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20 Digital Tools For Digital Nomads And Travelers

Whether you're a full-fledged digital nomad, or just traveling a bit for work, you know the headaches of working in new locations. This set of apps, websites, and forums will help to make the most out of your travels so that you can get your work done wherever you are.

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1. Free crowdsourced travel guides

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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 crowdsourced 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 intel with the world by uploading your knowledge to the mainframe.

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2. Combat jet lag

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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. F.lux will warm up your computer display at night to mimic the sun and hopefully help you to go to bed earlier.

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. This service also works great to cancel out the noise when working remotely.

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3. Offline maps and navigation

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We all know the struggle of arriving in a new place and attempting to navigate to our hotel or AirBnb without mobile data. Sure, some of us might stop by a Starbucks or other free Wi-Fi 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. Here provides offline navigation for public transportation and walking. Problem solved.

Another offline mapping app is Pocket Earth, which also includes travel guides.

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4. A VPN to hide your location

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Now, not all digital nomads are doing wild and crazy blackhat hacking. There are plenty of reasons one may need a VPN while 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 Wi-Fi 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 branding in the industry.

Other notable VPNs include CyberGhost and proXPN. Research your options and find a VPN with the features that work best for your needs.

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5. Flight tracking apps

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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 and potentially missing your flight.

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6. Convert currencies with ease

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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. Make sure to use this or a similar currency converting app when you touch down in a new country. After all, $50 Kuwaiti Dinar actually converts to $164 USD. Watch out!

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7. Find other digital nomads in your area

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Traveling can oftentimes be a rather lonely endeavor. With Find A Nomad you can connect and network with other digital nomads in your current area.

With the Find A Nomad app you can send messages to nearby nomads to schedule a meetup. Networking will help you to make new friends, create new business opportunities and maybe even get a date!

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8. Find coworking spaces and cafes with wifi on the go

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If you're a digital nomad, you definitely know the struggle that is finding decent workspaces with Wi-Fi. Spotty Wi-Fi, cafes with policies against laptops, and overcrowded tables are all a part of the mix.

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, Wi-Fi strength, 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.

However, Work Hard Anywhere relies on user input. Therefore, if you're in an off-the-beaten track location, you may not find any reviews. However, you can leave some reviews for the next nomads who travel that way. Pay it forward!

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9. A nomad icon for your blog

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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!

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10. Compare locations for digital nomading

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Nomadlist is by far the ultimate resource for comparing locations for your next digital nomading adventure.

With Nomadlist you can compare cost of living, Wi-Fi speed, safety, climate, female-friendliness and more.

They also have a forum, Nomad Forum, where you can pose questions to more experienced nomads, or help some newbies out with your own expertise.

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11. Resources for finding remote positions

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There are a number of great resources for finding remote work. Angel List allows you to sort job postings by category and then further refine your search by industry.

Working Nomads also posts job opportunities on a their user-friendly 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.

Do you know of other remote work job forums? Feel free to share them in the comments.

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12. Connect with other digital nomads

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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. This is a great way to meet other people in your field, or just to hang out and blow off some steam after a long work week.

If you're in a more remote location, or just looking to chat about digital nomadism online, try the Digital Nomad Slack Channel, which is a great way to stay connected.

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14. Find running routes in new locations

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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 the Nike Plus website to see the most popular running routes in the area. These routes will usually take you by rivers, through parks, and down lovely streets.

Plus, it will help you to burn off those extra calories from all that travel-food. Am I right?

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15. Save money with international rideshares

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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. Save that money that you would have spent on a flight for drinks with your new BFFs from your ride share!

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16. 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 team you up with a language exchange partner who's looking to learn your language. You can speak with your new friend 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.

Do you use other apps or online resources for other languages? Share them in the comments and help out your fellow travelers.

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17. Google Translate

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On the other hand, if you're not so keen to learn an entirely new language, or perhaps you're only doing a quick trip, 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 instantly translated on your phone. This can be a real lifesaver for reading signs and menus in different languages. Of course, it can also be pretty hilarious when the translation isn't perfect. Watch out for those languages that don't use Latin characters, as they're not completely optimized yet.

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18. Organize your flight itineraries

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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 Wi-Fi---talking to you here LaGuardia.

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19. Search and book bus tickets online

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With Busbud you can search and compare prices for inter-city buses for routes all around the world.

If you've ever been to a bus station in a foreign country, you know that things can get tricky very fast. 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 to help you get the best deal.

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20. Easily convert time zones for virtual meetings

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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 traveler, 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 every time.

What are your go-to travel apps and websites?

Of course, there are tons of other excellent apps out there for digital nomads and travelers.

Share them in the comments so others can benefit from your travel expertise!

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