For many, locum tenens work is an exciting way to work in the medical field. And while traveling is one of the best, most attractive aspects of this career path, it can be stressful for many clinicians. This typically involves coordinating flights, finding housing and arranging for ground transportation, too.
Luckily, this is easier than ever before because of the various mobile apps and technology that is available today. If you take advantage of the apps we’ve highlighted below, traveling for locum tenens can be a smooth and seamless experience.
Trusted by millions, this app can help you with booking flights and many forms of ground transportation. It will also help you find the best deals possible - saving you money. You’ll find this app available on all the major app markets, including iTunes, Google Play and Windows.
While this app is helpful for locum tenens, you will get even more value by partnering with an agency like VISTA that has a full-service travel department that can find and arrange all travel accommodations on your behalf.
While your airline should have its own app that shows you when there are delays or gate changes, it can be difficult to keep multiple apps on your phone. Tripcase will keep up with all of this information in one simple app that is available on iTunes and Google Play. You can also add your frequent flyer information and take advantage of all the benefits these offer, too.
App in the Air is very similar to Tripcase, as it keeps track of your itineraries, boarding passes and frequent-flyer programs in one convenient location. What’s unique about this app is that it also shares helpful tips from other travelers, like charging stations or coffee shops that stay open the latest in particular airports. Like Tripcase, App in the Air is also available on iTunes and Google Play, and you may want to check out both of these to determine which one fits your traveling style.
These ridesharing apps and similar services are a great way to get around town if you don’t have access to your own vehicle. While the apps are very similar, you may have a preference based on the service, experience or available coverage in your area. Both Uber and Lyft are available for iPhone, Android and other major mobile systems, and they make it easier - and more affordable - than ever to find a ride from point A to point B.
Tracking your expenses can be a challenge, but it’s necessary to keep your finances and taxes in order while working as a locum tenens. With Expensify, you can manage your expenses, scan receipts and track business travel on the go. This also eliminates the need for paper or office equipment when submitting expense reports. You can download this app on iPhone and Android phones.
When traveling for locum tenens, you’ll likely want to experience everything the area has to offer. With Mapify, you can explore travel experiences shared by others, create a travel wishlist and even build an itinerary for your upcoming trip. If you’re one to document your travels, the app also maps your travels and allows you to share it with friends. This is available in your web browser, but it can also be downloaded on iTunes and Google Play.
One of the most difficult tasks when traveling for locum tenens is deciding what - and how much - to pack. Packpoint will help you organize all these details based on where you’re going, how long you’ll be there and what the weather should be when you get there. This app is available for iTunes and Google Play.
Today, having a smartphone and the right apps can make traveling for locum tenens much smoother and easier. Have you tried any of these apps or do you have other apps that you depend on? Leave us a comment below and let us know your favorites.