The Travelers

The Travelers is a weekly show about the inward journey of travel. Episodes explore themes such as curiosity, creativity, career, possibility, clarity, awe, wonder, space, and time. Nathaniel Boyle is an explorer of travel, storyteller, speaker, and the founder of Holocene, a community for creative people seeking to use travel to change or reclaim their life. Whether you're heading out or struggling to find your place in the world, this is a show about all of us, the Travelers. Stay curious.
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Sep 2, 2014

This is part 2 of my conversation with Nora Dunn. Listen to Part 1.

In 2006, today’s guest left a career in financial planning to embrace the desire of perpetual travel, which she has been doing for the past 8 years. This includes train journeys across Canada and Australia, relief work in Asia, life in New Zealand, on a boat in the Caribbean, wandering across Europe. And more.

This show is about helping others to create lives of travel, whatever that means to you – and today’s guest is a shining example.

Nora Dunn is an expert in full time financial stability — and doing so from the road, full time — and today she lives her message and helps others accomplish the same through her blog, She’s released two books, How to Get Free Accommodation Around the World, and for any train journey lovers like me — Tales of Trains: Where the Journey is the Destination.

I’m excited to get Nora on the line today to share with us her story, and how you might create for yourself a life of travel, full time and financially sustainable.

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What We Cover:

Is travel blogging a viable source of income to support your travels? Or a portfolio for your skills?
How to stand out with your travel writing
What was the inspiration for Nora's books. How to Get Free Accommodation Around the World and Tales of Trains: Where the Journey is the Destination.
The many ways to get free accommodation and how to find them.
How Nora saved almost $64,000 in accommodation during her first five years of full time travel.
Nora's desire for a homebase and where it is she's landing

Words from an Explorer:

“Home for me is an interesting word. It doesn’t have to mean permanence.”
"I’ve always had a fundamental problem with the term, ‘Settle down.'"

Best Travel Advice:

Taking the First Step: "Do it, book it, don't think too much about it... You have to jump in and learn how to swim."
Money Saving Tip: Getting free accommodation. Also, go slow - the slower you go, the less money you'll be spending.
Packing Tips: "The weight of your pack is equally proportionate to your level of misery on the road."
Favorite Internet Travel Tool or Resource: Caretaker Gazette and Trusted Housesitters. For train travel, The Man in Seat 61.
Weirdest Food: Guinea Pig in Peru.

Explore Further:

Nora’s website, The Professional Hobo
The Caretaker Gazette at
Nora's books How to Get Free Accommodation Around the World and Tales of Trains: Where the Journey is the Destination.

Music Credit: Move Slow by Felxprod ft. Jess Abran (Myriad Remix), Intrepid Journey, by Aaron Static

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