I first heard about The Ultimate Train Challenge in 2011, when Michael Hodson, the founder and blogger behind Go, See, Write, and two other bloggers did it.

This year, he’s opening up the challenge to anyone that’s interested, regardless of whether you’re a blogger.

The concept is simple: You have to make it from Saigon or Lisbon — or Lisbon to Saigon — in the month of May. All by train.

31 days of travel. You make your own schedule and choose your own route. You decide much you are going to push yourself and how many places you are going to try to hit.

Although it’s about 15,000 miles (25,000 kilometers) to navigate, you’ll still have enough time to stop and do things off the trains.

Barcelona, Paris, Venice, Berlin, Prague, Moscow, Beijing, Hanoi – these are just a few of the many great destinations to hit along the way.

What do you get for your entry fee?

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