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    Full timing in RV and Travel Nurse needs advice

    RV's are expensive, but you can get a good deal, you have to negotiate price, don't ever pay sticker price! so imagine having an RV payment- lets say $500/mo, then RV park monthly $500/mo. includes all utilities/sewage. Its the same as an apartment/utilites. and its your home that you don't have to pack up and unpack every assignment. Insurance is very reasonable-less than a house insurance a year. I love my RV. Its a 5th wheel , 41 ft, and I have no problem towing it, parking it etc. You learn, and its not difficult. Been across the country and back. I love my life!
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    want to travel but nervous

    Gotta agree, dont do it for the money, although I am happy with my income, it is the freedom I experience that makes me a happy traveler )
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    want to travel but nervous

    Not sure what advice you are looking for, but if you want to travel and have no reason that you cannot travel- then you should. If you don't like it then go back home and get a staff nurse job. Its pretty much that easy. If you go back to your hometown-Apartments are always available, as are houses so don't let that stop you that you are leaving your home, there is always another. Good Luck!
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    Travel buddy?!

    I wish you luck finding a travel buddy. I have to agree its is the best way to go. Especially if you like to do a lot of activities. More fun when you can share the activity. I travel with my husband and we are currently in Washington State. We are having a great time! So much to do.
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    Questions regarding Travel Nursing

    Exactly. Call the company, talk with a recruiter, ask all the questions you want to ask and if they seem like someone you can work with, then put a star next to there name on your list ;O) If they aren't interested in talking to you then they just want a quick sign-up, get you working so they can start making money off of you. Of course this is every recruiters desire. To sign you up and get you working, it is how they and the company make money. But the good ones also care about your well being and try to make it a good experiencing for all in involved (you and them). They are all trying for the same end result but there are different styles, so to say. It is like nursing, I can go in the room, start the IV, push in the meds and run the urine dip. Or I can go into my Pt room, introduce myself, tell them I have an IV and meds for them, assess them, let them know the plan of care while they are in my Dept. offer them a blanket or other comfort measure before I leave. Same outcome--different style. So that being said. I spent a lot of time interviewing recruiters and getting company information before I got started. I am very happy with my choice. As far as the paperwork. You would be endlessly submitting resumes and doing skills checklists if you tried to fulfill that obligation prior to getting into serious conversations with the companies. They want you to do all the paperwork ahead of time so that you have a vested interest with them. Don't fall for this tactic. besides, if you aren't ready to start right away then you have to update the skills checklist I think its every 6 months and they take about 45 minutes to complete. I wish you luck in your venture, and remember it is only as good as the research and effort you put into it.
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    Questions regarding Travel Nursing

    Research on line by reading these type posts and also talk with multiple agencies. You do NOT have to fill out their paperwork until you decide that yes you DO want to travel with that company. It is best to have 3-4 agencies to work with once you decide to travel. Good Luck!
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    housing allowance?

    Yes I understand supply and demand very well and have several companies I am going to work with. I always become a well educated/researched and prepared individual "before" I start my negotiating wether it be for employment or a purchase. I can be particular as I am not in any great need for employment, so demand is not a problem, and there is a great supply of companies. :-) again - thank you for the info!
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    housing allowance?

    Thanks! I appreciate the reply, it gives me a better understanding of how they base reimbursement. I knew they had a set amount that they cut into a pie, so to say, but wasn't sure if they maybe also got a break with the tax exempt reimbursement part.
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    housing allowance?

    So I am wondering how this whole housing allowance thing works. My understanding is that the IRS tax free amount depends on the location and that each region has its own $ amount, But is the reimbursement that the travel company gives the same as the amount listed on the government site-- GSA.gov? For example if a particular region is rated at $85. tax free reimbursement, then does that mean the travel company will reimburse me $85. a day if I take an assignment there? Also, do travel companies give a meals and incidentals allowance? Thanks
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    health insurance

    Thanks-- I will most likely Cobra at first, unless my insurance has poor out the out of network coverage. I looked at Anthem , but they wanted to quote me based on my address/location. What is a healthcare exchange?
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    health insurance

    Hello all, I am trying to get my ducks in a rows to start my traveling career this spring/summer. I am wondering what travelers use for health insurance coverage since we travel around to different states throughout the year? I know I have the option of Travel company provided, but would prefer to get my own so as to not switch every time I work with a different company. Not to mention, it isn't free, as some "advertise" but taken out of the pie of income. I will be paying for it so I might as well get my own unless there is an incentive to go with company provided. I am just wondering if there is a nationally recognized? insurance? Any input/advice will be greatly appreciated.