I've been traveling now for 2.5 years and have thoroughly enjoyed it(except for 1 assignment--that happens!) When I first started, I looked at the ads in the nursing journals and picked the 3 companies with the biggest ads to contact. While I admit it's not very scientific, it isn't a bad rule of thumb. Most of the companies are about the same--though there will be subtle differences.
First of all, who returns your calls? If you have a hard time getting in touch with anyone--go on to the next company. My next concern is how they handle housing--will it cost anything(deposits,utilities) Most require a small($100) deposit and provide free shared housing. Telephone is your responsibility. Next I look at health & dental insurance--most are provided free, though this can vary. You also need to know about direct deposit & how things are handled with the IRS. This is all before you even talk about assignments!
Since I mainly do post partum/nursery, the number of assignments I have to choose from is limited. I won't go to any state that requires verification from all previous licenses(I currently have 11 so that would be expensive)so you won't see me in Texas or Connecticut. I like to hear if there are any bonuses available--definitely makes up for a less than choice location. Remember the time of year so you don't end up in Dayton, OH in the dead of winter.
I'll be glad to answer anything if you have any more questions...
[This message has been edited by travelrn (edited 09-15-98).]