When The Brazil Times contacted Dugan at the end of August, she was in the same position.
A company called Epic World Travel puts on the contest, called Do Something Epic.
The winner will travel the world blogging about their experiences for a year.
Dugan believes she would be a good fit for the contest because she is already a seasoned traveler, currently living in Exmouth, Western Australia.
Dugan said, at the moment, she is exploring Exmouth and working to replenish her bank account before continuing her travels in January, when her working holiday visa expires.
Dugan, as well as her competitors in the top twenty, are in the process of answering questions sent to them by the contest.
When all participants' answers are gathered, Epic World Travel will pick the top three people to continue to the final round.