Meet the Nomads: Anil Polat

Meet the Nomads: Anil Polat

Anil Polat is the author of foXnoMad which is one of my favorite travel blogs. I came across his site while browsing for related travel blogs when I was starting my own blog a few months back. I even asked him to be my mentor.

Anil started documenting his travels in another blog, it’s some sort of a compilation of his and his friends adventures and travelogues about different places. And after a couple of years, it transitioned to his very own travel blog called foXnoMad.

If you want to know more about Anil, visit his blog at FoxNomad.

Here’s Flip’s short interview with Anil.

How did you discover your passion for travelling?

“I’ve always had it. I was very lucky to be born to two journalists which let me start traveling from a very early age. Aside from the travel, the news and world events were always buzzing and part of conversation at home and I think that made me curious to see those places I was hearing about.”

What’s the most horrible experience that you’ve had on the road?

“To be honest, I can’t think of one most horrible. I’ve have some bad moments I suppose, almost getting forced into a car in India on the wrong street comes to mind though. Looking back on it now though, it’s quite a story to tell and added some spice to the trip so I can’t call it completely horrible.”

What’s the most outstanding travel experience that you’ve ever had?

“Being mean to a dirty kid in my neighborhood in Ankara when I was very young. After I saw how he lived a few weeks after, it changed my perception about people and has always since reminded me no one is above anyone else.”

What’s the biggest realization that you’ve got out of travelling?

“We (humans) are all so much more alike than we are different.”

What keeps you going? What keeps you motivated?

“I want to see it all and on a grim note I wake up everyday and tell myself I’m going to die that day. It’s a bit morbid but a reminder to myself that my time is limited and I don’t know when the end is. Hopefully by traveling and living in other places I can grasp just a tiny bit of what makes us human before I leave for good.”

This is a silly and hypothetical one. If you would be given a chance to travel with a popular person or a celebrity, who would it be and why?

“Alive or dead? Dead, I’d have to say Mark Twain but alive I’ll go with Jack Nickolson. He seems like he can still party even at his age!”

What could stop you from travelling?

“I’ll probably settle down at some point but I don’t want to stop traveling. I suppose once the motivation is gone or maybe when I’m older it won’t seem as fun or might get tiring. I’ll keep traveling until I find out :)”

Among the places that you’ve been to, which one fascinated you the most?

“Istanbul is a city that continues to fascinate me every time I go there. It’s so vast, endless, and constantly changing.”

What’s the best travel advice that you could give for a novice traveler like me?

“I’d say learn to save, budget, and make a habit out of it. So many people who begin traveling make it complicated but it’s not too hard. Figure out where you want to go, research how much it will cost, and start a decent travel budget. Too many new travelers spend on useless stuff at home and take a long time to make that first big leap or trip. Two other things are to get a much smaller backpack than you think you’ll need and remember you can never pack enough socks or underwear.”

What do you think about yourself?

“I’m just a regular guy who travels and wants to observe planet Earth’s most fascinating species, homo sapiens.”


“foXnoMad is a travel blog whose primary goal is to help you travel smarter.” – Anil

Next: Toni White of Reclaiming my Future. Previously: Mark Wiens of Migrationology. For more interviews with travel bloggers, check out the archives of Meet the Nomads.


  1. jolie jamie says:

    Great interview! I like your answers anil!

  2. Many thanks for the interview Flip!

  3. we have been following Anil since a while now and he is also one of our favourite blogger

  4. I found many useful tips from this interview especially from the advice that he give for a novice traveler like me.


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