8 Cool Tools for Digital Nomads in Southeast Asia

8 Cool Tools for Digital Nomads in Southeast Asia

by April 17, 2017

An increasing number of people are escaping the traditional office and choosing to work as digital nomads. Most of these people are international freelancers, but many are also remote employees or startup entrepreneurs.

While the prospect of a living a life of perpetual travel may sound exciting, working on the road can get pretty hectic. To help them work remotely and live an independent and nomadic lifestyle, digital nomads leverage technology and smart digital tools.

Here are eight cool and useful tools for digital nomads. If you are in Malaysia, check out Tool number 7.




Workfrom is a platform connecting remote workers and spaces to work. Scouted by more than 2,000 users in over 1,250 cities around the world, the Workfrom app maps the most suitable coffee shops, cafes, bars and wifi locations for anyone to turn into a mobile office.

Users can prioritize their search fields to find spaces unique to their needs, selecting factors such as natural light levels, dog friendly environment, late openings and noise levels.

The app is also socially focused, allowing users to organize meetups and participate in chats with other community members.



FeedlyFeedly is a news aggregator application for various web browsers and mobile devices, also available as a cloud-based service. Feedly compiles news feeds from a variety of online sources for the user to customize and share with others. Feeds and reading habits are synchronized across devices.

Feedly gives users categories users can choose to explore. When clicking on one of these categories, featured blogs will appear and users can instantly subscribe to these blogs. Updates from these sites will then appear in the Feedly display.

Users can share feeds, boards, and can integrate Feedly with other services including Evernote, OneNote, Trello and Slack.



evernoteEvernote is a cross-platform app designed for note taking, organizing and archiving.

The app allows users to easily create a “note” which can be a piece of formatted text, a full webpage, a photograph, a voice memo or a handwritten “ink” note. These notes can have attachments and can be sorted into a notebook, tagged, annotated, edited, given comments, searched and exported.

Evernote supports the majority of popular operating system platforms and also offers online synchronization and backup services. It is available in a paid version or a more restricted free version.



buckets.coBuckets is a free, open collaboration platform aimed to increase personal and team productivity. It differentiates itself from the likes of Trello and Asana by being minimalist.

Buckets aids in information and process organization, but also facilitates networking and collaboration with other Buckets users.

Users can manage tasks in color-coded boxes, create multiple projects, delegate tasks to team members, make checklists, and connect with other team members.



Wave accountingWave Accounting provides a suite of financial services and online software for small businesses.

The company’s first product was a free online accounting software designed for businesses with 1-9 employees, followed by invoicing, personal finance and receipt scanning software.

Today, Wave provides access to capital (Lending), improves cash flow (Payments), delivers money to employees (Payroll), helps businesses get paid (Invoicing), prepares for tax time and provides business insights (Accounting, Receipts).



TransferWise is an online money transfer service, which allows users to transfer money up to 8 times cheaper than with the bank. The technology is based on a peer-to-peer system.Transferwise

TransferWise matches users based on the currency they have and require, eliminating high bank fees from foreign exchanges. For example, if someone wants to convert their pounds to euros, TransferWise’s technology finds someone who wants to transfer money in the opposite direction (euros into pounds).




CurrenSeek is a location-based currency exchange app that helps people compare and locate moneychangers with the best rates. The company says it can help users save up to 200% when converting money using the solution.

CurrenSeek has partnered up with regional players from the travel industry to make currency exchange a more rewarding experience for all its users.

The CurrenSeek app currently lists almost 200 moneychangers in Malaysia, including at both terminals of Kuala Lumpur International Airport.



Timo Vietnam CardTimo is the first Digital Bank in Vietnam, operating since January 2016. Timo provides a comprehensive set of tools supporting their financial needs with banking services essentials.

Users can manage their bank accounts easily and conveniently through the Timo mobile app and send money to friends just by using their phone numbers.

First launched in Ho Chi Minh City in early 2016, Timo expanded to Hanoi later that year. This means you will open your bank account in a relaxed coffee shop instead making long lines in banks.

On more than 15’000 ATMs you can get money with the Timo card with no fee. Timo also roled out also new innovative features: Timo MasterCard with EMV chip credit card and the 0% Foreign Exchange fee. While most banks charge from 2-4%, Timo waives this fee so users can travel or buy things overseas without having to worry about the extra fees.

Timo is not only a tool, its a also a place to be and enjoy a coffee or working for your projects. Make sure to visit the Timo Hangout and experiences Vietnam’s first digital bank when you’re in Vietnam (Hanoi, Saigon and Can Tho). You can open a Timo account online here.


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