Money Saving Tips for Travel Nurses

December 14 / Posted by Christi Hintz

ADEX provides excellent benefits for many travel nursing related costs, but there are still some expenses that you’ll be responsible for. You may want to save a little money during your trip to ensure you have plenty left over to indulge in the local cuisine, see the local sights, or adventure between destinations. Make the most of your travels and cut down on costs by trying some of these tips.


Camp Out When You Road Trip


Traveling between assignments is a great opportunity to explore, and you shouldn’t let travel related expenses hold you back from doing so. Instead of staying in an expensive hotel room, plot out a course where you can stay at campsites throughout your trip. It’s a fun experience that will save you some money and open up new opportunities for adventure. There are camp sites located all over the United States- just don’t forget your tent, sleeping bags and other camping essentials!


Plan Your Itinerary Ahead of Time


There’s certainly something to be said about the excitement of being spontaneous, but it’s also a quick way to spend more money than you were planning on. Planning out the places you want to eat, the things you want to see, and the experiences you want to have on your adventure to a new city helps you maximize not only your time, but the money you’ll spend on those things.


Prepare Big Batch Meals at the Beginning of Each Week


The temptation to pick up food at work is real- it’s easier, more convenient, and there are some tasty options. The cost can add up though, and you can save a significant amount of money over the course of your assignment by bringing your meals with you to work- money that you can spend on trying out the unique cuisine at your travel location as opposed to cafeteria food!


Preparing food in large batches makes it easier to stick to your convictions throughout the week, since good lunches are easy to grab and go. It also saves valuable time throughout the week.


Rent out Your Home While You’re Away


Save on the cost of your permanent address or make a little money on the side by renting out the home you’ll be away from during your assignment. If you’re leasing your home or apartment, make sure that subletting isn’t in violation of your contract before you consider this option. You can learn more about what you’ll need to consider before getting started with our helpful article on the subject.


Ask Your Friends!


Friends help friends with helpful tips on saving money based on their own experiences. Ask the nurses who work at the hospital you’re assigned to- they’ll tell you the best places to eat and visit in the area, the best place to purchase groceries, and the best way to get to work in the morning. Ask your fellow travel nurse friends the creative ways they’ve saved money while enjoying their travel assignments.


How do you save money when you’re travelling? Leave your own tips in the comments below and help out your fellow travel nurses!

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