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Hi Friends!

 

Hope you can help with a couple of research/resource questions. Just as an FYI, I'm not a traveler yet and am in the beginning stages of conducting comprehensive research on all aspects of traveling, as I am looking to begin traveling next spring. That being said...

 

1. I just signed up last night for PanTravelers basic membership and looked around a bit and what I saw was cool, and I am wondering if paying for the full-membership is worth it. I'm not cheap, but I do like to make informed decisions so I ask: Will the information I gain with full-membership worth the $65 fee?

 

2. I've also checked out Highway Hypodermics and Travel Nursing Central. Are there any other MUST see sights for travel nurses that you would recommend?

 

As always, thanks so much for any help you can provide!!!

 

Kim

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TheGypsyNurse.com is one you might want to check out as well as their Facebook page. Our Gypsy Family Caravan on Facebook as well. There is a Travelers Conference in September. The 23rd and 24th to be exact. They will have a Newbie Boot Camp on the 22nd. It is held in Las Vegas. The conference is reasonably priced. You cans find information on in through The Gypsy Nurse website, Facebook, or Google Travelers Conference 2014.

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TravelTax is one more good resource. I think all the other current ones have been named - lots of other formerly valuable sites are not being updated anymore.

Just a tip about PanTravelers, they sell memberships for a discounted rate there of $50 and a really good rate on lifetime membership at the Travelers Conference (you can either Google the Conference or I think there is a direct link on PanTravelers). I think it is the only event they go to and they are the primary sponsors. The GypsyNurse (Candy and entourage) will also be there, and I don't think Epstein (Highway Hypodermics) ever misses the conference which I think is now in year 8. I may go, but I'm not sure yet. I was at the first one, and then again last year.

I can't really comment on the value proposition of PanTravelers for any individual. While I'm pretty savvy about traveling, I admit I do use it as a resource fairly often. I had to look up a particular vendor manager an hour ago when I couldn't remember who they were (a bit esoteric I admit, but for advanced travelers, information is power). I think that most of the value for paid membership is for advanced travelers as most content and tools are available for the free level. Highly valuable stuff like the travelers calculator and the PBDS resource are free. If you are just a beginning traveler, or aren't really interested in supporting the only non-profit working directly for travelers, I would wait until you decide you want to really maximize your career as a long term traveler.

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The association - Pantravelers - is worth it for me. Lots of basic articles for people just starting out. It's our own professional association and they work for our benefit - including hosting the conference every year. The conference is a riot! Definitely lots of fun and a good place to network with other travelers and meet agency recruiters face to face. Not to mention the after parties at night!

The association is all volunteers - so I try to keep my membership current. I get a discount for the conference by being a member, and I get a discount for my membership if I renew at the conference. So yes - worth it.

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