[Edward] Snowden’s no ordinary traveler. But his globe-hopping around the world made us think: Would it be possible for someone without his connections—in our increasingly connected age—to travel undetected?
Turns out, the answer is probably not.”Snowden could do this because he had a lot of help,” said Norie Quintos, executive editor of National Geographic Traveler. “I think for a typical traveler, it would be very hard to do.
“It’s a felony to use false identification, so you don’t want to go that route. Instead, it’s better if you just make it really, really hard for people to track you down, said Frank M. Ahearn, author of How to Disappear: Erase Your Digital Footprint, Leave False Trails, and Vanish without a Trace. Ahearn spent over 20 years working as an investigator tracking down people who don’t want to be found. He then realized he could make more money helping people who wanted to disappear—actually leave without a trace.’ (National Geographic).