Life Happens When You’re Busy Making Plans.
That is exactly what was happening to me when I realized I didn’t like it so much.
Hi, I’m Nora Dunn. In 2006, I decided to take the plunge. I sold my financial planning practice in Toronto Canada, and got rid of all of my belongings in order to free myself up for the adventure of a lifetime.
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.
And I plan to.
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’ve had many Australian adventures and even some (horrific) bushfire action, and I’ve wandered through Europe a bunch of times. I’ve filmed three different television shows in three different countries.
I did some pretty epic train rides across (and up and down, and all around) Australia, which eventually led to my doing the Ultimate Train Challenge – 30 days and 25,000kms by train from Lisbon to Saigon. (All of this and more became fodder for a book).
I spent months living on boats throughout the Caribbean.
I’ve survived natural disasters, passport theft, hospital trips, head-on collisions, romances gone wrong, travel fatigue, and a variety of other very real aspects of travel that may not be ideal, but that make the trip all the more colourful. (Brace Yourself, Travel Isn’t All Roses and Lollipops).
I’ve changed up my style of travel many times, from long-term volunteering (6+ months in one place), to perpetual wandering (in 2010 I didn’t spend more than 5 nights in one place, and in 2011 I spent $173 on accommodation – for the whole year), to having home bases, to many incantations in between.
And I’ve volunteered or house-sat in trade for free accommodation in Hawaii, Australia, New Zealand, Spain, England, Grenada, St Martin, the BVIs, Switzerland, and Panama. And counting…
I have seen – and been a part of – a lot so far.
Check out a summary of my first four years of full-time travel (up to 2011),
and my 5th year here (2011),
and my 6th year here (2012),
and my 7th year here (2013),
AND my 8th year here (2014),
with lots of links to get you started in your search through my archives.
And for some tips on how to get started on your own traveling lifestyle, check out my Travel Tips & Resources page.
If there’s something specific you’re looking for, look on the left-hand sidebar at the Search and Categories sections. If you can’t find it there, click on the Contact page and send me a note – I’ll point you in the right direction!
And there is so much to come. I update this blog with posts about life on the road and tips for survival, collections of recommended reading for aspiring travellers, and week-in-the-life guest spots. I offer up regular Financial Travel Tips (having amassed over 100 already), given my background in financial planning and ability to travel full-time in a financially sustainable way.
I’ve written a few books – including How to Get Free Accommodation Around the World – so you can follow my footsteps and save tens of thousands of dollars while you travel.
If you’d like to vicariously experience the most epic train rides of the world, you’ll want to check out my other book, Tales of Trains: Where the Journey is the Destination, a narrative covering 42,000kms through 11 countries over 44 days.
And, Working on the Road: The Unconventional Guide to Full-Time Freedom is all about designing the life and career of your dreams. It’s inspirational no doubt, but even more so it’s practical – outlining careers (both location independent and “on the ground”) that you can explore, lifestyle options, budgets, checklists, insurance, tools for the road, and much – much more.
I’ve also interviewed dozens of people of various backgrounds who are successfully living and working on the road; singles, couples, and families of eight who are all doing it and share their advice and experiences with you.
I’ve got a TON of content on this site. Since 2007, I’ve perfected the art of traveling full-time in a financially sustainable way. Would you like to learn how to do the same? Then sign up for my FREE series on financially sustainable travel, and you’ll be cruising the world before you know it!
As a frequently published author, please visit my Writing & Publicity page for more information on where I’ve been published and profiled.
As for where I’m going….well you’ll just have to keep reading, won’t you?