Why Do Travel Nurses Travel? Reasons for Choosing to Travel

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By Professional Nursing Services

October 8, 2020



Why Do Travel Nurses Travel?

This article was provided by Professional Nursing Services.

As a recruiter, I often get asked by new nurses. Why do people even consider travel nursing?

Everyone has their own reason, but these are the ones I hear most frequently.


Traveling is a great opportunity to see more the world. Travel Nursing gives you the opportunity to see more without hurting your bottom line. The average vacation is four days and that not much time to take in a location.

The average travel nursing contract lasts 13 weeks and there is a lot more opportunity to seen an area when you can explore it for weeks on end. Whether it is hiking the Rocky Mountains or visiting the Met in NY, the extended-stay allows you to really take in the whole area.


Travel Nurses can make a lot more money than staff nurses. Some nurses aren’t worried about where they go or what they see but are there for the money and more money. There are a couple of different ways to effectively maximize your pay.

Picking the right location, everyone wants to go to Cali and the pay seems great but the cost of living takes a lot of the extra money you make. Picking a less desirable location usually has good pay with a very low cost of living.

Taking the maximum subsidies allows you to get paid without pesky taxes and it is completely legal. You will want to consult with an accountant to make sure that you are doing it right.

Pay can be a great motivator for people who aren’t picky on their location.


When wanting to move up the ranks having experience in different locations with different methods looks great on a resume.   While travel nursing is not for everyone, there are a lot of great opportunities for those who want to try it out.  

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