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Welcome to Travel Weekly’s very first Rail & Road Wrap! Head here to see the latest and greatest deals for everything (you guessed it) road and rail. We’ve train-ed for this our whole life.

Busabout is on the hunt for hungry content creators to be a part of a new travel squad

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Know someone who dreams of living the lush lifestyle of a travel blogger? Well this could be their big break! Busabout, the expert in flexible travel, is seeking a team of four talented travel addicts to Snap, vlog, blog or Insta their way across Europe this summer for an all-expenses paid adventure worth $9,000!

Whether the candidate is a pro at capturing the perfect angle to make a picture pop, or a master at inducing FOMO in a 10 second clip, there’s a spot on the squad for them. Each member of Busabout’s Ultimate Travel Squad will be selected based on their talent for creating content in their chosen social platform; one Instagrammer, one blogger, a vlogger and a Snapchatter / Instagram Stories creator. If this sounds like you and your best mates, you can even enter as a group!

Last year, Busabout was on the hunt for two travel addicts, a Brand Ambassador and Video Producer, to fill two positions advertised as the Best Job in the World. This summer, the opportunity is bigger and better than ever as Busabout is doubling the number of places available by creating a whole squad of hungry content creators.

The selected four members of the Ultimate Travel Squad will explore Europe on Busabout’s Hop-on Hop-off private door-to-door coach network over three months, from early June to early September 2018. Each member of the squad will experience an unforgettable adventure worth $9,000, which includes an Unlimited Hop-on Hop-off Pass, accommodation, spending money plus a bonus fee at the end of the trip! Return flights from Australia will be included on top of this.

Go your own way through Europe with Exodus Travels

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Adventure World has released its 2018/19 Exodus Self-Guided Adventures, with 13 new cycling trips giving travellers the chance to explore the UK, Europe and Ireland at their own pace and truly enjoy their surroundings.

Clients will be able to truly immerse themselves in the culture and make their moments matter with these independent journeys, as well as the ease of having their accommodation pre-booked and luggage transfers taken care of. Additionally, Exodus also provides a local representative in 16 European regions, providing support and guidance on their self-guided holiday for a traveller’s peace of mind.

New for 2018, cyclists will have access to the RidewithGPS app, meaning guests can directly download route directions via their phone prior to travelling. Cyclists can listen to the audio instructions en route (similar to a car Sat Nav) and bikes are fitted with a handlebar-mounted phone holder for convenience and to allow for visual alerts to appear.

Exclusive to Rail Plus: 50 per cent off Companion Fares on the Belmond Eastern & Oriental

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For a limited time only, Rail Plus is offering 50 per cent off companion fares on the Belmond E&O for selected March and April departures and all departures between September and December 2018. That amounts to savings of up to a whopping $2000, which agents can pass on to travellers!

Journeying between the vibrant and modern cities of Singapore and Bangkok, passengers will not only enjoy the contrasting landscape of this South East Asian peninsula as the train passes through a series of quaint villages, winding rivers and ancient temples, but also indulge in the incredible flavours of this region.

The 3D/2N journey from Singapore to Bangkok will depart on 10 March and 23 April, while the 4D/3N journey from Bangkok to Singapore will depart on 14 March, 6 April and 27 April.

Agents should note that space is limited and bookings are based on twin share in the Pullman and State Cabins only. With a booking deadline of 25 April 2018, the promotional code is EC50.

Eurail and STA reward travellers with five days of free travel + the chance to win a trip to Europe

Eurail and STA Travel are rewarding travelers in March with extra days of rail travel and the chance to win a trip around Europe.

Eurail Passes purchased between 1-31 March through STA Travel will receive up to an additional five days of travel for free, allowing customers to see even more of Europe for less. More information can be found here: http://www.statravel.com.au/rail-travel.htm.

Eurail and STA Travel have also launched an exciting competition on Thursday 1 March which gives entrants the chance to win flights to either Paris or Amsterdam, two First Class Eurail Global Passes that can be used in over 10,000 railway stations across 28 countries, and $1500 spending money.

Entry into the competition is open to Australian Passport holders and permanent residents over the age of 18, with the exception of South Australian and Northern Territory residents. Entries close before midnight on 31 March. Entrants must complete the sign-up form at www.statravel.com.au/competitions.htm.

The Blue Train News

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World Journeys report that the popular Blue Train in South Africa is enhancing their experience in 2019 by making it a two-night journey between Pretoria and Cape Town.

As well as an extra night’s accommodation onboard arguably the most lavish train on the planet, the new itinerary will also now include a guaranteed two and a half hour off-train excursion in Kimberley, and a wider variety of menus to choose from due to the extra meals served. 2019 rates on request and itinerary includes two night’s luxury accommodation; all gourmet meals and beverages, snacks and high tea; and guided sightseeing in Kimberley. To view the new 2019 itinerary CLICK HERE or call World Journeys 1800 155 044.

Rail Plus QUADRUPLES Japan Rail Pass Agent Commissions

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Until 29 March 2018, Rail Plus will reward travel agents with quadruple commissions on all Japan Rail Pass bookings. This takes the previous 1.5 per cent commission offer up to six per cent, making it the highest in the Australian market.

Agents can also take advantage of the newly reduced prices and pass on the savings to their clients.

There are eight types of Japan Rail Passes available and they can all be booked three months in advance.

To find out more, agents can visit the website, call 1300 555 003 or get in touch with their local BDM.

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“We’re all getting robbed”: Vic tourism hit by scam

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At least nine Victorian tourist attractions have been hit by a credit card scam. We too were busted for buying clothes under our boss’s name but only to avoid buyers shame in the office.

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Hotels

What can you actually take from hotel rooms?

We could tell you this was an exclusive insight into what you can get away with stealing from hotels, but we’d be lying. We nicked it off an online forum.

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Aviation

At last, Qantas inflight Wi-Fi takes off

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As 56% of travellers get stoked about Qantas’ inflight Wi-Fi, our concern lies with the other 44% who clearly hate looking at cats on YouTube.

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Destinations

Travel warnings for Gallipoli after terror threats

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New updates on Smart Traveller have upgraded warnings for Turkey with news Anzac Day commemorations could be a target of terror attacks.

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Travel Agents

Flavour of the Week

Find out who won new roles & who fell on their swords in this week’s Flavour of the Week. Yes, we added that sword bit for effect.

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Cruise

Cruising for young travellers is finally here

This first of its kind cruise brand had us at ‘Wine & Paint Classes’ because it combines two of our favourite things. Well, one, we hate painting.

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Technology

52% of travellers swayed by Facebook photos: study

All of our Facebook friends’ photos inspired us to travel. And by ‘friends’ we mean the public profiles we stalk because we only have 4 friends.

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Tourism

Is your boss the Executive of the Year?

We tried to nominate ourselves for this award, but apparently ignoring the boss and pretending to be your own boss doesn’t actually make you CEO.

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Travel Agents

Final week of LAX agent incentive kicks off

We’re re-running this again from Monday (minus the typos). You get déjà vu & we do less work. A win-win, we say.

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Destinations

A world of special Sunshine Coast Deals

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Visit Sunshine Coast has partnered with Escape Travel to launch a major new campaign offering a wide range of activities […]

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Hotels

Big Fat Hotel Wrap

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If you read one thing today make sure it’s Travel Weekly’s hotel wrap. Actually, your medication instructions and train timetable probably take priority.

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