Travel Nursing Resource Guide

Travel nursing is a growing segment for nursing careers and can be lucrative while opening up the possibility of discovering new places, but not without all the hurdles that working away from home can bring, whether in another U.S. state or even outside the country.

So being prepared is important, and having tools and resources can make the difference in having a successful travel nursing gig. With that, here are 50 tools and resources for travel nurses that cover a range of categories which you might not even have considered.


Jobs and Contracts

Travel nursing job sites are plentiful online. Here’s a selection from some of the different types.


News, Tips, Blogs and Forums

Don’t go into a travel nursing gig without researching the opportunities, or preparing for some of the hurdles. These blogs, sites and forums should get you started with articles, references and discussions.

  • MedscapeMedscape publishes medical news and health alerts from multiple countries, as well information on various nursing specialties.
  • NurseZone Blog: Ask the ExpertNurseZone is a blog written by an author and former travel nurse.
  • Travel Nursing BlogsTravel Nursing Blogs is a collection of blogs, ratings, jobs, tools and resources, including a Cost of Living calculator.
  • The Gypsy NurseThe Gypsy Nurse is a travel nursing resource site and blog that includes destination reports about different hospitals.
  • Home – BluePipes BlogWhile not exclusively about travel nursing, the BluePipes blog does have a significant number of articles on the topic, while the main site has skills checklists, cloud resume storage, universal documentation, document management, networking with colleagues and other features.
  • Highway HypodermicsHighway Hypodermics is a blog about travel nursing, with career advice and health-related news.



Unless your travel nursing recruiter has you taken care of, you will likely need to find short-term accomodations while on assignment. If you would like to avoid hotels in favor of something more like a home, the following sites give you ample options, depending on your preferences and budget.


Maps, Moving and Transportation

Whether your travel nursing assignment is in a different state in the United States or in another country, many of the following tools, apps and resources while help you plan your short-term move and/or how to get around when you get to your destination.

  • Google MapsWhether you use the Web site or one of the mobile apps, Google Maps can help you plan your trip, as well as get you acquainted in a new location.
  • – Stats about all US citiesCity-Data claims to have profiles of all American cities, plus forums, info about real estate, cost of living, crime rates, weather, restaurants, house prices and much more, as well as a forum for discussion.
  • City Town InfoFind info on over 20,000 communities in the United States, including population, schools, hospitals, colleges and more, on City Town Info.
  • Sperling’s Best Places to LiveSperling’s Best Places has information about different parts of the U.S., including climate, crime, cost of living, real estate and more.
  • Protect Your MoveInformation from the U.S. Dept of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) to protect your move, avoid scams and more.
  • UberUber is a handful of companies disrupting transportation, getting you to and from your destination in the U.S., all from the convenience of a mobile app.
  • Lyft – A ride whenever you need oneLike Uber, Lyft lets you book a ride with a mobile app, whether to or from the airport, or just to get around in a new location.
  • Relay RidesRelay Rides is similar in nature to Uber and Lyft except that they offer short-term rentals on cars sourced from their community, rather than single rides.
  • – Moving CompaniesIf your travel nursing gig is long-term, helps you find a mover, truck rental or storage space.
  • Move | Apartment RentalsFind or list apartments for rent, get moving quotes, and more from
  • Trip | Cheap Flights, Hotels and helps you find flights, hotels, rental cars, cheap flight deals, trip guides and more.


Social Media, Communication and Languages

Being in a new place can get pretty lonely until you have time to make acquaintances. If you’re going to another country where English is not the native tongue, it’s even lonelier. Take advantage of social networks, chat apps, meetup apps, and language learning apps to stay social.

  • FacebookKeep in touch with family, friends, and colleagues, or join a Facebook Group related to the Nursing profession. Mobile app available.
  • SkypeSkype is not just an useful text/audio/video chat tool for keeping in touch with friends and loved ones at home while you’re on assignment, but some healthcare organizations are even conducting interviews via Skype. Mobile app available.
  • WhatsAppIf you don’t want to pay ridiculous text messaging fees to your cellular carrier while on assignment, check out the text chat mobile apps from WhatsApp (bought up by Facebook), which makes texting a low-cost affair (free for the first year).
  • Meetup – Find your lists a broad range of meetup events in many cities, covering many different interests, or you can list your own — so you don’t have to be alone in a new location. Mobile app available.
  • DuolingoDuolingo turns language learning into games with point rewards — gamification — to make it fun and easy, in case you get a travel nursing gig outside of the U.S. in a non-English-speaking country. Mobile app available.
  • Culture AlleyCulture Alley has a unique way for you to learn a new language (5 to choose from) for free: from your Facebook Wall, and with gamification — so you can manage your busy schedule and kill the proverbial two birds with one stone.
  • iTunes UniversityIf the other language learning resources in this list are not enough, many free language lessons are available in Apple iTunes (desktop, Web site, or mobile apps), under the iTunes University feature. Mobile app available for Apple iOS platform only.


Finance and Taxes

Financial planning for work as a travel nurse should come before, during and after an assignment. Here are a collection of resources for saving on fuel costs, calculating taxes, and making sure you are aware of eligible deductions for the period you are away from home.

  • GasBuddy.comGasBuddy lists gasoline prices in various American states and in Canada. Mobile apps available.
  • Triple AAAYou don’t have to have to be an AAA member to to use the free resources, which include the Daily Fuel Gauge report, where you’ll find a fuel cost calculator and more.
  • Paycheck CalculatorsPaycheck City has various calculators (salary, 401(k), etc) and articles on taxes and related matters.
  • Expensify – Expense records that don’t suckExpensify offers free online expense reports, ideal if you’re contracting. Mobile app available.
  • IRS – Internal Revenue ServiceAt, find tax info for travelers, including allowable deductions and more.
  • State W4State W4 has electronic federal, state and local withholding forms to help with your taxes.
  • TravelTaxMost people hate doing taxes, and it gets even more complicated when you’re a travel nurse and work in different states or even countries, so a knowledgeable international tax consultant like TravelTax helps.


General Nursing Resources

Here are some general nursing resources of interest to travel nurses.