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The Traveller: Notes from an Imperfect Journey Around the World by [Baylis, Daniel]
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As Daniel Baylis approached his 30th birthday, he asked himself a tough question: Who’s at the steering wheel of my life? The verdict came back unclear, so he decided to take immediate action. He gave up his job and his rent-controlled apartment to tackle one of his biggest dreams—to travel the world.

With an objective to not only see places but also to experience them, Baylis spent an entire year sampling a variety of volunteer positions. From an elementary schoolroom in Peru, to Edinburgh’s Fringe Fest, to an organic goat farm hidden in the hills of Galilee (and many places and projects in between), he dove headfirst into immersive travel experiences.

With a touch of introspection and a heap of humour, The Traveller presents literary snapshots of twelve very distinct global destinations. What emerges is a portrait of an individual trying to be helpful, along with all the people who helped him along the way. Lively and compelling, The Traveller is required reading for anyone who dreams of international adventures—or for anyone who simply dreams.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1166 KB
  • Print Length: 420 pages
  • Publisher: Sparks Publishing (Nov. 21 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00HBIT0V4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 13 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #263,654 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Ever wondered what it would be like to travel the world? Daniel Baylis shares his year long travel anecdotes from the 'real' world. Not one full of luxury resorts and tour packages, but a world in which honest everyday interactions with local people and lifestyles, makes you stop and think about how we are all interconnected and what it means to be helpful.

This book is full of laugh out loud humor and witticisms that do not disappoint, interspersed with raw introspective moments that will bring a tear to your eye. Not many books can make you feel such strong emotions about dog poop, swimming in your skivvies and milking goats! Baylis' style of writing draws you in to the scene with rich descriptions of atmosphere and interaction. He makes you wish you were there right alongside, learning to ride a motorbike in the back roads of India or drinking wine under the stars in France. Baylis celebrates his travel 'wins' but is honest about the loneliness that arises in solo travel and never sugar coats the losses. The Traveller makes for a refreshing read.

Read this book to learn important life lessons about eating chicken feet, checking for bed bugs, knowing when to throw in the towel, and the heart wrenching nature of friendship.
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Like Daniel, I'm about to leave on my own world tour in February. This book gave me such fuel for inspiration, I'm beside myself with excitement. Lots of candid language and humour, with wonderful observations on local culture.
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At the end of 2010, Daniel Baylis put all of his worldly possessions in storage and took off on a self-directed voyage around the world. He visited 12 countries in 12 months, looking for meaningful ways to engage with the local communities. All throughout, he wrote about his (mis)adventures and they are collected here in this book – one chapter for every country visited.

Daniel does a great job of letting us inside his journey. I felt like I was along for the ride: herding goats in Israel, rebuilding a castle in the French countryside, creating bonds with the locals in South Africa. I felt his elation, his disappointment, his anxiety, his wonder. Dan is also extremely witty and his sense of humour shines through. On several occasions I even laughed out loud.

The book’s subtitle is “Notes from an Imperfect Journey Around the World”. Although Daniel didn’t know what to expect on his journey, he did have an idea of the kinds of experiences he was looking to have. And oftentimes he found himself faced with something he had not signed on for. “I suppose sometimes there’s the lesson you expect to receive in life. And then there’s the lesson you get,” he writes while in India.

The Traveller is a great book. It’s an engaging look into the lives of those living in other countries, and of one man looking to connect.
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Daniel writes with wit and humility, so the tone of the book is like a conversation with a friend. He shares his adventures so vividly, warts and all, that it makes you feel like you were there with him. It's a refreshing change from travel books that make adventure seem unattainable or adventurers infallible. He's just a guy - a hilariously frank and down to earth guy - who chose to go on an adventure and who was gracious to share it and himself with his readers. Since he shares his experience with no sense of false bravado, it makes it all the easier to relate to, so the reader can dare to dream that they too could travel like this if they dared to make the leap. I will read anything else that he writes.
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From his captivating blog posts to his witty social media presence, I've been "following" Baylis' writing career for a while now, and was super excited to finally get my hands on his first published book.

I always felt strongly compelled by his style and The Traveller does't disappoint.
Buy this book and you'll get a very engaging recollection of an amazing year of travels or better yet, get inspired to start your own journey around the world.
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Daniel has the amazing ability to make you snort with laughter in his honest, smart, hilarious storytelling. He sets the scene so precisely you feel as if you're a stow away in his backpack, riding the roller coaster of a nomadic lifestyle with him. Whether you're a well travelled vagabond or a homebody, you can relate to Daniel's experiences because when it comes down to it, it's all about connection. Two big ol' thumbs up for "The Traveller".
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If you are looking for a candid story about life on the road, this is it! Full of real emotions, great humour and fantastic stories, this book captivated me - I couldn't put it down. Daniel is a great story teller and you truly feel you get to know the people on his journey, taste the food he eats, and see the sights he enjoys.
Laughed out loud and cried along with him!
Best book of 2013!
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