As internet services continue to grow, online tools are becoming a great asset for location independent professionals. Here you'll find information about the various software tools we use while working and traveling. From managing documents and sharing files to ensuring your precious work stays safe while you're far from home.
Google Earth and Google Maps are two online tools that we use frequently to plan and record our travels. Google Maps is great at finding places we want to go, calculating mileage and giving driving directions. Google Earth helps us keep track of long itineraries and document where we've been.
No matter your profession; storing, sharing, backing up and collaborating on documents are tasks you will need to adapt to a location independent lifestyle. Taking your job or business on the road requires that you simplify many processes you previously took for granted. You also have to worry about security, both in terms of physical access and keeping backups in case of emergency.
In recent years, tools for creating and storing documents have moved to the cloud. That’s a fancy way of saying that your documents can now be written, saved and backed up online. You can also share these documents with others, and collaborate in real-time. These features have many potential benefits for remote workers, as well as a few drawbacks.
This article describes my experience using several of these tools, and explains the pros and cons of using online document management tools and traditional laptop/desktop-based programs while you travel.