1. Offline maps and navigation
We all know the struggle of arriving in a new place and attempting to navigate to our hotel or AirBnb without data for our mobile. Sure, some of us might stop by a Starbucks or other free wifi hub to plug in and take some Google Maps screenshots. But, luckily, there is an easier way.
With Here you can download and save maps for regions before you travel. Then, when you’re in the middle of Bangkok, totally dazed and confused after a 30 hour flight, you can just pop open Here and get instant directions.
Another offline mapping app is Pocket Earth, which also includes travel guides.
That’s right, Here will also provide offline navigation for public transportation and walking. Problem solved.
2. A VPN to hide your location
Now, not all digital nomads are doing wild and crazy blackhat hacking. There are plenty of reasons one may need a VPNwhile working abroad.
If you’re nomading in countries like the People’s Republic of China, for example, you’ll find that a lot of your favorite websites live behind a firewall. Sites like Facebook and Google are totally inaccessible. That’s right, you wouldn’t even be able to check your Gmail, or watch a Youtube video in China.
Additionally, working from coworking spaces and cafes means that you’re most likely on an unprotected wifi network. To keep yourself safe, it’s best to use a VPN.
TunnelBear is one VPN that can easily be installed as a Chrome extension. Not to mention, they have the hands-down most hilarious graphic designs in the industry. And if you’re not making your VPN purchasing decisions based on marketing, what are you doing, really?
3. Flight tracking apps
We all know the hassle of international airports. Oh, the hassle.
With a flight tracking app, you’ll be able to easily get your booking confirmation number, gate number, weather data, seat information, how long it will take to get through security and all the airport information that you’ll need to travel like a straight-up boss.
One useful flight tracking app is App In the Air. But, there are tons of alternatives. Find one that’s right for you and save yourself the headache of bumbling around the airport in confusion.
4. Find other digital nomads in your area
Find A Nomad is an awesome website that allows you to find and network with other digital nomads in your location.
With Find A Nomad you can send messages to nearby nomads a to schedule a meetup. Of course, traveling can sometimes be lonely and it’s nice to connect with others on the same path. And if you’re really lucky, you might even be able to exchange best practices and even clients, if you’re not in a competing industry. Nomadic networking made easy!
5. Find coworking spaces and cafes with wifi on the go
Work Hard Anywhere is an app that will help you to find the best work spaces while on the go in a foreign city.
The WHA app allows users to rate locations on a variety of factors including parking, price, wifi, availability of electrical outlets and food options.
The commenting feature will give you the serious low-down on where to sit, what to order and who to meet.
6. A nomad icon for your blog
This creative open source project by Sung Won Cho will give you an embeddable icon that shows your current city. This is a great way to nomadify your blog or just brag a bit about your frequent travels.
And of course, the Nomad Icon is open source. So, head on over and contribute to make it even better!
7. Compare locations for digital nomading
Nomadlist is by far the ultimate resource for comparing locations for your next digital nomading adventure.
With Nomadlist you can compare cost of living, wifi speed, safety, climate, female-friendliness and more.
They also have a forum, Nomad List, where you can ask questions and start discussions on remote working issues.
8. Resources for finding remote positions
There are a number of great resources for finding remote work. Angel List allows you to sort job postings by a remote category and then further refine your search by industry.
Working Nomads also posts job opportunities on an easy-to-search website.
And, you can filter jobs on sites like Indeed by a remote category, as well.
Upwork is a site for freelancers to find contract-based work on specific projects.
9. Digital nomad Meetups
Believe it or not, remote working can actually be pretty social. Between coworking spaces and meetups, you may find your schedule even more packed than when you were based in one location.
Meetup.com has meetups for digital nomads in over 20 countries. So, what are you waiting for? Find one in your current area to meet and greet your fellow remote workers.
10. Resources for women
Digital Nomad Girls is a Facebook group that brings together, well, what you would expect—-digital nomads who are also females.
It’s a great space to ask questions and share the journey. And rumor has it, Digital Nomad Girls will soon expand into a website. So, keep on the lookout!
11. Find running routes in new locations
Nike Plus has an awesome Explore feature that allows you to find running routes based on your location.
So, when you hit your next stop, just visit Nike Plus to see the most popular running routes in the area.
It’s important to keep on exercising, even while traveling, right?
12. Convert currencies with ease
Nothing quite compares to mentally converting currencies while suffering from extreme jet lag. Luckily, there are apps to help with that.
XE has a great currency conversion app that comes in a free and pro version. So, check it out and get the most for your money.
13. Find international rideshares
There are times when you need to travel on a budget. Or, when you’re just looking to lessen the burden of a long solo road trip. Luckily, there are tons of international ride share sites and apps to help you out.
Bla Bla Car is a ride sharing site for many countries across Europe, Mexico and India.
14. Quickly learn a new language
What’s the fun of living in a variety of other countries, if you aren’t able to communicate with the locals?
Duolingo is an app that currently covers a lot of the major European languages, as well as Turkish and Ukrainian.
If you’re looking to learn Mandarin, try the Chineasy Facebook page for lots of language learning resources. And also, though it’s not a digital resource, the Chineasy book is a fantastic resource for beginners.
If you want to learn Thai, Learning Thai With Mod is a fantastic site with videos, worksheets and other resources.
Or, perhaps you’re looking for something more personal? The Mixxer is a website that will help you to find a language exchange partner to speak with via Skype, Google Hangouts, texting apps, or emails. And, even better, The Mixxer has tons of languages to choose from and lots of active members.
15. Google Translate
And if you’re not keen to learn an entirely new language, or perhaps you’re not staying long enough for it to make sense, there’s always Google Translate.
Now, we all probably know Google Translate from their website, but the app takes things to an entirely different level.
With the Google Translate app you can actually use a photo or take a real-time image that will be translated in real time on your phone. This can be a real lifesaver for reading signs and menus in different languages.
16. Free and crowdsourced travel guides
When it comes to travel guides, you really can’t beat Wikitravel. Seriously forget about all the other travel sites that are continually trying to link you to buy flights and hotels. Wikitravel is a curated set of resources for virtually every major city on the planet.
Wikitravel is a great way to find budget hotels, restaurants, travel information and attraction information.
And best of all, you can contribute your knowledge, too! Become a Wikitravel contributor and share your travel knowledge with others.
17. Organize your flight itineraries
With the TripIt app you can easily organize all of your flight itineraries in one place.
All you have to do is forward your confirmation emails to TripIt and the app will organize everything for you.
And of course, these itineraries are available offline, which comes in handy in those pesky airports without free wifi.
18. Search and book bus tickets online
With Busbud you can search and compare prices for inter-city buses for all around the world.
And if you’ve ever been to a bus station in a foreign country, you know that things can get tricky. With this easy online method you can book everything without even leaving your home. Ah, isn’t the internet grand?
Rome2Rio is an app that will allow you to search prices for all sorts of transportation routes on land or sea.
Rome2Rio will help you to compare prices to ensure that you’re always getting the best deal.
19. Combat jet lag
Changing time zones can really mess with your sleeping schedule and your state of mind.
If you’re up late on your computer, you may have noticed the bluish glow of the screen. That’s because computer screen lightings are designed for daytime use. They’re meant to mimic the sun.
F.lux makes the color of your computer’s display adapt to the time of day, warm at night and like sunlight during the day. So, f.lux may end up helping with your jet lag while traveling.
Another way to combat jet lag is to use the soothing sound of rain to lull you to sleep.Raining.fm has a great selection of free relaxing rain sounds that will help you to shake those jet lag blues.
20. Easily convert time zones for virtual meetings
When working from a different country, time zones can begin to be quite a frustration. Whether you’re traveling for work, or frequenting different time zones as a digital nomad, the time zone converter by Time and Date.com will help you to sync up.
True, this time zone converter doesn’t boast the slickest UI, but it does work like a charm.
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