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The Working Tourist

Saving Money During Your Travel Assignments

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There are many reasons why you love traveling.  The benefits include being able to choose when and where you work, visiting great cities all over the country, meeting new friends that you may never have had the opportunity to meet if you weren’t a traveler, and making really good money while doing something you love.  Yes, these are all tangible benefits, and if you play your cards right, you can maximize that “making really good money” part.

Keys to Keeping Your Licensing in Order

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Every time you hit the road on your way to another Travel Nurse assignment, you are headed for a new adventure, new friends, and new learning opportunities.  One way to ensure that you are always ready for new assignments is to know the licensing requirements of the places you want to travel and to keep your licensures and certifications current.  Because the legislative process moves at glacier-like speeds, the United States has yet to create a “national” license that would be authorized in all fifty states. However, we will discuss some progress toward that effort.  In the meantime, as a travel nurse, you will be doing yourself a great favor by keeping your licenses organized and planning where you want to take assignments well in advance.  Let’s look at key ways to keep your licensing in order.

5 Tips For Your First Travel Assignment

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For travel nurses and therapists the initial excitement at landing your first assignment is quickly followed by an exclamation of, “Now What?”  Successful first-time travel assignments can be a door opening to an exciting, adventure-filled career as a working tourist.  A first travel assignment is sometimes daunting, but by considering the following tips you are well on your way to experiencing a successful 13-week contract.  Below is a list of things to help you prepare as a first-time traveler.

Travel Destination Highlight: Wisconsin

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Wisconsin might not be the first place you think of when considering your next travel assignment. Here are a few reasons why it should be. The biggest reason is that it is an outdoor lover’s dream. Wisconsin has a vast amount and variety of natural beauty including being surrounded by Lake Michigan, Lake Superior, and the Mississippi River.

Traveler Profile: Managing the Bucket List

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Justin Canterberry has spent most of his nursing career in the ICU.  Before becoming a travel nurse, he worked in a hospital for six days on and eight days off.  Having the eight days off in a row, gave him an opportunity to travel a little bit and help out on the farm that has been in his family for more than 100 years.  Unfortunately, Justin was finding that his schedule at the hospital didn’t allow him to chase after his dream trips. 

A Working Tourist's Guide to Boston

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History buffs are well aware of the charms to be found in Boston, Mass, but you might be surprised at just how much there is to do and enjoy in one of the oldest cities in the United States.  By all means, while you are on assignment in Boston, take the time to visit the many historical sites from the American Revolution, but better still, explore other things that make Boston such a unique destination year-round.  Let’s examine a few of the best things to do in Boston that you may not have considered.

Get to Know America's Kindred Cities

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The United States is a wonderfully vast and diverse nation. From sea to shining sea no two cities are exactly alike. That can make choosing your next travel destination intimidating. There are questions that need to be answered like, what if you don’t like your new city, what if you can’t find anything to do during your downtime, what if it doesn’t feel right? Don’t worry. We are here to help by exploring some of the similarities between six of America’s kindred cities. Now you’ll have more opportunities to find your perfect fit.

Best Summer Festivals to Guide Your Next Assignment

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As a travel nurse or therapist, you are one of the lucky few who get to decide when and where you want to work.  This summer, take advantage of your “working tourist” status and plan your next assignment around a great festival.  Whether you are into Art, Wine, Music, Beer or Barbecue, there is a fantastic summer festival that you can enjoy while out on assignment.  Let’s take a look at a few of the best America has to offer.

Tips for Taking Your Pet on Your Next Travel Assignment

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You already have the greatest job in the world.  As a Travel Nurse or Travel Therapist, you get to choose your assignments in parts of the country that you have always wanted to visit.  You have worked in some of the most exciting and vibrant cities the U.S. has to offer and explored scenic parks and natural wonders from coast to coast.  How could it possibly get better?  Well, just imagine having your best friend along for the ride!

Cool Dining Options in Hot Travel Destinations

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If you are a travel nurse or therapist, or considering being a travel nurse or therapist, and you’re not sure where you want your next assignment to be, don’t fret. We’ve compiled this list of fun places to eat in cities that have plenty of job opportunities available to help you make a decision. Dining at these cool, quirky, and quality establishment will certainly improve your travel experience.

Traveler Profile: Spread Your Wings

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People that know her describe Karen King as the “life of the party” and someone who will turn anyone’s frown upside down!  A little over two years ago, Karen had the opportunity to begin travel nursing.  She had always thought it would be something she wanted to do but wasn’t ready to take the plunge.

Top 5 Romantic Cities for Travelers

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During this Valentine season of love and romance, the perfect opportunity is presented to take a look at some of the most romantic cities in the United States. Use this list to plan your next travel assignment and explore all of the romance these destinations have to offer.

Tax Season Tips for Travelers

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The yearly grind of preparing your taxes is a nightmare for most Americans, for healthcare travelers, it helps to do some homework. While most experts recommend that individuals with unique tax situations should seek help from a qualified tax professional, many people feel more comfortable preparing their own returns.

Traveler Profile: Growing Beyond Your Comfort Zone

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For twelve years, Shamberly Guthrie worked in the same hospital and the same Operating Rooms, doing the same routine. Finally, in October 2013, she decided she needed a challenge in her career. While bored with the routine, Shamberly loved her work in the O.R., so she began to research Travel Nursing.

Make Your Holidays a Little Merrier

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If you find yourself working this holiday season and missing all of your festive traditions, there are a few things that you can do to stave off the holiday blues. In fact, with the right attitude and a little planning,