Season 1, Episode 6: The one with the Traveller: Meet Daniel Baylis


Some people dream about travelling around the world in a year; whilst others don’t just dream about it, but simply do it. This was the case for Daniel Baylis, the author of the book the Traveller: Notes From an Imperfect Journey Around the World.  This book is a memoir of his journey around the world, starting on 1st January 2011 and concluding on 31st December 2011. Back then; he visited a new country each month in exchange for making his contribution to the local society. You will learn that Daniel’s journey in some sense did not conclude, as he took some insights that shaped how he looks at life. He also discovered the power of his inner resources!  In this interview we meet a go-getter who decided to get started, and go follow their dream.

In this episodes Daniel shares:

1:50: Why he decided to write the book.

2:40: His year of travels

3:50: How he structured the book. His style of writing.

5:37: How he wanted to provide his reader with accesss to the emotional side of embarking on a big life adventure. Teaser:  “he wanted to give an insight to what was happening inside as well as outside”

9:15: When he made that decision to embark on this world trip. Teaser quote: “If I don’t do this trip now, who would I be?”

10:44: What advice he would you give someone who wants to take a year out and travel? Teaser quote: “we choose what we want in life…”

12:45: How you can combine travel with work.

14:00: Leaving your relationships behind. Teaser quote: “Some people may travel to disconnect from relationships”

19:38: His mode of travel, giving to the community in exchange for his accommodation. “Involvement, rather than drifting…How can I be helpful?”

24:15:  Dealing with challenging social situations. Teaser: the guinea fowl situation.

27:00: How to maintain your endurance on a long trip. Teaser: How to keep your energy up.

29:43: Knowing your boundaries. Teaser quote: “Travel puts you in the situation where your boundaries may be tested”

29:30: What did he gain from travelling.

31:15: Does travelling answer questions in your life. Teaser quote:“We are always finding pieces of ourselves… There is no singular vent which is going to reveal the total self”

33:00:  How he dealt with his expectations. Teaser: Be open, and not too rigid when having a vision.

43:29: Daniels word for 2014

43:45 Describes what a go-getter is.

How you can connect to Daniel Baylis   

Website –        TheTraveller-cover-2200px

Twitter –

Find out more about the traveller book –

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9 replies
    • SophiaWorld
      SophiaWorld says:

      Hello Lisa,

      I hope you enjoy the episode. It was fun chatting to Daniel. I wish you luck in the competition. If you like travel and adventure Lisa, you will love some of the other guests I have lined up, including the story of the expat Melissa Perlman who decided to set up a business in Talum Mexico. I’m wishing you a great Sunday.

  1. Nolan Collins
    Nolan Collins says:

    Going to listen this afternoon! Daniel’s book sounds really cool – I’ve always wanted to combine business with travel. Love your “‘teaser” quotes for each section – can’t wait to hear about the guinea fowl incident! Thanks Sophia!

    • SophiaWorld
      SophiaWorld says:

      Thank you for visiting and feeding back your comments Nolan. Yes, Daniel’s interview was insightful and his book is very good. The ‘Guinea Fowl’ incident was one of the humourous and insighful parts that I enjoyed. Will you be entering the competition, for your chance to get a copy of his book?

  2. Carlaquarius
    Carlaquarius says:

    I’m travelling as I type so I appreciate the lucky timing of this episode ~ thanks, Sophia! 😉 So true about boundaries being tested in travel. And patience, too! 😉 The trade off, I guess, for the unbelievable sights you see and the amazing people you meet. . . what an exciting undertaking to literally travel the world. Thanks for sharing Daniel’s inspiring story.

    • SophiaWorld
      SophiaWorld says:

      Hi Carla, Its exciting to hear how you are on a travelling adventure and can relate to some of the insights that Daniel shared. It is enjoyable going to new places and meeting interesting people.

  3. Laura Nelson
    Laura Nelson says:

    Very inspiring – love Daniel’s go-getter, dynamic energy – and also the inner journey revelations too (which is, of course, the real journey 🙂


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