By Mikayla Bricker, Social Media Recruiter, Aureus Medical
Traveling as a healthcare professional offers many great perks, including jobs with high weekly pay. However, there are some expenses you’ll want to account for while traveling. So, here are a few travel healthcare hacks to maximize your paycheck and save money on assignment!
Make a budget
It may seem obvious, but it’s very important that you create a new budget for every new contract. First, do some research to get a better understanding of the cost of living in your new location so you can establish a reasonable budget for housing, food, and, of course, some fun! Even if budgeting isn’t your forte, don’t fear! There are several free apps available — like Mint, PocketGuard, and EveryDollar — that help you account for and organize your expenses. EveryDollar even offer plans to save and pay off debt!
Shop around for housing
Your biggest expense while traveling will be housing. (Assuming you don’t decide to take company housing, of course!) Although your tax-free housing stipend will help cover this expense, be sure to shop around to make sure you are getting the best housing deal. Today there are more resources than ever when it comes to finding temporary housing. Some popular options include Furnished Finder, Airbnb, and extended stays. Pro tip: Always be sure to ask if they offer healthcare worker discounts! Your recruiter may also have some housing leads in mind — so don’t be shy to ask them.
Navigate grocery costs
Eating out daily can add up and before you know it can become very expensive. So, make a plan to combat overspending on food costs! Find your nearest local grocery store or wholesaler with the best deals and stock up for the week/month. Try to shop the sales and sign up for any rewards and discount programs to save extra money. Groceries are now more accessible than ever with many stores offering online ordering, pick-up, and even delivery — this can help you curb any impulse buys and make a solid meal plan. Many travelers also bring crockpots or instant pots along on assignment so they can make large portions of meals to enjoy throughout the week. And, if you’re a caffeine lover, don’t forget your trusty ol’ coffee pot to save on money, versus the pricier drive-thru alternatives. When you plan ahead and save, then you can really enjoy when it’s time for the occasional splurge!
As you create your budget for each assignment, be sure to factor in a little fun money for trying local restaurants or visiting popular tourist destinations in the area. Do some research before your assignment starts and make a travel bucket list for each contract. Remember, not all experiences have to cost money. Depending on your location, consider hiking, visiting the beach, stopping into a free museum or
attraction, or even just taking a drive or walk around to enjoy the local scenery. It may seem like a long time, but 13 weeks will fly by before you know it! If you’re ready to make the leap and start a travel healthcare assignment, reach out to the Aureus team — we’re always here to help support you in your career journey.