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The Traveller: Notes from an Imperfect Journey Around the World Paperback – Nov 21 2013
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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.
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.
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.
Laughed out loud and cried along with him!
Best book of 2013!
Most recent customer reviews
The Traveller by Daniel Baylis is definitely a must-read for anyone wanting to see the non-tourist areas of a foreign country – or anyone just wanting a good read. Read morePublished on March 16 2014 by EvelynS
Fun way to see the world and enjoy Daniel's experiences. Excellent humour and great storytelling. A must for anyone planning on going for it!Published on Feb. 12 2014 by Yukonlover
I loved this book, it's well written and funny! I would have a hard time doing a journey like this and so I am grateful to Baylis for sharing his experiences and letting me live... Read morePublished on Feb. 11 2014 by E. King
Daniel's book took me on a journey to twelve remarkable places around the world. Ultimately, however, he took me on a journey to a place that I was far less expecting -- the heart. Read morePublished on Feb. 9 2014 by A Ferro
Daniel Baylis writes with a mixture of hopefulness, laughter and clear-sighted observation. He doesn't shy away from the difficulties of making his way through unfamiliar terrain. Read morePublished on Feb. 8 2014 by Maggie