Apps Every Digital Nomad Needs


Nate Vickery

Senior editor

Parul Saxena

Chief editor

Last updated: February 22, 2021

Digital nomads are living their life to the fullest. They travel around the world and work at the same time, which gives them an opportunity to see faraway lands, meet many interesting people and run away from 9 to 5 jobs fueled with huge amounts of work-related stress. But digital nomads don’t have super-powers and even they sometimes have problems with fitting into completely new society and adjusting their life habits and work obligations with things each new city has to offer. In this article we listed some of the most useful apps and tools that will enable them to take the most out of every destination they visit.

Destination Guidance

Since digital nomads are traveling extensively, they need a reliable destination guidebook. These books and websites inform them about most interesting sites at each destination and also about transport timetables, ticket prices, places to stay and eat. If I was writing this article 10 years ago I would (without a single doubt) recommend you to buy only Lonely Planet guidebooks. Today with an emergence of many free online based guidebooks and traveling apps, this ex-market leader is not as necessary as it used to be.

Lonely Planet offers regular traditional guidebooks that focus on one city, country, region or route, as well phrasebooks, eBooks, online destination guides and many products that can be useful to travelers. Brandt is another popular traditional guidebook publisher, who still prints classic guidebooks. There are also many new online guide-related products developed by different companies. Some of these are:

  • Wikitravel– most popular travel wiki
  • TripAdvisor– most popular mobile travel app and review website
  • HitchWiki– travel wiki that focuses on people who travel by hitchhiking
  • Thorn Tree Forum– very popular travel forum, hosted by Lonely Planet

app every digital nomad needCurrency Exchange

Digital nomads who reside in European countries usually don’t have problems with price conversion, but the ones who travel around South and Central America, Africa or Southeast Asia, or any other region with many different countries that have their own currency, can loose a lot of money as a result of price confusion. This problem can be easily solved with installing an app that converts currencies for you. One of the most important criterion for choosing such app is its ability to regularly update currency quotes, whenever you connect to the internet. The most famous app that provides these services is XE Currency, which resets its quotes each time users touch their phone. It also comes with limited free version, and Pro version that cost only $1.99.

Finding the Way

There are plenty of map apps, and the most famous one is definitely the Google Maps. This app that comes with Google package for free has huge number of features. Some of the most useful ones are:

  • Street View- 360 degrees panorama view of major city streets and roads;
  • Driving Directions- gives you the shortest and the least complicated and expensive way to get from point A to point B;
  • Distance measurement tool- it measures distance from point A to point B;

Other than these fantastic features Google Maps also enable users to customized, save and share their maps, which makes group planning much easier.

Storing Travel Photos and Work Files

Cloud technology brought plenty of benefits to people who are following digital nomad lifestyle. It enables them to keep their work files in one place and (depending on the app they chose) to encrypt and access them from special folders on the desktop. One of the most innovative new cloud app is pCloud. It comes with security extension called pCloud Crypto that is able to encrypt sensitive files and make them secure from cyber-attacks. This app also has growing developer community behind it, and pCloud Company is very supportive towards young developers.

Learning the Language

Digital nomads that at least vaguely understand local language always end up with better deals and have better chances to meet and befriend local people. Today there are many different apps that can help you to understand local language. Some of them like Google Translate are good for direct translation of words, sentences and longer pieces of text, while others like DuoLingo enable you to learn a new language, by providing small grammar, pronunciation, dictation and reading assignments. Using this app is known to be one of the most effective ways for foreign language learning.

Life of global nomads is splendid by itself, and it can become even more interesting and fun, with using some of these apps. With them you travel with less worries and more time for work and leisure. You can view free business mobile apps for smart phone to increase productivity of your business.

Nate M. Vickery is an entrepreneur from Sydney, Australia. In recent years he is involved in website design and development. Aside from work he enjoys a good game of Aussie football and spending time with his family. Nate is also the editor-in-chief at bizzmarkblog.

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