074: How To Pay Nothing For Accommodations And Travel The World Rent Free – Nora Dunn

Nora Dunn interviewed by Mikkel Thorup on The Expat Money Show

Nora Dunn from The Professional Hobo is originally from Toronto, Canada. In 2007 she sold her financial planning practice, got rid of all of her belongings in order to free herself up for the adventure of a lifetime, and has been travelling the world full-time since then. She is an expert on travel, personal finance, and lifestyle design. She has authored multiple books about international travel including “Tales of Trains” where she travelled 42,000 kilometres through 11 countries over 44 days and is an expert of how to pay nothing for accommodations and travel the world rent-free.


Over the course of several years, Nora Dunn with her company, The Professional Hobo, experimented with many different forms of remote work: volunteerism, freelance writing, teaching & tutoring, and building an online business.


By 2008 Nora Dunn had crafted an all-new career, earning enough money on the road with The Professional Hobo that she no longer needed to rely on savings. She did this not only by finding ways to earn money, but also discovering creative techniques to live inexpensively. For example, in 2012 she paid just $1,718 for all of her accommodation — what many people pay in a single month.


What is a Digital Nomad

And is this something you’ve always wanted to do. Do you even know what is a digital nomad? Statistics for the future say that more than 50% of the workforce will be classified as Digital Nomads. That doesn’t mean you will be leaving the comfort of your home country, it just means that you won’t be taking the 1-hour commute to your downtown office any longer. You’ll be working from home! Are you in?


The Professional Hobo

Mikkel Thorup and Nora Dunn from The Professional Hobo talk about the 5 distinct ways to travel the world and live for free. They are:

  • Hospitality Exchange
  • Volunteering
  • WWOOFing – World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms
  • Living on Boats
  • House Sitting


We delve into each one of these avenues. They all have their merit depending on what you want to accomplish and if you are a solo traveller or have your family in tow.


Nora also shares with us her Tips ~ Tricks ~ and Strategies that she has learned over the past dozen years. Her guides are written from self-discovery and working along the way. They may not be for everyone, but you can bet reading one of Nora Dunn’s books or guides will take a lot of pressure off your next adventure!  Listen in on how to pay nothing for accommodations and travel the world rent free.


Best Quote of the Day: I wanted to live around the world instead of passing through it


Nora Dunn Books – These can be purchased on Nora’s Website – The Professional Hobo

Working Road – The world is your playground, or your unbroken series of white sand beaches if you prefer.

Tales of Trains – 42,000 kilometres.  11 countries.  44 days.

How To Get Free Accommodations Around the World

Travel LifeStyle Guides


If you are new to our podcast I have some great suggestions for you if you want to listen in on a specific topic. If you love this interview with Nora Dunn on living your life and working while on the road, you will really enjoy this episode with Sam McRoberts. Sam, his wife, and their son left the USA to travel the world and World School their son along the way. Sam has a very profitable online business in SEO called VUDU Marketing. I think you’ll really enjoy this podcast.


Another great episode is with Mike Michelini from Global From Asia on How To Run An International Business. Mike and his family lived in China but recently moved to Chaing Mai, Thailand. If you’re interested in starting an online business from China then this is a great episode to listen to.



This was an easy-going, fun and interesting episode with Nora Dunn from The Professional Hobo. I learned a ton during our talk and I know you will too. If you’ve always thought that being a digital nomad was the life for you, and learning how to pay nothing for accommodations and travel the world rent-free sounds exciting, then don’t miss this episode.


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About The Host, Mikkel Thorup

Mikkel Thorup; the host of The Expat Money Show, has 20+ years in continual travel around the world, visiting more than 100 countries including Colombia, North Korea, Zimbabwe and Iran.

His goal now is to help Expats just like you to generate additional streams of income, eliminate your tax bill, and take advantage of offshore structures so you can travel the world freely and never have to worry about money again.

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  1. Nora on 04/19/2019 at 11:59 PM

    What a pleasure to have chatted with you, Mikkel! I hope everybody here finds it equally fun. 🙂

    • Mikkel Thorup on 04/20/2019 at 7:48 PM

      The pleasure is all mine Nora, thank you so much for sharing your wealth of knowledge and helping people to regain freedom in their lives

  2. Mike on 04/21/2019 at 11:02 PM

    Hi, do you happen to have a transcript of this?

    • Mikkel Thorup on 04/22/2019 at 7:25 AM

      No I don’t sorry, feel free to make your own transcript as long as its just for personal use and will not be published anywhere. I would also suggest picking up Nora’s book on the topic, you will find the link in the show notes above

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