While InterRail might have offered young people the chance to spend a month travelling across Europe in the 70s, it seems to have become a product of its time. However, this summer continental rail travel could be making a return.

The European Union has decided to give up to 30,000 18-year-olds free InterRail tickets for unlimited travel across Europe’s vast rail network this year.  This offers the chance to travel the continent and meet some new people.

German MEP Manfred Weber, one of the politicians behind the decision, told European Parliament he wanted them to ‘discover the beauty and diversity of Europe over three weeks.’

Only those born in 2000 and who legally reside in the EU will be able to apply. Under current plans to leave the EU, UK 18-year-olds will only have this year to apply, as the leave will take place on 29th March 2019.

The scheme will last until 2020, and ‘seeks to offer all young people, regardless of their background and including young people with reduced mobility a chance to travel abroad’. The pass will allow holders to travel between 30 different countries including the UK, France, Austria, Greece and Germany.

Could be a very enlightening campaign for thousands of teenagers. A well-deserved, life-changing break from the monotony of summer holidays after exams are done. Here’s the full list of countries.