We’re avid travelers here at Gizjo. We also own iPads. This means we’re constantly looking for interesting travel-related apps to try. The issue we’ve been finding, however, is that most digital-nomad-focused lists are geared toward services. So we thought we’d create our own snackable list of must-have iPad apps for digital nomads – and give you the chance to share yours.
Below, you’ll find our top 7 iPad app picks for the moment. If you’re a digital nomad, we encourage you to give them a go. If you have a recommendation we failed to include, however, definitely send it our way. We want this list to be as awesome as possible. With your help, it can be.
On to the show.
A hotel is great if you’re traveling within your own country. If you’re going abroad, though, why pay more to get the same experience you can get at home?
Airbnb is a rental marketplace with coverage pretty much all over the world. It allows you to stay in just about any type of structure imaginable and live like the locals do. Basically, it unlocks the most authentic experience you’ll get outside of actually living in a particular place, which is why you definitely need to have it on your iPad.
Uber Eats is a service from Uber that enables you to order food for delivery or pickup. Given the previous entry, you’re probably wondering: why? Why would you use an app when you can go out, explore, and find some restaurants or food carts?
Well, Uber Eats is clutch in two regards. The first: it can help you find those exact places and see ratings, especially in places where something like Foursquare or Yelp might not be as widely used. Second: sometimes you just need a meal in, whether it’s because of a rainy day or exhaustion after all the sightseeing you did.
You definitely don’t have to use it all the time. But it’s one of the iPad apps for digital nomads you should have installed just in case.
If you’ve ever used a U.S. debit or credit card in another country, you might’ve been surprised to learn that – depending on the card – your international transactions can net you some additional fees. Fees suck, and that’s why Wise is a must-have app if you travel a lot.
Wise isn’t a bank so much as an international money service. It lets you hold money in multiple currencies, which you can spend using an optional debit card.
If you’re traveling to Mexico, you can convert funds – for a small one-time fee, of course – to Mexican Pesos and spend from your MXN balance without incurring extra charges. When you move on to a new country, you can convert those Pesos to whichever currency you’ll be using next.
It’s pretty awesome.
Private Internet Access
Traveling around the globe is amazing, but it does come with one tiny drawback. If you’re in a particular locale, most websites assume you speak its most prominent language. You’ll have a heck of a time navigating the web in Paris when you don’t know French. Enter Private Internet Access: a means to get around this issue. You can try private VPN service providers like NordVPN. But it’s recommended to read the reviews (like Nordvpn review) before you sign up for the services.
Private Internet Access is a VPN service. You sign up for an account, install the app, and then choose a remote server to use: perhaps one in your home country. From there, PIA routes your internet traffic through that encrypted server to make it appear as though you’re using the internet in that place. It’s a surefire way to ensure you’re always getting the web in your language – and that certain websites (like banks) won’t block you because you’re out of the country.
Also: it works for using streaming services (like Netflix), too. But we didn’t tell you that.
Libby is still one of the best-kept secrets around. It’s an app that provides digital access to your local library, enabling you to rent ebooks, audiobooks, magazines and more.
You can borrow books and read them directly in Libby, or in most cases – but not all of them – send them to the Kindle app or your Kindle device. And if you have willing family and friends, you can add their library cards to your Libby app and have access to many libraries. That’ll up the chances of you being able to check out the material you want without waiting.
Sorry, Apple, but the translate function included with iPad OS just isn’t ready for primetime. It doesn’t let you quickly swap between two languages, but that’s because the user interface is pretty clunky in general.
You’re likely going to need a translator to get around, read menus, or have conversations with people who speak a different language (well, unless you’re polyglot). Google Translate is solid. It’s simple yet powerful, and it gets the job done when you need it to. It’s a definite on this list of iPad apps for digital nomads.
When Apple announced it was launching a game subscription service, many scoffed. The company doesn’t have the best track record in the gaming space, aside from owning the OS that hundreds of thousands of them are developed for.
Well, put your reservations aside, because Apple Arcade – a service you’ll find tucked away in an App Store tab – is legitimately great. For $5 a month, you get access to hordes of titles, including exclusives you can’t find anywhere else. On top of that, there are “+” versions of legendary free-to-play titles you can enjoy without an in-app purchase in sight.
You’re going to have downtime at some point, whether you’re sitting in the airport or get stuck inside on a rainy day. Apple Arcade serves as an entertaining way to pass the time.
And those are the top iPad apps for digital nomads
Did you find some interesting new apps to check out? Awesome. Are you a fan of something you’re positive should have been on the list? Definitely let us know! If it’s something we haven’t tried, we’ll be sure to give it a spin and report back with our findings.
For now, this is the list. Go forth, download, and enjoy your travels.