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.
When you’re done reviewing our list,
let us know which travel apps you would recommend to other allied health
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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.
Evernote. 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.
Mint.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.
Mobile banking. 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.
GasBuddy. 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
Fitness and food apps
MyFitnessPal. 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.
Lose It! 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.
AllRecipes. 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
TripAdvisor. 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.
OpenTable. 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
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.