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Profiles and Features August 25, 2016

By Theresa Mills, senior staff writer

Fun Travel Apps for Travel Nurses

Life on the road has gotten a whole lot easier for travel nurses since smartphones came on the scene. Forget the days of travel guides, cumbersome road atlases and telephone books--you’ve got access to everything you need on your phone.

Before you set off on your next travel nursing journey, have a look at the apps below and download your way to a fun and carefree travel nurse adventure! (If it’s your first trip as a travel nurse, you’ll want to read these important tips before you go.)

Travel Apps Available on iOS and/or Android:

GPS/Maps

Waze (iOS and Android) – Its called the largest community-based traffic and car navigation app. Waze users add real-time driving information such as accidents, hazards, traffic or, gulp, reports of police ahead. Using animated maps, Waze will help you find the best route to your destination.

CityMaps2Go (iOS and Android) – Ever find yourself in a new city, wondering where to go and what to do? CityMaps2Go will point you in the right direction. With their detailed maps, you’ll get tips on attractions, restaurants, hotels, local nightlife and other points of interest. Plus, after your initial map download, you don’t even need internet access!

Outdoor activities

Yonder (iOS and Android) – This app was recommended by one of our travel nurses who uses Yonder to connect with other adventurers and discover new outdoor places and experiences. This app is a “must-have” for travelers who love the outdoors!

AllTrails (iOS and Android) – The AllTrails app gives you more than 50,000 trail guides for hiking and mountain biking. You can view maps, photos and reviews. You can even upload your own images and connect with other hikers.

Related: Travel Nursing Assignments For All Personalities

Pets

BringFido (iOS) – Of course your dog is welcome to travel with you on assignment (just let you recruiter know in advance). BringFido will help you find pet-friendly accommodations, attractions and restaurants, wherever you’re headed. Always putting pets as their top priority, BringFido will ensure that you and your fur-baby can both enjoy the adventure.

Pet First Aid (iOS and Android) – Created by the American Red Cross, this app provides life-saving information if your pet suddenly becomes ill or gets hurt and even has a vet locator so you can get help quick if you’re on the road. You keep your patients safe, and Pet First Aid helps keep your pet safe!

Fun & family

Fandango (iOS and Android) – See what movies are playing in your area with this great app! Get reviews, showtimes and guaranteed tickets online--you’ll never have to stand in line for a movie again.

Hotel Tonight (iOS and Android) –Maybe you’re traveling with your family and the kids are road-weary. Or you want to make the best of your days off by doing some nearby excursions. You can get last-minute deals on hotels wherever you are. Sometimes unplanned adventures are the most fun!

Travel with Ease

Hipmunk (iOS and Android) – They call it your free personal travel agent. Hipmunk allows you to search flights, trains and even vacation rentals through Airbnb, so you choose the best options while you’re on the road.

Tripit (iOS and Android) – Tripit takes all of your travel information and creates an itinerary for you. You forward all of your email confirmations to Tripit, and the app does the rest!

Restaurants

Time Out (iOS and Android) – Called the worldwide guide to art, entertainment, food, drink & much more, you can find places to eat, drink and play book your table or order your tickets ahead of time with this great app.

Tasteful (Android) – This app was designed with healthy diners in mind. Whatever your health preferences, Tasteful will find the right restaurant to fit your lifestyle.

After you’ve put your smartphone to work for you with these great travel apps, use it to find your next travel nursing assignment.

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