The biggest obstacle to independent travel is cost. So Heineken Export, in association with the Independent, is offering a travel bursary of up to pounds 25,000.

Who can enter?

Anyone aged 18-35.

How to enter

Application forms will be assessed by a panel of experts. Forms are available from the special hotline number 0171-231 5432; the Lonely Planet Internet hhtp://; or at STA Travel shops.

When to enter

By 26 April. Winners will be announced on 6 May. If you are planning to leave before then, we will be making interim awards.

How much is the prize?

Awards are at the judges' discretion. One exceptional proposal (say a tour of the 177 countries where Heineken Export is available) could win the full amount...