My Nomad Resources
It’s 2019, and the tendencies are evident, more and more people keep switching to become a Digital Nomad or just Nomads. However, this kind of lifestyle is easier to sustain if you work remotely for a company (usually in a developed country). Those are the nomad resources and tools that have made my life easier since I decided to leave my lease behind.
It’s important to mention that not all people have the same requirements, the kind of gear that a translator need is not the same than what a videographer does. But in general, there are needs in common that we all share as modern nomads, and there are some hacks and tools that make this kind of life smoother. Let’s get started.
If you’re interested in traveling in South America, I’ve posted some videos about the food in most of the countries there with some references. Subscribe to my Youtube channel if you want to learn more about options to feed yourself while staying in those countries.
Flying and booking websites
We all know that mobility is always a need as nomads. However, sometimes flying is not the best option. It’s all about context. But if you need to book a flight, check the usual suspects; Skyscanner, Kayak, and Expedia. Don’t forget to compare the results with the local airlines, sometimes you could get better (or the same deals) directly with the airline. And if something goes wrong, it’s easier to complain.
If you decide to book your flights through third-party portals, it’s totally okay. Just, don’t forget you can still make changes and present a complaint directly with the airline. Let me share with you a little hack that worked great when I was in Colombia (not Columbia, please don’t say this if you go there).
I booked a flight on Skyscanner to fly out to Panama from Medellín, but things changed, and I needed to extend my stay in Panama four more days. To make a change a day before my departing date would mean to pay a lot of extra money. I checked over the website and given the paid fare, I couldn’t make any change. So, I decided to go to the local airline office and requested the dates change (willing to pay the same amount as if I would’ve bought a new ticket).
Surprisingly, I did not have to pay a lot, only 50 cents. Apparently, the website booked the flight with broader flexibility and didn’t let the user make changes unless they spent more, well, screw that. In the end, your name is on the ticket, and apparently, sometimes you can still do changes “on your behalf.” Moral? Asking could help you save some extra money.
This is one of my favorite nomad resources. I love how the Internet works for some specific things, especially when people use it for good stuff, like the people behind websites like Skiplagged a website that helps you find cheaper flights utilizing a method of skipping some segments of larger itineraries. You know, airlines booking algorithms work in ways that few people know, and usually are designed to charge more.
People that fly twice a year, usually don’t care about this. But roamers and nomads should have this knowledge, at least until the algorithms change.
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If you are passionate about coffee in the same way that I am, and you have traveled enough, you know that some destinations are great for isolation, or beautiful beaches, but access to good coffee is not always available. However, you can still carry a little fabric coffee filter, like this one I bought in the streets of Cuenca, Ecuador.
If you cannot go to Cuenca, just look up Plastic v60 and reusable coffee filter, then grab your coffee beans in advance, ideally not ground so that they can last longer, but that would take you to the need of buying a manual mill. If you have the room in your suitcase or backpack, go for it. Space saver? Then probably buying the coffee ground would be your to-go option. We cannot have it all, can we? Remember this is a list of nomad resources, not a letter to Santa Claus.
Ok, this could be a very controversial topic. I know some people are married to their brands (like me) and it all will depend on your priorities. As I mentioned above, photo and video gear compound the primary purpose of my travels. So I’ll get started with my needs. a good nomad resources list needs some photography content.
I choose to make a high-quality image kind of content and more recently made up my mind to focus on documentary-making. This is my drive. If good, nice looking footage was not my priority, a Handycam (with longer battery life) would work better for me, -and take less room.-
I know that mirrorless cameras are the future, but I always used Canon lenses and cameras. I just haven’t invested the time to switch to the company that is leading that market; Sony. One of the pros of mirrorless cameras is that they are lighter and smaller.
I’m not a huge fan of zoom lenses, especially for video. I don’t like the way they process the light. This is just a personal preference. The ones that do a great job on that matter are pretty pricey so, for now, I travel with a 20mm 2.4 lens, a 50mm 1.2, and an 85mm 1.2. Those beasts are massive and take lots of room. I’m happy with what they do, but I need to make that big step and switch to mirrorless once and for all.
Of course, I have a little bag that protects them. I travel with 4 SD Cards, three 64GB and one 128 GB. A gorilla tripod and two 4 TB external hard drives. A couple of extra batteries are also an essential staple for any photographer/videographer. Microphone always in the backpack. A little drone also helps me taking some shots that otherwise would be impossible to get.
These days that I’m settled in Oaxaca, Mexico, my home country, I’m able to have a big tripod and a gimbal for my heavy DSRL. Those are important but not essential.
If your nomad journeys are not based on photography or video creation, then I’d recommend you to get a mirrorless camera with a decent zoomable lens. That will give you great quality for your photos and videos.
One more thing that would let this nomad resources list incomplete if absent is my laptop. This is going to be material for a new post, I kind of hate and love my MacBook Pro but stay tuned for the text about that.
This is also a significant and must-check section, I’ll just list them:
Afterlight. This is my to-go photo editing app. I used to use three or four of them, but once I discovered this one, I didn’t use them anymore and ended up uninstalling them. Pretty much all the phone photos in my Instagram account are edited with this app.
Snapseed. Before discovering Afterlight, Snapseed was also a great option (and free). Not as powerful as Afterlight but has some cool features that I don’t miss but I still admire (like the expand photo).
Tinder. Ok, I don’t want to sound like a bro that travels trying to bang everything in front of him. That’s definitely not me. But when you understand that a man and a woman can relate in different ways than only romantically, and they can be friends. Then you can understand the high potential that this app has as a networking platform. I also learned a thing from many models during my trips. They use the app to promote their Instagram profiles, so I decided to copy that model. So I also advertise Nomad Cook through my Tinder profile.
Local transit apps. This could be tricky, not all the cities of the world have developed transportation systems like in your countries, this could represent a hassle for some of you but; Hey!, where’s that nomad spirit?
I try not to use Uber and Airbnb, or at least use them only if there’s no other option. I know they could help me to save some money, but they and their business models are one of the reasons why I decided to walk away from the software development industry, that’s why I also try not to buy in Amazon.
When I decided to travel and work around the world, I didn’t even know digital nomads was a thing. Then, a friend told me about this website. It’s created to give a guide to other digital nomads about the cities around the world and the local resources condensed in a single place. The lists are not fully updated, but it’s a great start. The membership is worth it since you pay for it only once.
This is the whole list of nomad resources for now. I hope this info is helpful for you. I’ll be updating this page as long as I remember other apps and resources that I haven’t used in a while. Ohh and I lied, there are more than 7 resources, and the list will keep growing, don’t worry, we always want to know more about this kind of topics don’t we?