants.

The Commission has produced a Discover EU toolkit (9.1 MB) which you can use to promote the initiative to young people.