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 took the plunge. I sold my financial planning practice (working as a Certified Financial Planner CFP) in Toronto Canada, and got rid of all of my belongings in order to free myself up for the adventure of a lifetime.
I hit the road in early 2007, and over the next 12 years I traveled slowly through over 55 countries and five continents. Through these travel experiences, I learned that full-time travel doesn’t have to cost as much as we would suspect. I often volunteered (in a variety of ways) in trade for free accommodation – and I stayed in some pretty damn nice places. My location independent writing career took care of the rest of the expenses.
In fact, through these adventures I coined the term financially sustainable travel. It’s not about budget travel (though I’ve done a bunch of that), nor is it about being environmentally sustainable (though I’m a big advocate of that too).
It’s about making money successfully, spending money smartly, and managing it wisely – all in the arena of lifestyle travel. These three pillars form the foundation of this website.
I’ve traveled with a partner. I’ve traveled solo. I’ve had romances on the road, and dealt with ensuing fall-outs (a few of them). (Click here to see a summary of the romances I’ve had along the way).
I took the train across the vast and magnificent Canada, fell off the grid in Hawaii, accidentally started an international NGO in Asia, and was dealt all the adrenalin I could handle in New Zealand.
I had many Australian adventures and even survived their worst-ever natural disaster (to date): the Victorian Bush Fires. (My diary of the event was archived by the National Library of Australia as a piece of “history”).
I wandered through Europe (many times over). I filmed television shows in New Zealand, France, and Nepal.
I did some pretty epic train rides across (and up and down, and all around) Australia, which eventually inspired 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 a couple of years living in the Caribbean, including a couple of months living on boats with not a night on dry land.
I survived natural disasters, diseases, passport theft, hospital trips, head-on collisions, 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 toured 8 European countries in 3 short weeks (with very little sleep). I’ve been to Florida more consistently than I ever imagined I would.
I even apprenticed with a shaman in Peru for 2 years, and later worked as a shaman’s assistant in Ecuador.
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 five nights in one place). In 2011 I spent $173 on accommodation – for the whole year.
I’ve had home bases (lots of em), wandered aimlessly, and everything 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, Peru, Ecuador, Panama, and Japan. And counting…
I have seen – and been a part of – a lot so far.
While I now have a home base in my home town of Toronto Canada (for personal reasons), I continue to travel for about half of each year.
Curious about where I’ve been? Click on any country on the map below to learn what I did there and read all about it.
Where I've Been
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 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, inspirational tidbits, week-in-the-life guest spots, and financial case studies to show how fellow world travelers make money along the way.
My in-depth Travel Lifestyle Guides will give you just about every logistical piece of advice and information you could possibly need, all based on years of experience.
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 email course on financially sustainable travel, and you’ll be cruising the world before you know it!
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As a frequently published author and in-demand speaker, please visit my Writing & Speaking page for more information on where I’ve been published and done my thing.
As for where I’m going….well you’ll just have to keep reading, won’t you?