Social media sends students around the world in 14 days
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On Sunday, three London-based students will be setting off on a unique round-the-world trip. The students at the Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance are embarking on their adventure with no budget, nowhere to stay and no idea what to do on the trip. Max De Lucia, 21, Sophie English, 22, and Elliott Lyte, also 22, began the project in December 2013 by publishing their website to test the power of social media, crowd-sourcing and their own resourcefulness. Since then the website has received over 10,000 hits and the trio have been contacted by people from all over the world offering to share their homes and their lives. In return the students intend to bring their music to the people they meet. Max says, “In return for the hospitality, we are bringing music straight to the doorsteps of communities and cultures worldwide, putting the people of those places at the heart of the music that we make.” He adds, “We’ve always known that the actual travel element of this project would be the difficult bit to sort out. To make matters even more complicated, one of the initial rules we gave ourselves was that we couldn't spend a penny of our own money on the trip. At the time it seemed as though this would give the project that extra bit of spice but clearly it makes things very difficult for us.” To get around this, Max tweeted the chief executive of STA Travel, John Constable. After John forwarded the tweet to his group creative director, Tor White, a meeting with Max was arranged. A month later, the three students have got an itinerary planned and flights booked. Tor White from STA said, “I was so impressed with their outlook and their belief in the ability to make anything happen. These guys are a reminder of how life is to be embraced, that people and human connection are what colour and transform our experience on this planet - and that travel enables this.” “So, we signed up and booked their tickets. In less than 140 characters Max launched his big idea: to connect the world through music in 14 days.” The group will travel to Lisbon, Rio de Janeiro, New York and Sydney before arriving back in London. You can keep up with the group’s antics at www.aroundtheworldin14days.co.uk
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