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Digital Utility Belt for Digital Nomads V1

teacher avatar Philip Campbell, web3, OBS Open Broadcaster, Screenflow

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Lessons in This Class

10 Lessons (22m)
    • 1. 1.0 - introduction to course

    • 2. 1.1 - introduction to digital nomad course

    • 3. 1.2 - geolocation for location indepedance

    • 4. 1.3 - food on the go for digital nomads

    • 5. 1.4 - housing places to crash the night

    • 6. 1.5 - on the road apps for nomads

    • 7. 1.6 - journalling 'on the go'

    • 8. 1.7 - please take part in the projects

    • 9. 1.8 - the roundup

    • 10. 1.9 - share and review (...)

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About This Class


on the road?
heading out soon?
already out there?

this course covers the following eleven areas of a digital nomads life in v1 of this course, I'll be making future courses around these areas.

geolocation, food, housing, journalling, legal, connection, on-the-road, virtual coworking, virtual assistant helpers, notification.

in true super hero style, well. maybe just batman and spiderman I wanted to put together a veritable raft of utilities and tools that will assist you in your travels - be it connected or not, I'll try to aim to cover all possible areas and give you some backup ideas for when the lights go off! :)

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Philip Campbell

web3, OBS Open Broadcaster, Screenflow


brand new for 2022 | let's decentralize our content into web 3

i'm an internet strategist teaching anyone that wants to efficiently learn digital skills and tools often with free software based in the cloud - twenty-five plus years of expertise with all things digital and covering the latest trends today (and weekly in our podcast!)

I make courses as often as i can (in between blogging daily that is) my courses are about things I've learned or already done online -- i never make a course about skills I don't have yet!



hitting the road, working mobile, exploring across the uk and america! remote working 

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1. 1.0 - introduction to course: this course is around 20 minutes. Okay, welcome back to a new course. These courses cover different areas of need for a digital nomad or location independent traveler. Each course will cover a number of topics in each course and sharing as much wisdom as possible almost particular areas. I'm gonna be sharing APS on websites that can help you with that transition with heavy lifting of moving around from place to place and just having a go to app on your phone bill to help you out in times of need, when your location independent traveling around to different coffee shops, different airports, different places to work. Having some of these applications and websites to fall back on just, really, really help you transition through your day to day life. I'm gonna be expanding this course over time you will have a complete utility belt, a superhero utility belt, off absence services that are available to you. I hope you enjoy this course. I think it's gonna be a good one. I think I'm gonna be regularly updating this. I'm a static nomad at the minute is like to be a traveling. No matter. Like to be location independent but right now, dependent on where I live. Would I have been traveling around in the last four or five years, many to America. So there's applications in here that I have used before. So I would say I'm more of a brand advocate on these APs rather than just researched and found them enjoy the course. 2. 1.1 - introduction to digital nomad course: as a currently trapped digital nomad. As in static Nomad, I thought it would be a good idea to put together a course off APS digital APS that I've seen that help people who are location independent. Who are you still nomads? People who are considering being digital nomads in terms of travelling food, location expenses, things like that. So this will be a Siri's. I've done this one video, but I can see this becoming at least a series of maybe 10 different courses. I'm going to try and explain to different tools that you might want to use out there on the road and how to get the most out of them. I would really love your support If you're not a premium member, we get about a dollar dollar and 1/2 per video sign upon the premium enrollment. If you haven't done that yet, police sign up. I am putting videos out every month, probably anywhere between 10 and 50 new videos. I have a target of 100 videos before the end of the year. Onda 1000 followers are 1000. People are following the courses and we're open about 660 now, so I'm pretty much on target for that. Enjoy this course. Do share with your nomad friends, and I'll catch up with you soon. 3. 1.2 - geolocation for location indepedance: All right, So first area, we're gonna look at geo location. So the location. What is your location for people who don't know the process or technique off identifying the geological location of a personal device by means of digital info. So what this means is most smartphones now, most mobile phones have GPS ability in them, which allows you to locate yourself digitally in that area. So it's a bit like GPS in the car GPS map for looking for different destinations. Most folks now have a built in GPS, and this could be used for logging information to a photo. You take her video you take, which helps with sorting out the videos and photos where you took them last, where you were last, and it's used a lot these days. We don't realize half the time that our phone is basically tracking us from wherever we are , and that information could be used also by authorities to work out where you were at a certain time. So geolocation is super powerful, but most people that everyday people use it to get between locations. So one of those APs that does use geo location is around me app dot com. It's great for finding things that are around you. If you've just landed into a new city and you're looking for somewhere to eat, or maybe you wanna go to a cinema or a skate park or whatever it is that you like to do around me is a nap that I've been using now, probably for about five or six years. And I found that super super fast really good, because Aggregate, which basically means it, grabs different content on advice from lots of different sites, not just the one site. So it gives you a good, rounded idea of what things were around you. And if it's if you're suffering from jet lag at 5 a.m. In the morning, being elf to just fire up this app and find out where the local service station is half a mile mile down the road just makes it a lot. He's here to kind of navigate the world around you and app for tracking what you're doing on doing it in a in a way that allows you to take photos and videos, not think about blogging or keeping a diary is exploring a E S P l o r dot io Simple app for IOS for recording and sharing your travels. Unfortunately, that I don't believe there is an app for Android. I don't think they've got an android app just yet, but the way this works is you install it on your phone. It tracks in the background so it doesn't use too much of your power on your phone. But it tracks in the background places that you've been to, and as you're taking photos and videos on different platforms, it creates a diary of that. And what's really nice about this is that you can log into that website after your holidays , after your vacation or even at the end of a week and get all these different pictures. You could go three instagram and Twitter and all the different places that you take video and photos. But I find this a really nice way of like story. This is a diary, Andi. I'm presuming. At some point they'll have sharing features, but you just go to the website install or your add on services for Instagram. Places like that just authorized them on. It will aggregate all these things into one place so you don't have to do it really, really nice. And also you can share that. I think, with family members as well so they can. They can follow along on your trip family members that are not inter instagram or Facebook or any of these services, but they just want a link to go to a website. I think you could do that in Explorer, which is a a real nice feature. Another up that uses geo location is swarm app. It's, ah, fun and lightweight way of seeing who of your friends is around where you are, but also to be able to check into certain places. And when you do, you do this virtual check in. You can potentially become mayor of that place. Now that doesn't necessarily give you anything in the real world, but on the virtual world, you can score points a movil palatable off your friends on those friends might be traveling into that area. You might fly into an airport in Spain and find out that these people were there 25 50 kilometers, you that they're on holiday or there for co working really nice way off finding people from your Twitter and your Facebook accounts that are are nearby and making you can message them inside the app. But the actual fun part of just checking into places, sharing of that on Twitter and Facebook. Just let the person know if they're active. If that business is active on Facebook and Twitter, they can see that you've checked in, and there might be some kind of benefits on that as well. Swarm was a spinoff from Foursquare Foursquare that decided to split the package. That Foursquare is is more about finding things in the local area a little bit like Yelp, and then swarm is kind of the fun aspect of it. But you may find that just by interacting with the business owner that they're on this account is while they're on Twitter and Facebook, and they might give you some either special or ask a few questions as to why you're in the area. Well, you just might get a new contact because of it, one that I really want to tell you about, which is brand new, and I think it's absolutely fantastic. Execution of how it works is what three words dot com. What's really good about this is that you can select a three. I think it's three meter by three meter. May be wrong on that might be 30 meter by 30 meters square. Yeah, I think it's 30 meter by 30 meters square. You can go on a map or you can use the APP. Download the app. I think it's on both platforms, Android and IOS. Bring up a map of where you are, press a button, and it gives you three words three random words or seemingly random words that are specific for that block where you are. What's nice about this? What I really like about this is that it's kind of like almost like a modern day treasure hunt thing where you could just share this with other people. So you can just share these three words. And as long as they've got the APP for as long as they can get to a website that can type in those words and find the location just a really nice way of sharing your location without having to go into longitude and latitude, you can just give these three words these three words maintained within that 30 by 30 meter block all the time all around the world. So there's just these random words, seemingly random words to actually define different areas of the world. And it's really cool. Little app. So go check that out. What? Three words that you're traveling around a lot if you're going to coffee shops, maybe you're doing a YouTube video shows, you know, to put these three words as an overlay on the screen and people search him and find exactly that building kind of kind of a cool little thing because it gels well with doing the video show. If you're sort of putting the geo location on the bottom, people have to type it out or copy it out if you didn't put it into the description, whereas three words is really easy to remember. 4. 1.3 - food on the go for digital nomads: all right, so food eating around me app dot com is for IOS for finding resources nearby. I mentioned this in the 1st 1 deliver dot com is a new one that I discovered in the Jersey in December last year. Not only this food, but there's alcohol delivery, groceries and laundry, which is just awesome. So if you're literally one backpack, you wanna have food delivered groceries, delivers its got a brilliant referral affiliate thing in their way, you can pretty much get seven books just by signing up and sharing it with a friend. So if there's a group of you for five years, you could probably survive off using each other's account for a week. Delivery dot com. Very fast, very efficient. Does a job really, really? Well, We ordered foot food on that a few times when we were No jersey in December, so check it out. Delivery dot com Yelp Old classic Not gonna Die has got a really good user base of people who keep it actively up to date there commented on it. You'll find reviews in there for somebody going to a restaurant a week ago, where a few days ago and he gives you a good barometer that probably places that arm or established. I don't think you'll find soup kitchens and places for digital nomads. Location independent people who are on a budget. You'll probably find places that are kind of mid range to high range costs and by high range I mean sort of 5 10 $15 for a like a sit down meal. If you're on a real real budget that just have a look around for soup kitchens in your area , something like around me could be useful for that. This is a new one for me. If your stateside and you're particularly into food trucks, I think you know, like this is called roaming hunger dot com. So if you've ever been to Austin, Texas, for South by Southwest, you know they have a dedicated area where you can go on eating the food trucks. This is like a database for different cities in the US, where they have different food groups started around a city really efficient site, and I absolutely love food trucks. I think you get really high quality offering, like I mentioned earlier on supporting local food soup kitchens around the area. Just ask the locals if you're staying at a youth hostel as the locals, where they go to eat that they know of any soup kitchens where you could go Either you know , work or clean up to do the parts or, like help out Teoh eat for free. Most of the time, you can just pay a few pounds under for under $5 for a meal off food that's been up cycled from a local area that basically means good food that's been put on the shelves, but it didnt sell or didn't even get on the shelf because it didn't look right. But the food was perfectly fine. A lot of these are sent to fiver one. See nonprofit projects where they actually go and have local chefs or local cook cook up all this food, then offer it at a super low price. I would suggest support these services. You'll probably meet a bunch of people who are traveling and location independent like you , and you'll probably find out a lot more about the area than you would from some tourist information place 5. 1.4 - housing places to crash the night: all right, so housing A, B and B is the one site that I go to now default rather than any hotel site. If I'm traveling to another country from flying into another country apart from Coworking cohousing places if I'm going somewhere for a week to Recchi a place to see what the place is like, what the people are like. I use Airbnb dot com if you're not used yet, fantastic. So I can stay in somebody's house. Either the whole house or a room automatically kind of feel a little bit more established in the area because you have a native, a local Liu who knows the area rather than a hotel that just looked like every hotel room you've ever been to. If you have the money to spend, it's awesome to cover a lot of your needs that you would normally have to. Additionally, cover four hotels often charge extra for WiFi, A, B and B. I found just a little bit more easy for the creative somebody like myself. I like to to learn a bit about the area that I'm going to, so I find every would be really useful for that couchsurfing dot com is an option when you need somewhere to crash. If you got like 24 48 hours and you're flying into a place and you need somewhere to crash , if you've got a number of people on Facebook and Twitter, they may suggest somebody use got their apartment or they're building on couchsurfing and you can crash there for a few days. I won't use it for more than a few days. It won't stay there for a week. So unless you build up a party with the people that you stay with, Jama'at passes a new one that's been on my radar, which I at some point when I've got the money, will sign up for its grateful places to live, work and travel to. They've got a lot of passes for co working spaces, but I think by going to the co working spaces, you'll probably find a lot of digital nomads and location independent people that are actively living in the area. The elf to give you the hook, opus toe, wear the best places to go or who the people are to talk to you. I know this place is in Chiang Mai for instance, in Thailand that you probably stay for to $250 a month in an apartment reasonably nice apartment as well. So it's finding the places where the traveling district nomads are working and asking a few questions. When you get that me top dot com, find this fantastic service again. Been around for a long, long time. If you if you landing to a particular area, doing a lot of work. Are you feeling a bit lonely? You want to find out a little bit more about the area you want to do a bit more networking . Want to find out something to do with startups? Their meet up is great because you could do a search for a local area finder niche or a genre that your into your search for it on D. Find out when the local events are on, and if you are arriving into an area and you're looking to build a community because there's nobody there. That meat is great for that as well. It's not free, but it's worth every penny in the recent update. The recent refresh of the APP really nice app to use as well, so not look not housing, but you may find co living groups local to the area once you go to those meetups. Finally hostel bookers hostel bookers dot com. Great for cheap places to stay and only for a few days, though. 6. 1.5 - on the road apps for nomads: All right, so on the roads, WiFi map app. Get the pro version. Don't bother with the cheaper free light version because it misses out on a bunch of the features. It's for WiFi network passwords by people who've been to the area, so there's a lot of APS out there in the market. But I find the WiFi map app is great because it's actually people submitting passwords that they've got certain access in the hotel rooms or in lobbies in different hotels. On airports. I find this one the best of one in the market, So if you're getting landing into an area and you need to push something urgently, fuel up work or freelancer or doing some remote work and you need Internet and your mobile phone doesn't work or you can't tether to it. And having just this backup app running on your iPad or your iPhone don't need an Internet connection. It downloads a database of all the passwords in its database onto your iPod, so it's a really good way of finding connective T for wherever you are, so ways W a Z e people might say, is differently. Ways the ways is a great application for social traffic update so similar to WiFi my app, where they actually submit information to the in a social sharing capacity. That's the same for ways is that people are driving along in their cars and mapping out very similar to Google maps. However, people are reporting into incidents and accidents on the way. You don't get that on any other app that I've used anything. That default comes with your smartphone or your your iPad or your smart device. And what I like about this is you could be driving along and you can see different ways. Is that actively on the map or on the route to where you are? This is kind of useful as well. If you know there's a lot of people in your area co workers in your area, if they've got calls or they got vest bezel transport in some way, be enough to see how far away they are and how far they are from. You have been up to get a left, give been up to get picked up, and they'd be able to see where you are requesting that really, really, really called a definitely at I definitely suggest it because it is a free app on been using it for a few years now. So any time I see an accident or an incident, I use ways. All right, so we're on the roads. What will? While the tools that we need. I like to blawg when I'm in transition between an airport or a flight or flight into a country Ulysses Apple. Is that a new one that I've discovered on? I'm still using the demo trial because you get 10 hours free trial, but I definitely I'm gonna buy. It's not cheap, but I think it's gonna be worth in the long run. It's a cross platform pro blogging, writing applications, lots of writing applications out there. And I've tried three or four of them. I really gel with this one. I feel like this one works on my smartphone on my iPad on my desktop, all all in the cloud, all sinks. A lot of people might say, Well, I don't like the fact that is tighter. iCloud only use it Will mood server might be best looking at other things, but I find this great because you can block to medium you can book to WordPress, and it's got a few others in there as well. Think type. Adds another one in there as well. So fantastic. Having all of your wordpress, all your blogging sites into one space to make sure you don't miss your flights between places. Get yourself flight aboard pro. If you're flying a lot or you're thinking about flying a lot a lot, or you're gonna be travelling quite like maybe going on a gap year somewhere as a as a student, Please go on by flight board pro. I'm not sponsored by the company. I'm not an advocate, funders, no light referral code or anything like that. I've used this before, and it saved my bacon, my skin literally in an airport when I found out 15 minutes before that. They've changed to gate number, and I've been sitting at the gate and the gate has changed in a Mr Flight flight. But pro push notifications lately knows what the update is. It's just like having a secondary person with you when you're on your own in the airport. A lot of anxiety that you could build up having to get to the gate having to go through security. Just having this almost like copilot person there push notifications and nice banner on on the identification screenshot showing you where the gate and any updates to the game fly board itself is good. But Flatboat pro is the thing that you really, really want because for the extra money is absolutely worth it for not missing those flights. And then finally, on the road stateside. Canada maybe gasbuddy dot com I really wish there was something like this for Europe. It's your go to app If you're traveling on a road trip across the U. S. Gasbuddy dot com, Find out the local gas prices for the area that you're in get the cheapest, so saving you money as you travel. 7. 1.6 - journalling 'on the go': all right, generally, So I kind of mentioned Ulysses App in the previous one, but I wanted to break down into another section here. If you're looking to start a blogger, if you're on the road, you taking photos, doing some writing, but don't want to mess around with WordPress or setting something up, you can, even if you've just started traveling today, got a medium dot com sign up for free. Andi. You'll be blogging straight away. You'll have a u R L to go to that. You can spread out and send all the people you can share it on Twitter and Facebook. So it's really good for family members. And it will be my first choice to suggest for a brand new blogger starting out, you've been wanting to write for a while. It's It's Dragon drop. You could drug the pictures on there. You could do various titling and bold and italics and putting links in on. You don't have to learn anything. There's no back end to learn. It's all in line, which basically means you're writing on the page in front of you are on your on your device on uh, it's great. I use this for blogged dot nomad pictures Onda. If if you're a brand new blogger, that's what I was suggesting used today. Another one I would suggest. And this is kind of a bit of a departure, because this one doesn't really get mentioned that often, but I find it a really good option is post haven dot com. You used to be posturing, or at least it was possible. One of the team members was from postures, but they sold out to Twitter, which broke broke my whole Twitter life blogging life because I was blogging every single day using postures and then they just abandoned after a year. But one of the guys promising fight. If you pay $5 a month on you, stop paying that. After $5 a month, they host your content for life. Now, medium is probably gonna be around for life. Tumblers probably be around for life. But what I really liked about Post Haven is that they gradually updating the template. So if you want to make yourself a custom CSS a hasty Mel page, then post a phone allows you to do that. You can't really do that with medium so post David is another option. What suggest, though, that with any of these platforms with any blogging is to get yourself 1/3 party app. So Ulysses is one desk PM is another one. What these do they interface with the back end system of medium or WordPress? So you don't have to go into the back end system off any of these websites. So I find that a lot of people get overwhelmed with what's this do? What's that connected to hazard. And then you end up not blogging the end of not spending time writing. You end up being more of an admin, so you're spending a lot of time wasting a lot of time in different areas. So get 1/3 party app. It be absolutely worth it, and you don't have to go into the site. You can just bring up a page, start writing and post it, or you can live in the future. Get the new life scribe Smart pen three. It's got audio recording on there. So as you're writing, if you're in a meeting, you're in a group. Maybe you're in a coffee shop discussing about your latest idea. You're like to start off or how you can improve your style. Top you do some brainstorming you could be writing and sketching, and as you're doing that, it's recording the audio in the background of people talking. Do let people know that you're doing that, by the way. But the best thing about this is that could weaken. Transcribe that audio into text for you and also everything that you draw or make and also be OCR into a nap. Fantastic way off, storing your analog life and then transferred into digital For a total free experience, check out tumbler for frustration. Free blogging. You can download the app and just start posting links audio graphics, video, everything all in one app. It's a great frustration free experience. 8. 1.7 - please take part in the projects: all right. So don't forget to take part in the five step project. I want to know about your block. Where is your blog's share? The URL with May Go to the project tab in the bar below the video. You should see it somewhere down below part. Awesome Project title. If you don't have a graphic to go with it, go to nomad dot pictures and grab one of our free pictures. You haven't set up your blood yet? Tell us about the blood. What you want it to be Why you haven't started it. Tell me how much time you have or don't have. Maybe help you shape away orbit out to block consistently give you better advice and how to inspire you to do that on a weekly basis or daily basis most of time. I can help you with finding the areas where you have dead times of the transition between the commute between work and back. Always a good time on the bus that just write something out. Pick a sweet cover image like aside from Roman pictures, click Save your done like it's really easy. This project only takes a couple of minutes. Please take part in the projects 9. 1.8 - the roundup: all right. The roundup. We looked at a variety of digital tools you could be using on your phone or on the Web town you navigate the world around you. This course, I could said, is one of many. I feel like I could probably do about 10 of these because there's so many tools out there for digital nomads. Location, independent people is even blog's that I really wanted to read. Maybe that would be my next one is to share a bunch of websites that you should go and see if these people who are just making a life for themselves independently on the road to buying a van, just traveling across Europe or America. And, uh, I get inspired by these people because they're taking control back of their lives, which I really, really love. Expect a new utility belt at course every month with new tools to help you function between the grades are poor. End up getting two courses done a month. To be honest, is that much stuff about location independence? I love Are you a digital nomad or location independent worker? I love to hear from you in the projects. Tell me where you are in the world what you're doing. What's working for you? What? The struggles that you have one of the challenges. Maybe I can find some apso. Maybe you could find some common ground. Or even you can suggest to me some maps that I've never seen before. That's it for me, For this course. I hope you enjoyed it. I'll catch it. We suit. 10. 1.9 - share and review (...): while I have you enjoyed the course, Please share and review the course. It really does. Help me out. Click on the triple dot button. Leave a review shared with Twitter and Facebook. I'll catch up with you.