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Travel apps every digital nomad needs to have to stay on the road

Travel apps every digital nomad needs to have to stay on the road

Digital nomads are a new species and they are thriving in the new economic environment, where globalization is in full bloom. Working on the road and being always ready to travel to another country requires a lot of skills.

Among them all, digital nomads have a strong affinity for gadgets and apps. They work on their laptops, stay connected with their smartphones and rely on a plethora of apps to keep walking. Planning your traveling life has never been easier, thanks to these travel apps, which allow you to access anything, from anywhere.

In need of a transfer shuttle? Click, swipe and you’ve booked one. Are you looking for accommodation? You are several apps away from the best deal.

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As an amateur digital nomad, who travels with the tablet and iPhone, I tested a lot of apps, so here is a list of the best ones I found during my nomad months. Feel free to complete this list!

1.The packing app: Packing Pro

Packing Pro comes at $2.99, but it is money worth investing. This app helps you stay on top of the packing game and reduces the risk of forgetting something. You can create packing lists based on the number of days abroad, number of travelers, the temperature, destination and even laundry service preferences. With this app, you will be able to create customized packing lists, so you will never leave home without your essentials.

2. The trip planning app: TripIt

TripIt is a free app which allows you to organize your next trip. It syncs your emails, you can create itineraries and you will get automatic notifications when a flight is delayed or canceled. This app helps you automatize all the time consuming tasks required for planning the trip, so for digital nomads or pathological travelers, this is one of those essentials for the road.

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3. The transport apps and platforms: T2Transfer, HopStop and aMetro

A digital nomad needs to have all the help when it comes to transportation and these three apps help a traveler stay on the road. T2Transfer is a platform where travelers can find transportation from and to airports. You can book the taxi online, which saves you the time and hassle of finding a taxi with a sincere driver who won’t overcharge you.

HopStop is an app that provides information on the public transportation, from bus lines to public transit and more. The app currently covers cities in Europe, US and Canada.

Emetro is another smart app you can rely on, as it shows the estimated travel time between multiple transit systems. The app covers the entire world and includes information on buses, trains and metro.

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4. Travel guide app: Triposo

Triposo is a free app that works offline, which is a big plus. To be able to rely on it you just have to download the country guide for the city you are traveling to; Triposo currently covers about 27.000 cities. For major cities the app provides details on the restaurants, nightlife and important sights.

5. Flight apps: GateGuru, Skyscanner

GateGuru is an app that helps you stay updated with all the information on your flight. This app notifies you about delays, gate changes, wait times and any other detail about the airport, along with the weather information. Maps and airport tips are also provided.

Skyscanner is probably one of the best apps ever invented, not only for digital nomads, but for all travelers. This is because SkyScanner helps you find the cheapest flights! This is not the only thing you can benefit from when using SkyScanner: you can use this app to find the most flexible travel arrangements, at the best rates. As flexibility is the staple of digital nomads, Skyscanner is a must have.

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Last Updated on September 20, 2018

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

Being in a hurry all the time drains your energy. Your work and routine life make you feel overwhelmed. Getting caught up in things beyond your control stresses you out…

If you’d like to stay calm and cool in stressful situations, put the following 8 steps into practice:

1. Breathe

The next time you’re faced with a stressful situation that makes you want to hurry, stop what you’re doing for one minute and perform the following steps:

  • Take five deep breaths in and out (your belly should come forward with each inhale).
  • Imagine all that stress leaving your body with each exhale.
  • Smile. Fake it if you have to. It’s pretty hard to stay grumpy with a goofy grin on your face.

Feel free to repeat the above steps every few hours at work or home if you need to.

2. Loosen up

After your breathing session, perform a quick body scan to identify any areas that are tight or tense. Clenched jaw? Rounded shoulders? Anything else that isn’t at ease?

Gently touch or massage any of your body parts that are under tension to encourage total relaxation. It might help to imagine you’re in a place that calms you: a beach, hot tub, or nature trail, for example.

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3. Chew slowly

Slow down at the dinner table if you want to learn to be patient and lose weight. Shoveling your food down as fast as you can is a surefire way to eat more than you need to (and find yourself with a bellyache).

Be a mindful eater who pays attention to the taste, texture, and aroma of every dish. Chew slowly while you try to guess all of the ingredients that were used to prepare your dish.

Chewing slowly will also reduce those dreadful late-night cravings that sneak up on you after work.

4. Let go

Cliche as it sounds, it’s very effective.

The thing that seems like the end of the world right now?

It’s not. Promise.

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Stressing and worrying about the situation you’re in won’t do any good because you’re already in it, so just let it go.

Letting go isn’t easy, so here’s a guide to help you:

21 Things To Do When You Find It Hard To Let Go

5. Enjoy the journey

Focusing on the end result can quickly become exhausting. Chasing a bold, audacious goal that’s going to require a lot of time and patience? Split it into several mini-goals so you’ll have several causes for celebration.

Stop focusing on the negative thoughts. Giving yourself consistent positive feedback will help you grow patience, stay encouraged, and find more joy in the process of achieving your goals.

6. Look at the big picture

The next time you find your stress level skyrocketing, take a deep breath, and ask yourself:

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Will this matter to me…

  • Next week?
  • Next month?
  • Next year?
  • In 10 years?

Hint: No, it won’t.

I bet most of the stuff that stresses you wouldn’t matter the next week, maybe not even the next day.

Stop agonizing over things you can’t control because you’re only hurting yourself.

7. Stop demanding perfection of yourself

You’re not perfect and that’s okay. Show me a person who claims to be perfect and I’ll show you a dirty liar.

Demanding perfection of yourself (or anybody else) will only stress you out because it just isn’t possible.

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8. Practice patience every day

Below are a few easy ways you can practice patience every day, increasing your ability to remain calm and cool in times of stress:

  • The next time you go to the grocery store, get in the longest line.
  • Instead of going through the drive-thru at your bank, go inside.
  • Take a long walk through a secluded park or trail.

Final thoughts

Staying calm in stressful situations is possible, all you need is some daily practice.

Taking deep breaths and eat mindfully are some simple ways to train your brain to be more patient. But changing the way you think of a situation and staying positive are most important in keeping cool whenever you feel overwhelmed and stressful.

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