The Associated Press recently put the word out about a deal that expires Dec. 31 on European rail travel.
If you treat yourself to a premier-class ticket on the Eurostar train, Rail Europe will throw in a three-country five-day rail pass for free. Premier class one-way tickets on Eurostar, which connects London with Paris and Brussels, start at $417. Second-class tickets start at $94, so you’ll be paying significantly more for your train ride, but the free rail pass has a $428 value.
The rail pass, good for travel in France, Italy and the Benelux countries (Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg), is a ‘‘flexipass,’’ meaning that travel days need not be consecutive as long as they take place by the end of February.
Certain trains (such as French TGVs) require reservations, which may also be purchased online from Rail Europe. Overnight trains require a separate supplement for sleeping compartments.
On the Eurostar, premier class ticket-holders have exclusive use of Le Salon, the executive lounge at Eurostar terminals in London, Paris and Brussels with complimentary Wi-Fi access. A dedicated express check-in area allows you to arrive just 10 minutes prior to boarding. Premier class seats are in their own car and have power outlets, and a meal with champagne and wine are included in the ticket price.
The offer can only be booked online at www.raileurope.com while supplies last. Tickets must be purchased by Dec. 31, and the Eurostar and rail pass must also be issued to the same person.
The AP also posted a blurb on "Glimpse" magazine, a publication aimed at college students and young adults traveling or studying abroad. for study abroad
‘‘We publish articles written by students living abroad to get at real life, rather than tourist attractions or news stories,’’ editor-in-chief Kerala Goodkin told the AP. ‘‘We’re trying to provide a cultural context to current events in the world.’’
The quarterly magazine’s motto is ‘‘Real Life Abroad.’’ It is published by an independent foundation, but is largely supported by the National Geographic Society. Glimpse prints about 10,000 copies per issue, with most copies distributed through study-abroad offices, but it’s also available on newsstands and by paid subscription - $17.95 for a year. Go to www.glimpse.org.
The Winter 2007 issue is themed on ‘‘Global Greening: Lessons from Abroad,’’ with articles on working on organic farms in New Zealand, ’Public Transit Adventures’’ from Kenya to Brazil; ‘‘China: The Good, Bad and Smoggy,’’ and ‘‘Can’t You People Walk Anywhere?’’ - reflections of an American returning to a car-centric life here after living in London, where walking and public transportation - not SUVs - are the default modes of getting around.