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Blackberry Means I Can Blog from a Car

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 [...]

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.

Filed under: Maine, Technology, USA

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Wade Shepard is the founder and editor of Vagabond Journey. He has been traveling the world since 1999, through 88 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 3411 posts on Vagabond Journey. Contact the author.

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  • Mike Crosby February 3, 2010, 4:51 pm

    Sounds exciting Wade. You can experience something, and be sharing with the world in a few minutes.

    With technology and your insights, I’m looking forward to learning more about how other people live.

    Thank you so much.

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    • Wade | Vagabond Journey.com February 5, 2010, 4:27 pm

      Hello Mike,

      Thank you for reading. I really appreciate your feedback.

      Thanks,

      Wade

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  • Scott McArthur February 4, 2010, 3:46 pm

    yep. Blackberry blogging is the way to go. Plus you can use it to take and publish pictures instantly. Be sure to get the facebook app.

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    • Wade | Vagabond Journey.com February 5, 2010, 4:27 pm

      Scott,

      Yes, the Blackberry blogging is good. Especially since there is a Wordpress app. It makes it easy to blog from the device. I hope this gives me a longer tether.

      I will probably have a lot of questions for you soon.

      Thanks,

      Wade

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