Step #1: Determine Why You Want To Travel

Step #1: Determine Why You Want To Travel


In this series of posts, I’ll show you how to become a Travel Nurse step by step.  Following these steps will help you be successful in your travel nursing career.  I recommend that you follow them in order and if you have any questions that I don’t cover, please feel free to add them in the comments section at the bottom of this page.

As discussed in the introduction, If your looking to change careers and become a Travel Nurse it may sound easy but it’s actually a very unique field of nursing and requires a bit of knowledge and a lot of foresight/planning.  In these posts, I’ll be breaking down each of the following steps into easy to follow directions/guidance. I recommend that you follow them in order (the next article is linked at the bottom of each page) and if you have any questions that I don’t cover, please feel free to join our network on Facebook and post them there; Travel Nurse Network – The Gypsy Nurse.

It’s important to determine why you want to travel so you can make certain that the Travel Nursing field is a good fit.  Determining the real reasons that you want to travel will assist in many of the decisions that you will have to make in the next steps.


I recommend that you grab a notebook and a pen.  Now, brainstorm for a moment and write down everything that you can think of related to Why You Want to be A Travel Nurse.


If you’re not sure, here are some ideas to get you started:

  • Flexibility
  • Time off work
  • Meet new people and create new friendships
  • Minimize workplace drama
  • Experience new locations
  • Increased pay
  • Expand your nursing skills
  • Explore a location prior to a permanent move
  • See the country
  • Broaden your children’s horizons

I’ll be discussing many of these reasons as we get further into the series.  In the meantime, keep adding to the list.  If you have reasons that I didn’t list, please share them in the comments below and I’ll try to address them.  Remember, if you have a reason someone else does too.

When your finished; you can return to the the introduction, or move forward or back using the article links below.

Travel Nursing Slideshow Presentation
Step #2: What Do You Want/Need Out of Travel Nursing
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