As a travel nurse, you work hard, so you deserve to play even harder. Traveling may be part of how you earn a living. Visiting new places when your only priority is fun is a very different experience. Although travel maybe a little more difficult these days, here are seven new places you deserve to travel to (when the world opens back up) as a reward for your hard work.
1. Western Europe
France sits at the top of the list as it claims the title of the world’s most visited country. Your options for traveling through France are almost endless as each region has different food, wine, culture, and climate to offer. Explore Paris’s museums and bistros, and then head wherever whimsy takes you.
The Loire Valley is perfect for discovering exquisite wines and chateaux. Another good choice is the sunny and glamorous Riviera.
2. The Pacific
Hawaii is an island paradise waiting for you in the Pacific Ocean. Because it’s the 50th state, you don’t even need your passport if you’re coming from the US mainland! Divide your time between laying on the beach and trekking through rainforests and up volcanos. Hawaii is also a culinary mecca for fresh seafood, so be sure to indulge at least once.
3. North America
Alaska, the other non-contiguous US state, is known for national parks, glaciers, and the northern lights. Whether you fly into Anchorage or drive up through Canada’s Yukon Territory, be sure to dress for the season and your planned activities.
Animal lovers will also be amazed when they spot roaming brown bears or notice wolves running alongside their vehicle on the Denali Park Road. Cruise Alaska’s Inside Passage for an unforgettable voyage on the water. All-inclusive cruises are easy to find.
4. South America
Brazil beckons with its samba, Carnival, and caipirinhas. If you’re looking for a party, Brazil does it better than anywhere else. Brazil is also a nation of contrasts. There is a great disparity between the rich and poor, the bustling cities and the remote rainforest.
Traveling in Brazil is perfectly safe. You need to be aware of your surroundings and use good judgment. To get a full picture of this complex nation, have a blast in Rio, but go inland to see the primeval Amazon River.
Tanzania is the gem of East Africa. It is located just south of the equator and is home to one of the cradles of humanity, the Olduvai Gorge in the Rift Valley. Lake Victoria forms part of the nation’s northern border, and the Indian Ocean lies off the east coast. Tanzania also boasts the Serengeti Plain and Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest point in Africa.
For the outdoors lover, Tanzania can’t be beaten. Contact one of the many local travel outfitters to organize the adventure of a lifetime.
China is a blend of massive modern cities and ancient culture. In Beijing, satisfy your craving for history at the Forbidden City, the largest imperial palace in the world. Next, visit Tiananmen Square to see Mao Zedong’s mausoleum and the site of the deadly student-led protests of 1989.
Fortunately for travelers, most of eastern and central China are linked by high-speed rail, making exploring the country easy and efficient. Two must-see attractions on the train routes are the Terracotta Army in Xi’an and the giant pandas in Chengdu. Finally, finish your tour of China in Hong Kong with a delicious dim sum.
7. Central Europe
The Czech Republic is popular among ex-pat English teachers for good reason. The central European country has a rich culture while remaining budget-friendly. In Prague, wander around the Old Town Square and visit Prague Castle, part of which dates from the 9th century!
The Czechs consume more beer per capita than any other nation on the planet. Most of that beer is made locally, which should give you a clue to the fact that they make great beer. Have a glass or two of pilsner to celebrate your travels.
You gladly give your all when you’re on the job. Take some time off and see the world and new places. You deserve it!
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