Ask A Travel Nurse: Drive or Fly?

Ask A Travel Nurse: Drive or Fly?

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Drive or Fly?Gypsy,
I’m speaking to a travel agency currently about a job that is nearly 8 states away from home.  I originally thought I would be perfectly fine with a job that required flying, but there is no subsidy for a rental car, and the apartment is 20 minutes away. I am looking into the bus system in the contract city, but I have to ask – how do you generally travel? I noticed you mentioned mileage reimbursement in your treatment plan, so do you typically drive to your travel jobs?

Thank you, Kate, RN ASN

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Kate,
I generally choose to drive to my contracts.  I lose out on the ‘pay’ because it always costs me more to drive than a company will reimburse me.  I don’t like being without a vehicle though, so it’s worth it to me.  If you keep records of your mileage and hotel and meal expenses during travel, these are deductible on your year-end taxes.

If you choose to fly, there are several things to consider and it looks like you have already started checking into this.  How far are you from conveniences ie grocery, banking, activities, etc.  what is the public transit like?  How far are you from work and it easily accessible via public transit?   In some cases it’s just as easy to be without a vehicle.  When I was working in San Francisco, I was housed in a very good location that was close enough to work and everything else to use public transit.

One other thing to consider if flying is the apartment amenities.  Is the company providing a FULLY furnished apartment?  By fully furnished, make certain that dishes, linens, shower curtain, window coverings, cookware, etc are all included.  I drive and bring a lot of these items with me because most ‘furnished’ apartments only include basic furniture.

Google has a great resource to search the local area for conveniences called ‘walk score’  if you do a search, you’ll find it.  I frequently use walk-score when checking my housing/hospital locations.

I hope this helped a little.  If you have further questions, please feel free to contact me again.

I love hearing the opinions of my readers.  Your opinion could be the perfect solution for someone.  Please share your thoughts below in the comments.  Do you have a question for me?  Fill out the Ask A Travel Nurse form and submit your questions.

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Active in the Travel Nursing industry for the past 14 years. Involved with the initial conception of the annual Travelers Conference (http://travelersconference.com) I am dedicated to providing a place for nurses interested in travel nursing to come to find all the answers and information needed to begin a successful career as a Travel Nurse. In addition, I am very active in bringing interested nurses together in real life through social media, and organizing and promoting events, meetings, conferences and many other activities for Travel Nurses and Travel Medical Professionals. Dedicated to providing the next generation of nurses a base of information on the career choice of Travel Nursing by providing Career Services speaking engagements to Nursing Colleges and Student Nursing Associations.

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