It seems fitting to be writing this article whilst I’m sitting on a train. Admittedly, of all the train lines in Europe that you could take with the prize on offer (the clue is in the headline), the 9.50am from London Paddington to Oxford, with stops at Slough and Reading, might not be at the top of your list.
It’s one of those solid and dependable trains that rattles along at a commuter pace, with London suburbia finally giving way to green fields and countryside. Starting in London Paddington does mean you can have a photo opportunity with the Paddington Bear statue, which naturally we took advantage of. Should you be passing through, say hi to him on platform 1 by the McDonald’s.
I digress somewhat. You probably don’t need to hear every detail of my train ride today. Let’s get on to talking about this prize.
Rail Europe, the global leader in European Rail Distribution, is running a survey on travelling Europe by train or plane. Take part in the survey, and you’ll have a chance to win two first class Eurail passes for Europe, valid for a month and worth over €1,000!
I actually took advantage of these passes a couple of years ago, and wow, what a way to travel. First class rail in Europe, particularly aboard the high speed inter-city trains, is a magnificent way to get around. On my trip within Europe, I took in France, Germany, Belgium, Denmark, Sweden, and Norway, all in first class luxury!
Train travel is easily my favourite way to travel. In my mind it’s one of the more romantic means of transport, as you find yourself placed in the company of strangers, full of stories to discover, imagine (or ignore!). You get to gaze at glorious countryside, towns and villages, and you can read a book, write a letter, or, in my case, transcribe thoughts to text.
Then, you arrive right in the heart of your destination, ready to get exploring straight away without having to figure out how to get from whichever airport you landed at to the city centre.
I’m such a fan or train travel in fact, that we’re going to be doing another trip this Autumn with a global Eurail first class pass – exactly the same type that you can win in this competition!
If you want to be in with a chance to win this amazing prize (and who wouldn’t!), head on over to the Rail Europe survey, answer the questions, and you’re in! Thanks for reading.
Full terms and conditions of contest can be found on the survey site. We were provided compensation for making you aware of this contest.