Finding a living arrangement that works for you is one of the most important parts of having a great experience during your travel assignment. Whether you have taken a travel assignment before or are packing up for the first time, here are some tips that we think will help you along the way.
Consider All Of Your Options
Hotels & Extended Stay
Search for any motels and extended stay hotels in the area – these businesses often have unpublished rates for guests staying on a weekly or monthly basis that will be cheaper than their nightly stay. Plus, long-term rates are often negotiable. The longer you stay, the more leverage you have to negotiate the price.
Hotel Engine is a great resource that is completely free to use. You can book and save at hotels around the world of every shape, size, and style — so you never have to compromise your experience — and earn reward points for future travel.
Airbnb is another option that you could negotiate with your extended stay needs. They do tend to be pricier but you would also be able to see the ratings to help you assess the quality of your options.
Your next option is to hunt online for month-to-month apartment complexes. The ideal apartment for you would be fully furnished as well so you do not have to stress about the big stuff – i.e. a bed and a couch.
If you find the perfect month-to-month apartment but it isn’t furnished, check out some furniture rental companies. This is a great option if you would prefer to prioritize your location over-furnishing.
The internet is your best friend when it comes to researching housing. You can search for sublets in the city and try to find an arrangement that works for you. Create a post on craigslist.org explaining your needs and circumstances, or search for subleasing posts.
Living With Friends, Family, or Another Traveler
If your next assignment happens to be in a city where your friends or family live, you can save some time and money and stay with them. It’s also a great way to eliminate any discomfort or loneliness you may encounter while settling into a new place by yourself.
Make a List
Creating checklists of “deal-makers” and “deal-breakers” will help you sort through your options quickly.
Consider the questions below while creating your list of deal-makers and deal-breakers. They will help you determine the things you’ll need in order to be truly happy while on assignment:
- What’s your monthly budget for rent or living expenses?
- What do you need to feel safe in your new home?
- Will you be bringing a pet?
- What kinds of amenities can you not live without?
- Will you be using public transit to get to work, or do you have your own vehicle?
- What kinds of businesses do you need nearby? Grocery store? Gym?
- Do you cook often? What kinds of kitchen appliances do you need?
- Do you need a washer/dryer, or are you comfortable going to a laundromat?
- What do you need in order to keep up with your favorite hobbies?
- Are you introverted or extroverted?
- What are you trying to gain from your travel nursing experience?
These are just a few questions to start with. The more questions like these that you can answer, the more prepared you’ll be to find the perfect home for your needs.
Talk to Your Agency or Recruiter
Travel Staffing companies like us are here to guide you along your travel journey.
We have experience with housing options in your new city or town and your recruiter can provide tips, information, and any wisdom they know from previous employees.
Finding the right home takes work but doesn’t need to be stressful. Use the wealth of resources available to you and speak to your recruiter, and soon you’ll be settling into housing that feels just right.
Once your living arrangements are in order, you can start your new adventure bright-eyed and worry-free!