Roundup: November 1-15

by Nora Dunn on November 13, 2008

Here are my public rants for the last two weeks. I am preparing for some family visiting for the last half of November (which is a big deal when family=Canada and home=Australia!), so I imagine my online life will get pretty quiet for a while. I hope I don’t go into withdrawal, what with an online addiction such as I have!


How (and Why) to Start an Investment Club

Would you like to be on the same financial page with a group of people? Meet regularly with like-minded and fun individuals, and collectively learn about and discuss new financial concepts? Are you tired of labored conversation at dinner parties, where any topic that touches on money is frowned upon? Then joining or starting an investment club may be just what the doctor ordered!

Why Couples Fight Over Money and What to Do About It

There is no denying that financial matters lay at the root of many – if not most – couples’ problems. While some openly communicate about the issues at hand, more couples yet don’t even recognize exactly what the problems are and thus allow a bad problem to worsen, and in some cases, culminate in a break-up or divorce.

Here are some of the issues that cause friction in our romances, and what to do about them before they blossom into a host of irrevocable thorny problems.


Voluntourism: Hip or Hype?

Although my spell checker doesn’t yet recognize it, “voluntourism” is indeed an industry-recognized term for volunteer vacations. But does it really do all the good that we think it does?


Defining Home on the Road

When everything familiar feels like it is a million miles away, you can still create a sense of “home” while traveling or living on the road. Described in this article are a few ways you can define your own home on the road.

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Aaron F. November 16, 2008 at 11:57 am

Hi Nora,

I liked the “Defining Home on the Road” article. It was good advice on an often-overlooked topic. (By the way, here’s the working link:

I’m just a couple of months from hitting the road; just trying to get a couple of last-minute things tied up and waiting for the bonus at my job.

Keep up the interesting and helpful articles.


Nora Dunn November 17, 2008 at 6:54 am

Congratulations Aaron! Do tell….where to first? If you are in Oz, we must connect!


Aaron F. November 18, 2008 at 10:56 am

Can’t quite make up my mind on where I’ll go first. I spent a couple of weeks in South America (Chile, Argentina, and Uruguay) on vacation last month and really enjoyed it. So I may head back down there. Other possibilities include Thailand (where I’ll try to avoid the dengue fever — poor Kelly) or New Zealand. I’ve been looking a lot at, and it seems there are many interesting opportunities in picturesque parts of NZ. I’m a sucker for beautiful scenery, so that may end up being my first stop. (Also, may be a good transition to nomadic living, as it’s different from home in the USA, but still has some similarities.)

Anyway, I’ll keep you posted. Where are you guys off to next?


Nora Dunn November 20, 2008 at 7:49 am

Ah…where to next: the eternal question. That is for our readers to find out and for us to work on…

But really, we just don’t know! We tend to follow our noses and the opportunities. We are currently working on some exciting avenues, and will see what comes next. For now, Australia is where we’ll stay for the next number of months. It is wonderful here.

If you’re looking for hints though, NZ is high on our list of places to go. Maybe we’ll see you there!


Roberto July 7, 2013 at 12:33 pm

The link that you and Aaron provided doesn’t seem to work anymore… I’d like to read the post.


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