Top Travel Nursing Destinations
Summer is coming and Wanderly is here to help you take to the coast with our top 7 travel nursing destinations for healthcare professionals who love the beach – featuring some of our favorite resort towns (and a few big cities) with plenty of waterfront views! So pull out your summer scrubs, we’re hitting the sand this summer!
#1 San Diego, California
Although it boasts near-perfect weather almost all year round, there’s something electric about the summer in San Diego as a top travel nursing destination. With several hospital systems and healthcare settings to choose from, this world-class city offers you a chance to grow professionally, while soaking up the sun from Coronado to La Jolla! Healthcare professionals will love the opportunity to take on a travel nurse placement in America’s “Charm City” where everything from surfing to hiking to trips to Baja are just within reach!
#2 Charleston, South Carolina
Southern charm and beautiful beaches – what more could a travel nurse want outside of this top travel nursing destination? With its vibrant culture, rich history, exquisitely-preserved architecture, idyllic coastal location, celebrated dining scene and friendly locals, Charleston is one of America’s best loved travel destinations. With a number of healthcare settings and specialties to choose from, travel nurses can grow professionally at work and enjoy the South Carolina shore at Folly Beach in their off-time.
#3 New York, New York
Where else can you work in some of the best hospitals in the world while living in the cultural center of the world with everything you could possibly want right outside your doorstep? Level up your healthcare career as a travel nurse in New York City where you can work at some of the leading healthcare settings in the world. Spend your free time riding the roller coaster at Coney Island or taking a weekend getaway trip to the Hamptons, hitting a few Broadway shows and taking in all the city that never sleeps has to offer.
#4 Monterey, California
This idyllic California coastal town boasts scenic views and proximity to San Francisco, making it an easy choice in the list of top travel nursing destinations. Spend a summer on California’s central coast, honing your professional prowess at one of the many travel nurse placements available in the area.. When you’re not working at one of the many nearby hospitals, spend your free time touring wineries or learning to surf in one of the crown jewels of the west coast.
#5 Portland, Maine
How about an idyllic New England summer? Clam bakes, lobster rolls, lighthouses and quaint beach towns – find all this and more in Portland, Maine. Mostly, with a myriad of travel nurse placements to choose from along the New England coastline, you can advance your career and skill set during work hours, and use the rest of the time to perfect your sailing skills. We promise, after just one summer, you’ll fall in love with all that a summer in Maine has to offer to a travel nurse.
#6 Homer, Alaska
Up next, summer is perfect to check out the natural wonder that is Alaska for top travel nursing destinations. In Homer, this colorful little city perched on Kachemak Bay at the southern tip of the Kenai Peninsula has one of the most spectacular backdrops in the 50 states: the glacier-graced Kenai mountains. The Homer Spit, a 4 ½-mile curl of granite and sand, is lined with restaurants, hotels, campgrounds, and the lively Homer Boat Harbor. Basically, with travel nurse placements here, you can experience a once and a lifetime summer amid the glaciers.
#7 Chicago, IL
Not many people think of “beach town” when they think of Chicago as one of the top travel nursing destinations. However, summer in this midwest metropolis means the residents of the Windy City are hitting the waves, playing beach volleyball, and sunning along beautiful Lake Michigan. Chicago means sunny days and beautiful blue water. Chicago has world class restaurants and entertainment, and the opportunity to work at leading healthcare facilities. This city offers travel nurses big city amenities with friendly midwestern charm and endless professional possibilities.
But wait….how do you get your top travel nursing destination? Wanderly makes it easy to have the best summer of your life in a few easy steps:
Step 1: Do some research on your favorite beach destinations
The sky’s the limit!! First, find a city, then head over to Wanderly to start making your dreams come true.
Step 2: Use the Wanderly search tool to find the perfect travel nurse placement:
The search tool from Wanderly allows you to fully customize your job search. You can browse by agency, you can search by specialty like ICU, NICU, TELE, MED SURG, ER, Cath Lab, PACU, OR, and more. Search by locations that are endless. Next, try to search by highest pay so you can automatically see the top paying assignments from leading agencies.
Step 3: Head over to the Wanderly Blog to learn about life as a travel nurse:
- How to Compare Travel Nurse Placements All in One Place
- Top 5 Reasons to Be a Travel Nurse
- 5 Ways to Feel at Home in a New City
- Tips and Tricks for a Travel Nursing Resume
- …and so much more!
Step 4: Have the summer of your life in a top travel nursing destination
Sand, sun, and professional development…what more could a travel nurse want? Work hard, and play hard this summer in your dream travel nursing placement!
Step 5: Start planning your next placement with Wanderly!
One of the best things about travel nursing? You can switch up your top travel nursing destination every 3 months if you want! When the summer is over, where do you want to be? Wanderly is here to help you decide your next move. You can also check out our suggestions for Best Cities For Travel Nursing, which includes: Denver, Colorado, New York City, Los Angeles, California, Washington D.C., Atlanta, Georgia, Las Vegas, Nevada, Maui, Hawaii, And more!So what are you waiting for? The summer of your dreams is within your reach. Check out Wanderly today to find the perfect placement for you this summer.