Why Nurses Choose To Travel


We all have our own reasons for pursuing career paths decidedly outside the “norm” and I think a lot of that has to do with our personality. If you’re someone that appreciates routine and strict structure, you’re likely not someone who wants their life to possibly change every 3 months or so. To be frank, it’s not always an easy transition. You’re met with a new set of challenges, policies, people, and environments every time you take on a new contract so it’s definitely not for everyone. So why is it that so many nurses leave behind permanent positions to pursue contract work that changes so frequently?

1. New skills and experiences

Many nurses that I’ve spoken to have said they began travel nursing out of a desire to learn new skills and gain new experiences that they were unable to get out of their permanent positions. Talk about a resume booster! If you decide to go back to permanent employment after spending time traveling, you are showing potential employers that you have the ability to adapt well in a variety of situations, learn new skills quickly, and are open to multiple ways of getting something done. Alternatively, if you’re not looking to re-enter permanent employment again, consider the personal gratification you’ll get from your experiences. It’s a tough job and you should be proud of that!

2. Changing environment

Some nurses get bored being in the same city and the same hospital day in and day out which motivates them to choose to travel. Travel nursing allows you to truly pick and choose wherever you want to go whether that’s the beach, the mountains, or the snow! You get to choose based on any number of factors whether that is motivated by weather, landscape, city, or even down to the specific hospital you’ve always wanted to work at!

3. Making new friends/networking

With a changing environment comes the likely benefit that you will make friends during your contract assignments. How fun would it be to have genuine friends all over the country? People that understand the challenges you’ve faced and can relate to your experiences. Added bonus? Future vacations!!

4. Higher pay

Most nurses know the most immediate benefit to traveling is the increase in pay. There is a HUGE demand for travel nurses and because of that, pay is typically quite good. Of course just like any opportunity, some places are higher paying than others and that again relates to the supply vs. demand rule. Bigger, more desirable locations are going to likely pay less than locations in the middle of nowhere. The less applicants you have applying for an opportunity, the more money you can negotiate.

5. Flexible schedule

Are you tired of being told when you can vacation or being denied vacation because someone else reserved the dates off before you could? Travel nursing afford you the ability to schedule your vacations around your contracts. Want to take a month off in Costa Rica after completing your 13 week contract? Go right ahead! Maybe you just want a couple days to refresh and renew before heading to your next location – sounds great to me! Travel nurses have the freedom to control how they want to manage their own careers.

Our Top 10 States for Travel Nurses:

  • Alaska
  • California
  • Florida
  • Iowa
  • Indiana
  • Illinois
  • Massachusetts
  • Minnesota
  • Nevada
  • Texas


Think travel might be a great option for you? Send me a message and I can see what we have available that meets what you’re looking for. Even if you just want some more information, I’d be more than happy to help!

(386) 264-6864 (Direct Line)  or  ashley@travelmedusa.com