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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.

MyScenicDrives.com

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

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

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

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.

Conclusion

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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