Jan 10, 2024

Choosing Your Perfect Travel Nursing Destination

Travel nursing offers the exciting opportunity to combine your passion for healthcare with your love for exploration. As a travel nurse, selecting the right destination is crucial for a rewarding and fulfilling experience. Whether you’re seeking outdoor adventures, relaxation, big city life, or a mix of everything, here are some things to consider when choosing your best travel nursing destination.

Get Clear on Your Priorities

Before you start considering specific locations, take some time to reflect on your priorities. Considering factors like climate preferences and proximity to family and friends may help you narrow down the region or states where you might look for contracts.


Ensure you understand the licensing requirements for each state you’re considering. Many states are part of the Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC) and are known as compact states. The NLC allows nurses to practice in many states using one license. Aequor’s State Licensing Map has all of the state licensure requirements and resources to guide you in one place.

Job Market Analysis

Research the demand for nurses in various locations. High demand areas often offer better compensation packages. Your Aequor recruiter is ready to offer valuable insights about job availability and compensation in different locations.



Cost of Living

While higher pay rates might seem attractive, they need to be weighed against the cost of living in a given location. Research average housing costs, transportation expenses, and daily expenses. Websites like Numbeo can help you compare the cost of living between different locations.

Housing Options

Housing can significantly impact your travel nursing experience. Research the housing options in potential destinations and decide what type of housing you’re looking for, whether it be an extended-stay hotel or short-term rental. For more details about housing: Housing Resources | Aequor.

Recreational Opportunities

Consider the cultural and recreational activities available at each destination. Do you prefer vibrant nightlife, outdoor adventures, museums, or historical sites? Research the local attractions and events to ensure you’ll have opportunities to unwind and explore during your days off.


Safety and Quality of Life

Safety is paramount when selecting a travel nursing destination. Read our article, Safety Tips for Traveling Healthcare Professionals. Research crime rates and overall safety ratings of different locations. Websites like cityrating.com provide useful safety statistics about cities.

Choosing the perfect travel nursing destination requires careful consideration of various factors. With this knowledge you can make an informed decision that aligns with your personal and professional goals. Remember that no matter where you end up, each assignment is an opportunity for growth and exploration! Browse jobs and connect with one of Aequor’s dedicated recruiters who are always ready to help guide and assist you in finding your next assignment that will be a perfect fit.

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