One of the best things about being a travel writer is that I have the ability to work from anywhere in the world. With a laptop, a camera, and a dependable Internet connection, I can keep my blog updated, write content for clients and publishers, and even design the occasional website. I lived this kind of vagabond life for six months in 2007 when I backpacked around the world, blogging and building my portfolio and loved every moment.


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Since returning, I’ve gone back on the road for up to six weeks at a time for travel assignments, but it’s not quite the same as long term, independent travel and frankly, I miss it. Lately I’ve been contemplating heading back out again, as I can live just as cheaply on the road as I can here in the States. But thinking and doing are two entirely different things; I just can’t seem to decide where to go, when to go, or if I should go.

If author Anil Polat is correct, I’m exhibiting classic symptoms that keep people from actually hitting the road long term. In his new e-book, Overcoming the 7 Major Obstacles to Traveling the World, Polat dissects the mental roadblocks that keep us at home. He explains that fear is the biggest factor – fear that travel is too expensive, that we won’t be able to earn enough money to survive while traveling; that we’ll miss our family and friends, etc.

Polat should know; he’s been traveling the world for years and chronicling his journey on his popular travel blog, In keeping with his blog’s tag line: “travel smarter,” Polat has incorporated plenty of smart advice into his e-book, including how to find open wireless networks around the world, how to protect your laptop from hackers, precautions to take if you must use an Internet cafe, and lists of websites where you can watch you favorite TV shows online from anywhere in the world.

Overcoming the 7 Major Obstacles to Traveling the World is available for immediate download at for only$8.00 and I highly recommend it. Anyone contemplating long-term travel will find it immensely helpful. In fact, the only negative thing I have to say comes in the form of a warning; although Polat’s e-book is only 30 pages long, don’t start reading it unless you have at least two free hours. Clicking on links in the manuscript took me to his blog, where one post led to another and I was soon lost in a maze of articles so stuffed with valuable information that I found it difficult to tear myself away.