Do you ever find yourself wondering, “Where should I take my next travel nurse assignment?” Summer is upon us, and for travel nurses, that means a whole new bouquet of travel possibilities has blossomed. Summertime and the pleasant – and sometimes not so pleasant – weather that comes with it gives you options that you just don’t have during the cooler months. This is the perfect time of year to explore a big, walkable metropolitan city, camp or hike a national park, chase tornadoes or chill on the beach with a fruity drink and your toes in the sand!
Now is the time to reach out to your recruiter to see what’s available. Before you do, make a list of places you’d like to visit, and then see if there are any travel nurse assignments nearby. Here are some exciting activities you might want to add to your travel nurse bucket list!
Soak up the Sun on the Florida Beaches
A number of Florida beaches are consistently on “most popular beach” lists worldwide, and if you’ve spent time on any of them, you know why! Choose an assignment near the east coast of the state, and you’ll enjoy crystal blue-green waters and the tropical sunrises that symbolize paradise. Florida’s east coast is also home to its biggest cities and a bustling nightlife, particularly in South Florida from Miami to Fort Lauderdale. Check out our opportunities in Miami and Hollywood to be near the east coast beaches. Beaches on the Gulf of Mexico side of the state offer a similar yet different experience, with a quieter, more laid-back vibe and some of the most gorgeous sunsets you’ll ever experience. If that sounds more like your style, check out assignments in Tallahassee, Tampa or Fort Myers.
Go Storm Chasing in Tornado Alley
If chasing fierce storms across Tornado Alley is your idea of a good time, these tours are considered the adventure of a lifetime. For the rest of you: yes, this is actually a thing. Typically, the adventure entails traveling with a group of climatologists, meteorologists, licensed radio operators and trained storm spotters to track and follow live tornadoes in real time. Storm season begins in March and ends in August, but April through late July is considered prime storm chasing season. A number of storm-chasing tour operators are searchable online, with excursions typically leaving from locations in Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas in early season, and then moving to Colorado, Nebraska and the Dakotas in July. Travel nurses who want to add this special twist to their downtime should consider assignments in Austin, Tulsa or Kansas City to be nearby.
Explore Nature’s Wonder at a National Park
The United States is home to some of the largest, most spectacular National Parks in the world, and summer is the perfect time to explore them. And as a travel nurse, you can probably find an assignment that lets you be near enough to any one or even several of them to visit while you’re there. This is your opportunity to see the best Mother Nature has to offer: mountains, waterfalls, canyons, lakes, rivers, forests, coral reefs, deserts and glaciers. Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Arcadia National Park, Dry Tortugas National Park and many others are located near some of our current travel nurse job openings. Each park offers unique and exciting ways to enjoy the outdoors and a variety of activities, including biking, hiking, boating, swimming, snorkeling, boating, fishing and more. Check out our assignments in Alaska, North Carolina, Maine and Florida to see for yourself.
Whether you prefer to pack your bikini or your bicycle, first you’ll need to pick a travel nurse assignment that suits you best! Search our current travel nurse opportunities.