10 Best Tools for Travel Writers 153

tools for travel writers

This is a guest post by Rob Morris – an online tutor and course developer, essayist, researcher, creative writer.

Have you ever been inspired to leave all problems behind and visit all places you’ve always dreamed about seeing?

Writers have a huge advantage in such situation: they don’t have to leave their jobs to engage in such pursuit. As long as they have a laptop and the right writing tools with them, they can translate the daily revelations into words and become more productive than ever throughout their journeys.

Speaking of tools, you absolutely need the right ones if you want to make your work more manageable and shareable when you travel. Here are some of the tools and websites you should explore:

Productivity and Tech Tools for Writers Working on The Road

1. Penflip

You can write the projects directly in the platform and stay focused thanks to the minimalist markdown editor. You can also work offline with the word processor you usually use. To collaborate with others (such as your editor for example) and gain feedback, all you need to do is send a link. When you’re done, you can download the text in a properly-formatted eBook with a single click.

2. NinjaEssays

When you need help with the research, writing, or editing part of your job, you can solve everything easily by hiring writers and editors at this website. The team is highly professional, so you can leave everything to them or collaborate as much as your time permits. The proofreading, formatting, and editing assistance offered by NinjaEssays is especially useful for traveling writers.

3. Draft

If you are used to creating different versions of your texts, then you’ll appreciate the easy navigation through the separate stages of your project. Draft also enables you to collaborate with others. Your editor (or another collaborator) can make suggestions directly into the content, and you can stay in control by accepting or rejecting them.

4. Storehouse

If you are ready to experiment, then you’ll love this iPad app that enables you to combine photos and text with wonderful layouts and tell a story from anywhere. Storehouse is the perfect tool to use when you want to share your daily adventures or travel journal entries.

5. GoodNotes

You are used to notebooks, but you don’t want to carry tons of paper on your journeys? Digital Ink is the solution. If you’ve never heard of this technology, here is a simple explanation: it enables you to sketch, mark-up PDF files and take handwritten notes on your iPad or iPhone.

6. Penultimate

This clutter-free app is packed with tools that enable you to take notes by hand and locate the right files whenever you need them, thanks to Evernote’s sync and search features.

7. WriteRoom

This word processor gives you a blank sheet of paper, which you’ll need to fill with words. The minimalistic writing environment is very effective in keeping you focused on the work.

8. Shareist

If you are travelling, you cannot waste much time to keep the email newsletters, blogs and social media channels active. That doesn’t mean you’re allowed to neglect them. Shareist helps you plan, create, and distribute content on different channels, and keep your reading audience engaged and growing while being away from home.

9. GrammarBase

When you need a quick grammar and spelling check of the chapters or articles you’ve written, this tool is your solution. It catches and corrects up to 10 times more mistakes when compared to the usual word processors most writers use. Remember: this is still an automated tool, so it won’t replace an actual editor.

10. iA Writer

This popular writing software for iOS, Mac and Android has transformed the daily working routines of many writers. The clean environment enables you to focus on the progression of your content one sentence at a time, thanks to the Focus Mode. The alternations of the tool will help you create the perfect environment for the brainstorming, writing, editing, and reading stages of the process.

Are you ready to take the risk? The 10 tools listed above will make your adventures more productive. Load your devices with the right apps, bookmark important websites and pack the bag without delays!

Have you given any of these a try? Which sounds best for you? What other tools for travel writers have you heard of?

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Going Minimalist in The Sharing Economy: Why It Makes Sense to Rent Our Belongings 14

Going Minimalist in The Sharing Economy: Why It Makes Sense to Rent Our Belongings

Last week, Jeremy Rifkin’s documentary “The Third Industrial Revolution: A New Sharing Economy” brought to public attention the importance that efficient sharing economies will have in coming years. The slowing of industrial productivity, coupled with the looming climate change crisis means that the game is up for the “take, make and dispose” model that we currently operate on.

This might seem a little inaccessible from the point of view of an individual. Most of us don’t have time to make lunch in the morning let alone contemplate changing economic models.

Yet the sharing economy is growing all around us, from Gumtree to Airbnb and most recently, stuff-sharing marketplaces like Fat Lama.

Born out of East-London in 2016, Fat Lama is a peer-to-peer rental platform where users can borrow items they need and rent out items that they don’t. It’s completely free to list items and operates out of your local area.

Put simply it’s a way for people to make money off their belongings and for others to gain access to equipment they might not otherwise be able to afford. However, the platform has the potential to become a lifestyle as much as a utility. Here are just a few of the benefits:

Saving The Environment

By 2022, the planet will have produced a staggering 50 million tonnes of e-waste.

This is by no means as harmless as it sounds. We are racing through computers, phones, cameras and cables at an alarming rate and worst of all, we recycle none of it.

By investing in the sharing economy and renting rather than buying, you can make a stance against the destructive and wasteful effects of linear consumerism.

To illustrate the paradigm, let’s take the example of a power drill, which, shockingly, is used for a grand total of 13 minutes on average in its life. It is a waste of money and is using up precious resources to buy such an item. Whereas if you rent from Fat Lama, the price of which is around $5 per day, you will end up saving yourself needless expenditure at no extra cost for the planet. This is not just true of drills, but Lawn Mowers, leaf blowers, cameras and projectors.

Go Local

One of the big downsides to living in an urban environment is the lack of community spirit. Cities can feel stiflingly disconnected and it is not uncommon for a resident to have never spoken to a single person on their street.

There has been efforts made to re-localize districts, with cafés bars and social hubs popping up in suburbs all over the world. However, if you are looking for something more personal, using Fat Lama puts you into contact with hundreds of locals living around you who often, given the circumstances, have the same interests as you do.

For instance, if you are looking to rent a surfboard or Kayak, chances are the owner will be an enthusiast as well. This could lead to at the very least a friendly interaction if not a friendship.

Save Money and The Planet

The other great strength of renting rather than buying that it will save you a packet.

The sharing economy is founded on the principle that limiting ownership reduces marginal costs because the cost of production storage etc. is mitigated from the equation.

To return to the power drill analogy, a low-end model will cost you around $100, which means that every minute of use is around just under $8. Unless your drill doubles up as a cocktail-maker, this seems like an enormous waste of money. In comparison, the average electric drill on Fat Lama will cost you less than $8; really it’s a no-brainer.

Make Some Moral Money

Aside from the obvious social benefits, you can turn your underused belongings into hard cash, with virtually no effort.

We have all made some questionable purchases. Whether it’s that DSLR you promised your parents you were going to use or that sound system that never get used because of you neighbours. Now they don’t have to be an ugly reminder of the lost money but active assets that can start paying for themselves. Often the money made from these items can far exceed their original price, with some users earning up to $5000 dollars a month, more than the minimum wage in any country.

These are just a few examples of the way in which renting can impact your life for the better.

Right now it’s the fastest growing sector but the possibilities are infinite. What I hope you take away from this is that being an ethical consumer doesn’t have to be a bleak future of Spartan self-control but rather a re-imagining of the way goods flow today. Clean consumerism is not a dream, it’s right in front of us.