Category Archives: Housing

Housing: To Book or Not to Book

Housing is a major financial consideration for each travel contract. There are essentially two options for setting up housing:

Book Your Own Housing

If you prefer to handle the booking and financials of your own housing, you will accept what is known as a tax-free housing stipend, assuming you meet the qualifications. This gets paid out on each weekly paycheck. As a traveler you are working away from your permanent tax home (far enough that Read more »

Housing Resources

Depending on what area of the country you are traveling to, you might find a wider range of housing options besides apartments and long-term stay units. Look for all-season cabin rentals, RV parks or call around to local realtors. Many realty companies offer rentals, sometimes unadvertised, and are an excellent traveler resource since realtors are generally familiar with all areas of their town. Read more »

The Perks of Off-Season Travel Locations

As you end your summer travel contract, consider your next location carefully. September start date contracts could land you in less desirable weather as November begins and potentially less-enjoyable situations if you extend an additional 13 weeks through the winter. This, it turns out, isn’t that bad of a plan!

Before you migrate south for the winter, consider these perks to taking a northern contract. Read more »

Ask These Questions Before Finalizing Your Housing

Temporary housing is one of the more important things to line up before starting a travel assignment. Here are some things to keep in mind when deciding on a temporary residence.

As an overall rule, always explain who you are and why you require short-term housing. Explaining that you are a medical professional coming to town to help the community for a short-term assignment will assure them that you are legitimate, paid well, and they are not likely to run into issues during your stay. Read more »

Housing Coordinator

Not many travelers tackle housing with the mindset of “it’s just a bed.” Your personal environment is just as important as your work environment. Even if you do spend most of your free time outdoors exploring your new city, we want to make sure you have a positive housing experience as well. 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 »

Surviving Bad Assignments

First, are there bad assignments in travel therapy?  Yes.  Like every other type of employment setting, some jobs are better than others. The first thing to remember on a travel assignment is that it’s only 13 weeks. It’s not like a permanent position where you are looking at possibly being stuck in a bad situation for a long time. Read more »

The RV – Another Housing Option

So you have locked in that travel assignment. The pay is good, the location is right, and now the hunt for suitable housing begins.

Rather than stress about housing availability, costs, lease terms and whether they allow your pet, maybe consider another option—the recreational vehicle. An RV or travel trailer, especially if you plan on travel assignments for the long term, may be a lucrative and comfortable option. Read more »