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.


Working on the Road 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.




How to Get Free Accommodation Around the World covers five modalities of short, medium, and long-term free accommodation: Volunteering, Couch Surfing, House-Sitting, Home Exchanges, and even Living on Boats.

Click here for more information and to purchase a copy.





TalesOfTrainsTales of Trains: Where the Journey is the Destination is a 180-page narrative about what it’s like to do some of the world’s most epic long-distance train rides, including the Indian Pacific and The Ghan in Australia, The Trans-Siberian from Moscow to Beijing, the world’s fastest train, and a whole host of much (much) slower trains as well. It covers over 42,000 kilometres of train travel through 11 countries, in 44 days.

Click here for an excerpt.






10,001 Ways to Live Large on a Small Budget

Contributing author. Released May 2009, Skyhorse Publishing. For more information, click here.

From the Grand Canyon to the Great Wall

From the Grand Canyon to the Great Wall:
Travelers’ Best, Worst, and Most Ridiculous Stories From the Road

Contributing author. Released June 2012, Slenk Dee LLC Publishing. For more information and a discount, click here.


Wise Bread

Popular personal finance and frugal living website, with over 50,000 subscribers and 1,000,000 hits each month.

Feeling Stuck? 100 Ways to Change Your Life

Make Flying Easy: The Ultimate Carry-On Packing List

10 Tips for Landing the Perfect House-Sitting Gig 

Make Money in Your Home Town: Become a Tour Guide

Can You Afford to Have a Baby

Paint a Room and Wash Your Face: More Uses for Powdered Milk Than You Ever Imagined

How to Get Through the Airport Faster

Personal Profile page here: http://www.wisebread.com/user/nora-dunn

Transitions Abroad

The original travel magazine, all about working, living, and studying abroad. Transitions Abroad currently has over 7 million visits per year.

The Motivation for Long-Term Travel

Protecting Your Laptop Computer and Sensitive Information Abroad

Caretaking Around The World

Overseas Travel Insurance: Why You Need it and When You do Not

Live and Work Overseas Freelancing on the Web

Eight Ways to Become Part of a Community Abroad in Two Weeks

Laid Off? How to Make the Transition Abroad from a Career Tragedy

For a full list of articles published on Transitions Abroad click here.

Creditwalk (“Dear Nora” columnist)

Creditwalk.ca is Canada’s resource for information on credit cards. I am their “Dear Nora” columnist, answering reader questions about travel, finance, and of course, credit cards. A selection of articles:

Dear Nora: What to Do When Your Passport is Lost or Stolen Abroad

Dear Nora: 11 Ways to Earn Money While You Travel

Dear Nora: Managing Canadian Legalities While Travelling Long-Term

Dear Nora: How do I Sell Everything to Travel

Dear Nora: Solo Travel – The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Dear Nora: How do I Get Into Teaching English Abroad?

Dear Nora: 26 Things You Shouldn’t Travel With

Dear Nora: How to Get a Job (or a Free Ride) Living and Working on Boats

Dear Nora: 19 Cautionary Tales About House-Sitting


Ingle International (monthly columnist)

Ingle InternationalIngle International provides travel insurance options (as an agent and broker) to Canadians travelling abroad, snowbirds, people visiting Canada, and international students in Canada. (I used them to get my expat insurance policy)!  I write a monthly column for them.

A Zen Guide to Heartbreak While Travelling

Will That be Credit or Debit? 

Using ATMs Abroad: 12 Things You Need to Know

16 Tips for Carrying Cash While You Travel

What is “Home” to a Lifestyle Traveller? 



Care One Debt Relief Services helps people get out of debt with debt consolidation and debt counseling. I was 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:

Fly for Free: 13 Frequent Flyer Mile Strategies

4 Ways to Get Free Accommodation for Your Next Vacation

Cheap Accommodation with Style: Hostels Aren’t Just for Backpackers Any More

Vacationing Without Traveling: Taking an Effective “Staycation”

Take a Free Family Vacation with a Home Exchange

Ways to Make Money by Recycling


Flight Network

Flight Network

FlightNetwork.com has millions of visitors each month, with tens of thousands of subscribers. Monthly columnist for two years. A selection of articles:

5 Tools for Hacking the Frequent Flyer Mile Game

The Only 2 Pairs of Shoes You Need For Travel

7 Ingredients for Perfect Travel Clothing: A Woman’s Cookbook

7 Tips, Tricks, and Tools for Smarter Packing

Fresh JuiceFresh Juice

Fresh Juice (now merged with Canadian Living) was a Canadian print magazine (circulation 425,000)  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)

LOGO - Travel + EscapeTravel+Escape

Here are a few posts as part of a large campaign with Travel+Escape, Scotiabank, and Amex.

Fly Away This Winter! Creative Ways to Save Money on Airfare

How to Escape Winter Without Spending a Fortune

GEICO Now Cover

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.

8 Tools to Help you Travel Forever and Live Rent Free

Voluntourism: Is it Hip or Hype?

11 Bizarre Hotels That Will Knock Your Socks Off

Exploring the Other Side of the First Class Curtain

Five Funky Travel Tips for the Budding Backpacker

For a full list of articles on Vagabondish, click here.

The Toronto Star

Of of Canada’s National Newspapers; my contribution was a special article about being in the middle of the Australian bush fire crisis.

Aussie Town Like “War Zone”


LOGO - Trip CentralTripcentral.ca

Tripcentral.ca is a prominent resource for Canadians to book travel. Their blog is filled with both resource-based as well as narrative articles.

Travel Firsts: My First Time Feeling Lonely on the Road

How to Get Free Upgrades While Traveling



LOGO - Travel UnderwritersTravel Underwriters

Travel Underwriters is one of the top travel insurance providers in Canada, and has been around since 1964. Their blog helps Canadians travel confidently by sharing tips about travel insurance, safety, and health.

What NOT to Do When Making an Insurance Claim

In a Developing Country? Private Hospital, Please!



I Will Teach You To Be Rich

Travel Full-Time for Less Than $14,000 Per Year

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):

How to Travel Full-Time for $17,000 a Year (or Less!)



Compathos is a multi-media foundation committed to providing inspiration and resources for those interested in travel and doing good in the world.

The Search for Meaningful Travel

Volunteer and Travel Around the World for Less than You Think (Even For Free)

SARSI (South Asian River Skills Institute) – volunteer org profile

Blue Ventures – volunteer org profile

SEE Turtles – volunteer org profile

Amex OpenForum

Geared towards small business owners, this blog features articles from an array of well-known experts across the web. Monthly columnist for two years.

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.

The Friendly Thai

As Seen On…

Here are just a few places The Professional Hobo has been featured:

Globe & Mail

  LOGO - Global

LOGO - Denver Post