So you’re ready to become a digital nomad and travel the world while working? We’ve talked to digital nomads and come up with a list of 20 tools you need to start your travels, manage your business on the go and stay productive while traveling. Check out the infographic at the bottom of the article for an easy-to-read list!
Kickstart your travels
If you’re eager to start but not sure where, check out Nomadlist.com for up-to-date information on the cost of living, weather, safety and more in pretty much every city in the world.
Try using Teleport.org to compare costs of living in cities around the world but also check out their Scouts feature where you can contact a local in a number of places and get some help settling in. Whatsitlike App will help you figure out where to go when because you don’t want to be in Northern Europe in January or go on a Thailand trip during monsoon season do you?
So, now that you’ve narrowed down your choice and have all the info you need, start searching for flights. Hitlist is the #1 flights app recommended by digital nomads, fully catering to their flexible lifestyles and the always present wanderlust.
As you’re finally starting your journey, put your devices to flight mode and enjoy reading travel guides, nomad stories or pretty much anything on the internet using Pocket – the best app to collect all the articles you’ve wanted to read but didn’t find the time. It saves all the articles to your laptop and phone so you can enjoy them offline.
A new city means new wonders waiting for you around every corner. Working at your room might not be the best option so try and find a coworking space with Copass or simply find the nearest work-friendly cafe using Workfrom.
Noise around you can be very distracting so we’d suggest you try Coffitivity and block out the sounds around you by listening to sounds that’ll actually help your productivity.
Work from anywhere
Now, to the working part – we’ve collected the ultimate productivity bundle of apps helping digital nomads stay focused and productive around the world. Start with Toggl to track your time in order to see where it goes. Manage your work and personal life by adding some context to the time spent. You know, what they say – measure it, improve it!
If you’re handling multiple tasks and managing your digital nomad life (which sometimes turns into a part-time job), you will definitely need Trello – the easy, free, flexible, and visual way to manage your projects and organize anything.
Todoist might come in handy managing day-to-day tasks and staying on top of your work and personal life wherever you are. Todoist is for people who want to accomplish great things in less time, with less effort.
Save your great business ideas, wise thoughts and smart jokes with Evernote. Evernote is where your work takes shape. Write, collect, discuss, and present, all from one workspace.
Keep your files safe and sound in the cloud with Dropbox, still the #1 online storage and sharing tool suggested by digital nomads. Another great tool for transferring large files loved by digital nomads is the beautifully designed WeTransfer.
Stay in touch
The one communication app every digital nomad needs is Slack. Whether you need to communicate with a remote team, clients around the world, stay active in selected communities or just like to chat with bots – you will need Slack to keep in touch.
Momentum dash is your daily inspiration feed with beautiful photos in every new tab. It also helps to stay focused and has a to-do list feature you can easily access.
Another great chrome extension for digital nomads looking to stay focused and productive is the self-explanatory StayFocusd. Use it to block distracting websites and embrace technology where willpower fails you.
F.lux is a simple yet essential app we all need. Since most digital nomads are on a flexible schedule, this can mean they’re working late into the night. 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.
Featured photo credit: Steven Zwerink via flickr.com
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