Whether you are new to travel nursing or are seasoned professional, having a plan for what you do in between assignments can be tough to figure out. Are you someone who loves going home in between assignments? Or do you like to take road trips from one location to the next? Or maybe you don’t like taking a break at all and want to get right back in the swing of things. Whatever you choose, planning, and most importantly, budgeting are going to be your best friends.
The best part about travel nursing and what you do in between assignments is that it is totally your choice! But, it is important to keep in mind that most travel nurses don’t usually receive paid time off from work. So budgeting in-between assignments is going to become your saving grace.
How to Save In-Between Assignments
Having time off in-between assignments can be a lot of fun, especially if you’re in a brand new place with the time to travel a little. But this can also be costly. Factor in how much it costs to live each week or month, plan for any possible emergencies, and keep a separate fund for your own paid time off. And whether you’re going for a visit home or taking the time to sight-see, there are a lot of ways you can save money on expenses.
For example, it may be cheaper for you to rent a car instead of driving your own. According to the Abrams Consulting Group, the cost of renting a car weekly has dropped significantly over the last three years. And even though there may be initial fees, if your personal car is old, this will save further damage done on mileage.
There are also ways to save money traveling that don’t include gross motels! There are so many travel websites out there that will help you find cheap apartments or better hotel rooms for a great price compared to expensive rates at five-star hotel. Sometimes finding a nice Airbnb or similar style lodging can make the difference in your travels in-between assignments.
Another way to save money during your travels is to pack your own…everything! Instead of pulling off at the nearest rest stop or greasy fast food restaurants, pack a cooler full of your favorite homemade snacks! One trip to the grocery store for lunch meat and chips will save you a ton of money compared to a four-dollar burger here and a three-dollar fry there. Plus, it’s healthier for you! Budget some money for a week or two amount of grocery shopping items to fill your cooler and you’re set to go!