in this challenge, travelers i.e. the participants are to travel by train from Lisbon in Portugal and ends in Saigon, Vietnam. that’s two worlds apart from Southern Europe to South East Asia. this is by far, the longest train route i could ever imagine and how long it would take to end the journey, i’m not sure. but in this challenge, each participants are to end the journey in 30 days, thus, the challenge.
the ultimate train challenge will start on September 1st, 2011.
there are few exciting rules made for this challenge. to make the journey a continuous journey, participants are not to stay or sleep or have a break at any hostel but to do it all in the train itself. and to add some fun to the journey, there is a small challenge checklist called Scavenger Hunt where winner will get their prizes based on category. the challenges are “photo of Russian train attendant giving you a hug or kiss”, “hospital gown”, “picture of you riding an animal” and more.
i personally cant wait to follow the updates of this challenge when it took off in September, and i’ll be expecting lotsa great photos taken along the way. the organizer should launch a scrap book and even guide book or novel from this challenge once it is complete.
as for now, there are 8 travel bloggers to take up this ultimate challenge and they are;
- Michael Hodson himself (of Go, See, Write)
- Ayngelina Brogan of Bacon is Magic
- Derek Earl Baron of Wandering Earl
- Anil Polat of Fox Nomad
- Phil Paoletta of Phil in the Blank
- Pam Mandel of Nerd’s Eye View
- enny Leonard of Where is Jenny?
- Chris Richardson of The Aussie Nomad
you can follow the challenge by going the the official ultimate train challenge page
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