Possibly the best-known mobile app on this list, Waze is a navigation app —but better. Waze reports information such as traffic congestion, accidents, and construction. Navigating a new area can be tricky, and rush hour can be a major headache in a large city if you’re not prepared. This app will direct you via the quickest route and help keep you on-time for your new gig and free-time adventures.
2. Google Keep
Everyone knows how chaotic moving can be, even for 13-week stints. Making lists is a must, especially when moving to a new area with a new job lined up. Google Keep is our top pick for list apps. You can name and keep multiple lists in the app, with check-boxes next to each item to help you as you go. Keep is also useful for keeping important information on hand—you can save notes in the app. The app automatically backs up to your Google account and any other Keep apps you have on your devices (tablet, laptob, etc.), so if you lose your phone, you can have peace of mind that your information is still on your account.
BrightNest is a unique app that uses your location to create a list of the stores and services available in the area . The app pulls up a variety of home improvement and organization resources that are ultra-helpful as a renter. Forget a laundry basket? No problem! BrightNest will show you the nearest store in your new city. This app is great for those headed to cities they’ve never visited.
Half the excitement of travel nursing is getting to explore a new city and state. Yeti is known as the “Tinder of places.” Using your location, the app pulls up great local places to visit, such as restaurants, attractions, and events, all presented in the “swipe” format. Swipe right for more information, and swipe left to see the next suggestion. Users can also discuss their experiences at certain attractions on the discussion board. Pretty sweet, right? Yeti’s a great tool to have in your pocket.
Nurses who work with Next have the added advantage of our in-house Travel & Housing department, a team of people who can set up company-paid housing or make knowledgeable recommendations if you choose to set up your own accommodations. However, if you’re working with another agency, or simply plan on taking any overnight trips away from your assignment location, Airbnb allows you to look at and book housing options on-the-go. The app lists apartments and rooms that individuals or families have posted for rent. Many travel nurses find housing arrangements through this app . Airbnb is also a nice way to begin to meet people in the area outside of work. The owners may be able to point you in the right direction for entertainment and attractions in the area.
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