I now know that style goes out of the window when on the road. You can forget your matching outfits, pretty hair accessories and *gasp* even makeup; when you travel comfort is king. That and finding confidence in leaving your room with unwashed hair, unshaved legs, a wet wipe shower and a spritz of eau de mozzie spray knowing that no one will judge you.
Love adventure? Addicted to adrenaline? Live for the next crazy escapade that may (or may not) have you home in one piece? If you're looking for something totally different to do during your year out, take a look at some of our gap year dares. Not for the faint-hearted, here are seven hair raising adventures that will trump any ordinary gap year travel experience.
Gastronomy and pugilism. One, it seems, begets the other when you're standing outside the Rajadamnern Stadium in modern Bangkok, the beating heart of old Siam. You drink a glass of pennywort and hand over your baht. You sidestep to the next stall and buy some glutinous rice and pork cooked in banana leaves. Then your mind begins to drift.