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Sam Manicom has travelled some 200,000 miles around the world by motorbike for eight years.

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The road is in his blood, but his blood has nearly been on the road numerous times. He tells us about this, and a few other close calls, in September’s issue of TNT Magazine.

Sam had so much to say that we couldn’t squeeze it all into the mag, so we thought we’d share his tips for adventure and travelling by motorbike here...

Sam’s top 20 tips for people looking for adventure...

1 Work out what you really want from your adventures. Is your priority to visit museums, to lay on white sand beaches, to climb every mountain, to… and so on. If you are planning to travel with someone else, make sure that you know what their aims are and that you make sure they understand yours.

2 Don’t be afraid of the unknown; revel in the fact that there is so much to learn and to become involved with.

3 Do your homework so you can take advantage of as many aspects of your journey as there are available. Don’t over plan but enjoy the learning curve. For me a good third of an adventure comes from this stage.

4 Learn about the cultures and customs of other lands, so you understand more about where you are travelling and so that you don’t risk offending others through your ignorance.

5 Don’t overload yourself with kit that ‘may’ be useful. If you don’t have something you need, either buy it along the way or get it sent out to you. Both are amazingly easy to do. Battling with too much stuff can make an adventure into a chore.

6 Enjoy meeting people – don’t be afraid of making a fool of yourself. Buying a chicken dinner in a land where you know little of the language can be great fun and can make you friends.

7 Do learn how to say the basics in the new languages you come across. ‘Hello’, ‘please’, ‘thank you’, ‘which is the way to?’ These things will stand you in great stead. As will learning how to say, ‘Don’t be silly, I’m not paying that much!’

8 While you are travelling, pay a lot of attention to local knowledge – all sorts of opportunities can open up as a result and you can steer clear of dodgy situations too.

9 Pay good attention to weather patterns, visa conditions and the health situation – what inoculations should you have and how long do they take to organise.

10 Make sure you have a top-rate travel insurance policy – preferably one that includes repatriation in case something goes badly wrong.

11 Work out how much you think your budget should be and then add half again. You are free to deal with most eventualities and opportunities then.

12 Write a will before you go and make sure your family know exactly what you want to happen. You can save everyone a lot of grief by doing so.

13 Write a journal. You’ll be on intake overload. It’s so easy to forget the things that happen.

14 Don’t get bogged down with blogs and websites. Go out and live your dream. Become a stranger in strange lands. That’s so much harder to do when you are under pressure to find wifi and to make regular reports home. Cut that umbilical cord!

15 Travel slowly. You could be on an adventure of a lifetime. Go too fast and you’ll belt on past the good stuff!

16 Don’t get bogged down with the prep and don’t let fear get in the way. Let your fear become a trip enhancer.

17 Don’t be afraid of people, but show them respect and even in the worst situations you are most likely to get respect in return.

18 Trust your instincts. If something looks dodgy and has the feeling that it’s not right, then that’s the way it probably is.

19 Never be afraid to turn around; there’s always another adventure waiting to happen.

20 Know that every time something goes wrong, it’s the start of a new and unexpected adventure. They are often the most fun!

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Travel tips: Round-the-world biker Sam Manicom
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