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A couple of weeks ago, I asked for suggestions on gifts I could give to those who help me on my journey. There were dozens of suggestions; buttons, badges, stickers, t-shirts, flash drives, chocolates and my favourite (but sadly the least practical) – bottles of Newcastle Brown Ale.
If I accept help twice a day (for transportation and accommodation) I could need up to 60 gifts in my luggage. I could manage badges or stickers, but they feel twee and inconsequential. Anything else would mean no room for clothing, and nobody wants to accept a gift from a man wearing the same underwear for 30 days straight.
So here’s another idea. I take just one gift with me, which I give to the first person I meet. In return they give me a gift, which I then exchange with the second person to help me. I take their gift and give it to the third person, who gives me a gift to pass onto the fourth person, and so on.
The gift could be anything, and needn’t be expensive; it could be a photo of a person or a place, a forgotten trinket collecting dust on a shelf, or a favourite book, well thumbed and ready to be passed on. Whatever it happens to be, everyone will receive a personal memento of the part they played in this adventure, and the exchange will continue across countries and continents until the journey’s end. And I get to pack an extra set of underpants, which will go much further in helping make friends around the world.
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