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Pandemic Email Update 2021

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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.

-Anil

Have Travel Influencers Let Us Down During The Pandemic?

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There have been two big groups of travel creators during the Covid-19 pandemic: those who talk about how they can’t travel and those who have kept on traveling. The problem are the content creators who sit right in the middle of what’s said and what they’ve done. Mask-less YouTubers, Instagram models, and bloggers have carved out a niche of continuing to move while ignoring the main travel story of the past 12 months.

In case you need to be reminded: coronavirus.

I Can’t Travel…

Plenty of travel creators have been in Mexico, Portugal, Albania, or Turkey (countries that were generally open during the pandemic) lamenting online that they can’t travel. As far as I know, if you’re visiting a country you don’t live in for the purpose of I feel like it, that’s traveling. The fact that you might not be able to eat indoors at a restaurant or go out on weekends doesn’t mean you’re not currently traveling.

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Photos on Instagram tell another story of cafe life, aerial yoga classes, and lots of group selfies in some place that also happens to have a high number of Covid related hospitalizations and deaths. It should all be called out for what it is: disregard for the people and places who’ve taken the pandemic seriously.

A Shame

Very few creators want to talk about travel shaming and pointing fingers so let’s not call out any specific people. The travel industry and online community is especially vanilla, avoiding any strong opinions so as to appeal to the masses (and the potential money they might bring).

And the pandemic has become a political issue.

Consequently travel influencers are generally (or at least publicly) liberal leaning. On the topic of the pandemic though, for many, their movement to places where they can get away from the rules tells another story. Not that they’re conservative but that Covid is getting in the way, so let’s go around it.

Unfortunately science doesn’t work that way.

Not That Big A Deal

Away from the public however a lot of travel creators will tell you that coronavirus isn’t that big of a deal. Many will also not tell you they’ve had coronavirus and picked it up most likely at a large social gathering. Just check their Instagram. How many other people, including locals, they’ve infected? You won’t see that on TikTok.

None of this is to say any of us are perfect or that this is every travel blogger-vlogger-creator out there. Only that not many are talking about the disconnect between the posts and the reality. To me, that’s the real travel story of the past 12 months. Being upfront about it is a bit less glamorous but a lot more useful to the people following. So live as you want, just tell it like it is.

Trust me, it’ll be authentic.

No Best City To Visit Travel Tournament This Year

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Well, we got away with one last year as Covid-19 was just beginning to spread around the world (congrats Singapore) but in 2021 with the pandemic still going strong, it doesn’t make sense to have a Best City tournament this year. Right about now is when I’d be preparing the annual contest (newsletter subscribers look for a chance to win) where I’ve given out over $15,000 in cash and prizes. Though the more I thought about it, the less sense it made.

A lot of travel media lately seems to be ignoring the pandemic or at least marching along like there isn’t a massive viral elephant in the planet room and I’m not sure how sure a thing travel will be this year. On a less negative note, I still want to give you an opportunity to win some money. Any good ideas? Let me know in the comments, with an email, or very strong telepathy.

On a related note (a lot of notes in this post), I’ll be going over the history of the Best City Travel Tournaments in the next episode of the foXnoMad Podcast (what are the odds I run a giveaway there this week…?) plus a look at the future of the contest. So, what’s March going to look like on foXnoMad, the first year in nearly a decade without the weekly polls to determine the Best City to Visit? Probably taking a short bit of time off to recharge and plan a few new things for spring to share with you 🙂

DroneMate Puts All The World’s Drone Laws On Your Phone

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The world of drone laws and regulations is a confusing and ever changing one. Closer to home, trying to figure out what the local rules are often just as difficult, putting you in danger of fines, confiscation, or worse.

DroneMate, available for iOS and Android, shows you all of the drone laws worldwide, from where it’s free to fly, illegal, or where you need permits. The app also contains all the forms you may need to register your drone in every country it’s required.

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In the biggest update to the app since its first release, the DroneMate Premium upgrade now includes 24/7 customer support through the app. You can now subscribe to any of the comment threads under a country, US state, or local jurisdiction, ask your drone questions and get a prompt reply from one of our drone experts. You can also connect with drone pilots worldwide to share you experiences, find out good flying spots, and discuss the latest drone news.

Automatic Location Notifications

Additionally, DroneMate will automatically notify you when you enter a new country, US state, or get near a place where there are specific drone laws (like your local park) so you always know the rules to fly by. You’ll have the complete drone laws, including links to any documents, forms, or registration materials needed will be displayed and it works completely offline!

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Works Offline

As always, DroneMate works without an Internet connection, so you have all the drone rules in your pocket, even if you’re flying in remote places. Once you’re back online, the app automatically updates any rule changes, comments, and of course any threads or locations you’re subscribed.

Try It Free For 30 Days

DroneMate 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 DroneMate Premium within the app, which unlocks all of the features described above and try it free for one month!

I created DroneMate to help drone pilots fly and travel without breaking any of the drone local rules. I genuinely believe that the newest version of DroneMate and DroneMate Premium helps pilots do exactly that – focus on flying and save time and hassle by giving you all the regulatory resources possible on your phone.

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Still, DroneMate will continue to involve and improve. Your feedback is important to me so please send your thoughts or feature requests for future updates. Ratings also help get the word out, so if you’re happy with DroneMate, I would appreciate your 5-star ratings!

Converting To Islam And Moving To Istanbul: Interview With Blogger Ellie Quinn

You may recall the foXnoMad Podcast episode from this past June with Ellie Quinn about what it’s like to travel as a woman in Pakistan. Since we last spoke Ellie left Indonesia back to England and a short time later announced her conversion to Islam on Instagram. I caught up with Ellie, who’s currently living in Istanbul, to talk about what lead her to “revert” to Islam and what the means on a recent foXnoMad Podcast episode.

You can watch a clip from the foXnoMad Podcast above and listen to the full episode below.

The Ethics Of Travel Blogging: Where Do Creators Draw The Line?

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How do you as a reader know that the content a travel blogger is making is entirely independent, sponsored, or heavily influenced by free trips or financial incentives? The online space is rapidly evolving and for a long time was an unregulated wild west, leaving many creators to come up with their own guidelines… or not.

I recently asked can you trust foXnoMad, to answer how I go about things, though there’s no single approach for all travel bloggers. It’s one of the reasons Jessie Festa recently joined me on an episode of the foXnoMad Podcast to explain her approach and outline what some of the potential conflicts of interest can be for new creators.

In addition to her site Jessie On A Journey, Jessie runs Travel Blog Prosperity which guides bloggers on how to make their sites profitable and manage what happens when do that. There’s a lot to learn for creators but also consumers of travel content online, including a few lines we won’t cross.

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