Roundup: Recovery, Frugal Mistakes, More Trains, and Finding Money

by Nora Dunn on November 17, 2011

beach-dwelling in Grenada

I’m starting to settle into a lovely routine here in Grenada; going for early-ish morning walks (this picture having been taken from one such walk to the neighbouring cove – a totally secluded beach), getting into a little yoga routine, then spending mornings sipping awesome Vietnamese coffee and working on my laptop.

Afternoons I’ll do anything from curling up with a great book (reading: what a novelty for me!), to hopping in the car and exploring the island. The bugs (which you’ll read about in a future post) get really bad at sunset, so I’m usually inside shortly after 5pm, cooking a lovely meal with fresh topical ingredients, then settling in to watch a movie or some tv shows on my laptop, capping of the night with a few more pages from my book. 

A few nights a week, I might also head out for happy hour drinks at a scenic marina with a friend, or enjoy some “liming” around a barbecue. (Don’t know what “liming” is? Stay tuned. You will).

 

All in all, it’s a charmed life! Dengue fever and other buggy issues aside, I feel like I’ve stumbled onto one of the best house-sitting gigs I’ve ever had.

 

Here are my latest words of wisdom, including a profile interview I did for a very interesting e-book that has given (even) me a few ideas for how to travel creatively and inexpensively.

 

 

Wise Bread

The Two Biggest Mistakes People Make When Starting to Live Frugally

In your new excitement to live frugally, it’s important to avoid the pitfalls that might end up costing you more money in the end.

 

 

Transitions Abroad

Taking the Train Through Australia

This article was (poetically) written during my stint on the Trans-Manchurian train, almost a year after my Australian train adventures – which ultimately inspired my involvement in the Ultimate Train Challenge.

Taking the train through Australia is an idyllic way to experience the vast countryside, watch the changing (and at times the monotony of unchanging) scenery, while enjoying views of the flora and fauna that reside only in this bizarre country of extremes. Fortunately, there are options for people of many backgrounds and budgets who make use of Australia’s rail system to experience these world-class multi-day rail journeys. Read on to find out more!

 

 

Care One

Finding Money (Literally) With the Prosperity Game

Why do good things happen to people with sunny dispositions (alternately, bad luck plagues those already under the weather)? This may not be a coincidence.

What if by playing a simple game for three weeks you could literally attract money into your life? Would you try it? Introducing: The Prosperity Game.

 

 

 

Profiles & Shout-Outs

Sarah Von Bargen of Yes and Yes wrote an e-book called The Cubicle Escape Plan, which interviews a number of people who have escaped the cubicle to travel and live in creative ways. Not all of the profiles involve traveling either; different ways to escape the cubicle and make a living without leaving home include doing movie extra work, and even donating eggs. More travel-centric creative ways to escape the cubicle include volunteering (anything from Peace Corps to WWOOFing to House-sitting) to earning money (working as an au-pair or doing harvesting/planting jobs or working on cruise ships), and beyond. This book includes lots of interviews with interesting people living and traveling in creative ways that even I hadn’t considered (but will now)! I was interviewed for my experience with House-sitting. Check out the book if you’re looking for some refreshing ideas of new things to shake up your life and cubicle-bound routine!

The Cubicle Escape Plan

 

 

Lastly, Women’s Adventure Magazine interviewed me about traveling solo as a woman, discussing matters etherial like the feeling of empowerment women get from traveling on their own, to matters practical like covering all your bases in the event of an emergency. You can see the article on page 20 and 21 of the Winter 2011/2012 issue, below.
Women’s Adventure Magazine, Winter 2011/2012

 

 

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Shawn November 17, 2011 at 9:12 am

Nora, Grenada sounds mellow and chilled out…lovely. How are the locals and the food?

Shawn

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Jen November 17, 2011 at 9:22 am

That’s such a great photo… and is that a doggy in the background i spy? The routine you’ve settled into sounds like bliss!! x

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theprofessionalhobo November 17, 2011 at 10:14 am

@Shawn – Grenada is awesome! A very relaxed quiet island, but also with some lovely “chilling” life if you want it. The locals are incredibly friendly (and are renowned for it in fact), and although I’m enjoying mostly tropical fruits and veg in my own kitchen (something I don’t regularly get to indulge in – the kitchen nor the tropical foods!), the local food is also very good.

@Jen – That is a lovely doggy….my companion and adorable outdoor dog who I tend to here.

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Yoneco November 17, 2011 at 7:15 pm

It sounds great…except for the bugs. I’m hoping these are mostly annoying mosquitos and not multi-legged critters. I hate those. Love your outfit in the above photo.

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Kieu ~ GQ trippin November 17, 2011 at 10:16 pm

Vietnamese coffee in Grenada?! That’s just awesome! :) So glad to hear you’re finally settling in. I’m excited to check out The Cubicle Escape Plan. Your day in, out sounds peaceful and fabulous.

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theprofessionalhobo November 18, 2011 at 7:26 am

@Yoneco – Well, it’s a little bit of both. Stay tuned….there’s a post coming down the line about it! :-)

@Kieu – Grenada is generally a quiet island, so it’s a great place to just “be”. But there’s also a good share of night life too; a great balance if you ask me.

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