Okay travelers! I have been reading and studying your posts for weeks now and I am getting ready to interview for San Diego. After reading all your posts on contracts, taxes, stipends, pay rates, etc.. I really feel like I am bound to get taken advantage of. Its all so confusing. I do not have the type of personality to just say ok at whatever is thrown my way, i question everything and I feel like after reading all this, I dont even know what to ask. I think for sake of ease, i would prefer for them to provide housing instead of the stipend. However, I was quoted at a rate of approx. $30/hour for San Diego!!!! That seems very low to me. Thats with my per diem for incidentals but not incl. any type of housing stipend. So, it is appropriate for me to ask when I interview with the hospital, what their per diem rate is? Also, if you work as a traveler for one of the big hospital systems, does that mean when your contract is up you would not be able to work as a full time employee there if offered. Any and all advice is very appreciated!!