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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.

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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Anyone who has ever been a traveler or heard of travel nursing knows that one of the best parts of travel nursing is the chance to experience new locations. But here’s the challenge; if you have never been to a location before how do you know what’s going on in the area? Well here are five websites that will help you figure that out.

Goby

Goby is basically a search engine built to help you find things to do in your spare time. All you do is answer three simple questions:

  1. What would you like to do?
  2. Where?
  3. When?

Then the results come back with a list of events and locations for you to check out. For example, I entered “museums, Omaha, NE,” and I got back 111 results happening this weekend. Just to see if it is useful for travelers in smaller communities, I also entered “Fremont, NE,” and found 18 museums to go to this weekend. It is certainly worth checking out on your next travel nursing assignment.

It also has a login feature that can tie into your Facebook account and apps for iPhones and android based smart phones.

Click here to read more about how Goby can help travel nurses.

Upcoming

Upcoming is a Yahoo owned site similar to Goby, but it’s based more around events like concerts, festivals, and sporting events, which are a great way to experience a new city. It’s also easy to use and offers the ability to create an account using a Yahoo login. So, if mingling with locals at festivals and events is something you enjoy doing during your assignments, then be sure to add Upcoming to your Favorites list.

Click here to read more in-depth about the uses of Upcoming for travel nurses.

Yahoo Trip Planner

Yahoo Trip Planner is a great tool that helps you not only find cool stuff to do during your assignment, but actually lets you schedule all the things you want to do during your assignment. It even lets you post journal entries about your experiences and upload your photos to share with your friends and family. It’s also a great way to make your perm nurse friends jealous and maybe even recruit a few to come with you on your next assignment.

Click here to learn more about how Yahoo Trip Planner is a cool tool for travel nurses.

Foursquare

Foursquare is a location-based social networking site that is basically one part friend finder, one part city guide, and one part game. Between these three aspects it really offers a lot of uses for travel nurses.

The premise is pretty simple, after you make an account, you log in, you:

Go to a cool place. Check in.

Go to a new place. Check in.

Go somewhere a lot. Check in.

Go somewhere popular. Check in.

Go somewhere late. Check in.

You get the idea.

All your check-ins are tracked within your profile and the more cool places you go and the more stuff you do the more “Badges” you get attached to your profile. The Badges are for things like checking in on a boat or checking in to 50 different places.

Plus, many companies use Foursquare to give discounts to their loyal customers, so be sure to check for those too.

It is meant to work with your smart phone, but you can also use your laptop or text your location if you haven’t taken the smart phone plunge yet.

Click here if you want to read more about the uses of Foursquare for travel nurses.

Gowalla

Gowalla is a location-based social network similar to Foursquare, that not only helps you find new places to checkout while you are traveling, but also allows you to create an account and turn your travels into a game by checking in when you are in cool locations.

The biggest difference between the two is that Gowalla is more game like than Foursquare with the use of “Items” that you can get when you check in at a location.

The advantage of Gowalla for travel nurses is that you are also able to build “Trips” for your friends and followers, and Gowalla is also available in more places, which may make it overall more useful for travel nurses.

You can read more about Gowalla’s uses for travel nurses here.

(*Editors note: As of March 10, 2012, Gowalla ceased operation.)

Conclusion

Not every one of these sites may be for you, but they are each worth a look. So, the next time you find yourself in a new city during an assignment checkout one of these sites and see where you end up.

Jeff Long is the Marketing Manager at Medical Solutions. 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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