Travel Offers New Career Possibilities

Travel Offers New Career Possibilities

Did you know your next vacation might offer insight into your next career move? Travel opportunities give you a chance to see how other nurses might work in the field– in a location thousands of miles from your home or even in a different country.image of a plane flying around the globe for travel

If you have ever entertained “what if” thoughts about a new area, travel can give new perspectives to see what’s available. You might just want to find out more about the location and what it offers or you might be looking for a career switch. Maybe you’re thinking of an advanced degree and want to see what the campus is like or visit a faculty member.

Set aside a few hours on your next trip to learn more. Here are a few ways to start the process.

Start with the Research
Decide what your primary goal is and work from that. Maybe you’re a nurse up in New England wondering what it would be like to work in a warmer climate. A trip to south to sunny Anna Maria Island in Florida or west to San Diego, Calif. can give you a perspective on working with a seasonal community. Before you travel, start looking at a few job listings to get a sense of what’s available and where. Do you want to be in a nearby city like Sarasota or on the island with a smaller population? Is the San Diego area what you expected or do you want to look at the surrounding communities?  What are the housing options like? What else does the area offer?

Visit a Workplace
If you are looking for a job change and thinking a new location is in the cards, take the time to find out if it’s really as appealing as it seems.  As you look at job openings and organizations, build in time to visit an organization that’s particularly appealing. Maybe you want to visit a major hospital or a small healthcare facility. Get a sense of the populations served and the top community health needs.

Check Out a Campus
Thinking of a new degree? When you travel to a new area, plan to visit a campus and call ahead to see if you can chat with someone in the nursing school or with a faculty member. For that Anna Maria Island trip, you can visit the nearby University of South Florida College of Nursing in Tampa or the State College of Florida in Sarasota. In San Diego, the San Diego State University School of Nursing and the University of San Diego Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science are two options. Wherever you go, a campus visit gives a good feeling for the institution.

Make a Connection
Not really sure what your next steps will be but just want information? Find a nursing organization in the area and get in touch. The importance of a community can’t be overstated, so finding someone who can give you important details like how hot it really gets or what the population shift in the winter is really like is important. The Florida Nurses Association is like other state-based organizations and is an excellent resource for nurses. In San Diego, the San Diego National Association of Hispanic Nurses can offer resources and perspectives that are essential to hear about.

Soak Up the Environment
This is a vacation, after all, so you’ll spend most of your time just enjoying your time off. But pay attention to what your gut tells you. Maybe your vacation was a break to figure out what you need to do next.  With just an afternoon, you can take in a few important details that can help with your decision.

Are You Ready to Travel Post-pandemic Style?

Are You Ready to Travel Post-pandemic Style?

In the past two years, have your travel plans been upended? If you’re like most people, travel plans for business or pleasure have been rearranged, postponed, or flat-out canceled since the beginning of 2020 ushered in the COVID-19 pandemic.

And even now, as people have resumed travel in fits and starts, coronavirus variants are keeping us all on edge and bringing more precise precautionary measures to our lives once again. If the thought of traveling easily seems like a far away impossibility right now, planning for the days when we can get back to exploring the world offers a ray of hope.

Eventually we will get back to venturing into the world using caution, common sense, and careful planning. Travel after the pandemic will be different, and anyone who has already taken to the skies, hopped on a train, or taken a long bus ride can attest that it might never be the same. As 2022 dawns, planning for future trips offers a good distraction and also hope for change.

Connect with History

The pandemic has placed us squarely in a time of history that future generations will learn from. When you have the chance to visit a new place, connect with the history of the people, land, and culture by adding one place that gives you historical perspective. Visiting a spot that bestows a sense of time’s passing–whether it’s the Guggenheim Museum in New York City, Mesa Verde National Park in Colorado, or a stop along the multi-state Civil Rights Trail–brings decades and often centuries to life. Connecting to those who came before us, and survived through challenges and hardships, is reassuring when the world feels out of control.

Find the Future

If connecting with the past is grounding, then finding something new brings you to the future. Interested in a new view? Manhattan’s Edge sky deck offers the highest outdoor observation deck in the western hemisphere and a new perspective on change and possibility. If you’re looking for fun, try out the newest ride at a water park or an amusement park. Find an up-and-coming band or simply stop into the newest coffee shop, yarn market, or brewery in your area.

Start Small

If you haven’t been far from home since the beginning of 2020, adapting to some of the pandemic-imposed requirements when you’re traveling can be exhausting. Navigating the new rules, even in familiar places, takes more energy than you might expect. Start out with short trips–day trips to an outdoor spot or a quick overnight to visit friends or family. Map out some definite places you want to visit, and find places to eat that meet any personal safety standards you have.

Plan More

Even travelers who never planned beyond getting to a place are reevaluating where they go and how they get there. Because things can change so rapidly, it’s a good idea to think about how you approach travel. Know your risk acceptance level; those with a higher acceptance of risk will plan differently than those who prefer a lower-risk travel experience. Travel insurance (a full plan that includes coverage for COVID-19) is helpful. Bringing medications with you (prescription and those in case of illness) is essential as you can’t assume you’ll be able to get them. Pack extra masks and consider investing in reliable KN95 or N95 masks to give you needed protection. Understanding your healthcare options at your destination is important so check out what’s available and contact your own insurance provider to understand the rules.

When travel plans resume and begin to fall into place, the switch likely won’t be seamless. If you expect the unexpected and plan for a few roadblocks, you’ll find a new sense of gratitude that getting back into the travel groove brings.

 

4 Ways to Save on Your Summer Vacation

4 Ways to Save on Your Summer Vacation

The weather is finally warming up and you may be dreaming about your vacation this summer. Travel doesn’t have to break the bank. If you’re looking for ways to save on your vacation, consider these four tips.

Drive

Airfare is continuing to rise. The average roundtrip domestic airfare, including taxes, in 2013 was $363. If you’re single, that may not sound like a lot. But if you are a family of four, airfare alone could cost you $1,452. To save money, consider driving instead (if you have a reliable car or van). You’ll also see a lot more along the way.

Stay Close to Home

When the economy sank in 2008, the term “staycations” became popular. It may not sound too exciting to stay in your hometown or region for a vacation, but if you’re open-minded, there are probably lots of fun activities that you’ve never done because everyday life gets in the way. Look for museums, wineries, festivals, amusement parks, concerts, art fairs, etc. Consider it a challenge to plan and enjoy an entire week off in your own neck of the woods. You may discover a whole new appreciation for your hometown.

Earn Rewards

Do you use a cash back credit card or mileage card? If not, you should consider one for the rewards. If you are a responsible spender, and not in credit card debt, these cards offer discounts and miles toward your summer adventure. Research reward card options on CreditCards.com. If you enjoy flexibility, consider a cash back card. You’ll earn a percentage (usually 1%) back for every dollar you spend. Most cash back cards also offer special promotions during certain months such as 5% cash back at restaurants. Over time you could cash in your cash back bonus on travel expenses.  

Double Up

Another great money saver for travelers is sharing lodging expenses with a fellow traveler or even another family. Grab a friend for a weekend getaway and slash your hotel room fees in half by sharing a double room. Or, organize a family weekend at the lake with another family and rent a vacation home for a week and split the cost. A short weekend trip is a good way to see if you enjoy traveling with others. If you find that you do, you can plan a longer trip together in the future.

Denene Brox is a Kansas City-based freelance writer. 

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