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A smartphone can be used to access the Internet, play games and utilize the power of downloadable apps.

Privacy/ Connectivity Apps for the Nomad

  • Burner is a privacy layer for your phone. Create unlimited numbers at the touch of a button, and keep your personal number private (US and Canada only).
  • NomadSMS allows users to purchase a local phone number in a selection of countries. Except instead of purchasing the number in the form of a physical SIM card and inserting it into a phone, it allows the user to receive text messages sent to the local number via their email inbox.
  • WifiMagic helps Find Wifi networks nearby you, and show passwords of secured networks!

Mapping Apps for the Nomad

  • Download maps of the area where you're going to. It’s a great open-source offline map. You can find directions or POI (points of interest) without the need to search for wi-fi or using your mobile data.
  • Citymapper. An app that combines all different kinds of transport to find the best suited route for you.
  • Geospike is a free app for iOS and Android devices. The app allows instant recording of a data ‘spike’ of your location in the field (using the internal GPS of the mobile device) to which you can attach photos, videos & field notes.

Hitchhiking Apps for the Nomad

Productivty Apps for the Nomad

  • Oblique is a paid app for iOS. Based on creation by [Brian Eno and Peter Schmidt] and first published in 1975.Intended to help artists (and nomads break creative blocks by encouraging lateral thinking.

Language Apps for the Nomad

  • Duolingo. One of the most intuitive websites that teaches languages

Transport Apps for the Nomad

  • BlaBlaCar. It’s a car-sharing website
  • Flixbus. Flixbus is a bus company that can take you to many places in Europe.

App Lists

  • 25+ free must-have apps for fellow travellers. Feb 2017.