My favorite digital tools, services & apps

Biz Tools

Podia

ONLINE COURSE HOSTING

I’ve been using Podia since 2020 to host my online course – it’s super user-friendly and easy to set up! Podia is where all my business coaching programs are hosted – Zero to Launch, Book Out Your Business >>> Marketing Bootcamp, etc.

ConvertKit

EMAIL MARKETING

If you’re only relying on social media and platforms other people own, you need an email list. ConvertKit is super user-friendly and it’s what the Duraca Travels emails list runs on!

Wise

INTERNATIONAL PAYMENTS

If you need to get paid in a foreign currency or pay someone who doesn't have PayPal or Venmo - voila! The transfer fees are sooo much cheaper than PayPal, wire transfer, or anything else!

NordVPN

VIRTUAL PRIVATE NETWORK

It’s important to think about your online security and data privacy as well as your physical safety. I use NordVPN to protect my financial data, passwords, and client info when I’m working from a public wifi network. …It’s also great for streaming Hulu ;p I even know some nomads whose work doesn’t know where they are…

Getting Around

Google Flights

CHEAP FLIGHTS

I love using Google Flights to find the best flights and do quick travel planning.

Google Maps

GETTING AROUND

Duh, Google Maps is a a game changer for getting around anywhere you don't know. Pro tip: Download the offline map before you go.

Omio

TRANSPORTATION BOOKING, TRAIN, BUS & FLIGHT TICKETS

Different countries have different popular booking platforms. Omio has been incredibly helpful – especially in Europe – for understanding and booking train tickets. It’s super user-friendly and helps eliminate the confusion of different transportation sites and languages.

Rome2Rio

GETTING AROUND ABROAD

Doing some planning and not sure if you can physically get from A to B? Rome2Rio is a lifesaver for trip planning.

Airalo

GETTING AROUND ABROAD

Landing in a new country where you won’t have cell service, as a nomad does? Install Airalo as your second esim so you have data when you land. Makes getting around a LOT easier, and I like having data for safety as well. There are cheaper options, but I’ve found this esim to be the easiest and most convenient.

Discover Cars

CAR RENTAL

I didn’t rent a car until I was 27, and it’s still not a default move for me when I’m traveling. But, it is amazing what renting a car enables you to do! You can really get off the beaten track, explore places like a local, and have so much freedom.

Research &
Booking for
Flights and
Airports

Kiwi.com

FLIGHT RESEARCH AND BOOKING, TRAIN, AND BUS TICKETS

Kiwi has some of the best search options and unique combinations – you’ll find some of the cheapest flight deals here – and they’ll even combine flight, train, and bus tickets into a single itinerary.

Priority Pass

AIRPORT LOUNGE ACCESS

If you don’t get Priority Pass through your Chase travel card (see my financial recs here), it’s totally worth getting on it’s own. I had never been in an airport lounge before 2019 – it’s mind-blowing how the other half lives. Comfy chairs and couches, outlets wherever you look, free food and coffee, your own nice bathrooms…if you’re flying a lot, you will easily make your investment in a Priority Pass from saving on airport food within a year.

Research &
Booking for
Lodging and
Hotels

That is, if you’re not staying at one of my favorite colivings just for digital nomads.

Booking.com

LODGING & HOTEL BOOKING

Every country seems to have different booking sites that are more or less popular. Booking.com is pretty universal and seems to have more options in Europe, including for longer-term stays. I love the Genius features (sometimes it’s actually cheaper to book through Booking.com), and that you can usually choose if you want a refundable booking, breakfast, and want to pay later.

VRBO

LODGING & HOTEL BOOKING

VRBO is similar to Airbnb and has some great options. I found some things here in Mexico that weren’t listed elsewhere.

Agoda

LODGING & HOTEL BOOKING

Agoda is starting to compete with Booking.com in terms of having great discounts and sometimes being cheaper to book through them. I found they’ve got some great options for longer-term stays, especially in Asia.

HostelWorld

LODGING & HOTEL BOOKING

As a nomad, I’m working, not just on vacation & partying, so I don’t stay at hostels a lot anymore unless I’m on vacation. However, A) HostelWorld has some non-hostels – for cheaper prices than on other sites and B) there are some hostels that are great for working and way cheaper than other options.

Tours and
Exploring Your Destination

Viator

TOUR BOOKING

When you’re nomading, you’re aiming to live like a local, not a tourist. But you still want to explore and experience the cool and unique things about the city! So I often like to check out the tours and experiences available in my new city, especially if I’m traveling solo. I’ve used Viator to skip the line and see Christ the Redeemer in Brazil!

Tripadvisor

THINGS TO DO

A great overall site for checking out the main attractions where you are and getting an idea of the possible tours, restaurants, and sites you’ll want to visit.

Get Your Guide

TOUR BOOKING

Get Your Guide is an up-and-coming booking site. I like the variety of their tours – and they even have super practical stuff as well – I used them to book my transportation from Rio de Janeiro to Ilha Grande for a weekend trip. Sometimes it’s easier and faster to go with transportation designed for tourists, and not spend hours transferring buses and wrestling with another language.

Staying Fit
On the Road

Strava

RUNNING

I use Strava sneakily - to see where other people are running. In a foreign place, you don't always know the best routes - where is beautiful, where is safe. On Strava, you can see where the most activity is and try out the popular routes.

All Trails

HIKING

One of my favorite things to do all over the world is hike. All Trails is a really helpful way to find trails heads near you - wherever you are - and get intel on the trail!

Aaptiv

AUDIO FITNESS WORKOUTS

Aaptiv is SO great for working out on the road. I can choose a workout by type, length, what body parts I want to work, what equipment I have available, and choose my music. Then one of their trainers tells me exactly what to do! This is perfect for my digital nomad life - sometimes I have a gym, sometimes I don't. Sometimes I want a little motivation on an outdoor run, or someone to guide me through a yoga session.

Language

Duolingo

LEARNING A LANGUAGE

It's so important wherever you're going to make a genuine effort to learn at least some of the local language. DuoLingo is fun, easy, and free!

Google Translate

TRANSLATION

If you've ever been in a situation where you're trying to communicate with someone, and neither of you speak the other's language, but you have wifi, Google Translate is a game changer.

Gear, Luggage
& Clothes

My Packing List

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Everything from my suitcase & backpack to my toiletries, tech, and favorite bikini!

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