It's not the first time that celebrities have taken a break from their usual careers to embark on their travels in the hope of self-discovery; Sue Johnston, Ricky Gervais and Michael Palin to name just a few. Olympic bronze winner and 'Splash' coach Tom Daley, 19, is set to join the list of celebrity travel enthusiasts and star in a new ITV2 travel series focused around backpacking.
The show titled 'Tom Daley Takes on the World' will see the diving star and his best friend Sophie visiting various places around the world including Thailand, Morocco, New Zealand and Japan, cramming as much as they can in to the six week backpacking trip.
"I can't wait to get away on my trip. Diving and training are my first love, but I am looking forward to a break from the norm and discovering more about places I've never had the chance to explore before."
'Taking on the world' within a mere 6 weeks will be no easy task for Tom and Sophie, as they undertake what many travelers would do in a longer timeframe.
Being in the same age group as most gap year students and the 'first time traveler', the show will provide an insight for many planning their own backpacking trip as to what they can expect; including sleeping in hostels, eating street food, bartering, transport, as well as homesickness. Along the way Tom will also be trying out some new sports including bungee jumping and flying a jet-plane.
The show is currently being filmed and should air within the next 12 months.
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