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6 Life-Hacking Apps for Digital Nomads

Digital nomads rely heavily on technology to earn a living and stay organized and productive.
6 Life-Hacking Apps for Digital Nomads
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Digital Nomads rely heavily on technology nowadays. Not only to earn a living, but also to stay organized and productive. The easiest and most efficient way they do this is by using apps that help them with their everyday needs while running their businesses on the road. There are tons of apps out there so trying to decide which ones to use can be tough. 

Below, I have compiled a list of apps that have become quite popular for todays Digital Nomads. Some of them you might’ve heard about before and some of them you haven’t but rest assured this won’t be the last time you hear about them. They are on the rise and have become essential for the mobile lifestyle.

1. Health app.

Access to healthy food can sometimes be a challenge when traveling the world, especially when you find yourself in an unfamiliar place. Farmstand is a free and interactive app that helps travelers locate fresh produce and markets at a good price, around the world. With over 8,700 global farmers’ markets listed on the app, digital nomads have access to open times, directions and photos from other market goers. But most importantly, Digital Nomads can keep their health a priority.

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2. Security app.

With so many important documents and credentials needed to accompany Digital Nomads while on-the-go, it’s almost impossible to find a way to keep them all secure and out of the wrong hands. That’s where the free app Credntia comes in, giving travelers digital access to their personal credentials, like licenses, passports and health cards, no matter where or when. Credntia has taken extra steps on both the front and backends of their app -- from Touch ID verification to advanced data encryption -- to keep the most sensitive personal credentials safe and secure.

3. Transportation app.

Nothing is worse than getting lost in a city you’re unfamiliar with. And for Digital Nomads who make their living by traveling the world, they need a reliable source for navigating their journeys. Embark provides the navigation every digital nomad needs, whichever city they’re in. Not only does this free app help you get where you’re going, but keeps you entertained while on the way. Embark tailors a list of the web's most popular content and even allows you to save them for later, keeping you informed and entertained on every leg of the journey.

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4. Organization app.

Are you ever worried you might accidentally schedule calls or virtual meetings with clients in the wrong time zone? For digital nomads who work with others in various time zones, WorldTimeBuddy is the answer to your scheduling problems. WorldTimeBuddy helps schedule and double-check time zones without any mix-ups by providing accurate times across various cities. Get the basic version of the app for access to up to 4 locations free, or upgrade to the Silver ($2.99) for 20 locations or Gold ($5.99) for unlimited location access and more.

5. Communication app.

For those digital nomads who find themselves in a country knowing little to none of the native dialect, iTranslate helps users read, write and speak in 90 languages, anywhere in the world. The straightforward interface allows for a simple user experience consisting with a plug-and-chug format to help you quickly translate words and phrases between languages. Users can even share the newly translated words/phrases via text message, email or on Facebook. Don’t worry about pronunciation or spelling either, as the app will say it out loud for you and auto-predict what word you’re trying to write before you even finish. You can choose between the free version, or pay $5 to get premium access to voice commands, longer text and ad-free use.

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6. Entertainment app.

Meeting friends on the road can be hard. And for digital nomads who may spend a lot of time on their own, meeting people in groups can be stressful and/or overwhelming. Instead, Nearify can help you take control of your social life by letting you discover events happening near you. Covering more than 20 million events worldwide, always know what’s happening -- shows, comedy, concerts, festivals, screenings -- and where you can attend. Get the app for free and start stepping out of your work life, and into your personal life by exploring and socializing how you’d like, no matter where you are in the world.

For Digital Nomads, it’s extremely important to be able to be as efficient and productive as possible while on the road and these apps help make your life just a little bit easier.