Nora Dunn the Professional Hobo

Nora is a freelance writer and contributor to many blogs such as Credit Walk, Wise Bread, My Care One Community, Transition Abroad, Vagabondish, and many more. She freelance on the topics of personal finance, travel, and lifestyle design. In addition to freelance writting she also is a public speaker and professional actor/singer/dancer.

Nora Dunn

She is a financial planner and on her blog The Professional Hobo, she instruct folks in the art of traveling full-time in a financially sustainable manner, and she’s done that since 2007.  Nora writes one of the best-known travel blogs on the net. In her blog you will find tips on frugal living, travel tips, travel hacks and a mix of her own stories and adventures.

It all started for Nora in 2006, when she decided to take the plunge (as she says). She sold her financial planning practice of 6 years in Toronto Canada, got rid of all her stuff and free up herself for the adventure of a lifetime.

We it was not exactly like that, something wasn’t right. As Nora puts it, “There was a little voice inside of me – a voice that has been a lifelong friend or pest, depending on how you look at it – that said “Nora…you’re not doing what you’re supposed to be doing. There’s something else out there for you.

The voice became louder but she refuse to listen. She felt that she’ve put way too much blood, sweat, and tears into her business to leave it callously for yet another career. So, like many other people do, she filled her life with other things that she hoped would satisfy the ever-growing void in her life. 

In January of 2006, she was in two car accidents in one week. People said “the universe is trying to tell you something” I love this part of the story because many of us fall into that “work more and get bussy” trap and stop listening to our inner guidance, and sooner or later you get hit by a 2×4 (a piece of wood) and then you realize how much time you’ve wasted by not following your legend, as Paulo Coelho would say in his book The Alchemist.

In her own words- “Since early 2007, I’ve been on the road, traveling slowly through over 30 countries and five continents. I have lived a variety of lifestyles by working in trade for my accommodation. My location independent writing career takes care of the rest of the expenses. As such, I can travel in a financially sustainable manner like this for as long as I wish.”

“I’ve traveled with a partner. I’ve traveled solo. I’ve had romances on the road, and dealt with ensuing fall-outs (including being very sick). I’ve taken the train across the vast and magnificent Canada, fallen off the grid in Hawaii, coordinated spontaneous Cyclone relief in Asia, and been dealt all the adrenalin I could handle in New Zealand.”

I personaly like her many Australian adventures and train rides across (and up and down, and all around) Australia. That train ride ultimately led her to take on a bigger adventure the Ultimate Train Challenge – 30 days and 25,000kms by train from Lisbon to Saigon.

When you open your mind to possibilities you will be able to realize that the sky is the limit. Another favorite post of mine is adventure of living on boats throughout the Caribbean. Another specialty of Nora that serves well to live around the world on budget is volunteering and house-sitting in which she is an expert, she’ve volunteered or house-sat in trade for my accommodation in Hawaii, Australia, New Zealand, Spain, England, Grenada, St Martin, the BVIs, Switzerland, Panama, and counting…

For a selection of recent writing credits and profiles, please check out her blog at at The Professional Hobo.

Here is another link to a wonderful interview on being a professional blogger made by Matt Gibson on Nora


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