Chiang Mai is well set up for digital nomads to spend a few months at a time enjoying its cheap comforts and luxuries. Here are step-by-step instructions for how to find an apartment in Chiang Mai quickly and easily.
I started traveling as a lifestyle long before lifestyle travel was "a thing". The same goes for becoming a digital nomad, and also a vlogger. (Hell, the terms "digital nomad" and "vlog" hadn't even been invented yet). This Video Clips archive is testament to that.
See, shortly after I started traveling full-time (in 2007), I turned on the camera. With a former career in television, I figured I could put together some decent and fun videos.
I didn't really.
I mean, in the initial years, there were some okay videos, but to be honest most of them were crap - in quality, or content, or both.
I continued producing videos (thankfully of increasingly better quality) over the years, but without any regularity. Ironically, some became YouTube hits, like my video trying the Swedish delicacy/horror Surstromming, or hanging out with a kangaroo in Australia that wouldn't stop following me around (and trying to hump me).
More recently, I started up a Travel Vlog (episodes of which appear both here as well as in a dedicated category/page). Thankfully you'll see that the production value makes these video clips much more enjoyable to watch. So....please browse, and enjoy!
And please....check out my YouTube channel (which has even more videos than you'll find here), and subscribe if you like what you see!
Join me for my last few days aboard the Deccan Odyssey luxury train, chillin with the maharaj at Laxmi Vilas palace, singing in Ellora Caves, and even trying out some Bollywood moves!
Traveling with the Deccan Odyssey is more than just a luxury train ride; it’s like a cruise on rails, except better. Here’s what we did in Udaipur India – a full itinerary of impossibly cool activities.
What does the most luxurious train in the world look like? It’s epic. Join me on the Deccan Odyssey in India, for the ride of a lifetime! I even take you on a full video tour of the joint. You won’t believe your eyes when you see what this train has on board.
Despite being totally freaked out about my first trip to India, I had a pretty soft landing in Jaipur. Join me on my adventures landing in the lap of luxury, then walking through the famous Pink City of Jaipur India!
This Ubud Mashup is a visual depiction of my five weeks in Ubud Bali; walking the streets, eating the foods, and stumbling on a few special surprises.
Join me as I take a Balinese Cooking class in Ubud with a lovely mother/daughter duo who share their Balinese cooking and family secrets with me!
CUTE MONKEY ALERT! I had to walk through the Sacred Monkey Forest in Ubud all the time during my first month in Bali. Here’s why people thought I was crazy for doing it. Oh – and see pics and vid of cute monkeys!
The Ubud Market in Bali is a maze of vendors selling wares useful to beautiful to tacky as hell. Walk through with me and learn how (and why) to negotiate.
At the end of Sept 2017 I evacuated from Bali; Mt Agung threatens to erupt any moment. Here’s why I evacuated, and maybe overreacted, but stand by my decision.
Here’s what brought me to Hong Kong, why I loved it (to my own surprise), and why I need to return. Short and sweet Hong Kong mashup video included.
I’m a talentless hack as an artist, but I took a Balinese painting class. Watch what happened, and learn about the philosophy behind this beautiful art.
The Campuhan Ridge Walk is a slice of nature, a mere 10 minute walk from the hectic centre of Ubud. See for yourself in this post (with directions) and vid!
Feed your inner voyeur and watch this funny video blow-by-blow of a day in the life of me house-sitting in Tokyo. Also, a huge summary of my 7 weeks in Tokyo Japan.
Before I knew what was happening, I was in a kimono doing raunchy dance moves with thousands of people, in Tokyo Japan. Welcome to New Bon Odori!
My day on Mount Takao near Tokyo Japan started off delightfully, and ended miserably. Don’t do what I did. Here’s what NOT to do on Mount Takao!
Why on earth would I go to the Robot Restaurant in Tokyo? Because Anthony Bourdain told me to. And quite frankly, he wasn’t wrong. I’m still laughing!
Owl cafes in Tokyo: I came, I saw, and I’m unsure whether they’re cool. Here’s the good and the bad, along with some food for thought about animal captivity.
I met a friend to go to an okonomiyaki restaurant that was recommended. Good thing the journey is the destination, cuz it took us an hour to find the place!
Shopping in foreign countries is the best sneak peek into the local culture. Join me while I go shopping in Tokyo to a department store and supermarket!
Akihabara in Tokyo is where things like anime, manga, maid cafes, and all things otaku are sacrament. I found it a disturbing insight into Japanese society.
Find out why Tsukiji Fish Market is a must-see Tokyo destination, and learn the best way to do it. Then, watch me stroll the market in this week’s vlog!
Shortly after arriving in Tokyo, I met up with a friend who lives here and turned on the camera so he could tell me what life in Japan is really like.
Harmonica Alley in the Kichijoji area of Tokyo is combines old-world Japan with a modern cosmopolitain feel. Well worth a visit! Here’s more info and video.
Business Crisis Central at The Professional Hobo! Guess what? Screwing the pooch for the last 3 years has hurt me. Here’s why, and what I’m doing about it:
Shortly after arriving in Tokyo, I jumped into the deep end by visiting Shibuya crossing: the world’s busiest intersection and an iconic Tokyo experience.
Traveling alone – especially as a woman – can be challenging, and more than a bit intimidating. Get tips, experiences, and inspiration in my latest vlog!
The Peru travel lifestyle is a very different thing from life in the USA and other western countries. Here are some of the challenges (and gifts) of each, as discussed in this month’s Travel Vlog!
In this vlog, I show you what I pack for full-time travel – and how I pack it. Learn travel packing tips and techniques, and watch me cram it all in my bag!
What is The Professional Hobo all about? Here’s a video of Nora Dunn with the scoop on her last 10 years of full-time travel!
Here’s the summary of my epic European 8 country, 3 week Global Travelers adventure.
I must return to Corsica, but not for all the lovely reasons I list here. It was simply love at first arrival.
With only 24 hours, Kiev was a push….but I think you’ll agree I did a pretty good job! Please enjoy this cultural and culinary post and video.
There’s no way you can “do Berlin” in two days. But I did the best I could; here are some of the highlights, along with another quirky 1 Minute video!
Copenhagen in like a modern-day fairy tale. Here’s why, with some interesting facts, a quirky video, and lots of pictures. Enjoy!
Travel brings about lessons; lessons you can’t anticipate, and ones that you rarely sign up for. This is what happened to me in Oslo.
Dear Amsterdam: I should have known you’d work your charms on me. Despite my best efforts, you got me – hook, line, and sinker.
It was a perfectly sunny weekend in Glasgow, with a side of touristy and a dose of good humour. Check out my action-packed 1-Minute Glasgow video!
London is growing on me, the more I visit this huge city full of anything and everything.
Both in Vietnam and ultimately in Grenada, I’ve gotten my groove on with the almighty scooter. Here’s a tribute – and a video scooter tour of Grenada.
In 2012, my full-time travels took me to 8 countries spanning 20,000 miles. Here’s a quick recap of the highlights!
One random day, I came across a random street parade in Grenada. Check out the photos and video of this colourful event!
My recent visit to London was redeeming. As always, travel experiences are about more than just the destination! Check out my double-decker time lapse.
Here’s a peek into Swiss life and culture and daily life through a series of random observations that come together to paint a picture of sorts.
Myself and a million of my closest friends danced our feet off at Street Parade; Zurich’s largest annual event. Here is a photo and video essay.
Amidst an odd summer in Switzerland, I stumbled onto a surprising Swiss National Day celebration in a small mountain town. Here’s the scoop (and a short video).
Here’s my first solo mountain climbing attempt, with a funny video of my ascent – and decent – towards insanity, with an awesome time laspse and outtake. Enjoy!
The Journey to Sulphur Springs requires time, local knowledge, a hardy vehicle, and lots of rum-based lubrication. Check out this post and video on Sulphur Springs!
Grenada’s unofficial national pastime is Liming. I cracked the code on liming, and made a 2-minute documentary about it. (No fruit was damaged in the process).
Here’s a small photo essay and video of widely celebrated Easter Sunday on the beach in Grenada; with kite-flying, people-watching, and even foam parties!
Sunset beach in St Martin is most dangerous beach in the world. I wasn’t sure I’d survive the experience, but I did – and brought you video proof.
Pot holes. Steep drops. Goats. Buses. Wheelbarrows. Gargantuan speed bumps. It’s all part of the fun of driving in Grenada. See for yourself in this video!
2011 was a busy year for The Professional Hobo, spanning 13 countries and over 73,000kms. Here’s a summary, including my annual holiday video card.
Come along with me as I explore a private paradise by walking to a secluded adjacent bay and out to a rocky point near where I live in Grenada.
Bike culture in Saigon, Vietnam is prevalent in many ways. Just try to cross the street and you’ll understand! Here are some fun pictures and a video to prove it.
With some of the most dramatic and beautiful footage yet, please enjoy Part 3 of the Ultimate Train Challenge video trilogy.
Imagine a week solid on a train from Moscow to Beijing, in small quarters with no showers and two people you’ve just met. Welcome to the Trans-Manchurian train!
In the first 17 days of the Ultimate Train Challenge, I covered 6 European countries and passed through 4 more. Here’s a video of my European UTC adventures!
Guilin is a beautiful city with a thriving river culture, from morning meditations to touristy Li River cruises. Oh yeah – and rice noodles. Yum!
Visiting Beijing and the Great Wall of China is an amazing “full circle” experience for me; China was my 1st overseas trip – 18 years ago. Here’s my experience.
From wild berries to Surströmming (reputed to be the worst smelling food in the world), there’s a lot of interesting foods to try in Sweden!
Happy Holidays everybody! 2010 has been quite a year for me, having visited nine countries in a whirlwind of travel. I made this short video as a summary of my “this was 2010” travel adventures and “e-Christmas Card” of sorts! This post was originally published in 2010. It has since been updated for accuracy of […]
“We’re going to WHAT?!” a fellow hiker said in disbelief when we looked at the massive volcanic crater of Mount Tarawera that we would shortly descend into – and back out of – in the next few hours. I could hardly believe my own eyes, but you know me: I’m always up for an adventure. […]
Having written enthusiastically about living at Mana Retreat Centre and learning the art of meditation, you’ll know that I’m a big fan of Mana Retreat Centre and its unbelievably beautiful vistas! Please enjoy this video that encapsulates the beauty and energy of Mana Retreat Centre and the Corormandel peninsula in New Zealand. About two-thirds of […]
Shortly after I arrived in New Zealand, a number of people who knew of my passion for hiking and mountaineering told me it was worth my while to hike the 19km Tongariro Alpine Crossing – one of the best day hikes in New Zealand.Yup. They were right. This post was originally published in 2010, and […]
Maori culture: While visiting Rotorua (both as part of shooting the tv show – as well as subsequent visits when staying with friends), I had the opportunity to visit two Maori villages and cultural shows. One was Tamaki Maori Village, and the other was Mitai Maori Village. Both were very educational, and the experiences complimented […]
As I mentioned in my week-in-the-life of shooting a tv show post, one of the adventures we got to experience was a half day at Agroventures (now known as Velocity Valley). It’s best described as an adult playground, with a collection of fun activities that will get the adrenalin pumping. Please check out this video […]
White Island has been New Zealand’s most active volcanic site for decades. I visited in 2010 and wrote this article and posted this video. Condolences to the victims’ families and friends from the December 2019 eruption.
Enjoying a piece of the world famous Great Ocean Walk, I happen to find myself camping on night two in a little spot that wasn’t idyllic. As a former paddock, cows had trampled through not so long ago, as was evidenced by the dried out cow patties that consequently drenched the site drenched with flies. […]
For those who missed it, here is a (poorly captured by yours truly – sorry for the mouse hand on the screen) rendition of my appearance on Canada AM this morning. The powers that be liked it enough that I think you’ll be seeing me a few more times on the show in the next […]
Australians and arachnophobes alike will know what I’m talking about here. Despite learning the hard way the punch a centipede bite can pack, seeing snakes slither in Springbrook, and discovering the Australian Huntsman taking over our microwave, we have become somewhat complacent about the dangers that abound here in Australia. We have had so many […]
He is our watch-kangaroo. Our sentinel. And our unrequited lover. I wake up bright and early, eager to get some writing done. I poke my head into the kitchen on the way to the living room, peering around the corner cautiously. I am on the hunt for a stalking kangaroo outside my door, hopeful that […]
Just in case you missed it, here is the latest news piece on the CBC National news that was put together to tell our story: We have now raised almost $12,500 towards cyclone relief in Burma! We couldn’t do it without our generous donors. If you have not already donated, please do so by either […]
After leaving the permaculture property of Popai where we lived for four months, we were eager to see all that the Big Island of Hawaii has to offer, since we hadn’t had the chance to venture much more than 15miles from where we were living. The first thing we did was head for Hilo to […]
As part of our trip driving around the Big Island of Hawaii, we spent two days in Hawaii Volcano National Park. The park, aptly named, is home to the world’s most active and largest volcanoes. Since there are active flows in the park, we only did a cursory read-up on the various trails available to […]
One of the mainstays of my personal daily chores is goat milking and feeding the goats every morning. The entire process takes about an hour from start to finish, and believe it or not – I like it! That’s right: in trade for free accommodation, I milk goats. I really never thought I would say […]
There are lots and lots (and lots) of critters in Hawaii, which range from domesticated to downright creepy. Having already shared with you what the centipedes are like, here is a smattering of other animals we share our days (and nights) with: This post was originally published in 2007. It has since been updated for […]