Before you hit the road, check out the list of useful phone apps to help plan your trip to your next assignment.
Congratulations, you have accepted a new travel nursing job with Go Healthcare! With so many things to do before your first day at a new job in a new city, you may need help planning for one of the most important things: the trip getting there.
Mapping your trip.
Determine how much time you need to drive to your new destination. Make sure you give yourself a healthy margin before your start date to arrive. It’s a good idea to plan on getting to your new nurse travel assignment at least one or two days before your scheduled “first day”.
- Apps to download: Waze, Iphone Maps, and Google Maps.
(These are the most reliable apps we have found.)
Planning for the weather.
Check the weather forecast and buffer extra time in case you hit stormy areas. By allocating additional time to your plan, it allows you to pull off and relax instead of rushing through bad weather.
- Great apps to download: “NOAA Weather Radar Live” & “The Weather Channel”.
Both have been used and tested to show “real time” forecast not only at your current location, but where you are headed.
Filling Up and Often.
Whether you are making the drive at night or day, make a point of “filling up” on gas at a quarter of a tank instead of waiting until you are on “Empty” or the gas light comes on. Also make sure you are including fuel in your trip budget. Figure out how much gasoline you will need and make sure you have money or enough on your credit card for multiple fill ups.
- Best app to download: “Gas Buddy” – it shows the lowest gas prices in your specific area.
Finding Rest on the road.
If traveling a long distance, plan where you will stop to rest and/or sleep. Do not wait until you are on the road to “find something”. Prioritize your safety and security by planning where you will stop for the night or a few hours by booking your motel/hotel room ahead of time.
- Apps to download on your phone: Hotwire, Priceline, or hotels.com.
Staying in touch.
Check in with friends and family via Facebook or text while traveling so they know you’re safe and can keep track of your current location! It’s fun to allow them to share your adventure. However, never text and drive.
- Social apps to download: Whatsapp, Facebook Messenger, or Skype.
Getting familiar with your new location.
Part of the adventure in taking a travel nursing job is getting to know the new city you will be calling home for thirteen weeks.
- Good apps to download: “Yelp” “AroundMe” and “TripAdvisor”.
All three have been “traveler tested” as great resources with reviews for finding the essentials: nearest grocery store, pharmacy, nail/hair/barber. These apps are great for also finding your next favorite restaurants, hotels and things to do in the area.
As a Go RN Traveler, we want to ensure you are getting to your travel assignment safe and sound. We hope these tips and suggested apps help with your travel planning.
C’mon, let’s go somewhere!
Check out all of the hundreds of travel jobs we have throughout the U.S. Let’s connect via talk or text or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
*The list of suggested apps posted in the article are available on “App Store” in IOS devices or the “Google Play Store” in Android devices.