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Road & rail wrap: Busabout launches travel experiment, Rocky Mountaineer extends ‘stay and play’ + more!

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Busabout is looking for content creators for an all-expenses-paid trip this summer

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Flexible travel expert, Busabout, is seeking six fearless and travel-hungry social content creators to join its global team! The successful candidates will get paid to embark on an all-expenses-paid trip worth up to $14,960 (£8,000), travelling with Busabout for as long as eleven weeks. So, what’s the catch?

Busabout’s Fearless travellers must be prepared to leave their holiday experience in the hands of Instagram’s audience. From tough decisions like skydiving or white water rafting in Lauterbrunnen, and whether or not to swallow a deep-fried insect in Bangkok, Instagram users will have the power to decide what happens next. The interactive polls on Instagram Stories will allow Busabout’s audience to have a say in each and every moment of the winners’ global adventures.

This summer, the opportunity is bigger and better than ever – Busabout is going global. The six winners of The Great Travel Experiment will travel through one of three destinations in which Busabout operates in; South East Asia, Europe, or test-drive its brand new programme in the USA, all while capturing envy-inducing content for the travel company’s social media channels.

To apply for The Great Travel Experiment simply select your position (Instagram Storyteller or Videographer), suggest a preferred destination and record a 60-second video showcasing the best bits of your very own hometown – extra points will be awarded for creativity. Candidates can apply as a dynamic duo with a fellow creative genius or sign up solo and bond with their new colleague on the road.

Videos can be submitted on the Busabout website here and entries are open until 8 April 2019. The Busabout team will select a shortlist and leave the final decision up to public vote on the Busabout website.

Save Up to $600 on Any VIA Rail Holiday When Upgrading to Private Sleeping Accommodations

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Railbookers, the leading provider of independent rail holidays in Europe and North America, is excited to announce their new VIA Rail flash sale.

For a limited time, travellers can save big when upgrading to a private sleeping accommodation onboard select VIA Rail Canada trains: $600 off per couple when upgrading to Prestige Class, $500 off per couple when upgrading to a Cabin for one or Cabin for two, or $400 off per couple when upgrading to an Upper or Lower Berth.

Rocky Mountaineer extends ‘stay and play’ offer

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Rocky Mountaineer, the world’s largest privately-owned luxury tourist train that travels through Western Canada and the Pacific Northwest, has extended its ‘Stay and Play’ value-add offer – travellers have until March 29, 2019, to earn up to $550 credit per couple*.

Guests looking to add value to their trip on Rocky Mountaineer can earn up to $550 credit per couple to put towards a variety of luxurious add-ons, including getting an extra taste of luxury by adding a meal plan at the hotel, arriving to their hotel in style with a pick-up or drop-off at the airport, staying longer by booking extra night in Seattle, Vancouver, Victoria, or Calgary, or fully experiencing the Pacific North West with once in a lifetime Rocky Mountaineer tours and excursions.

The credit can also be used for extending days on a car rental or adding a car rental to a qualifying package. Finally, guests can put the $550 credit towards adding an Alaska Cruise to a qualifying package.

The offer is valid for packages of 4 nights or more.

RailEurope’s great train journeys showcase wraps up for another year

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More than 300 travel agents attended Rail Europe’s Great Train Journeys Showcase in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane this year.

Meeting and hearing from representatives of Belmond, Journey Beyond, Great Journeys of New Zealand, Golden Eagle, The Blue Train & Bushtracks, Switzerland Tourism, Via Rail and the Rocky Mountaineer, agents were updated on the latest services, itineraries and selling tips.

Each night ended with agents winning prizes in a lucky business card draw and the top scorers of the Quiz took home the Grand Prize of the Ultimate Grand Train Tour of Switzerland, a 13D/12N package plus $1000 towards flights. The grinning grand prize winners were Rachael Stent from Four Corners Travel Group Melbourne, Dana Garofani from UTracks Sydney, and Elizabeth Clarke from The Cruise Centre Brisbane.

With a growing Great Train Journeys portfolio and increase in demand for new travel experiences, agents can look forward to another Showcase in 2020. Dates will be announced early next year.

Eurail launches new summer sale

Eurail customers in Australia wanting to experience a European summer (Australian winter) can now do so at a more affordable price with the the popular rail pass announcing that they are slashing 10 per cent off all Global and most One Country Passes.

The latest discount will be on top of the existing permanently reduced prices for Eurail passes, including up to 37 per cent off Global Passes, making it even cheaper for customers to travel around Europe. Discounted fares will be available for purchase between 7 March and 9 April 2019 and valid for travel within 11 months of booking.

The sale applies to all Eurail Global Passes and most One Country Passes. The following One Country Passes are excluded: Scandinavia, Sweden, Norway and Finland, however travellers can still travel across these destinations on a Eurail Global Pass.

The non-refundable offer is available to all travel agents. Agents should book via their preferred Eurail distributor. The sale does not apply to AD75 agent discounted passes.

 

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