My name is Anil Polat, a blogger and computer security engineer who’s been traveling around the world for the past seven 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.
Below is some of the gear I’m asked most about; here’s the full list of tech I travel with.
- Luggage: Osprey Sojourn 60L
- Backpack: SwissGear 1900 Scansmart Laptop Bag
- Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS45
- Headphones: Bose QuietComfort 20i Acoustic Noise Cancelling Headphones / TaoTronics TT-BH06 BL Bluetooth Wireless
- Drone: DJI Mavic Pro
- Cable Organizer: Cocoon Grid-It 10.5 x 7.5-Inch Organizer
- Wallet: J.Fold Men’s Roadster Torrent Slimfold
I’ve been published by like WIRED, Lifehacker, PC World, appeared in Nokia commercials, been given a car by Ford, and developed an app of airport wifi passwords to help you stay connected around the world.
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 extensively, I was a full-time computer security consultant for 6 years, traveling very often for my job.
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.