Securing My 2nd Travel Assignment

What happens when everything you thought you wanted is handed to you on silver platter and you know longer want it?

At the end of April I was beyond determined to get to DC or NYC for my next contract. I stalked job openings for weeks and even signed up with my 6threcruiter (which is definitely doing thee most, but we’ll address that another time).  Some recruiters didn’t have positions in that area at this time, others just didn’t staff in the states I wanted.

Some of my recruiters started with their “realistic” speeches about how travel opportunities slow down in the summertime and I should be open to going more places. My recruiters themselves all seem like nice people, but at the end of the day they work for a bigger company. With every place of work there is always pressure from management in some form. I remained persistent on what I wanted, not what was convenient for the company.

I was sent packages for places so far from my ideal destination both in location and environment, Kentucky, Indiana and Missouri. The pay matched the area, but it did not match my goal. I’m not saying I wouldn’t go to those places one day, but I want to complete my travel assignment bucket list. The money isn’t the only motive.

I applied for NYC, DC and even Hawaii. Hawaii wasn’t on my list, but why not aim for paradise? These pay packages were meeting the standard, the shifts were perfect and I would’ve been able to expand my skill set once again; but the cost of living is so trash – the exact reason I’m over Chicago.

My biggest goal is to be debt free by 2020 or 2021, maybe then I will revisit paying an obscene amount of money for the quality apartments I want. To be honest the roommate situation is not really an option for me (see previous post). So I had to let go of my champagne taste and sit my beer budget behind down, for now.

My next assignment is in a lit city and with decent cost of living! The only downside is it’s going to be hot af.  I do not like to be outside when it’s above 85 degrees. Nonetheless, I’m so excited to announce that I’m taking my talents to Houston!! Beyonce and Megan have been on shameless replay! What a time!


27 year old Endoscopy Travel nurse from Illinois, enjoying life and sharing my experiences as they come

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