A life of a digital nomad is a life goal for a lot of people who actually grew up in the globalization era.
But it can be delicate logistically.
Immediately the warm surround of an office full of people with assigned roles varnishes around you, the priority for getting work accomplished can be a bit difficult.
Getting a reliable internet connection, keeping track and store of your work and expenses, currency exchange rates , planning flights ,accommodation and so on are essential things a lot of people only need to think about when planning for vacations, become a day to day routine. And how proficiently you implement them directly impacts your success, sense of comfort and totally whether you can make the digital nomad lifestyle work.
However, don’t get stressed whether you are contemplating about making the dial or a digital nomad wanting to step up your game, we have got your back.
We have actually asked 15 veteran digital nomads to open up their trade secrets on the best technology, gadgets, and popular places for getting work done as a nomad.
15 interviews are a lot to easily comprehend, so check out the listed most common answers to each questionnaire for some fast conclusions.
There was a much of variety in this category, which tended to be expected. But sure one thing common between all nomad we asked, and mostly travelers of any kind, is taking pictures and quickly uploading them to the net. And However, the important step in between, editing. There is an obvious winner in this category. As Dave Dean stated it: “if you share photos online from a mobile device, and you are not using Snapseed to edit them first, you should”.
Another popular issue for the nomad we asked was creating and organizing text. For this, the two most popular used instruments seem to be Grammarly and Scrivener. The first has a browser extension that automatically points out errors as you type, while the second is great for organizing either long texts, like a novel,or plenty amounts of short notes. Asana also did well concerning time management.
Packing cubes seem insignificant for a lot of nomads, and maybe for good reason. Getting more things and carrying a little backpack is of unquestionable merit. But what really makes packing cubes a no-brainer, is simply that you manage to just take a little backpack on just one flight, you have presumably saved the cost of the cubes on the baggage payment.
Smartphones, laptops and their different attachment are also very common. The importance of these gadgets is flexibility and adjustability, which are very much beneficial on the road, and external batteries, power adapters , routers and noise cancelling earphones make them more reliable.
E-readers are indeed awesome. Many people are glamorizing the smell and touch of real books, however major and consequential readers will likely prefer access to plenty of books for the baggage demand of a notebook
The unquestionable winner here is Thailand. The country has been at the vanguard of all variety of tourism in Southeast Asia for long years, and it looks as though instead of been destroyed by it or becoming too normal and conventional, it has surely become an inexpensive paradise for a lot of different travelers. Digital nomad or people looking forward to living and work in this kind of warmer climate are usually popular here, attracted by the holy trinity of tropical beaches, low cost accommodation and quality high speed internet.
Bali is very common as a relatively inexpensive tropical paradise. Eventually, for travelers looking for a more customary western big city, with great prices, vibrant culture and nightlife, and the combination of people from around the world, place to go is Berlin.
The chief geek at Too Many Adapters is Dave Dean, the technology website for travelers. Actually on the road for over six years, he actually writes about travel and tech from anywhere with average decent internet and a good view.
It is so challenging to restrict it down to just three significant apps for errant writers and bloggers, but I would likely have to add the following ones that I use always.
Nothing destroys a work day like ineffective wi- fi, so I always make use of speedtest to the accuracy and speeds before proceeding to a café or walking into a room at a hotel.
Its fundamentally out of question to come up with and recall unique, strong passwords for every site and online service I use, so I quit trying and started making use of password manager as an alternative. Allowing it create super strong, random 16+ character passwords for everything, and just put in the mind the one master password for the app. It will automatically fill the login screen of any website or application, then hook into chrome and other browsers, and syncs across desktop and mobile.
If you always share pictures online from a mobile device, and using snapseed to edit them first is not your concern, you should be. Super easy and accessible to use and yet still powerful, few seconds is all it takes to make almost any photo or picture look stunning without the artificial appearance you get with the prepackaged filters in eg. Instagram. You can actually grab it from the App or Play stores.
My requirement from a digital nomad destination becomes different overtime, so I can’t really give you a single better location, never have I found a particular location that has everything I needed. For the community, affordable living, and good food ,I normally go to chiang Mai or Saigon, or sometimes place like Playa del Carmen in Mexico. If am really after some of the favorability of western life without spending much, a great spot is Lisbon, alongside cities like Portugal and Spain like Porto,Granada , Madrid and others. I am not rigid, though, and according to my research as long as the internet and power are trustworthy, I can actually make the world work for me, at least for a period of time.
Eric McNeaney and Simon Fairbairn are a digital nomad couple who actually sold every of the properties they owned and left the UK in 2010 to travel the world forever.They pen down their slow journey round the globe, the sweet vegetarian delicacy they eat, the fun and challenge of a digital nomad life at Never Ending Voyage.They created an IOS app Trail wallet, which makes it easier for travelers to stay on budget, and the book The carry On Traveller , which explains to you how to pack light for any journey.
Gary Arndt is an awarding winning travel photographer blogger who has been traveling since 2007 and he has travelled to about 190 countries and territories in the travelers Century Club and 120 United Nations Countries. He has also travelled to over 335 UNESCO World Heritage sites and all 50 US states.His blog Everything Everywhere is generally accepted as one of the most well-known travel blogs in the globe. In 2010 Time Magazine named it one of the Top 25 Blogs on the Internet and it earned a Gold Medal in the Travel Blog category in the North American Travel Journalist Association (NATJA) awards. He is one of the highest awarded travel photographers of this decade. He was named the 2014 SATW Travel Photographer of the Year as well as the 2013 and 2015 NATJA Travel Photographer of the Year. He is the only travel photographer to have been named photographer of the year by both organizations. He is also a 3-time Lowell Thomas Award winner in Photo Illustration of Travel and a 2x Northern Lights Award winner in photography.
Truly, I utilize many web applications so the number of real applications I utilize is reducing all the time.
Erik Gauger Stays in Portland. His blog is notesfromtheroad.com, and is built with a large- format 4×5 camera, hand-painted sketches, watercolor maps, and travel notes.
I intentionally keep my writing when I am traveling completely natural. When I am on the journey, I write solely in the journals. There is something about that is very vital to me. In our at-home lives, we are in front of the television always all the time. Travel gets us away from that.
However, I do make use of apps when I’m traveling, and there are three in particular which a big part of my travel workflow is.
When I am traveling, I copy a lot of the weight-saving skills of the climber, which means that I keep everything to a spare limit. In this method, everything you carry with you needs to be consonant, dependable and amendable on the road.
The internet is comprised with a lot of people deal out advice about the top places ever in the globe, but I have never once had that thought myself, and I dissuade travel by evaluation or review in general. What I actually like to think about is that anywhere can be the best place; it’s more about your mood and your point of view. If you are in a better mood, you’re organized and inspired and enthusiasm to be there, that’s the best place for you. There are some places that may be more appealing, but I think it’s vital as a traveler to learn to be congenial anywhere you go to. There is this sense out there that sure places are hot or up and coming, and there are many bumbles around these places and everybody like to go there for a few years. I would truly want to do away with those places, and rather find on a map and say, where do I want to go?
The awarding-winning travel blog, Uncornered Market and the team behind this storytelling are Daniel Noll and Audrey Scott who are husband and wife. They have travelled to more than 10 years and 90 countries. They are still together as husband and wife.
We like to go with Thailand – Bangkok/Chiang Mai: rapid internet, cheap accommodation or hospitality, fabulous (& cheap) food. Or maybe Oaxaca, Mexico for similar reasons, including wonderful food.
Nora Dunn was a digital nomad before it was even a thing to reckon with; you might even call her a “ground master” in the industry or the “fore founder” of travel blogging!
She sold out everything she owned or acquired (including a lucrative busy financial planning practice) in Canada in 2006 and she has been living across the globe ever since. She established the popular travel website The Professional Hobo that teaches people on how to travel full-time in a financially supportable way, She has written a lot of books and they include works like How to Get Free Accommodation Around the World, and Working on the Road: The Unconventional Guide to Full-Time Freedom.
I’m not in any way close as tech-savvy as other bloggers and digital nomads I’m very sure. My best apps are more travel-related than blogging/writing related. They are:
Apart from my laptop, which I think goes without saying:
I’ve been a lone hand for almost of my 11 years as a digital nomad, often like to live semi-rurally and have free accommodation with house-sitting, volunteering, etc while living in a more “local” way. Thus, in the last year, I’ve found myself in two of digital nomad major interest, particularly Ubud (Bali), and Chiang Mai (Thailand). Among the two of them I would say I prefer Chiang Mai because it is better set up in terms of infrastructure/internet/nomad community, but Ubud takes the prize for access to natural beauty. Both have wonderful and lovely local cultures, cuisines, and affordable cost of living; Chiang Mai will afford you a few more creature comforts.
Agness and Cez are two best friends who determine to leave their 9-5’s behind and begin a life as digital nomads. We’ve traveled all over the globe and will continue to do so until when we can’t move any more, or they say we can’t. Even when that time will come, we’ll most likely try to figure or look out somewhere we can go. Head over to eTramping to see what we get up to and how you can do it yourself.
At the moment, one of our favorite places to live as digital nomads was China. It’s cheap, convenient (relatively), and you get good access to the internet – as long as you have a VPN. China does have some problems, but overall, it’s probably one of the easier places to live and move around, so long as you have a visa. This is probably the hardest thing to get if you’re a ‘pure’ digital nomad working freelance for clients online.
We were actually teaching English for a while there, and this covered us on the Visa front. You can usually work “part-time” as a teacher and this will cover your visa needs, and leave you with enough free time to pursue other projects. Plus, despite the pollution which is often reported, China has – what we think is – some of the world’s most beautiful sights and scenic areas. Plus, in recent years the country has invested a huge amount of money in infrastructure, meaning traveling around is only becoming easier and easier.
If you’re willing to live somewhere a little more expensive then Taiwan is also a great bet. Just next to the mainland, you’ve still got a lot of the benefits of China, minus the visa hassles. It’s also relatively easier to just hop over to South Korea or Japan too.
Stefan (Greek) and Sebastien (French) who met in London in 2009 are a nomadic gay couple. They actually quit their lives and jobs in 2014 and have since been travelling ever, working fully as digital nomads on their gay travel blog – Nomadic Boys.
Thailand! Most favoured Chiang Mai, which we all agree with. But,for gay digital nomads, Bangkok is really awesome. It’s very cheap to live there, great internet, an amazing transport hub in Asia and one of the awesome gay scenes in Asia. We’d go back in a heartbeat (and are certainly looking into it!)
Charli Moore is an adventure addict who has been location independent since 2011. A freelance writer and editor of the travel blog Wanderlusters, she has a taste for adrenaline highs and crunchy peanut butter. Kindly follow her on Instagram to feed your wanderlust.
This is going to sound spectacularly tedious but the first is my sleep mask. At first, When I just started travelling I found it so difficult to sleep on flights and would actually struggle to relax when staying in a new bed. Then what i do is buy a sleep mask and trained myself to get used to wearing the mask when going to sleep. I can now easily sleep anywhere, at any time. It’s really a life saver.
As a blogger, I am a writer and also a photographer and I constantly have my camera nearby just in case I spot impeccable shot. My Spider Camera Holster allows me to keep my camera really attached to the strap of my rucksack or backpack so I can stay hands-free whilst travelling and quickly have my camera out and ready to capture the moment.
A good pair of noise-cancelling headphones is actually something I certainly can’t do. Having the power to plug me in, or drown a particularly irritating noise out, can really make the difference between enjoying a flight and struggling through it.
Because I actually stay rent free when I travel by house and pet sitting I’ve been so lucky enough to stay in a lot of off-beat locations most digital nomads could only dream of. As such, I’ve several views of what makes a great work environment. Ofcourse, co-working spaces are awesome, but I find it’s having the motivation to disconnect and invest some time in myself that really helps me to fully my utilize my productivity. For me places like St Kitts & Nevis, Molokai Hawaii, and New Zealand’s Coromandel Peninsula are good.
Presently in Buenos Aires, Argentina, I’m working secludedly as Lead Network Engineer for Secom, Inc – a telecommunications provider in southeastern Colorado, USA. I finally decided to commence a blog about personal development and community life and travel, writing once each week on Mondays over the course of the Remote Year trip. 12 cities around the world + 1 month in each city = 1 year of amazing perspective.
Harbor for digital nomads is Chiang Mai, Thailand. Thai food is less costly and sweet, rent is about one half its U.S. equivalent. You can actually visit any number of attractive parks and temples nearby and there are a really a lot of lovely islands and beaches a little less expensive flight away. I loved strolling back and forth between the touristier old city area and the copious cafes and workspaces in the Nimman district. Basically, a wonderful location to meet other nomads and expats and converse, associate and invent.
Previously an IT developer and with a degree in Computer Science, Laurence Norah is today a professional travel photographer & blogger who manages two blogs with his wife Jessica: photography & adventure focused Finding the Universe & couples luxury focused Independent Travel Cats. He is actually the most followed travel blogger on Facebook, with over a million followers. He also runs an online photography course.
I usually find myself using Dropbox, Snapseed and Google Maps much more. Dropbox always lets me get my documents from whatever device I’m on, keeps them all safely backed up, and allows me to share them with my blogging partner (and wife!) Jessica. Snapseed is so crucial for quick photo editing on the go. Google Maps, well, I’d be lost definitely without it.
I travel always with a power strip, a multitool, and duct tape. Not exactly high tech stuff, but I always find myself needing more power outlets than are available, and being able to orderly put things back together on the trip, either with my multitool or with duct tape has come in handy on the countless event.
The best place is perhaps Thailand. The food is awesome, the people are accommodating, the cost of living is fair and fast internet is so easily obtainable.
Michael Turtle worked for ten years as a television and radio reporter in Australia before deciding to get rid of all his belongings and travel the world indefinitely. He established his blog, Time Travel Turtle, to tell the stories of the people he met, places he discovered, and cultures he experienced. He has been travelling and writing for more than six years now and has no plans to stop!
I think the concept of ‘blogging’ has changed a lot in the time I’ve been doing it and it’s now very important to be doing more than just writing. Photography is obviously essential but video and audio are also really beneficial. For this reason, the application I use the most is Adobe Lightroom – and I also use Photoshop, Premiere and Audition quite a lot to create multimedia content. For my actual writing, I use Scrivener as a way of organising all my different blog posts and thoughts. And I use the Google email app Inbox to keep all of my correspondence organised and leave reminders for myself.
My number one gadget – I couldn’t live without it – is a power adaptor I have that will take any kind of plug, will go into any socket, and also has two USB chargers. It’s perfect for making sure all my gear is always charged. I also have a set of Bluetooth headphones that are quite cheap (and look a bit dorky) but they’re designed for exercise so they are fantastic for all sorts of situations like hiking, running, sleeping or working. And I also have a tiny backpack that folds down to the size of a box of cards that I can pull out and use as a daypack if I want to just carry a water bottle or a jumper with me – and saves me from unpacking everything else from my larger regular daypack.
I spend most of my time in Asia or Europe these days. In Asia, I really like Bangkok as a working location. It’s extremely well-connected for travel but also has affordable accommodation, good share offices, and amazing food. It also helps that digital nomads are always passing through so there’s a vibrant community. When it comes to Europe, there are definitely a lot of opportunities in London for networking and inspiration and I go there quite regularly – but it’s obviously not cheap. For more affordable and relaxing cities, I’ve quite enjoyed the time I’ve spent in Tallinn and Berlin.
Linda Martin is a New Zealander and full-time traveller who has been travelling around the world with her husband Craig since February 2006. In late 2006 they started the Indie Travel Podcast to share tips and stories about independent travel; they also run a website development and hosting business, Performance Foundry.
Personally, I keep things pretty simple — if writing on my phone I tend to use the default notes app! Mail and Safari are the other two apps I use the most for blogging. On my laptop, I find Scrivener really useful for organizing notes, and I schedule posts directly into WordPress rather than going through an app. A time management system is pretty important too — we use Wrike.
I don’t know what I’d do without my Kindle — it’s my go-to leisure device. For work, my Roost laptop stand keeps my posture healthy while I’m working. And for our podcast, the Zoom H2 recorder helps us record on the road.
One of my favorite countries to visit as a digital nomad was Colombia. We found excellent coworking spaces in both Bogotá and Medellín — though I must say, the weather was a lot better in Medellín! Food and accommodation were reasonably priced, and people were very friendly in both cities.
Three-time receiver and actually the first American to win Young Travel Photographer of the Year, a reputable international competition judged by museum curators and magazine editors, Guttman was named as the World’s Top Travel Photographer by Condé Nast Traveler, a Rising Star by Instagram and won the 2017 Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Storytelling and Exploration—a lifetime achievement level honor. His recent book, The Handbook of Drone Photography, was actually one of the first written on the topic and received critical acclaim from publications such as Travel + Leisure, The Telegraph, Business Insider, The Daily Mail and the New York Post, among others.
Roadtrippers is really useful to plan all of my wonderful cross-country adventures, Sky Guide for stimulating me to revel in the night sky and Beautiful Planet HD for inspiring wanderlust and a love of cultures around the globe.
My three most irreplaceable gadgets on the road are my camera, my drone, and my computer.
San Francisco is one of my dearest cities in the world as it’s within striking distance of some of the continent’s most attractive views.
Hello ,I am Miguel, an adventure traveler, and hiking lover. I have actually been traveling around the globe for the past five years, always trying to explore and hike some of the most remote regions. Follow me on my blog Travelsauro and have fun full adventures in places like Papua, Timor, the Himalayas, Africa and also the Caribbean!
I really don’t use many application myself. Yet, I discovered, Grammarly, and Google Analytics to be very helpful. I always use Later for Instagram. It makes the tasks of scheduling and publishing posts and setting tags much uncomplicated. Grammarly is an awesome tool for checking my English texts. I’m not an Anglo speaker, so this is surely a must-have for me. Google Analytics is also an important app for checking traffic, detailed by country, language, age, articles, etc.
Definitely, My Laptop is the first one. Or else, keeping up with all the work would be challenging. Second place definitely goes to my DSLR camera. I love photography, so I place a lot of priority on how my posts look. I write mostly about hiking, so besides all the practical information, I like showing people what the trails look like, the vision from the tops of the mountains, the valleys, etc.
Another dearest gadget is my pair of hiking shoes. The first question I ask when I get somewhere is, “What’s the highest mountain around here?” I climb it and I write an article about the experience and adventure!
I always try as much as possible to travel off the beaten path, so I’ve never stayed too long in common nomad locations such as Chiang Mai or Bali. My dearest place for digital nomads would be San Pedro de la Laguna in Guatemala. The place is amazing. It’s a small town in front of a giant lake surrounded by volcanoes. You can really enjoy magnificent sunrises and sunsets. In addition to its natural beauty, it’s a cheap place, and even though the internet connection isn’t good, it’s sustainable as long as you don’t need to do much uploading. There is a small community of travelers, adventurers, and other digital nomads, so it’s really simple to make friends, hang out etc.
Jeremy Scott Foster happens to be a travel writer, photographer, and professional adventurer. He has been traveling around the world for over 7 years, asking the difficult questions, and still learning about both the world and himself in the process.
His adventure travel blog, TravelFreak, has actually taken him to 35+ countries on six continents—he’s hiked glaciers in New Zealand, partied until sunrise on the beaches of Montenegro, taught English in China, conquered the highest bungee jump in the world, traversed Europe by train, and thus, climbed inside the great Pyramids of Giza.
The three apps that are presently most essential to my business are Asana for team collaboration, Google Docs for content collaboration, and Wave Apps for invoicing clients. That being said, business is always expanding, so these are subject to change at any time.
I personally, can’t travel anywhere in the world without my smartphone. I use the Google Pixel 2 XL (the camera is outstanding), and with T-Mobile, I stay connected in 140+ countries around the world. For editing photos, my Wacom Intuos is an incredible part of my workflow. In conclusion, I never travel anywhere without music, and my Jaybird X3’s are by far my best.
There are quite a lot around the world—Bucharest, Chiang Mai, Playa del Carmen…but I believe Medellin, Colombia is by far the most awesome. There is a vibrant scene of digital nomads, great food and, most importantly, some of the best coffee in the world!
Every traveler needs and preferences differ and also every trip demands different equipment and attracts different people. But there is wisdom in numbers, so if you would like to spend some time as a nomad or take a work-heavy holiday, and still uncertain about the details, just simply download Snapseed, grab some packing cubes, and then head to Thailand. Least I forget, remember to bring a VPN along!
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