Great Journeys, a new Lonely Planet book due for release at the beginning of October, covers more than 70 of the world’s most amazing and spectacular routes and will have even the most dedicated ‘armchair’ travelers scrambling to get out on the road.

And to celebrate the release of Great Journeys, Lonely Planet wants to help at least one lucky person get going.

Together with Railbookers, Lonely Planet is giving away a trip on the Trans-Siberian Railway from Moscow to Beijing via Mongolia.

To enter, visit (which should be live sometime this week) for details on how to enter.

The contest ends on October 7th at 11:59 GMT

Once you’ve entered and are waiting to find out it you are the chosen one, you can get a taste of what it would feel like to take a trip along one of the world’s longest and most fascinating rail journey with this virtual trip put together by Google map and Russian Railways.

It’s an armchair traveler’s dream come true.

Traveling from Moscow to Valdivostok, peering out the virtual window onto the Russian landscape with the sound of wheels on the track, Russian radio in the background, lulling you into a false sense of actually being on the train – it’s a brilliant collaboration of technology that’s almost, but not quite, as good as being there.


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Liz Lewis is a New Zealand based writer who favors wine tasting and food markets over bungy jumping and mountain climbing.

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