One of the major and most well-known benefits to travel nursing is, of course, the pay. It’s been stated time and time again that travel nurses make a considerable amount more than their permanent counterparts. However, just because the potential for a good income is there, doesn’t mean it’s a simple process. There are, in fact, quite a few hidden costs that most don’t realize when thinking of pursuing this profession. From getting your license to visas and more, there are a lot of things (and money) to consider when traveling to a different state, or even another country. But, if you’re looking for an overview of things you can do to make it easier, you’ve come to the right place! Here are 5 tips that are sure to help you when tackling those travel costs:
1. Plan, Plan, Plan
Here’s the main idea - planning and budgeting will save you money, especially in the long run. Other benefits include having control over your money, and being able to save for any unexpected costs you may encounter. Start by making preparations a few weeks in advance. This gives you time to check travel prices (whether it be gas or plane tickets), routes, where you might stop for lodging on the way, and much more. Think of how you’ll pack, and everything you absolutely need to take with you. Consider making lunches for along the way as to not spend extra money at restaurants. Every little bit you can save counts, especially if this just so happens to be your first assignment.
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2. Sleep Cheap
One important aspect to remember is that, although mileage expense may be reimbursed by staffing companies, not all will reimburse for hotels, etc. on your journey to your next assignment. This is something you need to find out ahead of time and (since you will only be staying one night) pick cheap places to rest. One good idea is campsites, which can be significantly cheaper than hotel rooms. It may not seem like a lot, but when driving or traveling across country, it can really add up.
3. Connect with Others
Sometimes, the best resource is other people. As a traveling nurse, you’re bound to make connections all over the country and even the globe. Get connecting and note any tips of their own they can share with you, or insight about your new assignment. Plus, instead of hotels or campgrounds, bunking with them overnight could pose as another great solution to cutting costs!
4. Realize What You Cost
The cost of living continues to rise and when you travel it's important to think about how you can make it easier and most cost effective for your situation. In fact, the cost of living has increased over the past decade to about 26%. The solution? Only take what you need and plan out the rest of what you is needed to make your stay comfortable. Cost these out and have an estimate so you know what you’re getting into. Then, take advantage of thrift stores and even garage sales to get little things like silverware, appliances, etc. to get the most for your money, and to have the opportunity to donate them back when you pick up and leave for your next adventure.
5. Stay Healthy
One of the most important aspects of travel nursing is remembering to keep yourself happy and healthy. You take care of a lot of patients, and traveling all over isn’t easy, so we understand if your own needs take the back seat every now and then. But, in order to continue doing the work you love, you also need to take care of yourself. And, there are some things you can do to save money. Most gyms offer a discount if you tell them your profession and length of stay. Otherwise, it could be worth investing in workout DVDs and healthy cookbooks to make sure you stay on track with your health. [bctt tweet="Sometimes your own needs will take a back seat as a traveling nurse, but don't forget to do this:" username="freedomhcs"] >As nurses, you sacrifice a lot, but money doesn’t have to be one of those things. With these tips, we're sure you can make the most of your next assignment and save more and more each time! Want to know what Freedom Staffing can do to help? Check out all the benefits we offer to our amazing travel nurses!