I am a first time traveler, I said to myself, location wise, I'll take the first job offer. Not a state I thought I would be but it's on my check off list...not only for first assignment under my belt but I would like to see all 50 states on my bucket list (not all with travel nursing but before I die type of thing). The state that I landed is not one where I would sit back and say "I think I want to take a vacation in a few months...maybe I should go "here". My reason for travel nursing may be different from yours...I want to gain experience in different atmospheres and I want to see the country. When I look at pay, I pretty much look at 1) can I pay my bills? 2) do I have enough play money? And finally 3) can I save for a cushion day? With my first assignment all those answers were yes :)
I also know it is good to get a first travel assignment under your belt...the 2nd would be easier, etc. Honestly I basically had one interview, followed by another (literally, I hung up the phone and another hospital was calling). I took the first one that was offered. We will see how, in the end, it goes. With every assignment I'm sure is a learning experience for the next one.