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Among so many other benefits, travel nurses have the opportunity to choose their job destinations. Unlike permanent nurses who work in specific hospitals throughout the year irrespective of the climate, travel nurses have the option to choose when to work during unfavorable climates like winter.
Working in a cold climate or weather is quite challenging. The absence of sunshine is usually a turnoff to many workers, especially those who prefer warmer climates. Thus, winter is not the best working season for many.
However, if you still want to make money during this season while staying active and happy, you have the opportunity to make some good choices from our list of destinations that are appealing during this winter season.
One of those warm-welcoming destinations for travel nurses during winter is Georgia with its outdoor temperatures between 30c to 50c. Though possible, you rarely see snow in this state.
Known for its beautiful scenery, Georgia’s view is characterized by small charming towns and beautiful islands with thrilling beaches for you to have a quiet but beautiful moment. Georgia’s capital city Atlanta features mouthwatering scenes. The city also offers many attractions for you to visit during your work stay like the world-renowned Georgia Aquarium, the World of Coca-Cola, and the College Football Hall of Fame.
You can also enjoy the geography of southern Georgia with the help of a horse-drawn carriage ride along the cobblestone streets through moss-draped ancient oak trees and many other magnificent experiences.
Are you looking for a place where you can have warm weather throughout the year? Honolulu, Hawaii is your ideal location. The weather gives you the opportunity to enjoy Hawaiian traditional activities among which is surfing or surf watching since some waves reach up to 20 feet.
Outside working in a comfortable environment, the city keeps you busy with other outdoor activities such as hiking, snorkeling, scuba diving, horseback riding, and sailing. A road trip around the island could make your work stay as a travel nurse even more memorable.
When talking of a sunny state in winter, Arizona should immediately come to mind. While other states will have snow everywhere in winter, winter in Arizona offers you a beautiful moment to enjoy those cactus-filled desert landscapes and hikes through the Kofa National Wildlife Reserve with its many native plant and animal species. Choosing Arizona means enjoying the Yuma Medjool Festival that comes with the winter season and savoring the best fruits, foods, drinks, and live music.
You also have the opportunity to visit the state’s several national parks and monuments such as the Grand Canyon, Petrified Forest, and Monument Valley.
Some places like Yuma have an average of 313 days of sunshine every year. What else do you need to choose Arizona as your travel nursing destination?
Another good destination for travel nurses to choose during winter is California which is notable for its year-round sunny skies and beautiful parks. This beautiful weather can be experienced in cities like Bakersfield and Fresno, which are located near southern California. Bakersfield, home to Kern County Raceway Park, offers you an opportunity to enjoy an exciting racing experience. It’s also home to the high-rated California Museum where you can find most of the state’s native animals like desert bighorn sheep, bobcats, mountain lions, and black bears.
Fresno, on the other hand, is home to historical buildings like the Bank of Italy Building and the Fresno Water Tower. Have the opportunity to enjoy a relaxing walk in between shifts in California.
The sunshine state boasts many golf courses and beautiful beaches for outdoor adventurers. It has many healthcare facilities which make it a perfect destination for travel nurses.
You’re not likely to see snow in many areas of the Sunshine State. You can visit Florida’s many golf courses and beautiful beaches any time of the year due to the great weather. Florida also has many healthcare facilities throughout the state, so it will be easier to find a travel assignment.
Florida’s largest economy, Miami, also the 12th in the United States, has idyllic temperatures of around 70c which is suitable for outdoor dinners and beautiful moments on the beach. The state also hosts places like Orland where you can have an adventurous tour to Walt Disney or Universal Studios.
It takes determination and devotion to work during unpleasant weather conditions like winter. Our bodies produce more melatonin when the sun sets and that makes us sleepy. This also explains why during cold weather, we tend to sleep more than usual which also affects our level of productivity.
These are some of the best destinations to look for travel nursing jobs during the winter season. Check out our job board for the latest travel nurse jobs in the top travel nurse locations.
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