Being a digital nomad is fun yet challenging. You have the freedom to do your job while seeing the world. However, there are challenges that might prove overwhelming at times, such as finding cheap airfare, reliable WiFi connection and the cost of living in your next destination.
Thankfully, there are tools and apps for digital nomads that help you face these challenges so you can enjoy your location independent lifestyle.
Today I want to share some of the best digital nomad tools along with their best feature to give you an overview.
Best feature: provides cost of living information on major cities.
Nomad List has all the important information you are looking for including the cost of living, Internet speed, safety, things to do and more. The site also has a job board in case you are looking for clients and a marketplace in case you are selling products or services.
Best feature: fun and easy-to-remember language lessons.
Digital nomads are always going to new countries; thus, learning a few helpful words and phrases using the local area’s language is a big plus. With Duolingo you can learn new phrases and sentences while waiting for your next flight and use them once you touch down. Remembering the phrases and words is much easier since you can access past lessons again and again.
Best feature: lets you find like-minded nomads.
Meetup is a site where you can organize events in your local area, learn something new with other people, create a community of like-minded people, or meet fellow digital nomads. Just type digital nomad and you will see others who are in the same area as you.
Best feature: translates any language, even offline.
Google Translate helps you overcome language barriers by translating words, phrases, and even short sentences for you on the spot and without the need of the Internet connection. The translation of sentences may not be perfect but it will give you a gist of what the locals mean. You can download 50 languages and access them offline which is pretty convenient as you go around checking local areas.
Best feature: offers a wide range of job opportunities for nomads.
Remote OK is a job board that has a wide range of companies that are looking for remote workers. Although most are tech-related jobs, there are also a number of non-tech and marketing projects to choose from.
Best feature: connects you with fellow nomads whom you can live and travel together.
Nomad House organizes retreats and trips for digital nomads who want to experience traveling in a group and be energized by each other. Nomad House offers co-working space, fast Internet, snacks and drinks, and most of all, lots of like-minded creative people living the adventurous lifestyle.
Best feature: you can read and publish your nomadic stories.
Maptia is both a community and a blogging platform for digital nomads who want to share their stories with the world. Stories on Maptia are illustrated with the amazing photography transporting you to other worlds and inspiring you to explore more.
Best feature: you can send fully secured self-destructing messages.
Telegram Messenger works like WhatsApp and other messaging apps but the big difference is that your messages are heavily encrypted and self-destruct after a period of time-saving you the hassle of deleting them manually. Plus it is free forever with no subscription fees or pesky ads.
Best feature: lets you access the world’s largest federation of co-working spaces.
Copass solves the problem of looking for a place to work with fast Internet access. Just choose a plan that works best for you, find a place, check yourself in with just one click, and you can start working right away. You can also cancel anytime without extra payments just in case your plans have changed.
Hotels By Day
Best feature: lets you book a hotel room for a short time without paying for the night.
Hotels By Day is changing the hotel landscape by providing elegant accommodations to its clients even for just a few hours and paying only for the time they’ve used the room. You can book anytime and stay there any time of the day. It currently has more than 450 hotel listings in 50 cities around the world. You can get instant confirmation once you book and pay later when you arrive at the hotel.
Best feature: ranks places by WiFi speed.
Life as a digital nomad is exciting and lonely at times since you don’t know a lot of like-minded people you can talk or enjoy with from time to time. Workfrom understands and offers a solution by connecting digital nomads with each other providing information about the best coworking spaces, bars, and coffee shops in major cities around the world. The best thing about Workfrom is that it tells you which of these places have the strongest WiFi connection so you are still at the top of your job anywhere you are.
Best feature: aggregates stories for digital nomads.
Travelistly is like the Reddit for digital nomads where nomads can share their most exciting and inspiring stories and videos. It is a treasure trove of first-hand travel information that can inspire and inform you about your next destination. It also serves as a platform for writers who want to “advertise” their storytelling skills.
Every Time Zone
Best feature: converts time zones in a visually rich way.
Every Time Zone is a time zone converter which displays the time in the area where you are at and the time in most major cities in the world. If you want to schedule a meeting with your client but have no idea when you can drag your time along the timeline so you know exactly what time is it in their part of the world.
Best feature: lists cheapest airfare deals.
Hitlist helps you travel for less by giving a list of the cheapest airfare to any destination in the world. The app’s “Best of the Rest” category suggests remote and challenging places you might not probably even heard of to encourage you to take the path less traveled and experience more of the world. If you’re an adventurous nomad who wants to try out new things, Hitlist is a must-have app.
Best feature: provides alternative modes of transportation.
Rome2Rio helps nomads get from one point to another in any part of the world by providing more information other than just your airfare. It tells you how long the trip will take as well as the cheapest alternative modes of transportation if there are any. But the best thing about this app is the map that moves with you telling you exactly where you are at the moment and the exact route to your destination.
Best feature: provides a digital evidence of your receipts.
Receipts are important for digital nomads but carrying a ton of them is a burden, plus it takes a lot of work keeping track with all of them. Shoeboxed solves that problem by creating a digital evidence of your receipts. Simply take a photo of your receipt and store it in the app. You can also use Shoeboxed to prepare expense reports or track your mileage.
Private Internet Access
Best feature: encrypts your connection and protects your privacy.
The biggest risk of sharing connections is that your privacy and security are compromised. You don’t have to worry about all these with Private Internet Access, a virtual private network that encrypts your data protecting it from hijackers and spammers even when you’re using public hotspots. It also hides your IP address to keep websites and IP addresses from tracking your browsing habits and discovering your location. This also means that you can access your favorite websites even in countries where they are blocked.
Best feature: provides storage and empowers easy file sharing.
Dropbox is a cloud storage service where you can store and access your files anytime anywhere without fear of losing it. It is also convenient for sharing files with other people saving you time to download or upload files. All you need to do is send a link to other people and they will be able to view the file anywhere in the world.
Earth Class Mail
Best feature: deposits checks straight to your account and forwards packages wherever you are.
Earth Class Mail gives you a real physical address while you’re on the move. The service provides business mail and document solutions from managing your snail mail to forwarding all the checks you have straight into your account no matter where you are. Earth Class Mail turns all your physical documents into digital ones and stores them in a highly secured online storage which you can access 24/7 anywhere in the world. It also forwards and tracks any packages you have via USPS, FedEx, DHL and UPS.
Best feature: provides absolutely free video conferencing.
One of the best things about Google Hangouts is that you can video conference call up to 10 people for free. You can also start Hangouts with other mobile users by simply typing the phone number you are currently using. Plus, you can associate multiple phone numbers with Google Hangouts.
Best feature: lets you convert currencies anywhere in the world.
Converting currencies can be a real pain, especially if you hate math. XE Currency saves you from it by providing you live exchange rates. It stores the latest rate on your phone so you can still use it even without the Internet connection. It also serves as a calculator where you can calculate prices on your phone, tablet, or laptop. It also works on all types of operating systems.
Best feature: streams scientifically engineered music to boost productivity.
Focus@Will is an app that streams science-backed music that boosts your productivity by keeping you more focused on what you’re doing. The app will ask you some questions to determine your personality type in order customize your music list and you’ll be ready to go.
Best feature: connects you with digital nomads around the world.
Nomad Forum is like the “Facebook” for digital nomads because it connects you with other like-minded people from all over the world. Get support, encouragement, collaborate on projects with other nomads or simply make friends and grow your network. You’ll be surprised to get a lot of practical wisdom from fellow nomads just when you need it the most.
Best feature: compares cities based on their quality of life, salaries, and cost of living.
Teleport helps you decide where you want to go next by comparing cities around the world. Get to know which cities offer opportunities that match your skills, preferences, and interests. Does the city you have in mind is near the mountains, offers good health care services, or has clean water? These are just some of the things Teleport will tell you so you can prepare well.
Best feature: allows you to collect and store articles that you can read later.
Pocket is a content aggregation tool where you can store all articles and videos you want to read or view later. Save it directly from anywhere on the web including your Flipboard, Twitter, Zite, and Pulse.
Best feature: tracks your time accurately.
Having a hard time calculating your billable time or improving your time management? Toggl helps you keep track of your time so nothing is wasted. It also provides pretty visual reports of your team progress and billable time which you can share with your clients and team.
Best feature: stores all your ideas in the cloud.
Evernote makes it possible for you to write notes, add pictures, sketches and store it so you can access it later. Store all your ideas in the cloud for easy access and collaboration.
Best feature: compares millions of flights and finds the cheapest deal for you.
Sky Scanner gives you the cheapest flights you can get from where you are to any part of the world. But the app offers more than cheap airfares, it also compares hotels, car rentals and holiday deals.
Best feature: streams thousands of travel videos made by nomads themselves.
Nomad TV is a product of Nomad List with thousands of free videos of famous destinations around the world as seen through the eyes of fellow digital nomads. Get an honest review of each place to give you an idea what your next destination will be like.
Mind My House
Best feature: connects nomads with homeowners.
Mind My House is a house sitting matching service that brings together house sitters and homeowners together. Digital nomads looking for a cheap place to stay for a certain period of time can register on the site along with their references and preferences. Homeowners who are in need of a house sitter can browse profiles or house sitters can “apply” and if the homeowners agree they make a deal.
Best feature: helps you prioritize tasks on your to-do list.
Momentum Dash is your online to-do list with a twist. It takes the top task from your list and lets you focus on it until you finish it. It has a timer so you’ll know how much time you’re actually spending on that particular task. You can integrate Momentum with Google Tasks, Trello, Wunderlist, and Todoist.
Best feature: provides a vast library of ambient sounds.
Being alone at home or anywhere in the world can affect your productivity because you don’t feel like it. Research shows that ambient sounds contribute to cognitive creativity. Coffitivity understands it and provides a vast library of ambient sounds from coffee shops to the energizing sounds of Paris, the city of lights.
Best feature: shares places through the eyes of digital nomads.
Trover is like the digital nomad’s Instagram account as it allows you to share pictures of the unique places you’ve visited and discovered for other digital nomads to see. You can also access content by fellow nomads who experienced places and cultures firsthand.
Best feature: manages and schedules your Instagram posts.
Schedugram looks like a video and photo editing tool at first glance but don’t be fooled. It converts videos and photos you upload to the right size for Instagram. Its Queue feature saves you more time by allowing you to schedule your posts anytime you want it to go live on your Instagram account.
Best feature: provides a comprehensive project management tool.
Thrive Solo acts not only as your schedule reminder and project management assistant but also evaluates your performance in terms of the number of deadlines you met, how you manage your time and the goals you have accomplished. It is a good motivator and also a reminder in case you are slacking off.
Best feature: stores your journal entries.
Day One‘s elegant user interface inspires you to write more about your nomadic lifestyle. Its rich features let you seamlessly integrate your photos, videos, current location, and even your weather data into your journal. If writing is not your cup of tea, you can just log and record various events and the important information you want to remember.
Best feature: tracks your expenses and creates your budget easily.
Trail Wallet helps you organize your daily expenses and budget. Its comprehensive summary screen gives you an overview of your budget while the interactive bar lets you know how much you’ve spent during the last five days. It also adds amounts in local currencies in 218 countries saving you the hassle of converting back and forth.
Best feature: stores all your travel information in one place.
TripIt is your travel organizer. It keeps your airfare and hotel bookings as well as all the important travel documents you have. All you need to do is send TripIt your confirmation emails from any flights, hotel bookings, car rentals, and restaurant reservations. Once you send all the information, it will create an itinerary for you so you’ll never miss anything even when you’re on the road.
World Time Buddy
Best feature: schedules meetings in different time zones.
Digital nomads often lose their sense of time as they travel around places and into different time zones. This poses a problem when you schedule meetings with your clients because you get confused with the time. World Time Buddy solves the problem by telling you what time it is in any part of the world.
Best feature: transforms important documents into digital files.
Docady eliminates the burden of carrying tons of documents you might need while traveling. All you have to do is scan them using your phone and the app categorizes them according to type for easy access later. Docady is protected with the highest security standards so you don’t have to worry about losing anything.
These digital nomad tools will help you streamline your tasks and stay organized wherever you are in the world. There might be times when you’ll feel overwhelmed but choosing the right tools that fit your personality and interests can certainly make life-on-the-go much easier.