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How are we participating in the Ultimate Train Challenge 2013

We’re going to be providing accommodation for all UTC2013 participants prior to the journey and again. All those taking part will get to know each other very well in one of either Lisbon or Saigon in one of these cities top hostels before setting off on the journey of their lives.

Anything else?

Oh yes – all those taking part will get an exclusive discount on all bookings they make over 3 months. On top of that, we’re going to be asking all those embarking on this ultimate train journey to send us their best photos along the way. We’ll be looking for photos that say one thing – WOW. Since the journey will be passing some of the world’s most breathtaking landscapes, we don’t think this will be hard to capture.

At the end of the journey our team will go through all photos submitted. The owner of the winning shot will win at least €300 in accommodation in properties listed on our site.

Why are we getting involved?

When we heard about the first Ultimate Train Challenge we followed the adventures of Michael, Jeannie and the rest of those who were lucky enough to have gone on the trip. So when the chance arose to get involved this year we jumped at the chance.

Enjoy the journey! We know we can’t wait to follow it as it unfolds…