What are the essential apps for digital nomads?

CloackVPN is pretty good ~ https://www.getcloak.com/

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It also looks great. A lot of VPN solutions look like they are designed in the 90’s.

I see there is a better topic for that info: How do you stay safe on public WiFi?

Here’s a few more I highly recommend:
Hotspot Shield VPN

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For traveling Americans or the rest of the world going to the US - there is a very fast, visual and gestures based C and F converter available - check out Dgrees. I’m biased though, I made it :slight_smile:

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The app Maps With Me. If you have a GPS on your phone, this app is a must have. You can download country maps so it works offline, no need to use Google Map and save maps, etc. The pro version allows you to put pins on the map too. The places (restaurants, etc.) are not really up to date but just to know where you are and where you’re going, that’s a really nice tool.

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I can also suggest Line2

It’s a phone in the cloud (for US/CA numbers). line2.com

Can anyone suggest a solid project management (cloud based) program/app?

i would say Basecamp.

Though I know Trello is popular amongst devs.


Thanks! What about something for when outsourcing to programmers? Like a task/error system - have you heard of anything like Jira?

Maybe http://bugherd.com ?

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I’m surprised no one mentioned Google Translate. I used it extensively in Japan and Indonesia. It’s pretty much indistinguishable from magic.

I use ProXPN for VPN service. http://proxpn.com/twit/ will get you 50% off for the year, and it works on mobile and desktop. I chose it because many of the other ones I looked at didn’t have Asian servers and I didn’t want the extra latency on top of a slow wifi of going back to Europe or N. America.

It’s very nerdy, but I like “Ping Tools” available on Android. It has a ping feature which does just that. It’s the fastest way I have to tell whether I have an internet connection as it’s only sending about 50 bytes to test for connectivity.

I also use JuiceSSH on Android. In a pinch I can ssh into my AWS servers and run a script or get some status if I’m on the run without my laptop.

My last pick is Instapaper. It downloads your saved articles so when you don’t have a connection, you still have something to read.


We use a bunch of tools. When I was in China, the most important tool was a VPN software that can help me access Twitter/fb hahaha.

Here’s a post on 5 tools that remote teams/nomad must use! - http://blog.dailypulse.io/5-tools-that-all-remote-teams-should-be-using/

-Dashlane (passwords)
-CloudMagic/Mailbox (email)
-Producteev (todo lists)
-Quicklytics (google analytics)
-Ookla Speedtest
-Domainr (instant domain search)
-TeamViewer (remote access)
-Paypal/Venmo/Cash/Dwolla (paying people money)
-Paid (stripe stats)

-TripAdvisor (restaurants and activities)
-Kindle (books)
-Ulmon PRO/Maps.me (offline maps)
-Agoda (hotels)
-Skyscanner (flights)
-Hashtagnomads (nomad slack chat)
-SoundHound (tells you the name of a song playing)
-Lonely Planet PDFs
-HappyCow (veggie restaurants)
-FB Messenger
-Snapseed (photo editor)

-Insight Timer (meditation)
-Chakra App by Subliminal Affirmations (falling asleep)
-Thunderspace (HD thunderstorms)
-SleepStream2 (relaxing sounds)

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I love using Stripe for accepting payments online. You can also accept bitcoin, too.

Workfrom is great or those who work from coffee shops. Workfrom has recommendations for a number of major cities to help you find your next favorite place to work remotely.

Horizon for accommodations. It’s like a Couchsurfing/Airbnb within your own trusted network.

RelayRides if you are in the US in a major city where RelayRides is available, you’ll quickly learn that there is no need for a car when you have a service like this. It’s basically Airbnb for cars.

Reviving a slightly stale thread here, but if you’re a freelancer and working with US-based companies, Shake is a fantastic legal documents app. You can create and sign contracts, NDAs, etc. They have a bunch of templates that take only a few minutes to fill out, you sign it, email it to your client, they sign it, and then you each get a PDF. Their mobile app is awesome too — you can do everything from your phone, and their contracts are legally binding (at least in the US).

When I’m checking out my next destination, I use Net Index Explorer to get an idea if the internet speeds are ~on average~ acceptable: http://explorer.netindex.com/maps

http://www.waygoapp.com has been useful in Taiwan. Using your phone camera, it instantly translates text into English. And it works offline. It translates Chinese, Japanese & Korean on iPhone and Android - though I only have experience with Chinese on the iPhone app so far. Gonna try it out in Japan next week.

My most used apps are:

  • Facebook
  • Google Maps
  • Uber
  • Grab Taxi
  • AirBnB
  • Couchsurfing
  • Google Translate
  • XE Currency
  • AirAsia
  • Meetup
  • Speedtest
  • Trip Case
  • SwiftKey
  • Threema
  • Paypal
  • Flightradar24


A newbie nomad here and glad to join and get informed. A question:

As I work with my clients, one aspect that has been painful is seeking approvals from them. Any time I need an approval - a document/vacation/software purchase , that the client would pay for, tracking their approvals via email has been a pain. Any tools other nomads use here?

Thank you for the suggestions, in advance.


Not mentioned yet:
####Work related

  • Paymo – for time tracking
  • Dash – for offline documentation.
  • NVAlt + Dropbox for synchronised note taking.
  • BT Sync – for syncing my work folder with a RaspberryPi based NAS – I use this so I don’t have to buy extra Dropbox space.
  • Opera with Turbo Mode on or Chrome with Data Saver in times of mobile tethering, to save on data costs.

####Travel related

  • TripIt – I forward the plane ticket confirmation emails to [email protected] and I get all the info on my phone (so I don’t need to search my email what time the plane leaves)