Writing & Publicity
When I started to fulfill my “retirement” dream of traveling the world in 2006, it was only logical that I use my life-long passion for writing to keep in touch with family and friends via my personal blog.
Very shortly thereafter, it dawned on me that I could actually make some money at it (!), and as such if I played my cards right, I could make my travels financially sustainable with little more than a laptop and an internet connection regardless of where in the world I hung my hat.
This continues to be my plight, mission, and ultimately, my success.
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Today, I write about travel, personal finance, and lifestyle design. If you are interested in commissioning me for an article, series, or book, please contact me.
Selected Writing Credits
Below is a selection of venues where my work can be seen, along with a few specific links for your perusing pleasure.
Contributing author. Released May 2009, Skyhorse Publishing. For more information, click here.
Contributing author. Released June 2012, Slenk Dee LLC Publishing. For more information and a discount, click here.
Popular personal finance and frugal living website, with over 50,000 subscribers and 1,000,000 hits each month.
10 Tips for Landing the Perfect House-Sitting Gig (plus a discount for TrustedHousesitters.com membership)
Personal Profile page here: http://www.wisebread.com/user/nora-dunn
The original travel magazine, all about working, living, and studying abroad. Transitions Abroad currently has over 7 million visits per year.
For a full list of articles published on Transitions Abroad click here.
MyCareOne (regular contributor)
Care One Debt Relief Services helps people get out of debt with debt consolidation and debt counseling. I am a columnist on the topic of life balance for their popular blog A Straight Talk On Debt. Here is a selection of articles I have written for them:
Fresh Juice is a Canadian print magazine (circulation 425,000) and online site (FreshJuice.ca) with a focus on “Healthy Made Delicious”; working with the pillars Eat Well, Be Well, and Live Well. It is put together by TC Media, the brains behind ELLE Canada, Canadian Living, Style at Home, and more. (Inaugural issue of Fresh Juice: April 2012)
Would You be Able to Ditch the Desk Early? (April/May 2012 issue)
14 Hidden Costs of Vacations (online)
A Debt in the Family (online)
Managing Your Finances as a Couple (June/July 2012 issue)
Your Kids and Money (August/September 2012 issue)
Here are a few posts as part of a large campaign with Travel+Escape, Scotiabank, and Amex.
GEICO Now magazine
GEICO Now is distributed to GEICO insurance customers. I wrote a cover story about Extreme Savers for the Spring/Summer 2012 edition.
Popular webzine about long term travel and backpacking, with over 250,000 unique visitors/month and 8,000 subscribers.
For a full listing of articles on Vagabondish, click here.
Of of Canada’s National Newspapers; my contribution was a special article about being in the middle of the Australian bush fire crisis.
I Will Teach You To Be Rich
This guest post drew over 100,000 readers in the first 72 hours alone. It remains a highly-regarded, enormous resource for full-time budget travel.
(Note: A few years later, I produced a similar, more condensed article for Wise Bread with more resources and updated figures here):
Compathos is a multi-media foundation committed to providing inspiration and resources for those interested in travel and doing good in the world.
SARSI (South Asian River Skills Institute) – volunteer org profile
Blue Ventures – volunteer org profile
SEE Turtles – volunteer org profile
Geared towards small business owners, this blog features articles from an array of well-known experts across the web.
Adventura is a quarterly Ontario and Quebec-based outdoor adventure magazine with a readership of 120,000. In their Spring 2010 issue, I produced a small “Daytripper” piece on LaFleche; an adventure playground about 20 minutes from Ottawa.
ASU Travel Guide
As the premier resource for airline employees since 1968, this magazine offers discounts to employees, peppered with travel stories. Mine is one of them – about our fundraising adventures in Thailand.
PROFILES & INTERVIEWS
It’s nice to get a little bit of publicity! Here are a few profiles of my adventures thus far:
The Denver Post
(May 2013) Dave Burdick of The Denver Post chatted with me about ways to save money on vacation beyond airfare, such as on food, souvenirs, transportation, and even accommodation.
(January 2013) This is a very interesting interview on the business of being location independent, streams of income, and things I’ve learned (and wish I’d learned faster)!
(July 2012) Global News asked my opinion about the increased string of violent events in Canada, and how it is (or isn’t) affecting Canada’s international reputation and the tourism industry.
Violence Affects Canada’s International Reputation
(June, 2012) I was interviewed for a mammoth article about How to Make a Living on the Road, which puts a science to the art of work and travel. It profiles different careers (from travel blogging to migrant construction work) and travelers (from solo travelers to families of 12). A great read.
(March, 2012) As the most widely syndicated Radio show about Travel in the USA, Rudy Maxa’s World has over 600,000 listeners. Inspired by a recent post about How to Travel Full-Time for $17,000 per Year (or Less), we chatted about travel tricks and tips, and some of my recent travel adventures.
(January, 2012) Audio interview about how I came to travel full-time, what life is like on the road, and how I manage to make full-time travel financially sustainable.
Living the Travel Dream with Nora Dunn of TheProfessionalHobo.com
(January, 2012) Profiling my lifestyle, along with some of my tips for keeping full-time travel affordable.
How to Be a Professional Hobo
(December, 2011) This article profiles a few different “retirement” lifestyles – including mine! It was also picked up by The Consumerist (here).
Women’s Adventure Magazine
(November, 2011) Women’s Adventure Magazine interviewed me about adventure travel as a solo female. This appears in the Winter 2011-12 issue, on page 20/21 in an article entitled Adventure Travel Alone?
Rolf Potts’ Vagabonding
(August, 2011) Rolf Potts, venerable travel writer and author of the bestseller Vagabonding did a case study of my Vagabonding adventures on his site.
The Frugal Traveler
(July, 2011) This nationally syndicated newspaper column featured my lifestyle and some of my tips for frugal travel.
Living the Life of My Dreams
(March, 2011) This e-book and paperback features compelling stories of 30 people who have transformed their lives from ordinary to extraordinary. Mine is one of those stories.
(March, 2011) Q&A: How to Save Money for your Dream Vacation
Never Ending Voyage
(January, 2011) Nomadic Interviews: Nora, The Professional Hobo
(November 2010) I was recently featured in their regular Me and My Money section.
(November 2010) Fellow Transitions Abroad columnist Matt Gibson profiled my transition from financial planner to Professional Hobo, my involvement in the travel blogging industry, social media, and the future of the world of travel writing.
(October, 2010) Canadian Business Online profiled my lifestyle transition from personal financial planner in Toronto Canada, to Professional Hobo with no fixed address.
(July, 2010) Go! Overseas is all about studying, teaching, and volunteering abroad. They interviewed me about my traveling and volunteer experience over the past 3+ years.
(April, 2010) Tours4Fun has a “crush” on me! They profiled me as part of their Crush4Fun series. Check it out here:
(January, 2010) All You magazine interviewed me for an expose on avoiding supermarket traps. This came about as a function of writing about how to avoid the supermarket’s tricky traps, as published in 10,001 Ways to Live Large on a Small Budget.
Jet Set Citizen
(November, 2009) A very in-depth interview about how I came to sell everything for travel, my book, and my lifestyle. Read the interview here.
Embracing My Journey
(October, 2009) This is a Site that profiles people who are living the lives of their dreams. These profiles are in the process of being published into a book, as well as a syndicated newspaper column. Here’s my journey.
(August, 2009) I made a live appearance on Canada’s national morning show: Canada AM – to discuss financial planning, among other things.
In June 2009, these friendly folks interviewed me about Living Large on a Small Budget while I travel full-time.
(May, 2008) While traveling through northern Thailand and being narrowly missed by Cyclone Nargis, I dropped my Southeast Asian vacation to do whatever I could to help. This picked up worldwide media attention, but this story sums it all up quite nicely (was also syndicated to CNN):
Ethical Traveler (feature profile)
(May, 2008) The Cyclone Nargis project also caught the attention of this travel Site with an ethical bent.