Over the past year James Ketchell cycled over 18,000 miles, around the world, with his Net+ Prepaid MasterCard®. This was the final adventure of his NETELLER sponsored ‘super triathlon’, which included James single-handedly rowing the Atlantic Ocean and climbing to the summit of Mount Everest.
We caught up with James when he was back in the UK and asked him what tips you should keep in mind for your own Net+ adventure.
Adventure advice from James
Here are a few tips to get your Net+ adventure started…
Taking the first steps and embarking on your own adventure
Often, the hardest part of any adventure is setting off. The uncertainty of what’s going to happen while you’re out there is a concern and most human beings are not programmed to deal with uncertainty well. Other factors may also influence you, such as: other people’s opinions, financial stress, or worries about loved ones. All of these concerns can be managed though. After you have taken the first steps and committed to your adventure, things will get easier and become more fun.
Take lots of photos and capture your experiences
One thing I often regret is not capturing my adventures on film. Often I think it’s too much effort to stop, get the camera out and press record. When you get back from your adventure you will really regret not making the effort to capture things, so keep that in mind as you travel.
Don’t underestimate the weather
The weather is important and can really affect your trip. If your expedition is going to be human powered (like my world cycle), the wind speed and temperature will be a very important factor.
For example, in North America the prevailing winds generally blow from west to east for most of the year. So, riding from east to west would certainly be a lot harder than west to east. Not knowing basic things like this can really catch you out if you’re trying to follow a timed schedule.
Enjoy what you’re doing
You may have some tough days and things may not go to plan on your trip, but this is what makes adventures fun and exciting! I remember thinking: “I wish this was over” when I was having some tough days on Everest and while I was cycling around the world. However, when it was over and I looked back, I would always find that it’s never quite as bad as I thought it was and sometimes I even wish I was back in those very challenging situations!
Good luck on your own Net+ adventures!
Out for now,
Take a Net+ card
Here are just a few of the ways that a Net+ Prepaid MasterCard helped James out on his travels.
James’ Net+ card allowed him to make and stick to a budget without overspending. The Net+ card is a prepaid card, so he could only use what he put on to the card, and it was a great way for James to manage his daily spend allowance.
When entering a town called Nagaur, James’ bicycle was hit by a passing vehicle and he had to pay for repairs. James didn’t need to worry though, because he had a Net+ Prepaid MasterCard which is accepted at millions of MasterCard point-of-sale locations worldwide.
Net+ can be used for instant ATM cash withdrawals and at any point-of-sale terminal where MasterCard is accepted, meaning that whether you need to buy a new tire for your bike, book a room for the night, or a grab quick sandwich to refuel, Net+ is there for you, no matter what route you take.