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Where To Find Housing As A Travel Nurse

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Health Carousel Travel Nursing
February 9, 2022
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To become a travel nurse, several questions must be answered before you can sign your first contract. One of the most important factors is where you will live. As a travel nurse, you have various options. You could book a hotel, be a house guest at a family or friend’s house, stay in a private room, rent an apartment or house, and even live in a travel trailer or RV. Every option offers positives and negatives, and it will be up to you to determine which is best for your needs. Let’s take a look at each.

Hotel

If you stay in a hotel, you will be charged taxes for the first 30 days. After that, the taxes you paid should be added to the next month's rent. Each hotel chain has a different set of rules for long-term guests, and there are multiple types of hotels to choose from.

Short-term hotels will not be suitable for a long-term contract, but can be doable. However, they typically don’t have more than a small fridge and microwave to use for cooking meals. These hotels also usually do not allow cooking in the room and most are not pet-friendly.

Long-term hotels have kitchenettes that can be furnished, or you can bring your own dishes. They are pet-friendly and guests are expected to stay for a longer amount of time. You can find hotels that offer long-term stays on platforms such as Priceline and Kayak.

Private Room or House

The next option is to rent a private room or house that the landlord can accommodate through a short-term contract. There may be an opportunity to sign a longer-term contract as well.

Several apps make it easy to locate these landlords. Furnished Finder is one that is specifically geared toward travel healthcare personnel, and landlords have been vetted to ensure that the contract is agreeable to both parties and legally binding. You could also use something like AirBNB, where hosts rent out spaces. Airbnb is not geared towards travel healthcare workers, but the host can choose to accept your long-term booking if it is available.

Apartment vs House

If your contract is a longer one, you could look at finding a fully furnished apartment or house to rent. Apartments and houses will often have extra fees for furnishings and usually require at least a six-month lease. The benefit is you will truly feel that you have your own space.

Travel Trailer or RV

The last option is a travel trailer or RV. Ideal for nurses who want to do travel nursing for the long term, it involves taking your home with you to every contract. If you choose a travel trailer, you will need a truck that is capable of towing the rig. An RV requires a tow vehicle (a vehicle the RV tows) to get you to work. If you have never towed anything, it’s important to learn how to do it safely. If you don’t want to tow your trailer, you can hire a transport service to relocate your home for you. Finding an RV transport company can eliminate the need to buy a truck or ease anxiety about towing.

All of these options are completely doable, but your decision may require you to learn how to live in a different manner. You can also decide on one option for one contract and switch to another for the next. The great part about travel nursing is the flexibility to choose.

Author Bio

I have been a nurse since 2009, beginning as as an LVN and transitioning to my BSN. I currently work as a travel nurse, which has been a goal of mine since 2011. I am also the vice president of Nita Marie's Angels (NMA), a 501(c)3 organization that recovers victims of human trafficking and supports families of violent crimes, and have served this role since 2016.

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