Roundup: Savings Changes, Cheap Airfare, and my Travel Adventures

by Nora on August 18, 2011

serene Cottage Country, north of Toronto


The last month since my previous roundup has been fraught with many ups and downs; I suffered a crippling bout of bronchitis in Toronto Canada, and I bought a new laptop – thus making the quantum leap from PC to Apple. Although the new laptop is lovely, neither the bronchitis nor the PC migration were pleasures to endure.

These events also left an alarmingly reduced amount of time to wrap up my visit home to Canada (which disappeared too quickly and resulted in not seeing everybody I had hoped to). This marks two sojourns back to Canada in my 4.5 years of full-time travel; I must remember to plan less – much less – the next time I go back. Time management seems to be a perpetual problem with such excursions.


I’m currently settling into life in Stockholm Sweden, where I’m enjoying the Kultur Festival, taking in the sights, and getting ready to spend 10 days in the northern Swedish town of Örnsköldsvik. (A shameful secret: I haven’t figured out how to type in the dots and doo-hickeys above Swedish letters, and am relegated to copying and pasting from the web).

Then by the end of August, I’ll be enroute to Lisbon to begin a whole new adventure. But if you’ve been reading my site, you already know about that.


In the meantime, please enjoy my published articles from this month, and make sure you scroll down to the bottom to check out a hilarious interview I did and the 2nd last installment to my No Baggage Challenge series!



Wise Bread

37 Savings Changes You Can Make Today

Saving money is about more than investing; here are 37 savings changes to make today by spending wisely, tracking wisely, saving wisely, and even making wisely.



Care One

How to Find Cheap Airfare

There’s more to finding cheap airfare than performing a random search and going with the lowest fare. After more than four years of full-time travel, I’ve got a few tricks for finding great deals, and I’m always discovering new techniques and loopholes. Here are some ways to find cheap airfare and get the most value for your money.


5 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Do Your Christmas Shopping Early

One year, I thought I was smart. I did all my Christmas shopping by September. This, I learned, wasn’t nearly as wise as I had envisioned. Here are five reasons why you shouldn’t do your Christmas shopping early!




Profiles & Shout-Outs

Fellow Ultimate Train Challenge participant (and brainchild of the whole operation) Michael Hodson recently tossed me 13 Lucky Questions that gave me pause for consideration. Don’t take the answers too seriously – I had a lot of fun with this one!

Interview with Nora Dunn (@hobonora) of The Professional Hobo: Lucky 13 Questions


And despite failing the No Baggage Challenge in Florida, I gave it another stab with a week-long trip to Quebec City. Check out my account of the trip over at the No Baggage Challenge site, including a fun video of my adventures!

No Baggage in Quebec City


{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Henry Williams August 18, 2011 at 8:49 am

it sucks getting bronchitis on your trip


2 Nancy & Shawn Power... Inspiring YOU to travel! August 18, 2011 at 11:49 pm

Great post, clever use of cut and paste for the, what did you call them… doo- diggies? 🙂

PC to Mac is a wonderful thing, confusing at first, but totally worth it! Mobile me is brilliant… check it out! you’ll love it!

Thanks for the post!

Nancy & Shawn


3 theprofessionalhobo August 19, 2011 at 2:20 am

@Nancy & Shawn – I’m getting used to my Mac, and I quite like it. (I certainly love the size and weight – and speed – of the MacBook Air – thats for sure! And the learning curve is flattening out…slowly… 🙂


4 Yoneco August 19, 2011 at 4:03 am

I’ve lurked long enough…I LOVE Stockholm. I’m very envious right now!

And I used to cut and paste that name, too. Then a friend told me just to use Ovik for short. Two of my favorite hockey players are from there.

Sorry you were sick. Please post pictures of your time in Sweden.



5 Josef August 19, 2011 at 6:26 pm

Welcome to the Mac family!


6 theprofessionalhobo August 20, 2011 at 3:01 am

@Yoneco – Yes, Ovik is a big hockey town from what I gather…I’m writing this from the train enroute to Ovik right now! I’ve found not only the spelling but the pronunciation of Swedish words to be quite an adventure! 🙂

@Josef – Thanks! So far, so good. I’m getting there…


7 Chris August 23, 2011 at 9:49 am

We miss you already in TO!

As for characters, I found a nifty forum thread for how to access your character map on the Mac that might be handy:



8 theprofessionalhobo August 24, 2011 at 4:31 am

@Chris – Thanks, chickie! And I miss you too…..


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