A couple weeks ago I posted on Facebook that I was reading The Traveller: Notes from an Imperfect Journey Around the World by Daniel Baylis, and I would be giving away a copy of his book on Facebook later in the week.
Well, it’s more than a week later, and I am finally getting around to posting this little review and giving away a digital copy of the Savoir Faire Abroad Facebook page. Yay!
I remember when Daniel was getting ready to publish his book, we have one of the more successful Kickstarter campaigns I have seen in a long time. Daniel clearly knew what he was doing, and the premise of this book was intriguing.
Daniel’s spin on world travel is quite a bit different than many travellers, his focus was on volunteering, instead of going in search of the next temple, or full moon party. You have to admit, it’s a great travel theme; experience the world, while giving back wherever you can.
Travelling with a purpose, it’s something I wish more of us would do, and something I am trying to do more of myself as I return to the road in a couple weeks.
Daniel’s journey takes him to twelve different locations, one per month. At each location, Daniel writes about the volunteer project he has chosen to work with. In the beginning, he was hoping to do so without spending money, but he quickly realised that it can be difficult to volunteer around the world for free. Many organisations will charge a fee for your room and board. That didn’t stop him though, and Daniel’s book is filled with anecdotes from his various volunteer experiences.
I enjoy the humour with which Daniel writes about his year abroad, but I do wish he had written more details about some of his experiences, at times it felt as though he was skipping a lot of the story. That being said The Traveller is a good read, and an interesting look into volunteering while abroad.