Content If you love to travel, you usually have to enjoy it when you’re young and don’t mind traveling cheap, staying in hotels, taking trains and eating at the least expensive restaurants you can find. Or you have to postpone traveling until you’re older or retired when you have the time and money to devote to exploring the world. But the ideal situation would be landing a job that pays you while you travel. Don’t think this is a far-fetched idea. A realistic way to accomplish this is to become a traveling nurse.
Nurses are in demand now more than ever. If you’re just starting your education, or you’re looking for a career change, you should have no problem finding a job once you have your nursing degree. Some organizations that hire traveling nurses offer jobs only in the United States, but this can be as exciting as traveling abroad. The United States has incredible variety to offer a traveler, from oceans to mountains to desert locations. You’ll meet a wide range of people, and they’ll speak your language! As a traveling nurse you’ll have the added satisfaction of knowing you’re helping people who are most in need of assistance. And you’ll be working with other health care professionals who will be thrilled to have your support.
If you’d rather travel outside the United States, other travel nursing agencies have assignments around the world including Europe, China, Singapore, Australia, India and New Zealand. Most agencies will offer you an hourly rate the same as, or better than, you would get working in a local hospital or clinic. They also provide many benefits including health insurance and 401(k) retirement programs. Most agencies will pay for your airfare, rental car if needed and other travel expenses. Since the assignments can last from two weeks to seven months, they should also set you up in a hotel, apartment, house or some other type of accommodation.