Top Travel Destinations for Nurses

Thursday, November 17, 2016

In certain cities across the country, travel nurses are more populated because of the great salary to living cost and overall appeal of the city. Here is a list of some of the great cities that travel nurses flock to. Which city atmosphere interests you most? Please tell us about your next travel plans, experiences in any of these cities in the comments.


We all know New York City can be an expensive place to live; however, the average salary for a travel nurse in the New York City area is $92,000, in which is one of the highest salaries for nurses in the country.

What you’ll enjoy:

The top of the Empire State Building is always a beautiful sight, with gorgeous views of New York City that you will forever remember.

Take a stroll in beautiful Central Park, where you will enjoy a serene walk or run down a path that will take your mind off of the big city madness.

When life gets hectic and you are in a hurry just stop by one of the many locations of 2 Brothers Pizza, where you can enjoy a slice of great New York style pizza for only $1. Cutting your daily costs while adjusting to a faster pace will help as you transition from assignment to assignment or float between facilities in the area.

The Transportation:

New York City’s public transportation is one of the best, if not the best in the entire country. The city’s public transportation runs 24/7, which will coincide with your shift schedule of the week for the duration of your assignment without the extra hassle of renting a car and parking.


Chicago is a major destination for many of our travel nurses. With a city vibe but not as busy as a place like New York; Chicago is a place many people are flocking to live. With an average salary for a traveling nurse being $81,000. City living is accommodating and comfortable.

What you’ll enjoy:

The Willis Tower, formally known as the Sears Tower, allows you to
get a beautiful view of Chicago and its surrounding areas.

The Magnificent Mile is a mile long shopping spot with a unique city vibe that will make you never want to leave. You’ll get your exercise while also keeping up with city trends!

The Transportation:

Chicago like New York operates on a 24/7 public transportation route making it easy and convenient to travel. With less people than a city like New York, taking the metro will not be as shoulder to shoulder as one might think.


Atlanta is one of the top destinations for many travel nurses because of the comfortable weather and the cost of living. Atlanta is one of the least expensive of the major cities while being the top place to have a professional career. The average salary for a travel nurse in Atlanta is $85,000. With the average salary for a nurse in Atlanta being $80,000, having that extra $5,000 may benefit to a possible much needed vacation for you and your family.

Things to do:

The Georgia Aquarium and the National Center for Civil and Human Rights are great attractions to visit during your downtime for a nice educational experience.

They call it the Central Park of Atlanta. Piedmont Park is in the middle of downtown with many events taking place from Flea Markets to movies in the park.


San Antonio doesn’t get as much love as places like Dallas, Houston and Austin; however, it’s a beautiful city with a lot to offer. With a salary of $61,000, cost of living not expensive and no state income tax; you have some extra income for some leisure, travel, and exploring what this wonderful city has to offer.

Things to do:

The San Antonio River Walk, is one of the most popular destination spots in the entire city. It’s worth every minute you spend there. The River Walk offers both a romantic getaway and a serene moment of tranquility alone. We know how important it is for travel nurses to have a balance between life and work.

The Alamo Mission is part of the San Antonio Mission World Heritage site in San Antonio. It is a historical site that you will want to visit and never forget the history behind Texas’ battle for independence from Mexico.

The food of San Antonio is another major plus of the city. Like they say, “everything's bigger in Texas”, and they mean it. The food portions are guaranteed to fill you up; whatever your food preference may be, Bella on the Rive should be able to accommodate. Ranked on Trip Adviser as the best restaurant, Bella offers fantastic cuisine and an amazing atmosphere of San Antonio life.


If you mix that atmosphere with perfect 70 degree weather, you have yourself LA! With the average salary for a traveling nurse being $72,000 it will allow you to live a comfortable life in the Los Angeles area.

Things to do:

Los Angeles is well known for its many hiking trails all over the city such as Runyon Canyon, Griffith Trail and many more. It’s easy to start an active and healthy lifestyle when you have nature trail options surrounding the city.

Home to great cinematic films such as the classic “Rebel without a Cause”, Griffith Observatory is a beautiful landmark with a view of the entire city. Take an educational tour and explore the science of outer space and earth.

The world famous Beverly Hills 90210 is home to some of the most beautiful
houses in the country, where the stars reside! Take a stroll down Rodeo Drive and shop at some of your favorite stores and some amazing restaurants. You’re bound to bump into one celebrity on your stroll down Rodeo.

Los Angeles is home to some of the most beautiful beaches. From Malibu, Santa Monica, to less populated beaches such as Newport and Laguna. Just take a
simple drive down Pacific Coast Highway, which is one of the most serene drives you will ever take! Imagine this could be your new destination for your next travel nurse adventure; you might just never want to leave.

Elijah Gil

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