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Winter Healthcare Travel Tips

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If you plan on working as a healthcare traveler during the winter months, you have a lot of different factors to consider. Healthcare traveler positions can be a great experience any time of the year, and winter is no exception. There are several things you can do to enjoy your travel experience during the winter months.

Consider Your Goal

Think about what area of the country you feel is best suited for a winter travel assignment. Consider whether you are trying to get to a warmer climate and enjoy the beach during the winter months. Maybe you are a huge winter sports person, and you want to be closer to the snow and ski resorts. Research different parts of the country in order to determine what it has to offer in terms of weather, winter activities, and new adventures.

Destinations to Consider

If you would love to enjoy the sunshine and warm temperatures during the winter, places like Hawaii, Florida and southern California may come to mind. While all three states have plenty to offer, they can also be competitive places to land travel assignments, especially in the winter.

But there are several other locations, which may be less popular, but still have warm weather during the winter. For instance, certain locations in Texas are warm year-round. If you are after warm weather during the winter, mild temps can also be found in certain parts of Arizona, South Carolina and Louisiana.

In some cases, a winter travel assignment near the slopes may be what you are looking for. Obvious ski destination in Colorado and Vermont may come to mind. Although you may be able to land healthcare travel assignments in one of these prime winter locations, there are other places to consider. There are plenty of winter sports opportunities in destinations, such as northern California, Reno, Nevada and the Poconos mountains in Pennsylvania.

Be Prepared

Working as a traveler in the winter can be a great experience, but it helps to be well prepared. Before you leave on your assignment, make sure you have an idea about typical weather conditions in your new city. Although there is no guarantee the weather will be as predicted, it still helps to have an idea if temperatures drop well below freezing and if you could expect lots of snow.

In addition, it’s a good idea to weatherize your car. If you will be living in an area which gets a lot of snow, find out if you need to have snow tires on your car. In other situations, it may be a good idea to carry chains. Carrying antifreeze, blankets, and an emergency kit is always a good idea, but especially helpful in winter weather.

Try Something New

Enjoying work as a healthcare traveler is in part about embracing new experiences. If you have never tried a winter sport, such as snowboarding or skiing, and have the chance, why not give it a shot? Check out local winter festivals in and near the city you will be living in. If you normally stay inside during the cold months, try to get out more at your new location. Bundle up and enjoy walking around your new city.

Contributor Tera Rowland

Tera Rowland is the vice president of Soliant and has worked in the healthcare staffing industry for almost 20 years in public relations, social media, marketing and operations. In addition to Soliant, Tera worked at the Mayo Clinic as an internal communication manager and for the Children’s Miracle Network. She is a member of the American Marketing Association and the American Staffing Association. Also, Tera has served on the board of directors for the Jacksonville Women’s Leadership Forum as part of the communication committee. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Relations as well as a Master of Business Administration in Marketing from the University of North Florida and has been published in the Huffington Post, Healthcare Finance News, Healthcare Traveler Magazine, and Scrubs Magazine. Make sure to read the rest of Tera's blogs!