Being paid to travel all over Europe by night train… the dream. This is what the Italian platform Radical Storage, specializing in luggage storage, offers you. This company has just launched its communication campaign by offering a dream job: travel influencer. The job will be to highlight all the advantages of the night train. Thus he will test the quality of the berths, the facilities for boarding, the contact with the teams on board, the ergonomics of the luggage compartments, using his photos and videos.
Without waiting, the link to apply is here in English.
The translation of the page:
Calling all travel enthusiasts: be our night train tester
May 18, 2023
Social media giant Pinterest predicts that train travel will be one of the biggest trends of 2023. Videos and photos of people trying to get the ‘Train Aesthetic’ are racking up millions of views, with #TrainTravel on TikTok reaching 155 million views and #Interrail over 265 million as we move into summer 2023.
This social media drive to explore the world by train has come at a time when Europe is experiencing a resurgence in rail tourism, particularly with the opening of new night train lines in 2023 and 2024.
With this boom in sustainable travel, we wanted to put some of these trains to the test, especially when you can sleep on the way.
To test properly, we need to find someone who can be our official night train tester to get first-hand experience. It’s a real job for someone looking to get paid to explore Europe by train this summer. Find out how you can get paid to sleep on trains below.
What’s on offer?
Our night train tester will need to be adventurous and ready to explore. To set them up for success, we provide the right candidate:
1 month interrail pass (up to 7 trips) to travel in Europe
Fees paid for up to five different night trains across Europe of your choice
A month of luggage storage across Europe (Radical storage locations of course)
Plus a £500 payment for your research and ideas
We don’t need a seasoned traveler, although applying is welcome, we just want someone who is keen to explore Europe and be open to new experiences.
The ideal candidate will be able to show us and our readers the true experience of the overnight train and why others should (or shouldn’t) consider these trains for their next big trip.
Be 18 or older.
Be legally authorized to travel to Europe and have valid travel documents.
Have good written English as they will be required to write a blog for Radical Storage, reviewing train routes and night train experiences, in particular:
— Quality of sleep
— Travel experience
— Ease of use of trains / boarding
— Train crew
– Luggage storage
Take high quality photos and videos of their night train setups for us to use on social media and blogs (smartphones are fine).
Have good organizational skills as they will need to plan their Interrail route and book overnight train sleeping arrangements.
Review Radical Storage luggage storage angels and locations used during travel.
How can I apply?
The magic question! Full details on how to enter can be found in the form below, where you will need to tell us why we should choose you as our night train tester.
You have until July 5, 2023 to do so, so don’t delay and miss your sustainable journey for 2023. Full terms and conditions can be found below.
If you’re looking for some interrail inspiration in Europe this summer, look no further. We’ve looked at some of the best overnight train journeys you could take this year to start your search:
Paris to Vienna
Return for a night’s rest in The City of Love and wake up for a day of exploration in The City of Dreams. The Paris (Gare de l’Est) to Vienna (Raid Night Train) takes around 14.5 hours, giving you plenty of time to squeeze in your 8 hours, take in the views and have a leisurely breakfast.
Rome to Palermo (Sicily)
Did you know that you can take an overnight train from Rome to the island of Sicily? The train is seriously getting on the ferry!
Taking around 12.5 hours, this train departs Rome Termini at night and takes you across water while you sleep to wake up in the beautiful city of Palermo (Centrale). A unique experience, just one of the few trains in the world that makes a sea trip like this.
London to Edinburgh
If you’re visiting the UK and want to see the English and Scottish capitals, you could save on a hotel room in these high-cost cities and sleep in Scotland. The Caledonian Sleeper departs from London Euston station, Edinburgh Waverley in around 8 hours, or you can take it to Glasgow, Aberdeen, or even further north to Inverness.
Tips for night trains
Night trains can save you money on hotels and are a more sustainable mode of travel as planes emit 28 times more greenhouse gases per passenger compared to overnight trains. Despite these positives, some may struggle to sleep on it or worry about logistics and who they can share a cabin with.
Here are some key tips for all overnight train travellers:
Pack an overnight bag with toiletries, sleepwear, and a change of clothes so you don’t have to open your suitcase in the middle of the trip.
Bring your favorite foods and drinks on board – there are no 100ml limits.
Research your trip and find out if it’s worth standing for a view or looking for a sunrise over the mountains in the morning.
Watch YouTube videos and TikToks of the experiences of people who have done the route you’re looking for for a realistic view of what to expect.
Buy the ticket you are comfortable with. Some people will be fine in a busy bunk, while others will want more privacy for their night’s sleep.
Videos you can watch to see a real perspective of night trains and what to expect.
Full terms and conditions
The general requirements to be the Radical Storage Night Train Tester can be found below:
This role is project based for a period of one month.
Applicants must be:
18 years or older, proof of age may be required from winner.
Able to travel within the European Union and other European countries between July 2023 and January 2024 with valid travel documents and identification.
Signing up for the Radical Storage newsletter is optional and does not require sign-in.
Radical Storage is the sole sponsor of this campaign.
Applications close on 05/07/2023, entries after that will not be accepted. Winners will be contacted directly by Radical Storage or media partners, Root Digital.
The interrail pass is non-transferable and refunds for night train tickets must be submitted within one month of purchase.
Transportation other than interrail pass and night train ticket reservations will not be provided.
It is the applicant’s responsibility to arrange their own valid travel insurance for the trip.
It is the successful applicant’s responsibility to claim their prize within 3 days of being matched, or another applicant will be randomly selected by Radical Storage.
The successful applicant will be required to submit the following material on the interrail trip:
Videos and photos of each night train.
Reviews of each overnight train, including: quality of sleep, value for money, train travel experience. Review of the use of Radical Storage luggage storage.
Entrants must agree that information subject to radical storage may be shared as part of any promotional materials for radical storage on social media, on the website and in other press materials.
All photos submitted have the owner’s permission to be used by Radical Storage on social media platforms and its website.
Radical Storage does not support the state of used trains.
This campaign is not valid in conjunction with any other radical storage offer, promotion or voucher unless otherwise stated.
There is no entry fee and no purchase necessary to participate in this campaign.
The Promoter, Radical Storage, reserves the right to change the prize specifications.
Only one application per person.
Radical Storage reserves the right not to award a prize, disqualify an entrant if there are reasonable grounds to believe an individual is ineligible for any reason or for any other legal reason, including unruly behavior or non-compliance with these conditions.
Radical Storage is not responsible for any damages, loss, injury or disappointment suffered by any person as a result of entering this campaign, attempting to enter, or accepting any prize.
By participating or attempting to participate in this campaign, participants agree that radical storage will not be responsible for:
(a) loss, theft or misuse of any prize;
(b) any damages attributable in any way to this campaign or the attempt to participate in this campaign.
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By Giacomo Piva
Giacomo Piva, CMO and co-founder at Radical Storage
And to make your choice of routes, we remind you of the nice map of night trains available in Europe from backontrack :