My name is Anil Polat, a blogger and computer security engineer who’s been traveling around the world for the past nine years. Along the way I set the goal of visiting every country on the planet – I’m currently around 90 – although I’m in no particular rush. I have traveled to places from Cuba, Yemen, to Iceland and began this blog as a way to share the tips and tech you can use to travel smarter.
I also upload weekly videos about travel, food, culture, and tech over here on YouTube.
In addition to writing and making videos, I also develop apps to help you get around common travel problems I’ve come across frequently too. WiFox [Android/iOS] keeps you connected to the Internet around the world, DroneMate [Android/iOS] is for travelers using drones, FaucetSafe [Android/iOS] can reduce your environmental impact, and GrassFox [Android/iOS] is for adults who might enjoy something other than a glass of wine for recreation.
Traveling From An Early Age
I started traveling at a very early age, moving back and forth between Turkey and the United States tagging along with my journalist parents to other destinations as well. Before I began traveling nonstop, I was a full-time computer security consultant for 6 years, traveling very often for my job.
A few things have happened since, like being featured on Travel Channel and New York Times, getting published by the likes of WIRED, Lifehacker, PC World, appearing in Nokia commercials, was given a car by Ford, intentionally fell for every scam in India – with so much more over the last nine years you can catch up on here.
And I haven’t regretted it for one moment.
As for what’s to come? That’s an adventure you’re invited to join. I write twice a week – on Tuesdays and Thursdays – you can keep up with me on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram. If inboxes are more your thing, subscribe via email or monthly newsletter.
Over the years I learned to minimize my belongings, adapt to frequently changing environments, and make the most out of my tech gadgets. You can also learn to become a traveling hacker on any trip – saving money, seeing more of the world, and using your laptop as the wonderful travel companion you never knew you had.
Thank you for joining me on this journey, it is because of you a small, irresistible but slightly crazy idea became possible. Perhaps we’ll cross paths for a drink or I’m always available digitally if you would like to say hello, have any comments, or share some of your stories with me too.