Red Dead Online's Travel Awards are among the unique challenges that players can complete in the online component of RDR2 to receive additional XP for their character.
The Awards aren't just limited to Travel, as there are many others divided into different categories - Sharpshooter, Combat, Hunting, Survivalist, Crimes, Travel, Trade, General, Horse, Posse, Free Roam and Competitive. Completing all the tiers of any single challenge will reward players with a Gold Buckle, which doesn't give any real improvement to your character, but allows you to brag with your Posse members. Any Gold Buckle can be equipped on your character by accessing the wardrobe at camp.
In this guide, we will be taking a look at the Travel Awards and providing some useful tips to complete them in the fastest possible way.
The Travel Awards, just as the name implies, are completed by traveling the map in a variety of ways. Distances required to complete the final tier of many of these challenges are rather large, so you will end up spending a considerable amount of time just roaming the map. As such, you may want to attempt completing other challenges, such as the Survivalist Awards, while taking on a Travel award to make things less monotonous.
A True Traveler
The first Travel Awards requires players to travel by train for a set amount of miles. You need to be on a train for 10 miles to complete the first tier, 50 miles for the second, 100 miles for the third, 500 miles for the fourth and 1,000 miles for the fifth and final tier. There is no real way to speed up the completion process for this award, so just hop onto a train and wait until you have cleared each tier.
You can also get on the train and leave the game running, you may end up being attacked by another player, but at least you will have made some progress without actively playing the game.
The second award is definitely more time-consuming, but the time spent trying to complete it can be put to good use in completing other awards or simply enjoying the game, as you will have to travel set distances on foot. You need to travel 10 miles for the first tier, 50 miles for the second, 100 miles for the third, 500 miles for the fourth and 1,000 miles for the fifth and final tier.
Since you have to walk on foot, you need to play the game actively, unlike the travel by train award, so you can use this time to complete some other challenges, like the Survivalist award requiring you to collect certain amounts of herbs, or even some of the Hunting awards, as the distance traveled to track animals counts toward this award's progression.
The third Travel award may be one of the trickiest to complete of the category, especially if you don't know where to find a canoe, as you will have to travel with it for a certain amount of miles. This is a multi-tiered challenge requiring players to travel 5 miles for the first tier, 25 for the second, 50 for the third, 75 for the fourth, and 100 for the fifth and final. Canoes can be found in several locations near lakes, the easiest to find is near Lagras in the Bayou Nwa region. You can also use the canoe found at the Flat Iron Lake fishing location. Just hop onto one, and make a tour of the lake several times to cover the required distance.
The fourth Travel award, as opposed to the third, is one of the easiest to complete, and if you have played Red Dead Online for a good number of hours, you will have already made some progress for it. This award involves players traveling a certain amount of miles by horse: 10 miles for the first tier, 50 for the second, 100 miles for the third, 500 miles for the fourth and 1,000 miles for the fifth and final tier. Since most of your traveling in the game is done on horseback, you probably won't even have to try to complete this challenge, as it will be unlocked by playing the game regularly for the vast majority of players.
If you have attempted to complete any of the above awards, there's a very good chance you have unlocked the following award already, since it requires players to travel a total of 1,898 miles. Even if you are not really trying, there's a very good chance you will complete this challenge without even realizing, considering the amount of traveling that has to be done in Red Dead Online.
Riding In The Wind
The following set of Travel awards involves horses. The first of these awards requires players to jump from a horse onto a moving train multiple times. This is a multi-tiered award requiring players to do so 5 times for the first tier, 25 times for the second, 50 times for the third, 75 for the fourth and 100 times for the fifth and final tier.
Completing this challenge is extremely easy, if not a little time-consuming. Get near any of the stations available on the map, such as those near cities and towns, wait for a train to arrive, follow it for a bit and then jump on it from your horse. As it's not possible to purchase train tickets in Red Dead Online (unlike in the story mode), there is no way to make trains spawn more often. Just be patient and you will complete this award.
The next three Travel awards are similar to some of the Challenges seen in the single-player mode, as they require players to get from one point on the map to another, on horseback. The first one requires players to get from Valentine to Strawberry in 3 minutes and 30 seconds. For the second, players must get to Braithwaite Manor from Emerald Ranch in 3 minutes and 45 seconds. The third needs players to go from Colter to Adler's Ranch in 1 minute and 30 seconds.
Unlike the single-player challenges, which featured some additional conditions, these ones are pretty straightforward, as in all three cases following the suggested road on the map when placing waypoints is more than enough to complete the journey in time. Just make sure to have a horse with good speed and stamina and you will be set. Also make sure to bring plenty of Horse Stimulants, as you will need to restore your horse's stamina on the fly.
The final two Travel awards are among the easiest to complete in all of Red Dead Online.
For the first one, you need to travel by coach for a set number of miles. This is a multi-tiered award requiring players to travel for 5 miles for the first tier, 25 miles for the second, 50 miles for the third, 75 miles for the fourth and 100 miles for the fifth and final award. Just travel on the road for a while until you encounter a coach, steal it and then travel the required amount of miles. There's no way to speed up the completion process, but 100 miles is not a huge distance to cover.
The final Travel award is even more straightforward than the previous one, as you need to travel as a coach passenger for a set amount of miles: 5 miles for the first tier, 25 miles for the second, 50 miles for the third, 75 for the fourth and 100 for the fifth and final. Completing this one is very easy, just hop on any coach and travel the required amount of miles. The location of stagecoaches is marked on the map, so you will have no trouble locating the one that's closest to you.