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Things Are Changing

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For the past 10 years, I’ve written two posts a week on this site. Things are changing today though for foXnoMad. Starting from now, there’s only going to be one post a week, on Thursdays, guaranteed. Fewer days but more content, let me explain.

One Post A Week

10 years is a long time on the Internet and posting every Tuesday and Thursday for that long is a small personal accomplishment. Over that time though I started uploading two traveltech videos to YouTube every week. (Subscribe and you could win $100.) The foXnoMad Podcast goes out every other Friday. I’ve also made time to occasionally write for other publications like WIRED and have developed 5 of the top 50 travel apps for iOS and Android.

I’m creating more content but not able to create more time (even if you do travel very fast). I’d also like to be able to share more of this content with you as well as have time for other projects.

Win $100

Yes, well I did mention a giveaway didn’t I? How about 2? To enter the first chance to win a $100 gift card to either Apple or Amazon, all you have to do is be subscribed to my YouTube channel. Want another chance to win a $100 gift card? Subscribe to the foXnoMad Podcast here and leave a review (one hopes it would be 5 stars and all feedback is welcome). There you go, you’re now entered. Keep an eye on both places.

New Schedule

Thursdays you’ll get one new article on how to travel smarter. Some Thursdays there may be two or three posts (or videos!) but one for sure. Occasionally there may be longer gaps when I’m working on different writing projects.

Announcements aside, we’re heading into tech season so buckle up, good luck in the giveaways and let me know if you have any thoughts or just hate change.

The Tech Gear And Gadgets I Travel Around The World With: September 2021

I travel with a lot more electronics than most so fortunately over the past year or two there’s been a narrowing gap between power and portability. Inside my Aer Travel Pack 2 there’s a mobile podcast studio, app development office, and video production house. All of the gear I travel with has a purpose and since I updated this list in 2017, the tech I carry has become a lot smaller.

Here’s all the tech I travel with, which might give you some ideas on durable, useful, or otherwise entertaining gear for your own travels.

Laptop: 16″ Macbook Pro: 2.3 GHz 8-Core Intel Core i9, 32GB RAM, 2TB SSD, AMD Radeon Pro 5500M 8 GB

Camera Gear

Main Video Camera: Sony a7C with Tamron 17-28mm Lens

Action Camera: GoPro HERO9 Black

Tripod: Joby GorillaPod Focus with Joby Ballhead and Neewer Carbon Fiber tripod (66 inch). For locked off shots, I use the Samson MK-10 microphone stand.

An Aputure MC for portable lighting.

Audio Equipment

On top of the Sony a7C, I’m using a Deity D3 Pro for recording audio.

For podcasting, I use the Audio-Technica ART2100x-USB microphone.

Headphones: Bose QuietComfort Noise Cancelling Earbuds

Phone (Daily Driver): iPhone 11 (128 GB)/(Product) Red

I also travel with a Nexus 5X, primarily because it’s stock Android and gets updates from Google before most other phones, making it ideal for testing development versions of my WiFox and DroneMate apps.


Drone: DJI Mavic Air 2

All of the electronics in this list, including the DJI Mavic drone, fit into one backpack, my Aer Travel Pack 2. I use two SwissGear Hanging Toiletry Kits to better organize and stack everything inside my backpack. These are the other bags and non-electronic gear I use.

Luggage: Osprey Packs Sojourn Wheeled Luggage, 60L

Daypack: Osprey Daylite

To keep track of my luggage and gear, I use Apple’s Airtags.

Portable Batteries: Anker PowerCore 13000.

Connectors, Converters, And Other Accessories

For reading books or when I need a larger, mobile screen in general, I use a 64 GB iPad Air 2020 protected by an Apple Smart Folio with an Apple Pencil 2.

If you’re curious, you can see the the gadgets in my backpack way back in 2012 and I keep an updated list the gear I travel with here.

What Is Harry Potter Shifting?

This post is part of Geek Takeover Week 2021.

Have you ever wished you could visit one of the fantasy worlds you’ve read about or seen in a movie? Well, shifters believe they can do just that and transport their subconsciousness to Hogwarts, specifically. There’s a pretty active community on TikTok #shiftingrealities where shifters explain how you can shift, what the experience is like, and what happens if you die in Hogwarts.

It all sounds a lot like lucid dreaming where you can control your dreams through various techniques to train your mind to recognize that hey, you’re in a dream and take over. Lucid dreams can often fly like Superman or transport anywhere in the world or perhaps, even to Hogwarts.

On a recent Geek Takeover Week episode of the foXoMad Podcast I and two Harry Potter experts shifted into reacting to shifter TikToks. You can watch a clip in the video above or listen to the full episode below. Evanesco!

Geek Takeover Week 2021 Has Landed…

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You know the drill, it’s time for Geek Takeover Week! That time of year when you’re traveling and I, with some special guests, take over foXnoMad to post some of the nerdiest things we like to geek out about. Enjoy this annual tradition here on the site with posts from all over the universes all this week.

We’ll return to our regularly schedule travel and tech posts when the site return from hiatus in September. Never give up, never surrender!

App Shows You How Much To Tip After Your Next Meal Around The World

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Tipping is something that can feel really foreign when you’re traveling and don’t know how much to leave after a meal, taxi ride, or haircut. Solving such dining dilemmas is TipFox by dropping down a notification to show you exactly how much to tip for everything around the world. The latest version of the app I developed, TipFox Premium adds a host of features in addition to (still) working offline and 24 hour responses to your specific money questions.

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Tour Guides, Safaris, And More

Included in TipFox are best practices on tipping for travelers, beyond just meals. Open the app to see whether tipping is customary, if you should round up, or where tips aren’t expected but appreciated. Specific activities like how much to give your safari guide in Kenya, a hairdresser in Turkey, or on a tuktuk ride in Thailand is shown in the details of each location.

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Notifications And Live Support

The latest version of TipFox Premium levels up with a few useful features. First, automatic notifications based on your location with all the tipping information you need on the spot. Additionally, you can subscribe for updates for a particular country or city when you’re planning for a trip. On top of that if you have any specific questions you can ask one of our local experts through TipFox and ask what’s an acceptable way to tip your home stay in say, northern Japan.

You can also subscribe to any comment threads to connect with your fellow travelers and get advice from locals, all within 24 hours.

Try It Free For 30 Days

TipFox is now available available on the App Store and Google Play (the most recent updates are currently in development for Android). You can upgrade to TipFox Premium within the app, which unlocks all of the features described above and try it free for one month!

Hopefully TipFox helps you travel smarter, by being a more courteous traveler who knows how much and how to, most politely tip the people who help make our trips possible.

Pandemic Email Update 2021


Hello. It’s been a while since I posted a direct update to all of you reading, so here’s a few things going on. The first is that Google is discontinuing the email service many of you are using to get email updates of my posts. I’m working on an alternative now that should require nothing for you to do but just a heads up, the new emails might have a different look.

Nearing 10,000

About 2 years ago I started posting two videos on YouTube a week that will help you travel smarter. Right now we’re closing in on 10,000 subscribers and you can help the foXnoMad channel hit that milestone by subscribing here! And for those of you who want to take an extra step of supporting, you can get exclusive updates and other perks by becoming a channel member. (This month all the membership revenue will go to One Tree Planted!)

Podcast In Apple’s Top 200

And because of your support, the foXnoMad Podcast has hit Apple’s Top 200, ranking as high as 7th in tech. I’ve been touched by your support and very fortunate to have the guests who’ve been a part of it. Travelers, Ivy League professors, and actors – if you haven’t had a chance to listen, you can find all the episodes wherever you listen to podcasts.

Travel Expansion

Although most of us, myself included, haven’t been able to travel in many months, what foXnoMad is has grown beyond the site to include more of the world you want to see. Expect some updates to the shop soon plus a few other things I won’t spoil just yet. In the meantime though, a big thank you.

Thank you for sticking around during a time unprecedented in modern history: when the world stopped traveling. Your likes, comments, and subscribes all show me your wanderlust and love for tech hasn’t gone anywhere. The next big trip is on the horizon and I appreciate you having me part of your journey, even during a global pandemic.



About Anil Polat

foxnomad aboutHi, I'm Anil. foXnoMad is where I combine travel and tech to help you travel smarter. I'm on a journey to every country in the world and you're invited to join the adventure! Read More

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