The ability to travel frequently and the excitement of discovering a new city are things you have the opportunity to experience often as a locum tenens provider. However, traveling can be a bit stressful. That’s why we’ve handpicked the best apps to make sure your next assignment is a breeze.
One of the most dreaded feelings is arriving in a new city and realizing you forgot something crucial at home, forcing you to search for a replacement. This free travel app is user-friendly and a must-have for those of us who tend to be a little forgetful now and again. Designed to make any trip or journey as easy as possible, this app does just that. Featuring several categories to choose from when making your packing list, you have the ability to hand-pick what you’ll need to help keep you organized and grant you a little more piece of mind on your next assignment.
At times, being in an unfamiliar city can be a little intimidating when it comes to finding a place to eat, and you may be tempted to resort to the familiar ‘yellow arches’; however, with this app, you won’t have to settle for fast-food or play guessing games with local restaurants. FoodTripping allows you to search for near-by eateries, farmer’s markets, juice joints, vegetarian/vegan options, and much more with ease. Simply type in your zip code, choose the category you’re looking for, and instantly a map will show you where all of these hidden gems are located, offering directions and contact information.
Maintaining your exercise and fitness routine is crucial while on an assignment. Not only will it help keep you in tip-top shape and practicing at your highest ability, it’s also a great stress reliever! Traveling, however, can make fitness a bit of a challenge. While most hotels offer a small workout area, they are often limited to a few treadmills and a shabby weight rack. Skip the hotel fitness center and opt for a local gym with this app. Gymsurfing allows you to conveniently search for near-by gyms and buy day passes as inexpensive as $5, granting you instant affordable gym access. You can also see what amenities are offered, such as types of equipment, or if they have pools, saunas, or spas.
Sleep Pillow and SleepCycle
The value of a goodnight’s sleep simply can’t be measured! Behold Sleep Pillow and SleepCycle. It’s known that the amount of sleep you receive in a night directly correlates with your level of efficiency the next day, and we can relate to the dip in productivity that follows a poor night’s rest. However, did you know that a sleepless night can also create higher risk of making mistakes while on the job? Sleep Pillow is a handy app that features over 70 high-quality recorded sounds like bubbling streams, wooden chimes, and even a dryer to help you unwind after a long day. With as many as 300,000 combinations to choose from, you are sure to be sleeping like a baby in no time with this app. Once you’re asleep, SleepCycle uses motion sensors to track your movements and estimates what stage of sleep you are in. After you program the alarm for the latest time you’d like to wake up, SleepCycle will rouse you at your lightest point of sleep, making sure not to suddenly jolt you from a deep sleep and ensuring you are well rested and ready to start your day.