Category Archives: Travel Topics

Great Things About the Great Plains States

Wide-open spaces. Small-town charm. Arts and culture. The 10 states (Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, South Dakota, Oklahoma, Texas, Wyoming and Colorado) that make up the Great Plains are incredibly diverse. Experience this unique area of the U.S. when you take a travel therapy or travel nursing contract in one of these states. We think it’s pretty great here! Read more »

Our Favorite Inspirational Quotes for Travelers

There is no shortage of quotes that inspire a desire to see more of the world. We even have a few (hundred) on our Pinterest board. These travel inspiration quotes rank among our favorites:

“Live, travel, adventure, bless and don’t be sorry.” – Jack Kerouac

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5 National Parks That are Fun to Visit in Winter

There are so many National Parks it’s nearly impossible to pick a bad time of year to visit them. Except maybe winter. When the weather changes or extreme weather occurs, some park areas close to visitors. Luckily, there are National Parks in warmer climates worth exploring this time of year. Read more »

Don’t Wait. For Travel, For Anything.

2016 has been one roller coaster of a year. Or do we just feel steamrolled by it?

As I eagerly await the new year and reflect on 2016, the major theme that appears to me (and many others on social media) is that we don’t always have the luxury to wait. Not for things we want to say, see or accomplish. Read more »

Tax Season For Travelers

Someone in a foam Statue of Liberty costume has begun waving at passersby from the sidewalk. A sign spinner in a neon-pink gorilla suit distracts drivers near a busy intersection over the lunch hour. All signs point to tax season.

Traveling has its perks, like tax-free incentives, but the traveling situation gets a little complicated come tax time. At Cariant, we recommend visiting with a licensed tax professional before filing your taxes. Tax professionals will be up-to-date on any rule changes, and can help you navigate the intricate rules for your “tax home” and travel expenses. Read more »

Show Me The Money

Two of the biggest benefits that travel healthcare professionals can take advantage of are the housing stipend and per diems. These are paid to travelers as tax deferments or tax-free money. Housing Stipends are to cover your housing costs while on assignment and per diems are to cover incidentals, such as food, gas and other living expenses. The “General Services Administration” (GSA) oversees all that is involved in this area. When we determine what amounts our travelers will be paid in stipends and per diems, we use the GSA website to find approved amounts based on location. Read more »

Weather or Not

No offense North Dakota or any other upper Midwest states, but if I’m offered an assignment up north, especially during the tundra mimicking months, I’m going to consider only briefly, then respectively say “heck NO!”

Weather and other naturally occurring variables can very well be taken into account when deciding on travel assignments. Depending on the time of year, locations based on individual preference can end up being miserable or ideal. Here are a few factoids (some obvious, some not) to consider when thinking about travel assignment locations: Read more »