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There are some amazing perks to living in Southern California: proximity to the beach, mountains, and legendary tourist sites. There’s a lot of fun in the sun to be had, but getting to the beach, mountains, or attractions means driving and filling up at the pump. At $4.29 per gallon (the posted price today), that makes for a costly day trip.

According to GasBuddy.com, California claims the highest gas prices in the country right now and my wallet knows it all too well.

Californians are not alone in feeling pain at the pumps. Other regions have experienced sticker shock, too. Higher gas prices also tend to trickle down to other areas, like food prices going up or airfares taking off. It seems like the ripple effect impacts many areas of everyday life.

While there are certain financial advantages to working as a healthcare traveler—namely having your housing, as well as some utilities and travel expenses covered by your staffing company—it doesn’t mean you don’t incur certain costs while on assignment.

You still have to drive to work, right? You have to eat, too.

We want to know what YOU think are some of the more expensive aspects of life on the road. And, more importantly, how do you cut costs?

Do you ask for housing closer to the hospital?

Do you eat in more often?

What are some of your tricks for keeping cash in your wallet?

Drop us a comment below. Then, watch for a compilation of all the tricks and tips to saving cash while on the road in the next issue of Healthcare Traveler.

Anne Baye Ericksen is a freelance writer based in Simi Valley, Calif. 

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Although it may only happen every three months or so, one of the coolest parts of travel nursing is the road trip to your assignment. The best way to enjoy it is to first and foremost make sure you plan ahead to give yourself time to see all the cool places along the way.

With that in mind, here are four great planning resources to help you get the most enjoyment possible out of your next road trip.


The goal of MyScenicDrives.com is to help you discover great drives. Each one includes a detailed overview, an interactive map, weather forecasts, and GPS directions.

The site is easy to use and offers differing levels of interaction, from simply clicking “Find a Drive” to creating an account where you can track and tag your drives.

Currently MyScenicDrives.com seems focused on western parts of the U.S., but new drives are always being added so you need to check it regularly. If you sign up for the newsletter and subscribe to the blog you can get the latest updates sent to you.

You can read more about MyScenicDrives.com for travel nurses here.


RoadTripAmerica.com is an awesome site for planning your travel nursing road trip. In addition to its great Road Trip Map Wizard it also offers cool tools and resources for your road trip planning, including sections that cover:

  • Routes & trips
  • Destinations & attractions
  • Fun stuff & inspiration
  • Dashboarding
  • Tips for roadtrippers
  • Maps
  • On the road

Use the site’s three different RSS feeds to subscribe to:

  • RoadTrip America’s Articles and Funny Signs
  • RoadTrip America’s Funny Signs (only)
  • The Great American RoadTrip Forum

You can also subscribe via email for RoadTrip America’s Articles and Funny Signs and RoadTrip America’s Funny Signs.

You can learn more about how useful Road Trip America.com is for travel nurses here.


RoadtripPlanning.com is not as big as the previous two sites, but it does offer informative articles and some fun stuff like route planners and road trip games.

You can read a little more about RoadtripPlanning.com here.


Cost2Drive.com is a great planning site that does one thing, but that one thing is so useful for a travel nurse planning a drive that I had to include it; telling you how much the drive will actually cost you.

All you do is enter the start and end points of your trip and the kind of car you drive. Then Cost2Drive calculates:

  • How much you will spend on gas
  • Your Carbon Footprint
  • How much it would cost to fly
  • Where you will need to stop for gas

Learn more about Cost2Drive.com for travel nurses here.


So before your next assignment think about how much fun your road trip could be, plan accordingly, and check out these sites to make it happen.

Jeff Long is the Marketing Manager at Medical Solutions, one of the leading travel nursing companies in the industry. He has never been a nurse and is not a recruiter; his goal is to help you meet your career goals by sharing information, advice, and the benefits of travel nursing with you.

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