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.

Nora Dunn, The Professional Hobo
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 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’ve had many Australian adventures and even some (horrific) bushfire action, and I’ve wandered through Europe. 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. That ultimately led to my doing the Ultimate Train Challenge – 30 days and 25,000kms by train from Lisbon to Saigon.

I’ve spent months living on boats throughout the Caribbean.

I toured 8 European countries in 3 short weeks (with very little sleep).

And I’ve volunteered or house-sat in trade for my 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),

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. 

And there is so much to come. I update this blog with posts, roundups, 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.

How to Get Free Accommodation Around the World



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.



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! 

How to Travel Full-Time in a Financially Sustainable Way


While you’re at it – I’d love to see you on TwitterFacebook, and Google too.

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?


For more information on my journey to becoming The Professional Hobo:

How I Became The Professional Hobo (Part I: The Dream, The Decision)

How I Became The Professional Hobo (Part II: The Logistics)