12 Top Apps for Allied Health Travelers
Have a problem that needs solving? “There’s an app for that!” The biggest problem may be figuring out which mobile applications can solve your issue and which are most useful for everyday use.
Among the millions of lifestyle and travel apps available, here are a few top picks to help you find resources, get organized, manage your finances, improve your fitness or simply have fun.
Fact-finding and organizing apps
Remember the Milk.
If you’ve ever suffered from the brain freeze that occurs when you walk into a store and forget why you needed to go there in the first place, this is the app for you. Prioritize tasks based on location of where you’re running errands, sort “to-dos” in easy-to-manage buckets, and set instant message or email reminders to never forget what needs to get done. A virtual check allows you to mark a task “complete” and feel productive at the end of each day. www.rememberthemilk.com.
Post-it people will love this all-in-one organizational tool that allows you to sync all of your devices―think home computer, work computer, smartphone, tablet or laptop―to keep calendar events, to-do lists, web pages, photos, and even voice reminders, all in one searchable cache. www.evernote.com.
Cozi. Busy families often need a full-time planner to synchronize their schedules. Cozi fits the bill as an online family organizer, offering a color-coded calendar the whole family can access, a meal-planning and grocery guide that can be sent via text or email, an online journal, and much more. www.cozi.com.
Budget isn’t a four-letter word, but for many people it may as well be. Mint.com makes money management easy by keeping track of all your accounts in one place. Track your spending and pay down your debt with the help of the app’s user-friendly tools and graphs. It’s like having your own personal financial planner right at your fingertips. www.mint.com.
If you’re not already banking with a financial institution that allows mobile access to your accounts, you’re missing the boat. Major banks, from Chase and CitiBank to Bank of America and US Bank, all have mobile apps that allow you to check balances, make transfers, receive alerts when you’re under a specified amount, and even snap a photo and deposit a check without having to visit the branch. Check your bank’s website for information.
If you ever find yourself driving around searching for a gas station because you know there has to be one cheaper than the five you just passed, save yourself time, frustration and gas with this travel app that gives you real-time gas prices based on your current location or a ZIP code you enter. You’ll never pay top dollar for gas again. www.gasbuddy.com.
Fitness and food apps
You’ll never feel alone in your fitness goals with this online buddy system that provides a variety of diet and exercise tools and calculators, calorie counters, journals and more to keep you on a path to health and wellness. www.myfitnesspal.com.
Anyone who has tried to lose weight knows that accountability is a key to success ― and that keeping a food journal is a surefire way to track your calories and see your triggers to unhealthy eating. With this virtual food journal, simply set your diet goals, enter the food you eat and watch as it counts calories for you and keeps track of your remaining daily calorie balance. Set reminders and motivators, track personal diet and exercise trends, and share your progress with like-minded friends. www.loseit.com.
If you’re always seeking the answer to the nagging “What’s for dinner?” question, this is the app for you. With thousands of recipes, reviews and a handy “Dinner Spinner” tool that puts the fun in food prep, you’ll never search aimlessly for inspiration in your fridge again. www.allrecipes.com.
Fun and travel apps
With any number of travel review sites out there, TripAdvisor is a long-trusted source of user-generated reviews for hotels, restaurants, attractions and more in cities all across the world. Whether you are planning an Alaskan cruise between assignments or just a weekend with friends, check out the site’s message boards for excursion ideas. Peruse reviews for the best local fare and much more, wherever your travels take you. www.tripadvisor.com.
Making a dinner reservation has never been easier than with OpenTable, which lists restaurants in cities all across the world. Search for a spot nearby, read reviews and reserve a table in seconds. You’ll receive an online confirmation, send an email to your dining companions and receive points after you dine that you can trade in for a dining certificate after enough accumulate. www.opentable.com.
Words with Friends.
Word nerds, rejoice! This uber-popular Scrabble-like game―and its Boggle-like sister, Scramble with Friends―has made spelling cool, competitive and downright addictive. It also helps you keep in touch with people back home. Just log on, sync with your mobile phone or social media sites, and let the games begin! www.wordswithfriends.com.