Every traveler knows that lodging is typically the most expensive part of traveling; regardless if you’re staying somewhere for a week or 6 months. One of the first questions any traveler must ask is “how do I make this chunk of money last my entire contract?” The good news is that you don’t have to choose a hotel or an extended stay. There are so many options out there that allow you to keep more of your tax-free money in your pocket!
Option 1: Short-Term Room Rentals
What is it: Think Airbnb, Homestay, and Home Away from Home. You can rent a room, small apartment, or cottage, for less than the price of a hotel (most of the time).
Why it’s great: If you’re looking to live like a local, get to know new people, and maybe make a lifelong friend, this might be a good option for you.
Why it could be awful: There can be a lot of uncertainty.
Option 2: Vacation Rentals
What is it: typically larger than your Airbnb options, these rental options (homes, larger apartments, condos) have a kitchen and can save you big bucks on food costs.
Why it’s great: There is a wide variety of options to choose from and you can’t really beat having a kitchen and laundry space. If you’re traveling as a team or a group, this option can be a good fit.
Why it could be awful: often more expensive than other options; but if you’re going to rent as a group the price is more manageable.
Option 3: Camping
What is it: whether you’re sleeping under the stars, in a cabin, or in a camper, this can be a magical experience!
Why it’s great: depending on where your assignment is, RV parks can be close by the hospital or clinic. Fairly cheap option that gives you flexibility to close to nature.
Why it could be awful: if you’re going on a particularly long assignment, it could be tiresome after a while.
Option 4: Home Exchanges
What is it: swapping houses with another traveler – practically free option
Why it’s great: all the conveniences of home! Could be a good option for Travelers, especially if you’re moving to assignments in popular areas. Could allow you to connect with other RNs/Therapists who are taking assignments in your home town.
Why it could be awful: If you don’t like the idea of someone living in your home. Or the idea of possibly damaging someone else’s home, this would not be a good option for you.