Travel Nursing: Housing, Travel, and Transportation
When you accept your travel nursing assignment, you’ll have to establish your housing, transportation, and travel needs. If you decide to find your own housing, you’re in for a real project. You’ll need to figure out where you want to live, how you’ll get there, and what you’ll be doing there.
When looking to find a home for your travel nursing assignment, there are many things to consider.
- Proximity to the job. You’ll run into a lot of homes and condos that are available to rent or lease. The first question that arises is: how long and far are you willing to drive? If you wish to stay closer to the facility, you’re going to limit yourself. And that’s fine.
- Proximity to activities. If you accepted a travel nursing assignment in a location you want to explore, this might be a deciding factor for you. Did you accept the contract because you also wanted a mini-vacation? Then you should be okay with driving a greater distance to work. It will expand your options. Live by the beach if you want to try water activities, or near a major city to enjoy its museums and nightlife.
- Cost. This will be the major factor in your decision on where to live. Do a cost analysis to make sure the place you want to stay is within your budget. Your goal as a travel nurse is to not only enjoy the assignment but also make money. Make sure you can both save and enjoy your hobbies. Remember to check whether the lease covers utilities.
- Necessities. You also have to think about your necessities. What are the things you must have? For example, when we took on a travel nursing contract, we needed either a pool or a hot tub. Maybe you want to be near a specific park, stadium, or peer.
It’s accurate to say that since you’re taking on a travel nursing contract, you’re either into traveling or you want to make more money. It’s always beneficial to get an idea of what you want to do or visit. You may only be in that area for the duration of your contract, and you may never return. You want to make the best of your travels. The quickest way to learn about a city is to look it up and discover the most popular places to visit.
From there, you can meet locals and learn what they enjoy doing in that city. Your coworkers will be a great resource. They’ll know where everything is, the best places to get brunch, the trails with the highest points, where to see a waterfall, and which parks are the best. What finds it helpful to devote one day a week to an activity. You should also make a schedule for when to do activities, as well as a list of the activities you want to do.
Now you need to consider how you’re going to get to the place you’ll be living in. You have two options.
- Drive your car. This is the least costly method. Consider how long your drive will be and how much you’ll pay for gas. You also need to consider all the miles you’ll be putting on your car if you travel far away. The other key point about driving is that you won’t be able to pack as many things, because you can only pack so much in your car. This is a great choice for someone who packs light and enjoys road trips.
- Ship your car and fly. This is a good idea when you don’t like being in a car for long periods of time. This option will also cost much more than driving. Shipping a car can cost over a thousand dollars, depending on the season. We recommend looking at different transportation companies and comparing their rates. Plane tickets can also be expensive, so shop around for a good price. This is the more comfortable route to with. When flying, you’re also going to be able to bring luggage with you – but remember, that costs too.
As a travel nurse, there are a lot of things to consider in terms of housing, travel, and transportation. Travel nursing takes preparation and planning. Make sure you devote sufficient time to research and communication so you’re satisfied with your decisions.