By 20 May, young adults aged 18-27 can apply for one of 150 Youth Alpine Interrail tickets – and with a bit of luck win a free and sustainable chance to discover the Alps region.
Looking for a climate-friendly way to discover the countries lining the majestic Alps mountain range? Meet Yoalin, the Youth Alpine Interrail initiative. To celebrate its 50-year anniversary, Arge Alp – the Association of the Alpine States – is sponsoring 50 out of a total 150 tickets. Ever since its foundation, sustainable mobility and young persons have been a key focus of Arge Alp, for instance in promoting cross-border rail connections throughout the Alpine region.
During its anniversary year chaired by the Austrian state of Tyrol, the Association will launch a series of projects delving into climate action and sustainable development spanning across the Alps region. This year’s initiatives include a Climate Protection Award, support for climate-friendly montane forests, avalanche awareness lessons in schools and a soil protection course, to name but a few.
Arge Alp festival in Landeck (A) this June
Yoalin tickets are not just a chance to travel throughout the Alpine region for free: They’re also an excellent way to meet and network with other young people – which is why all 150 participants are warmly invited to the official kick-off event taking place in late June 2022. Held at the occasion of the Arge Alp festival in the city of Landeck in western Austria, it’s a fantastic way to get to know other travellers and make travel plans together. Plus, it’s a great chance to meet former “Yoalins” who’ve volunteered to support the latest generation of explorers as tour guides or join them on hikes in their home region.
Registrations are open until 20 May 2022
Anyone interest can apply at www.yoalin.org. Applicationsmust be in English and submitted by 20 May 2022 at the latest. The website also features useful information, insights and images from past editions as well as maps and travel hacks. Along with the ticket, travellers will also receive discounts on admission to museums and specials deals or freebies at selected institutions. Participants are encouraged to share their travel impressions on social media and enter their photos and stories in a competition, prizes for which will be awarded at the closing event in Switzerland this October.
Yoalin is a project of the CIPRA Youth Council and CIPRA International (International Commission for the Protection of the Alps), who as co-initiators have long been committed to climate-friendly, affordable ways to travel in the Alps. It is supported and promoted by the signatory states of the Alpine Convention and funded by the Swiss Federal Office for Spatial Development (ARE), Arge Alp, the Austrian Federal Ministry for Climate Action, the Environment, Energy, Mobility, Innovation and Technology (BMK), the Liechtenstein Office of Environment and the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Nuclear Safety and Consumer Protection (BMUV).