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Ask a Travel Nurse: Do Travel Nurses choose and book their own hotel?

Ask a Travel Nurse: Do Travel Nurses choose  and  book their own hotel?

Ask a Travel Nurse: Do Travel Nurses choose and book their own hotel?

Ask a Travel Nurse Question:

Hi David,

Do Travel Nurses choose and book their own hotel?


Ask a Travel Nurse Answer:

From the wording of your question, I’m not sure if you are speaking of a travel assignment, strike work, or are perhaps just beginning to research Travel Nursing and learning how exactly it works.

For many assignments, your travel company offers to find you accommodations for the duration of your contract. This is usually either a one bedroom apartment or an extended stay hotel. For my assignments, I always prefer giving the burden of finding housing to my travel company. I also always travel with companies that place their Travelers in one bedroom apartments. No extended stay hotels for me; it’s just a preference of mine.

Now, should you wish to find your own lodging, you may opt to take a travel stipend from your company. This means that in some fashion, they will pay an agreed upon amount to you for housing. Depending on your personal tax situation, the money used for housing may be tax deductible or non-taxed by your travel company.

If you elect to take a stipend, then you are free to book any accommodations you like. This could be extended stay hotels, apartments, condos, or even just renting a room in someone’s house off of Craigslist. Some Travelers also tow campers and stay at camper parks when they travel.

The only housing exception I can think of (to the aforementioned) is in the case of strike work. Strike work is usually for a period not lasting more than a few days, or weeks. During this time, every travel company that I know of (that staffs strike actions) will m and ate that you stay at the hotel they arrange. This is because they are additionally charged with your safety during the strike action (including transportation to and from the facility during the strike). Strike accommodations are likely shared rooms in a large hotel and are usually rather nice.

Bottom line, for your run-of-the-mill, average Travel Nursing assignment, there are many options for housing if you wish to do it yourself.

Hope this helps.


About the Author:

Hello everyone. I’m a travel nurse originally from Ohio who graduated in 1993 from Mount Carmel School of Nursing in Columbus. I completed a critical care fellowship at Riverside Methodist Hospital in 1994 and started traveling in that specialty a year later. My first travel assignment was in Maui and since that time I have completed close to 40 different contracts in various states with multiple travel companies. I am the author of Travel Nurse’s Bible (A Guide to Everything on Travel Nursing), in addition to my writings here and in the pages of Travel Nursing publications such as Healthcare Traveler Magazine and American Nurse Today. I am presently on assignment in Phoenix, AZ and travel anywhere from six to eleven months of the year.

3 Comments on "Ask a Travel Nurse: Do Travel Nurses choose and book their own hotel?"

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  1. Wes says:

    Hi David and Travel Nurses, Travelers Haven is an excellent way to save money and time as you look for lodging wherever your job takes you! We save our clients an average of 38% over market rates due to our nationwide purchasing power, plus we’ll take care of all of the logistics. Check us out!

  2. Hello David and Traveling Nurses,
    You will be surprised how many hotels in downtown areas already have established hospital rates that are really good deals for lengthy stay. It’s always good to call the hotels and ask what kind of long term rates they have. Don’t forget, many of these hotels offer an over 30 day tax exemption that would definitely apply to most of your 13 week assignment jobs. Happy Travels!

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