When I started traveling full-time in 2006, travel blogging/vlogging/digital content creation wasn’t “a thing”. Terms like digital nomad and location independent had yet to be coined.
So, when Travel Blogging became a bonafide industry, they called me a “pioneer”. I think it was more a matter of being in the right place at the right time, but who am I to say.
What I can say, is that long before this website became a business, I was a freelance writer; a pioneer in my own mind, making money with little more than a laptop and an internet connection while I hacked into local cultures and lived local lifestyles in various far-flung destinations around the world.
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.
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Selected Speaking Credits
I am also an in-demand speaker. Travel industry workshops include topics such as “How to Develop a Lucrative Freelance Writing Career and Simultaneously Put Your Blog on the Map“, “Travel Hacking and Traveling in Style with Points“, and “Digital Nomad Lifestyle Survival Tips“.
Keynotes are customized to the audience, and include topics like “Things no Travel Blogger Will Tell You About 12 Years of Being a Nomad“, “Making Big Life Changes: Taking the Plunge Without Burning Bridges“, “How I Saved $100,000 in a Decade of Travel – and How You Can Too Without Quitting Your Job“, and others in development.
Lastly, as a Rotarian myself, I enjoy speaking to Rotary Clubs and other service clubs around the world about how to connect by being of service, including some of my Rotary-related adventures, namely accidentally starting an international NGO in Asia, and surviving Australia’s worst-ever natural disaster!
Speaking Credits Include:
- 2009: Rotary Club of Alexandra, Melbourne Australia
- 2010: Rotary Club of East York, Toronto Canada
- 2017: PATA (Pacific Asia Travel Association), Macau China
- 2019: Rotary Club of East York, Toronto Canada
- 2019: Rotary Club of Toronto East, Toronto Canada
- 2019: Travel Massive, Toronto Canada – Two Separate Workshops
- 2019: TBEX (Travel Blog Exchange), Montana USA
- 2019: WITS (Women in Travel Summit), Riga Latvia
Selected Writing Credits
Below is a selection of venues where my work can be seen, along with some specific links for your perusing pleasure.
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.
Tales of Trains: Where the Journey is the Destination is a 180-page narrative about 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.
Contributing author. Released May 2009, Skyhorse Publishing. For more information, click here.
Contributing author. Released June 2012, Slenk Dee LLC Publishing.
GOBankingRates is a personal finance resource (reaching 1 billion readers) designed to make learning about money, budgeting, and managing your finances more fun and less intimidating. As part of the prestigious Smart Money Squad, I kick out useful monthly content along the themes of my expertise.
Here is a video they produced about my life and lifestyle:
Sister company to Lonely Planet, BudgetTravel.com is a multi-platform travel media brand that inspires and empowers consumers to see more for less. The site receives 300k+ unique users from the U.S. per month, and Budget Travel has an active engaged social audience of over 4 million.
The original travel magazine, all about working, living, and studying abroad. Transitions Abroad has over 7 million visits per year.
For a full list of articles published on Transitions Abroad click here.
One of the first and still most popular personal finance and frugal living websites.
For a full listing of articles I wrote for WiseBread, 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:
For a full list of articles I wrote for Credit Walk, click here.
Ingle 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 wrote a monthly column for them.
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”
Ways to Make Money by Recycling
FlightNetwork.com has millions of visitors each month, with tens of thousands of subscribers. Monthly columnist for two years. A selection of articles:
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)
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 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; one of the first, and still one of the best.
For a full list 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.
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 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.
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):
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. 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.
Also Seen On…
Here is a mini-documentary produced about my life and lifestyle by travel colleagues and friends Danielle and Mat of the (ridiculously) popular YouTube channel Exploring Alternatives: