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Blackberry Means I Can Blog from a Car

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I am leaving Maine, riding in a car down to the airport in Portland.

I am blogging from the back seat of a moving vehicle, I purchased a Blackberry on a global data plan to give me this opportunity.

I am no longer as tied to WIFI connections – no longer as much of a dependent on the internet cafes of the world.

It is true, I paid a decent amount of money for this longer tether – I also needed to purchase a new computer to run the desktop program on. But as I look out the window at the moving landscape, as I think of how I should be able to blog in the moments before leaving a town, in the middle of the night, or be able to access the internet in small villages without public internet cafes, I know that my leash is now a little longer.

When I first began traveling – in the years before I began publishing on the internet – I would spend most of my time in the little, far off places of the planet. Since I began Vagabondjourney.com, I found myself with a new travel parameter: can I get internet here?

This tether roped in my traveling options – I could still go off the map – but not for too long.

I hope that this move towards publishing through a cell phone data connection will free me a little more to return to the places where nobody goes.

And to be able to be with my wife and baby rather than searching endlessly for WIFI and ticking out words in the internet cafe.

I published this entry from the back seat of a moving car.

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About the Author:

Wade Shepard is the founder and editor of Vagabond Journey. He has been traveling the world since 1999, through 76 countries. He is the author of the book, Ghost Cities of China, and contributes to Forbes, The Diplomat, the South China Morning Post, and other publications. has written 3048 posts on Vagabond Journey. Contact the author.

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