As they famously say on “Game of Thrones” — Winter is coming. While that may mean epic battles, creepy White Walkers, and dramatic power plays to the fictional characters on the HBO hit show, for Travel Nurses, it just means that now is the perfect time to find your dream job for the winter season!
Whether you’re looking for a home for the holidays or a new start come January 2017, you should start your job search now. Many Travelers take time off around the holidays, so there’s always a mad rush to find a new travel job in early January. The smart move is to steer clear of the rush and increased competition by securing your winter job now.
To help inspire your search, here are 8 great winter locations for Travel Nursing jobs!
The land of Bernie Sanders and Ben & Jerry’s is a great location for Travel Nursing in winter! The modern ski industry was born in Vermont’s Green Mountains and it’s been a hotspot for the winter sport ever since, along with similar seasonal activities like snowboarding, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, sledding, ice skating, sleigh rides, and cross country skiing. If that’s not your thing, visit one of Vermont’s quirky small cities and browse for antiques, catch a concert, or learn how a few of your favorite things are made — including world-class cheese, ice cream, blown glass, furniture, chocolate, pewter, and more. You can also join an authentic Vermont contra dance, check out one of the state’s 106 covered bridges, and tour one of its many unique micro-breweries. And of course, before winter comes to a close and spring turns The Green Mountain State green again, you can visit one of Vermont’s famous sugarhouses where the sap runs in late winter and the whole scene smells of sweet maple!
Folks travel from all over to winter in the warm, inviting Grand Canyon State! There’s an abundance of natural beauty here in stunning spots like Havasu Falls, Antelope Canyon, Saguaro National Park, Monument Valley, Lake Mead, and the magical community of Sedona. While it’s true that most of Arizona stays nice and warm throughout winter, the state also boasts great winter activities — if that’s your thing — at spots like the Arizona Snowbowl, Flagstaff Nordic Center, and Mount Lemmon Ski Valley. There’s also nothing like seeing the Grand Canyon dusted with snow — not to mention avoiding the hectic crowds of tourists seen in peak season!
Regardless of the season, Idaho is a state that Travel Nurses are consistently pleasantly surprised by! I can’t tell you how many times a Traveler has told me that their all-time favorite location is in Idaho — and that they never would’ve guessed that until they tried it. Winter is no different, as The Gem State has 18 ski resorts, 7,000+ miles of snowmobile trails, and more than 300 miles of groomed Nordic trails. Warm yourself back up with a soak in one of Idaho’s more than 300+ hot springs. And who needs the New Year’s Eve ball-drop in Times Square when you can witness the famous giant potato drop at the stroke of midnight in Boise!
Just as Virginia is for lovers, Virginia winters are for making great memories! Check into a cozy cabin, hit the slopes, or visit one of the state’s 230+ wineries to get that warm, fuzzy feeling. Virginia Beach is still a hotspot in winter, as it’s a great place to view migrating humpback, fin, and minke whales as they make a break for warmer waters. For more winter wildlife, check out the adorable harbor seals at Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge. Virginia also boasts lots of great history, like First Landing State Park (where the Jamestown colonists landed in 1607) and historic Jamestown, Mount Vernon, Wilderness Road State Park, Colonial Williamsburg, and much more. Warm up and chill out at the famous Jefferson Pools — naturally occurring hot springs famous for the fact that Thomas Jefferson visited in 1818 and loved them so much he didn’t leave for three weeks straight!
The Evergreen State is an amazing place for winter because of its temperate weather and, just as the state’s nickname indicates, the presence of greenery all year long. Delicious food, seasonal craft beer, and regional wine helps keep you warm through winter, and Seattle’s Volunteer Park Conservatory, a 75-degree greenhouse modeled on London’s Crystal Palace, is perpetually lush with orchids, cacti, and other life-affirming flora. Seattle is an amazing city for foodies, shopaholics, artsy types, sightseers, and sports fans alike — not to mention all the piping-hot coffee you can handle. On the less urban tip, Washington is well-known for its abundance of national parks and natural beauty, including Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, Mount Rainier National Park, San Juan Islands, Olympic National Park, and the Hoh Rain Forest. For holiday lights lovers, ski enthusiasts, and lovers of all things quaint, a trip to the Bavarian Village of Leavenworth is an absolute must.
Where better to beat the winter blues than The Sunshine State! If you’re the type who’d just as soon pretend it’s still summer, you’ll love Florida’s warm temps, sunshine, and total lack of snow. In fact, Florida has the sunniest winter climate in the eastern U.S. and the highest average January temps in the whole nation! As you completely ignore the fact that winter is even a thing, treat yourself to experiences at famous literal hotspots like Walt Disney World, Universal Studios, Everglades National Park, Kennedy Space Center, Dry Tortugas National Park, the Florida Keys, Miami Beach, and more!
The Empire State is one of those wonderful all-season locations, but it has an extra special sparkle in winter. In NYC, the season is bookended by the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and the annual St. Patrick’s Day parade on Fifth Avenue. If you’re there in December, you can enjoy doing your holiday shopping at some of the world’s best boutiques and department stores, and get even more in the seasonal spirit by taking in The Nutcracker at the famed New York City Ballet. New York has so many indoor adventure opportunities, including world class art and cultural museums, brilliant theater, and amazing food — from fine dining to hole in the wall, that you could spend the whole season indoors and still have a heck of a time. If you prefer to get outdoors, lace up for an adventure at one of the city’s seasonal ice skating rinks, including those hosted in Bryant Park, Van Cortland Park, and Central Park — all of which are also great choices for grabbing a thermos full of warm drink and going on a winter wonderland walk. Want to escape the concrete jungle? Head to the Catskills for a ski getaway!
The Granite State offers the perfect, picturesque Winter Wonderland conditions. It’s a great location for those who embrace winter and it’s many activities like skiing, sleigh rides in the snow, ice fishing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, tubing, ice skating, dog sledding, and more. That also makes New Hampshire a great location for getting the most out of a cozy fireside snuggle or spa day. If you like mountains but aren’t a fan of skiing, be sure to check out the famous Mount Washington Cog Railway. Gamers and lovers of all things retro will get a kick out of Laconia, New Hampshire’s American Classic Arcade Museum, foodies will find themselves in heaven with the emphasis on local ingredients and northeastern comfort food, and winos will happily cheers the Seacoast Winter Wine Festival — one of New England’s top wine-related gatherings!