In my last post I wrote about the many advantages a travel nurse can have by purchasing a GPS system for their cars, and touched briefly on the usefulness of a having a smartphone as well. For anyone venturing across the country, or across town for that matter, will quickly discover how great having a “co-pilot” in a GPS system really is. I don’t own one personally, but have used them in many a car rental and I have to say, a traveling nurse would be silly not to get one of these for their travels.
With all the technology available today, it is easy to just let the computers do all the work. But there’s nothing like opening a road atlas and mapping out the route yourself. But, it’s when you get into these strange cities that the GPS really starts to pay off. It can help you navigate around construction, or find you the fastest route and even lead you through the most scenic of drives. Garmin, a brand of GPS systems has software available for download to update their systems with scenic drives called, Mad Maps. There are also a host of websites that will like Road Trip USA and Rand McNally that will help you map out scenic drives. If you’re already planning on making a trip out of it, why not stop by some local haunts or other famous stops along the way? Check out the site, Roadside America for strange and unique roadside tourist attractions and if you’re on the road and getting hungry, go to Roadfood.com. Here’s where you’ll find the best local cuisine available wherever you may be in the US.
As a traveling nurse, it would be wise to invest in the latest technology available, especially if you’re traveling alone. Not only will these phones, GPS systems, laptops, etc. help you get to where you’re going safely. It can also make the drive seem like less of a task and more of an adventure. After all, isn’t that what being a travel nurse is all about? You’re not about staying in one place doing the same thing. No, you’re built for the unknown. Adventure is what you crave! So make the most of it and take some time off to see and do some of the local things you’ll come across on your way to your next assignment.