I am ready to start travel nursing (along with a so many others). I have several questions for those who are already traveling. Which agencies do you all recommend for first time travelers? And most important how do you know if the agency is offering a competative rate? What is the average pay for first time travelers? My experience includes tele/stroke (2yrs), I work as relieve charge as well and I was an LPN in rehab for 2 years. Which is better to choose: a stipend pay or a hourly rate?? Do agencies pay more for being bilingual? Thanks for the input!