The beginning of a new year is full of promise and excitement. As you settle into 2015, with awesome resolutions, goals, and hopes in tow, there is no better time to consider where you want your Travel Nursing career to take you this year. And I mean literally: Where do you want to go?
Start mapping your year out now, with our list of 8 great Travel Nursing locations for 2015:
California is a classic Traveler destination for good reason. Within the Golden State you can find everything from beaches to ski slopes, relaxation to pulse-pounding excitement. Hollywood, Napa Valley, Tahoe, Big Sur, Catalina Island, Redwood National Park, Yosemite, Golden Gate Bridge … plus world-class dining, shopping, museums, and so much more. Also relevant, as much of the nation shivers in their mittens: The amazing southern California climate.
So you wanna mess with Texas this year. Step right up! The Lone Star State has a lot of great jobs and so much to do that you’re sure to have an amazing time on your days off. Feast on authentic BBQ and Tex-Mex cuisine throughout the state. Lay back and relax on one of Texas’ gorgeous beaches. Check out Austin, the national capitol of weird, where breakfast tacos and live music reign supreme. Take a stroll on the famous San Antonio River Walk. Have an astronomical time at the Space Center in Houston. Oh, and don’t forget The Alamo!
If 2015’s got you in a New York state of mind, you’re in luck. Jobs for Travelers are almost as plentiful as the many awesome attractions. New York City is its own beautiful beast, featuring many of the nation’s most beloved attractions, such as the Statue of Liberty, Empire State Building, Central Park, Broadway, Museum of Modern Art, Radio City Music Hall, and so much more. Many vacationers feel like they simply can’t do it all in one trip, but as a Traveler in the area for a few months you’ll get the chance to do and see it all, while also getting to know the true, day-to-day beauty of The Big Apple. If cities aren’t your thing, there are also plenty of great job opportunities in gorgeous Upstate New York!
Most Travelers have Hawaii on their bucket list. Is 2015 your year to say Aloha to the islands? The 50th state is famous for its amazing beaches, dramatic volcanoes, exotic plants and trees, stunning landscape, and overall island appeal. Hawaii really is otherworldly, and even though you’ll be working, you can enjoy a more slow-paced existence here and soak it all in. But it’s not all ukuleles, leis, and luaus, the natives have strikingly deep and profound connection with the land — one you’re sure to adopt after spending a few months here. Since it is such a popular spot for Travelers, jobs can be less plentiful here than in other states, but you can still plan your way to a dream vacation — I mean, assignment — in this beautiful paradise of the Pacific.
I wouldn’t be surprised if Georgia’s on your mind … many Travelers want to explore job opportunities here. The Peach State is chock full of beaches, swamps, forests, parks, history, and Southern charm! Visit famous attractions like World of Coca-Cola, Georgia Aquarium, Stone Mountain, and Centennial Olympic Park. Take in a Braves, Falcons, or Hawks game. History buffs will love to check out the old-world feel and quaint architecture of cities like Savannah, Georgia’s oldest city and home of one of the largest National Historic Landmark districts in the U.S. And seriously, do eat a peach — there’s nothing like ’em!
Missouri is a great choice for an excellent Midwest adventure. With friendly folks and a laidback appeal, the Show-Me State has lots in store for Travelers. Kansas City is home to the Royals, Chiefs, Nelson-Atkins Art Museum, Worlds of Fun, famous BBQ and other great dining, shopping, and culture. St. Louis boasts the Rams, Cardinals, Gateway Arch, Anheuser-Busch Brewery, the quirky City Museum, a thriving jazz scene, and tons more! Don’t forget Lake of the Ozarks, Silver Dollar City, Branson, and Missouri’s many other awesome spots.
This Washington D.C. neighbor is as unique as it wonderful. The Free State offers access to all of the history and excitement seated in “the District,” like The White House, Lincoln Memorial, Smithsonian Museum, National Mall, Capitol Building, Washington Monument, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Madame Tussauds, Tidal Basin, Washington National Cathedral, National Zoo, and so very much more. Beyond that, Baltimore’s Inner Harbor is a great waterfront area with the National Aquarium, and tons of shops, restaurants, parks, museums, and more. Plus, Maryland is home to some historic and breathtaking State Parks, and you can explore other parts of the east coast on your days off.
The Evergreen State is very popular with Travelers, perhaps because of its combination of rural and urban beauty — in addition to great job opportunities. City centers like Seattle offers everything you could want in an urban oasis: amazing shopping, dining, art, history, music, and culture. Visit the famous Pike Street Market, the original Starbucks, Space Needle, Chihuly Garden and Glass, Seattle Great Wheel, The Fremont Troll, Gasworks Park, and more. Take an unforgettable ferry ride to other points around the Puget Sound. And, if you’re the outdoorsy type you’ll be happy as a clam here, with Olympic National Park, Mount Baker Highway, Mount Rainier National Park, North Cascades Scenic Highway, Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument, and so many other great opportunities to revel in gorgeous Pacific Northwest nature.
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