The Extensive Digital Nomad Tools List

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The necessity of being organized, productive, and keeping everything in one place are challenges that have to be beaten to make the Digital Nomad lifestyle sustainable. While being a Digital Nomad since 2016, I have found it inevitable to have a list of preferred tech tools & apps that helps in many aspects of life. These aspects range from cloud document storage, personal finance, communication, travel organizing to finding a place to work.

As 2020 proved to the world that working remotely is the future, many of the tools in this list aren’t useful to only Digital Nomads. Whether you are a Digital Nomad, remote worker, business traveler, freelancer, or working from home, you can make use of this list.

In this list, I have collected over 70 tools for 15 aspects of life that I personally use, tried, or have used in the past, in addition to a brief description of each one of them:

Travel Planning & Destination Info

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TripiIt

A time-saving travel organizer that helps automate the creation of itineraries, reminders & more.

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Maps.me

It could be the best offline maps app in the market. It has proven useful as an alternative to google maps whenever there is no internet access.

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Nomadlist

NomadList provides destination information in addition to many other features. The free version is limited and a paid subscription is required. It won’t provide 100% accurate info since it is based on the members’ votes.

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Teleport

A city comparison tool that includes metrics like quality of life, cost of living, salaries and more, etc. It is more related to expats’ lifestyle but long-term nomads can make good use of it.


Coworking Spaces

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WorkFrom

A community-built list of worldwide places to work from. It is not limited to coworking spaces but also cafes and public areas.

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Coworker

It could be the biggest coworking spaces directory on the web, with the option of buying a monthly global pass to access different spaces.

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CoPass

A network of +950 coworking spaces worldwide, accessible by one pass.

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Coworking Wiki

A directory of coworking spaces around the world.


Travel Insurance for Nomads

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Safety Wing

A flexible travel insurance tailored for digital nomads. It includes worldwide coverage, starting at $45 per month. SafetyWing also offers full-fledged health insurance for remote workers and health insurance for remote teams.

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World Nomads

One of the first travel insurance providers for nomads. The cost and coverage depend on the countries that you will visit during your subscription period.


Accommodation

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Airbnb

One of the world’s biggest apps to find accommodation, with millions of hosts worldwide offering accommodation on different scales and price ranges.

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Coliving

My #1 choice as an Airbnb alternative for digital nomads. It has many options for accommodation in Coliving Spaces in +50 Countries

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Booking.com

Another famous app to instantly books hotels or hostels worldwide.

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Agoda

Don’t like booking.com? Agoda is the best alternative around.


Note Taking & To-Do’s

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Google Keep

My personal favorite on this list. It has a simple interface and syncs across the web, desktops and phones. It supports many types of notes, including image notes that you can instantly create from your phone camera.

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Microsoft OneNote

Microsoft’s simple yet powerful note-taking app. It supports different types of notes that sync across devices and can be shared.

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Notion

Notion is considered a project management tool too. It is more than just a note-taking app. Many teams and individuals use it as a space to share ideas & collaborate. It can also be used by individuals.

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Evernote

A feature rich app that supports different ways to create notes including creating directly from web pages. It is used by many teams and individuals as an idea sharing space.

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Apple Notes

The app with the least features in our list, however, it is preferred by many iPhone, iPad & mac users. It supports adding short text notes, which can be synchronized using Apple’s iCloud.

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Pocket

Despite not being a note-taking app, Pocket is used to save articles, videos, and stories from the web or any other app.


Communication

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Skype

You may call it old-fashioned, however, Skype remains in competition as one of the best texting and video calling apps.

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Slack

For small remote businesses, professional teams and online communities, Slack is a great app that can be used for free.

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Whatsapp
Whatsapp Business

Whatsapp isn’t just a texting app anymore. In addition to the famous Whatsapp, Whatsapp Business is a powerful tool for communicating with your leads and existing clients.

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Zoom

Just another online meetings service. Due to Covid19, it has become one of the most used apps worldwide as numerous businesses turned to using it.


Finance & Money Transfer

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Payoneer

Provides many convenient ways to get paid as a freelancer or an online business, including bank transfers & credit cards. The Payoneer pre-paid master card is a big advantage.

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Wise

Formerly, Transferwise. It could be your best option to send and receive money wherever you are with an amazing exchange rate, covering many countries and different currencies.

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XE

For frequent travelers, Xe is one of the most accurate currency converters online. They have recently launched a money transfer service.

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Stripe

The most common solution for e-commerce payments is compared to similar services like Paypal.

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Paypal

Maybe it is the most famous money transfer and payment service for individuals and businesses worldwide. The high fees are a big disadvantage, though.

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CurrencyFair

A peer-to-peer international currency exchange marketplace.


Finding Best Flight Fares

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Skyscanner

The most famous flight search and comparison tool among Digital Nomads.

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Kayak

Perfect for airfare comparison in many regions. However, it doesn’t have the same worldwide coverage as Skyscanner.

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Google Flights

Google’s flight search tool.


Remote Job Boards

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Flexjobs

One of the oldest websites to find remote jobs.

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Outsourcely

A platform connecting companies that want to hire remotely with remote job seekers.

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Hubstaff Talent

The remote jobs search platform of the famous time tracking service, Hubstaff.

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Remote.co

A FlexJobs’ sister site.


Freelancing Platforms

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Toptal

By claiming that they accept only the top 3% of freelancers after a screening process, they promise projects of world top companies too.

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UpWork

The most famous online freelancing platform. Despite being a huge platform, the competition is very high & there are many less serious clients.

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Fiverr

The once was a micro-services platform is now a one-stop shop for many businesses worldwide. Fiverr has recently introduced Fiverr pro program.

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99designs

Exclusively for design projects. Clients can post project requirements or host design contests where freelance designers can bid or participate.

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Freelancer

Another freelancing platform similar to UpWork, however, the quality of the projects offered and the rates are generally less.

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Guru

Guru comes in the 3rd place after UpWork and freelancer.com.

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People Per Hour

A platform focused on hourly-based projects.


Skill Building and Self Development

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SkillShare

Courses covering topics including Illustration, Design, Photography, Animation, Productivity & many more.

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Udemy

A range of both free and paid courses is offered by many professionals and mentors worldwide.

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Udacity

Focused on technical and business courses taught by top world experts. This explains the higher cost compared to similar websites.

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Linkedin Learning

Formerly, Lynda.com. One of the oldest e-learning websites after being acquired by Linkedin.

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MasterClass

Online classes taught by top world experts.

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International Open Academy

Offers many certified courses. The most highlighted one is the 120-hour certificate TESOL course, which is necessary for online English teaching job seekers. Currently, there is an %80 discount on this course.


Productivity & Time Tracking

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Marinara

A browser extension that I have been using for years. Pomodoro technique

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Clockify

The best & simple free time tracking options for freelancers and small teams with paid plans for companies and bigger teams.

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Toggl

A great time-tracking & task-management solution for larger teams.

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HubStaff

One of the time tracking and reporting software pioneers. Hubstaff offers more integration features for software development teams.

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Boomerang

An email scheduler for Gmail. It is has proven useful for remote workers who work across different time zones.


Cloud Storage & File Management

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Google Drive

Google Drive is my favorite of all time. With free 15GB of storage and the power of Google Docs, it is a great cloud-based replacement for desktop office software.

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iCloud

The #1 choice for iPhone, iPad, or Mac users.

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Dropbox

Preferred by many businesses and individuals worldwide. The price tag is a disadvantage, though.

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WeTransfer

When it comes to sending large files, WeTransfer provides the best experience among other file-sharing options.

Project & Task Management

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Trello

Trello’s visual boards can be used for personal task management, project management, and collaboration with clients or internal teams.

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Asana

A project management tool built for small teams. It is more focused on project management compared to Trello, although many users find that Trello has a more user-friendly interface.

Other tools

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Speedtest

Internet speed Testing is a necessity for Digital Nomads. This is a tool that gives the ability to test your connection speed against many servers worldwide.

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Fast.com

The speed testing tool developed by Netflix. It has proven to be more reliable than SpeedTest in many cases.

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Canva

A web-based design tool with many great templates to create designs such as social media posts, documents, flyers, business cards, and even short videos.

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Grammarly

An AI writing tool that can help with spelling corrections, suggestions & more while writing emails, documents or messages. The free version is great, while the premium version provides more advanced features that can make your life easier.

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Momentum

Daily inspiration and a to-do list, visible with every new tab opened.

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Figure it out

Displays timezones of your choosing in every new tab screen.

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World Clocks

In case you need another extension for the new tab screen, you can use world clock to display it whenever needed by a simple click on the icon in the browser header.

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Coffitivity

Recreates the sounds of a cafe to help boost your creativity and focus.

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Stay focused

Another browser extension that helps raising productivity by blocking time-wasting websites

Are there more?

If you use an app or a tool that you believe should be on this list, please let me know in the comments. You can also get in touch via email at info@nomadicmemoir.com, on Facebook, or on Instagram. In case there is some task that you use a physical tool for and wanna replace with a digital tool, you can check My Minimalist Digital Nomad Packing List article.

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  • Amr A.

    Amr is the founder and the main author of Nomadic Memoir. Working remotely since 2015 and location-independent since 2016, with professional background is in the software industry as a web/mobile developer, a technical writer, and a project manager, in addition to running a digital agency and a 3d printing service.

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