Running a business from the road can be tough — luckily there are lots of tools and products to help you! Below are the digital nomad resources I use and love.
(Wondering how I make a living online? It’s not porn and it’s not a scam.)
If you want more information on travel — like flights, volunteering, etc, click here — and if you’re wondering what I pack in my bag, here’s the whole list.
13-inch Macbook Pro
Unlocked iPhone 5S (Here’s my review of T-Mobile, which offers free texting + data in 120 countries!)
Lifeproof Nuud iPhone Case
Logitech Wireless Mouse
Apple Wireless Keyboard
Asus External Monitor
Beats Wireless Headphones
Siteground: I switched from HostGator a few months ago and don’t know why I didn’t do it years ago. Awesome customer service and hosting!
Bluchic: I adore this site’s selection of beautiful, clean, and responsive themes. (I’m using Quinn on this site!)
Elegant Themes: I’ve used these themes on other sites, and have always been happy with the quality and support.
Mailchimp: Fun and free for up to 1,000 users. Don’t wait; start your email list now!
Evernote: I use this to keep ongoing lists of gift ideas, books to read, and blog post ideas.
Wunderlist: Simple, pretty, and with a satisfying clicking noise. My favorite app for quick lists of grocery items or biz projects.
SignEasy / HelloFax: Lifesavers for business from the road. Sign and fax documents from your phone!
Gmail: Whether for business or personal use, this is the best email client there is. I don’t think I need to go into a detailed description of why. If you don’t have it yet, just switch already.
Google Calendar: I wouldn’t know where to go or what to do if my Google Calendar disappeared. It has all my important appointments and events. You can even make birthdays repeat themselves every year. I particularly love creating “tasks,” which you can then complete and check off.
Google Drive: This is where all of my documents live. It’s incredible that I can access it from anywhere and can share changes with others — without having to email documents back and forth.
Mint: Awesome free tool to keep track of all of your bank accounts, credit cards, investments, and loans in one place. Also create a budget so you can save up for traveling.
Freshbooks: Love this accounting program! I use the paid version ($19.95/month) for invoicing clients, tracking my time, and recording expenses.
Digit: It’s difficult to put money aside, so let Digit do it for you. It analyzes your recent transactions and automatically takes out small amounts over time.
Charles Schwab Debit Card: In my opinion, this is the best travel debit card there is.
Chase Sapphire Reserve: Shiny and metallic, with great rewards, this is my go-to travel rewards credit card.
State Farm: I use State Farm’s “personal articles” policy to insure my laptop and cameras. I’ve never had to make a claim (searching for some wood to knock on…), so I’m not sure how that process goes, but for $60/year, I’d say it’s well worth it.
Squaremouth: The FIRST place I go when looking for travel insurance, and usually the last. I love the fact that I can compare many company’s plans side-by-side, and I always find great deals here.
Dropbox: The free version of this site is what I use to share music and documents with other people. Easy peasy.
Backblaze: Losing all of your stuff is no fun. Neither is remembering to do backups. Pay $5/month and get your shiz backed up — without having to think. I used this program to restore my stuff when I switched computers, and it worked seamlessly. Woohoo!
SmugMug: I’m psycho about backing up my photos. I back them up twice — once with Backblaze and once here. This is a great place to share and showcase your photos, as well as host photos for your blog. It costs $5/month.
WeTransfer: I often share photos with friends or clients, and this is my favorite way to send ’em.
Pocket: Get rid of all your tabs. With one click, add sites to your “Pocket,” which you can easily access later from any device.
Boomerang: So handy! Schedule emails to send later, or to return to your inbox if they haven’t been answered in a certain amount of time. You get 10 messages per month with the free version; unlimited costs $4.99/month.
RescueTime: Track where you’re spending your time online to see where your biggest time-sucks are.
StayFocusd: Limit the amount of time you can spend on unproductive sites. Choose a daily number of minutes you’re allowed — then as soon as you start browsing Gawker or Pinterest, the timer will start counting down.
Focus@Will: Love this site, whose tunes are specially curated to increase productivity. Don’t ask me how — it’s science.
Tomato Timer: If you work better in short spurts, The Pomodoro Technique might be for you. Work for 25 minutes, then take a 5-minute break. This timer will help you keep track.
Dragon Dictation: This free dictation app works surprisingly well.
HootSuite: The best free tool for managing your social media. Though you can manage a variety of social media outlets with it, I use it mostly to schedule tweets and RT the right way.
Buffer: This app lets you tweet interesting articles or photos with just one click — at times that are optimal for your audience. It’s a bit pricey ($10/month), but is worth it to me for the time it saves.
Feedly: Not that I ever log into it, but in theory, this is a great way to keep up with blogs and news sources.
Canva: This simple and free photo editing software is what I use to create photo quotes, or anything else that I need to look pretty.
Rapportive: The greatest stalking app you’ve never heard of. It syncs LinkedIn and Gmail to show you info about the person you’re emailing.
Life on the Road
Airbnb: My favorite way to find lodging on the road. Often featuring a kitchen and a desk, their offerings are perfect for digital nomads. Click here to get $25 off your first booking!
HotelTonight: Perfect for last-minute hotel bookings; here’s my review. Use code “Junkette25” to get $25 off your first booking!
Trusted Housesitters / Mind My House: Though I haven’t tried housesitting, I have many friends who say it’s the perfect way to travel for free.
How to Become a House-Sitter and See the World!: A recommended ebook from the bloggers behind Hecktic Travels.
Uber: Totally lost in a new city? Uber to the rescue — cheaper and more convenient than a taxi. Use code “susans383” to get your first ride for free!
Fun & Exercise
Lucent: “Clear your mental fog” with meditation; this app helps you do so for five minutes every day.
ProHDR: This app costs $1.99, but is so worth it for the amazing photos it’ll help you take from your phone.
RootsRated: Find ways to play outside wherever you are.
7 Minutes: Get an effective workout in — anywhere, and in just seven minutes.
The 4-Hour Workweek by Tim Ferriss
The Art of Non-Conformity by Chris Guillebeau
The Suitcase Entrepreneur by Natalie Sisson
Virtual Freedom by Chris Ducker
Escape from Cubicle Nation by Pamela Slim
Vagabonding by Rolf Potts
Essentialism by Greg McKeown
The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg
How to Win Friends & Influence People by Dale Carnegie
Life After College by Jenny Blake
Free Ebooks + Courses
The Suitcase Starter Kit: Tools from the lovely Natalie Sisson to help you start an online business you can run from anywhere.
Organized Like a Ninja Toolkit: Jenny Blake rocks, and so does this toolkit. Get your life organized, and good things will follow!
The Passionate Work Toolkit: I’m a big fan of Scott Dinsmore and his blog. If you haven’t seen his TEDx talk about how to find and do work you love, you’re missing out.
Paid to Exist Backpack: Jonathan Mead will help you get paid to do what you love.
10-Week Live-Anywhere Business Minicourse: From Cody at Thrilling Heroics, this is a guide to lifestyle entrepreneurship, permanent travel, and digital nomad living.
The Ultimate List of Blogs That Pay: Sophie Lizard’s compiled an awesome list of blogs that pay $50 or more per post.
Paid Ebooks + Courses
Get Better Clients and Earn More Money: From my friends over at The Write Life, this ebook is chock full of tips to help you make it big as a freelance writer. (Plus, it quotes yours truly!)
How to Take a Career Break to Travel: The incredible Alexis Grant took a break from being a journalist to backpack solo through Africa. She knows what she’s talking about.
The Blogger’s Guide to Freelancing: Ali Luke will teach you how to earn money from freelance blogging.
Some of these are affiliate links, meaning if you purchase the products, I earn a small commission. These are all products I use and love; I wouldn’t recommend them otherwise. Thanks for your support!