In the year 2022, travelling is as precious as ever and when you’re an 18-year-old who has yet to discover the wonders of Europe – DiscoverEU is as big a blessing as you can get.
In celebration of the European Year of Youth 2022, the Erasmus+ programme is presenting young adventurers the opportunity to travel across a number of Erasmus+ programme countries.
The first application round of 2022 lasts until 21st April at noon and welcomes those born between 1 July 2003 and 30 June 2004 to travel in Europe for up to 30 days during the travel period 1 July 2022 and 30 June 2023. Those turning 18 in the second half of the year will be able to apply in the October round.
Successful applicants will receive a DiscoverEU travel pass, which encourages youths to travel (predominantly by rail) and discover Europe’s stunning landscapes and its variety of cities and towns. They will also receive a DiscoverEU discount card with over 40,000 discount possibilities on public transport, culture, accommodation, food, sports and other services.
Vice-President for Promoting our European Way of Life, Margaritis Schinas, said: “DiscoverEU gives more opportunities to travel to young people than ever before. With the European Year of Youth, we celebrate youth. We owe this to an entire generation that could not travel for the last two years. Good luck to all!”
To apply, eligible candidates need to complete a multiple-choice quiz on general knowledge about the European Union and other EU initiatives targeting young people. An additional question invites applicants to make an estimate of how many people apply in this round who are born on a Tuesday. The closer the estimate is to the correct answer, the more points the applicant gets.
Since 2018, more than 860,000 candidates applied for 130,000 travel passes available: according to the past travel survey, 66% of candidates declared that they travelled for the first time by train out of their country of residence.
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