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NHS grad in 'worldly' contest

Monday, September 5, 2011

Caitlin Dugan, a 2002 Northview High School graduate, is currently competing in Epic World Travel, a contest where the winner will travel the world for a year, blogging about the trip through social media outlets.
A Brazil native is in the running for a contest to travel the world and is currently in fifth-place.

Caitlin Dugan, a 2002 Northview graduate, has been traveling the world and is now trying to make a career out of it, with the help of a contest through a company called Epic World Travel.

"The contest is a search for one person to travel the world for a year and blog about it along the way through social media," Dugan said.

Dugan said she saw an ad for the contest online, and almost didn't think twice about it because she thought it might be a scam.

"When I looked into it I discovered that they are basically giving away my dream job," Dugan said, "(because) for the last four years I've been sending e-mail updates to friends and family during my travels."

Dugan said to enter the contest she had to create a video and write a short entry about why she should win the contest.

The contest is called Do Something Epic.

"I sent the link out to family and friends via e-mail and Facebook and after two weeks I was in first place," Dugan said.

She said she currently sits fifth on the leader board, which is good because the top 20 will advance to the second round.

Dugan said if she wins she will get to travel the world for one year, visiting six continents, 31 countries, and 57 cities.

Dugan said that even if she doesn't win the contest, it has helped her realize how much she enjoys sharing her travel experiences with others, and that she might be able to make a career out of doing just that.

Even without winning the contest, Dugan is already a seasoned traveler, which is a trait she hopes will give her a leg up on the competition.

"I've been to 11 countries, most of which have been in the last year and a half. I spent 64 days in Europe," Dugan said. "I've been in Australia for seven months with about five months left to go."

Dugan said she is currently living in Australia on a working holiday visa and has already had some memorable experiences.

"A few months ago, I got to go swimming with whale sharks on the Ningaloo Reef. It was definitely one of the coolest things I've ever done," Dugan said.

"Last year, a friend and I backpacked Europe for two months. We saw so much amazing history. It made me wish I would've paid more attention in history class growing up."

Dugan said her travels have been very rewarding.

"I get so much from traveling. It's a hands on way to learn about everything-people, cultures, places, even yourself. It just makes me happy," Dugan said.

"There's something about going to an unknown place, finding my way around and making friends with fellow travelers that makes me feel like I'm on top of the world. It's amazing to me how much you can have in common with people from all over the world."

For further information or to vote for Dugan, log on to www.epicworldtravel/dosomthingepic.com.

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