18 of the World’s Fastest, Highest, Longest (etc) Things to Do

Here are 18 of the world's fastest, highest, longest, deepest, happiest, smelliest, most dangerous - and more - things I've done:

18 of the World’s Fastest, Highest, Longest (etc) Things to Do 18 of the World's Fastest, Highest, Longest (etc) Things to Do

Earning Income While Traveling: My 2015 Income

Earning income while traveling can take many forms, and can accommodate many lifestyles. This post is an example of how it can be done.

Earning Income While Traveling: My 2015 Income Earning Income While Traveling: My 2015 Income

Financially Sustainable Travel: My Cost of Full Time Travel in 2015

Following is an uncensored breakdown of my cost of full time travel in 2015, which included life in Peru and travel to 6 countries.

Financially Sustainable Travel: My Cost of Full Time Travel in 2015 Financially Sustainable Travel: My Cost of Full Time Travel in 2015

Want to Make Money Blogging? This is For You!

Want to make money blogging? I wish this course was around when I got started; I'd have saved thousands of dollars (and hours) spinning my wheels.

Want to Make Money Blogging? This is For You! Want to Make Money Blogging? This is For You!

In this series, we’re exploring the various careers of world travelers, and how they make ends meet financially while living abroad. Yes, financially sustainable full-time travel is possible!


Shannon Ullman

Shannon Ullman of Livesabroad.com is an American travel blogger and writer who has been traveling the world for more than 10 years. For the last 2 ½ years, she has been working and living her way from China back to the U.S. Currently, she is living out of a van while touring around New Zealand for the next five months. Read on to find out how Shannon earns her living on the road!


How long have you been living/working on the road, and where have you traveled to?

I have been living and working on the road for 2 ½ years. During that time, I have traveled to China, Taiwan, Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Laos, Indonesia, Australia and New Zealand.


Please describe what you do for income.

My jobs have varied since starting this journey. I taught ESL and was a private tutor in China for a year, briefly taught ESL in Vietnam and taught English as a subject in Thailand. (Editor’s Note: See Also – How do I Get Into Teaching English Abroad?)

I have also made money by being an extra in commercials and movies in both China and Vietnam. Within the last year, I started teaching an online student conversational English, started freelance writing, travel blogging and social media managing which all help me bring in an income.

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This post is sponsored by KAYAK. All musings and opinions are of The Professional Hobo. 
travel destinations

How do you choose travel destinations when the world is your oyster? Pick an activity you like and find all the places in the world to do it? Go wherever the flights are cheapest? Create a mission to visit all the “x” places in the world (such as wonders of the world)? Or just spin the globe with your eyes closed and drop your finger?

They say the world is small (and in many ways it is), but when it comes to choosing travel destinations, the world can suddenly appear very, very big, and the task very, very daunting.

Read on to discover how I choose my own travel destinations, with some advice for how you can do it too.



I’ve been lucky for the last 10+ years of my travel lifestyle. Only a few times have I been “stuck” for what to do next or where to go (For musings on one of these occasions, see: The Paralysis of Choice). For the most part, with a dose of patience and flexibility, my travel destinations have chosen me rather than the other way around.

For example, when I began my full-time travels, I had designs on Costa Rica, but for some reason couldn’t bring myself to book the ticket. This worked out well since an opportunity came up instead for me to spend the summer in the Rocky Mountains. After that, a volunteer/work-trade gig arose in Hawaii – a place I hadn’t really considered visiting, but one that ended up being serendipitous in a number of ways. Then it was a trip through SE Asia, then a sponsored trip in Australia, and then a tv show in New Zealand. And on and on it went.

It was much more by destiny than design that my travels have continued to evolve over the years. But I also believe that destiny is a moving target, and it’s important to continue to keep your eyes open for new opportunities. (See also: Destiny is a Direction)

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Ireland in Photos

by Nora on April 25, 2016

When I was 12, I won a box of chocolates. I was pretty happy about this.

And this year, some 27 years later, I won a trip to Ireland. Again, I was pretty happy about this.

Seaview in Ireland


I Won a Trip to Ireland

No really – I won a trip to Ireland! Last year, I entered a random online giveaway and promptly forgot about it. Imagine my surprise when I received an email informing me that I had won the trip!

The trip was for two people and included flights from Canada, accommodation, breakfasts, and rental car. The choice of who to take was obvious – who better to hit the road with in style than mee moom (which is “my mum”, slaughtered in the best Irish twang that phonetics can manage).

So earlier this month, I flew up to Canada, picked up mum, and off we went. Here are some of the highlights of our week-long trip in Ireland, with photos, curious bits of information, and recommendations if you’re headed to Ireland yourself:

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Financial Case Study: Agness Walewinder, Marketing & PR

04 | 18 Financial Case Studies

Agness Walewinder works for a company that allows her to live abroad and travel extensively for business & pleasure. Here are the details of her career.

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Lifestyle Inflation: Why Earning More Money Sucks (the Life Outta You)

04 | 11 Financial Travel Tips

Lifestyle Inflation at work: A curious thing happened when I was “living the life” in Toronto. Having crossed over into the six-figure income bracket, I didn’t seem to actually be taking home any more money or enjoying a substantially higher quality of life than when I earned half as much. Here are some musings as […]

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Financial Case Study: LeAnna and Andy Brown – Programmer/Blogger Duo

04 | 04 Financial Case Studies

LeAnna and Andy Brown designed their lives to travel the world AND achieve financial independence AND raise a family! Read on to find out how they do this.

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Ginge-Air Rolls Out the Red Carpet

04 | 01 Uncategorized

As a redhead, I’m rejoicing in Ginge-Air: a new airline for redheads, by redheads.

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6 Travel Hacks You Haven’t Thought Of

03 | 28 Financial Travel Tips

Here are some travel hacks that, despite 10 years’ travel experience, have largely escaped me – until now.

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Financial Case Study: Megsy and Tommo – Travel Freedom Network

03 | 21 Financial Case Studies

Megsy and Tommo of the Travel Freedom Network fund their full-time travels with a network of websites/podcasts/ebooks etc. Here are the specifics:

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