By Rose Malleson. Whilst many of you will have already heard of the concept of Jailbreak, to those who haven't, the premise is simple: get as far away from your start point as you possibly can, by blagging lifts, train journeys and even flights, all in the name of charity. It can be quite an adventure, and a great way to see some sights without spending any money!
Most Jailbreakers will come away with some pretty fantastic and eccentric stories, but here are some of the craziest out there:
Livi Wilkinson's team, from Oxford University, whilst not getting extremely far, did manage to get to Edinburgh and back in 36 hours, an impressive feat. They received help from an interesting assortment of strangers: including a Swedish asset manager and a stag party!
Two students from Leeds University, Harriet Trayling and Joanna Mawdsley, managed to bag some tickets to Copenhagen, with compliments from Leeds Bradford Airport on their inaugural flight to the Danish city.
One trio from Bristol University, made up of Hannah Oliver, Liam O'Shea and Ethan Katzenberg, got lucky by finding an ex-lecturer, who took them all the way from Dover to Venice. On arrival, they busted out some victory beers – it wasn't until then that they realised that they were a ferry ride from anywhere to stay, and worst of all, it was a Sunday night. It did not look good for them! Fortunately, they found some generous Australians, who were willing to put them up for the night.
4 San Diego
In 2011, Alice Wainwright and Sarah Malik, students at Cambridge University, managed to blag a couple of flights to... San Diego. After frantically asking people for change, brandishing their buckets, they managed to buy two tickets to King's Cross station in London. From there, they spent two hours trying to gain sponsorship for flights somewhere far-flung, to no avail. That was until, they contacted the Guardian Travel editor, Gemma Bowes, who got them flights and accommodation. Not only that, once they arrived they managed to blag free pancakes and museum passes, thus spending a fabulous weekend in California for mere pennies!
Grease Lightening, a team consisting of Holly Tuxworth and Evie Griffin from the University of East Anglia, managed to get themselves to Lille, before ending up in a remote French village, with barely a scrap of the language between them, and no English-speakers to be found. After being stranded there for a while, they managed to jump on a train to Brussels – luckily, the ticket inspector took pity on them and allowed them to travel. They eventually made their way to the slightly more unusual destination of Luxembourg.
2 Buenos Aires
Samir Javeri and Aneesha Nirmalan, again of Cambridge University, went to the incredibly far-flung destination of Buenos Aires. After some initial setbacks, including a building site manager admonishing them for their lack of hard hat when they were looking for donations (health and safety!), they managed to raise £80 from an office block, setting them on their way to London. There, they were approached by someone offering to corporately sponsor them and send them to Los Angeles! Their shock only grew when they got another offer to go to Buenos Aires (which they thought was in Brazil). Although they nearly spent their time there hiding away in the airport out of fear, they did manage to try some Argentinian steak in the end!
Durham University's Tom Cox and Dave Binns made it all the way to Sydney, with help from none other than Richard Branson, the billionaire tycoon. When Branson's publicist contacted them, they thought it was a hoax – but before they knew it, they were on their way Down Under. Once there, the lucky pair visited the Sydney Opera House, and had a night out. Although the jet lag was an issue, they said, having only spent £50 on the trip, it was definitely worth it!