You have plenty to think about once you’ve signed the contract for your travel nursing job — and plenty to pack. Why not save yourself some trouble and make traveling a little easier?
Whether you’re driving across the country, looking for the best restaurants or trying to navigate an airport, these apps can help.
Sitting in traffic and ending up late to work (or spending hours in the car when you just finished your shift) is frustrating and tiring. Download Waze, which connects you to other drivers on the road who can warn you of closed roads, accidents, police traps and bumper-to-bumper traffic.
Just plug in your destination and keep the app open to find the best route.
If you’ll be flying to an assignment or just driving to your destination in several days, TripIt will be a lifesaver. Forward your confirmation emails for hotels, flights and car rentals to firstname.lastname@example.org and the app will create one itinerary with all your plans.
You can also sync the itinerary to your phone calendar and share it with anyone you’d like. Bonus: You can see your itinerary even when you’re offline; no wifi or data required.
Traveling with a pet can be challenging, so check out BringFido. It helps you find hotels, flights, and even restaurants that are pet-friendly. The app also provides resources for dog boarding kennels, veterinarians, and great parks and dog-friendly hiking trails.
Make sure to look up pet events in the area as well and learn about free pet samples and items for Fluffy or Rover.
Until you understand the flow of the city you’ll be living and working in, it’s helpful to have an app like CityMaps2Go. It allows you to download maps of more than 7,000 destinations and access them without an internet connection.
You can also save places you’d like to visit and create plans for later.
This app won’t help you find your way around, but it will make you the coolest traveler in the world. Postagram lets you take photos on your travel nursing assignment and create personalized postcards. Then you select family members and friends from your address book and send the actual postcards to them for just 99 cents each.
The company delivers in the U.S., Canada and Europe, so you can surprise your friends anywhere.
Do you use any great travel apps? Let us know in the comments!