Alex Boylan won the second season of CBS's fantastic The Amazing Race in 2002, back when teams of good-looking white guys were the usual victors. And although he shared the $1 million prize for his efforts, what seemed to linger was a love of travel and of seeing the world. So in September 2007 he set off to do it again -- this time without a penny in his pocket.
Using his fan base as a social network, Boylan created a website where people could offer free lodging, transportation, or know-how, and five months after he set off, he arrived back home again, having seen 45,000 miles, 159 days, and 16 countries.
He also brought along a camera, of course, I guess because he got used to traveling around the world that way (and let's be honest, having a camera trained on you all the time keeps petty crime down and makes strangers more likely to help you, as fans of the TV show can tell you). The resulting 11-episode series, produced by Survivor: Pearl Islands hunk Burton Roberts, will air on WGN America starting Thursday, April 16. You, too, can see how a guy goes around the world without spending anything.