Today I am grateful for the apps that make our lives so much easier while we’re abroad. With our iPhones in hand, visiting new countries with foreign languages is much less scary, and we’re able to keep a handle on our work even while we’re out. We’ve used apps to order taxis, buy plane tickets, book hotel rooms, find good restaurants nearby, edit and post videos, translate for us, and give us tours of the areas we’re in. Here are a few specific apps that really help us:
Day #2 - I am grateful for Airbnb. Airbnb gives us the opportunity to stay in real homes and apartments and take a break from hotels. We’ve stayed in an apartment one minute from the beach in Barcelona, a 4-bedroom stone house in the Irish countryside, a contemporary apartment right by the river and a main shopping street in Berlin, and a number of other great places. It’s so nice to have a kitchen and laundry room when you’re traveling for an extended period of time; it really gives you a sense of ease and comfort to cook your own meals and wash your clothes. The Airbnb app and website are easy to use; you can search for homes by location and amenities (wifi is a must!), and you can read reviews from other people who’ve stayed there. The majority of our experiences with Airbnb have been really good, and it’s made a huge difference in our travels to use it.
Day #3 - I am grateful for Evernote and Basecamp. These two apps are helpful both on the laptop and on our iPhones for keeping us sane and organized and letting each of us know what the other one (and our team members) are working on. Evernote is a great way for us to start a blog post while out or jot down some new business strategies or quotes to tweet, and then the notes sync across all our devices once we’re connected to wifi. And Basecamp is a project management system that gives us an easy way to create discussions and to-do lists, organized by project, and we can invite collaborators in for the projects relevant to them.
Day #4 - I am grateful for Waze. Waze is a GPS app that was recently acquired by Google for $1.1 billion, and it’s great. It brings social integration and gamification to navigating. You earn points for driving, paving routes that are new to the system, and for reporting things, like traffic jams or cars on the shoulder, and those points allow you to rank up within the app. Also, Waze pays attention to your driving conditions, and if you end up in slow traffic, it will re-route other Waze users behind you. It’s a really fun app to use, and it has gotten us safely around Barcelona and Mallorca and all over Ireland.
Before I close out this post, my goal with my gratitude blogs this month are to keep the focus on things that will help you as entrepreneurs, home business owners, and digital nomads. I am incredibly grateful for my awesome little girls, my wonderful husband, my family and friends, my good health, and many other blessings in my personal life. But I want my posts to be of more value to you, so if sometimes they seem a little impersonal, just know that my goal is to be more business-focused.
I would always love to hear what you’re grateful for, business-wise or personal! Leave me a comment and come back all month for new posts!