Imagine getting to work with your best friend as well as exploring a new place together every three months. My boyfriend, Ty, and I are currently a travel nurse couple. That is what our life looks like right now. We spent the beginning of the year in the desert of New Mexico. And have been climbing Washington mountains for the past three months. I am going to give you the inside scoop of how traveling as a couple works, what we love most about it, and tips and tricks we’ve learned along the way.
Finding an assignment
One of the more challenging aspects of traveling as a pair can be finding an assignment that will be the right fit for the both of us. To make this a little easier we use the same travel company and recruiter. Most places need more than one travel nurse at a time so being presented as a package deal is usually something that hospitals welcome. Ty and I also choose to work on the same unit, which was something I was a little nervous about when we first started traveling but it ended up being such a great decision.
We read each other well so we know when the other person needs help and support at work without even having to ask. It also makes every transition in a new place much easier and we are able to be resources for each other when nursing questions and difficult decisions arise. There is always someone to bounce ideas off of and give advice when you need it and someone who is there for you when you aren’t having the best day.
Of course, our favorite part of travel nursing is the exploring we get to do on our days off. We always ask for the same schedule so that we can make the most of our time in a new area. This is something that needs to be mentioned in the initial interview with the manager so they know upfront what your expectations are for your schedule and they can let you know if it is possible for them to make it happen. As always, nothing is guaranteed unless it is in your contract so it isn’t a bad idea to include this if it is important to you.
This is another reason we love working on the same unit. Having the same manager makes it easier for your schedule dreams to come true. We have met a lot of travelers who ask for time off during their contract. But we try to avoid this when we are given the same schedule. We are always open to working weekends/ holidays. We want to be able to enjoy our time on assignment but also want to be as flexible as we can to help the hospital and fill their staffing needs. If we want to take longer trips and vacations we do this in between assignments. We typically have three to four days off in a row. Which allows time for plenty of mini trips and exploring.
Another huge perk to traveling together is being able to save money on housing. Our company offers housing but we always choose to take the stipend and find our own place through Airbnb or Furnished Finders. Since we share the monthly payment with rent we have been able to save a good bit of money this way. This allows us to have a little extra to spend on trips and other things we enjoy. One question we often get is whether we bring two cars on our travels or just get by with one. We bring two in case we are scheduled different shifts from time to time. So we will always have a way to get around when car troubles arise. Both of these situations have happened and we have been grateful to have another option.
If you are considering traveling with a partner I would highly recommend that you go for it! Our time of traveling together has given me some of the most adventure filled and incredible moments of my life. Our relationship has grown stronger because of it. Travel nursing in general is such an amazing opportunity but being able to share the journey with the person you care about the most takes the experience to another level. We have truly enjoyed every second of it and don’t plan on stopping any time soon!
Looking for more stories of traveling together?
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