Daniel Baylis has never been rich, but the son of two schoolteachers never let that stop him from travelling. Last year, Baylis quit blogging for Montreal’s tourism bureau to see 12 countries on six different continents in one year. He recorded it all on his blog with the hope of taking his career to the next level.
“I could get a new car or I could go around the world—twice,” said Baylis, who’s now director of content for the ad & communications agency, N/A. “I decided to get an informal Master’s degree in international travel and community engagement.”
Though he had his share of ups and downs, Baylis pulled off the adventure on a shoestring budget of $13,931. We got him to share how he did it and let us republish his excellent photos.
Baylis sketched out a plan: He'd visit 12 different countries in a year, spending one month in each. To cover room and board, he'd join voluntourism programs. To pay for the rest, he'd use a Visa Dividend card that offered cashback rewards. No budget was set.
JANUARY: The first stop on the trip was New Orleans. Baylis joined Common Ground Relief to help rebuild the city's Lower Ninth Ward, an area devastated by Hurricane Katrina. The program threw in room and board, but health insurance in the U.S. was separate - and costly.
DECEMBER: Australia was the final stop on Baylis' worldwide tour, where he bounced around from Sydney to Melbourne and a small town called Lismore.
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