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Jo and Sam

Mother and son from Manchester, Jo wants to teach Sam to explore the world.

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Physiotherapist, 54
Landscape Gardener. 19

Jo first went backpacking over 30 years ago. Now in her 50s, she wants to teach her son how to explore the world, and support him before he decides to take on adventures of his own.

Sam suffers from ADHD and was struggling at school growing up. He has now found ways of managing his condition and is enjoying the world of work.

Why did you decide to take part in Race Across The World?

Jo: Adventure and travel with my son, to be able to challenge myself again and regain my zest for life. My son and I get on so well and he is desperate to travel, but I’m nervous of him going off on his own. I want the trip to help him grow, and see how the world works. To watch him experience this will be fantastic. He’s come such a long way and I would love to see him achieve his dreams.

Sam: Travelling with mum, getting to see different places and to get to go on adventures. Mum and I are very close - we often think or say the same things. She has travelled a lot in her life, so I think it would be fun to do it with her.

She always seems to get things right, she can speak to people and fix things - she’s amazing.