Olympic diver Tom Daley is taking a short gap year

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8th Aug 2013
Written by: Victoria Philpott

Olympic diver Tom Daley is taking a short gap year

London 2012 Bronze Medallist is seeing the world with his best mate, just like one of us

Even world famous and fabulous Olympic divers with tiny shorts need to take some time out now and then. And if you can get a TV show out of it and your almost 2.5 million Twitter fans to egg you on along the way, why not?

Tom Daley, along with BFF Sophie Lee, says he is ‘At my first location now… I wonder where it is?’ on his Instagram feed. The pic of him doesn’t reveal much apart from a beach and his naked six pack of a chest – just clocked his cool ode to the Olympics tattoo there. Top guesses include Mexico, but we’re thinking it’s the Philippines.  

Tom Daley on his backpacking

If, like Tom Daley, you don't have the time for a full gap year a short gap year is the perfect choice and you can still fit in a whole host of adventures. "I can't wait to get away on my trip," said Daley. "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. And to do it all with my best friend will be amazing."

Tom is travelling on a budget (hmmm?) just like other gappers his age, and staying in hostels and travelling on overnight trains. He’ll be backpacking around popular gap year destinations such as Thailand, Japan, Australia, Morocco and adventure capital New Zealandfor the ITV2 series.

Expect a few other celebs to pop up throughout the series, sure he met them on the gapyear.com message boards. I’m off to find the thread.

Follow along @TomDaley1994 and #TomsWorldTrip on Twitter to keep up. 


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