“Mobile is the digital gateway for the real world.”
― Tomi Ahonen
I predict that soon becoming an expat will be common. There are massive economic and technological forces that are moving ordinary people abroad by the millions. Do you know that you can even become a virtual expat with the help of technology?
I have searched the internet for apps and links that will make your life easier as an expatriate. Enjoy this list and add your favorite apps and links below.
I. Virtual Expat
Our national economies are all facing similar economic challenges. They aren’t collecting enough taxes for their expenditures. One of the forward-thinking countries wanting to attract new people to participate in their local economy is Estonia.
Estonia is taking steps to make it easy to Become an e-resident. Once a person has a status as an e-resident of Estonia, it is easy to open a bank account or register a company there, This combined with lower tax rates, brings outside money into the country.
II. Portable Jobs
Technologies that began decades ago by allowing people to telecommute to their regular jobs and work from home, have matured and now allow one to work from anywhere in the world.
25 Remote Work Websites
III. Notaries Online and Scanning Apps
How many of you have often needed the services of a U.S. notary while out of the country? It can be frustrating and time-consuming to drive all the way to your nearest Consulate or Embassy to get documents notarized.
The Commonwealth of Virginia passed new legislation (SB 827 & HB 2318) that allows all Commonwealth of Virginia Notaries to assist all U.S. citizens with all Notarial services worldwide via the Internet. Formal information about the legislation and the new procedures can be found at International Notary Online
And how frustrating is it to find a scanner that will scan your documents while living abroad in a developing country? Fret no more. Now it is possible to scan documents from your mobile phones. Five Best Mobile Document Scanning Apps
If you need to organize and track your documents Zoomlee- organize and track your documents
IV. Learning New Languages
We all know what a struggle it is to learn new languages. If a language school is not close to your expat home, try these online sites.
Say ‘what’ again! 7 ways for expats to learn new languages
Here is a new app for connecting expats and travelers speaking the same language or coming from the same country.
Liana Mobile App connecting expats and travelers speaking the same language
V. How to Book a Flight Online and Save Money
I find it so frustrating to play the book a flight game. What is the best day to book a flight? What is the best website to find cheap flights? These online links may help you.
Hopper-When to fly and buy
How to Book the Cheapest Flight Possible to Anywhere
VI. Transfer Money Online
It is almost impossible to transfer large sums of money without paying expensive transfer fees and forget about trying to transfer money internationally from your home bank to a bank abroad.
Transfer Money Online
VII. Online Courses for Free
I am a life-long learner. If you want to continue your studies, here are some valuable online courses you can take for free. Just sign up! I’ve taken courses from both of these sites and highly recommend them.
VIII. General Best Apps for Expats
IX. Just for Fun
If you live in Nicaragua and want to know when the next scheduled electric maintenance is due Disnorte-Dissur- electricity maintenance and outages scheduled in Nicaragua
Do you live in an area with active volcanoes? Check out the webcams.
X. Apps for Expat Children
APPitic an app resource site with more than 6,000 apps in more than 300 subcategories, offers a number of apps for young learners that differ from passive watching and dive into content creation and exploration.
Living the expat lifestyle may seem exotic to the casual observer, but living abroad can be a challenge. The global trend of people owning their own jobs, using technology to diversify their sources of income, and the ease of seeking the most beneficial countries from which to operate, are massive forces moving millions to become expats.