wow wow wow, wrong wrong wrong. I tried traveling and as you can guess, I loved it. You have to ask what the situation is that you are agreeing to. My latest assignment here in San Diego, I'm treated like any other staff member. I'm not a fill in, but have a specific shift I do. Some places I go, co nurses look down on you b/c they're mostly jealous at my higher rate of pay, but I don't get floated first. Before taking an assignment, I agree on a shift and a unit. But you know what, I can do this b/c I don't have any committment, marriage, kids, etc. Agency can be fill in spots (per diem), but they too can also be contract positions with guranteed shifts usually for 3 month contracts at a time. The difference is locality. Travelers get paid well, plus housing and travel is covered (non taxable housing!). Agency contracts you get paid more than regular staff and travelers, but you're staying in your area, and getting paid like a normal employee. Also, usually, you don't get health insurance. Travel nursing, you'll always be employed b/c there will always be a dozen awesome places for you to be needed to choose from (Las vegas, Hawaii, San Diego, LA, Miami, should I say more?). Agency nurses, you're in one area and depending on jobs needed in that area. Usually, an agency has both a traveling department and a regular department. I'm doing traveling to explore places I'd want to permanently live. I have no regrets! But I will eventually settle down, I promise. Oh, did I mention completion bonuses with traveling?