places to go, things to see

I’m currently reading as much as I can find about travel nursing. There’s a ton of information out there, which is good, but also needed as it sounds a bit complicated. The “tax base” thing I have covered, as I already own a house and property that I don’t intend to sell (ever). What has me a bit confused is how to earn what I need to earn to cover the bills when assignments are usually 13 weeks long. I would really like to be able to come home every so many months (and flights paid for!) but what does that gap in income mean for me? Also, sounds like I’d need to take my car with me, which means continuing with car payments and car insurance (and tons of maintenance). One perk: driving to all of the destinations! Talk about a way to see the country…

Just need to convince my mother to come with me! Save on childcare expenses (and so much worry about always having my kid with people I don’t know). Maybe with promises to come back to Michigan often she would take me up on it!

Anyway, I’ll put it all together. For now, here is a list of the places I’d like to travel to most:

  1. Alaska: it’s pretty expensive to just visit, and I’d love to see it!
  2. Hawaii: because, duh.
  3. The southwest (Arizona, New Mexico, or southern Nevada): within driving distance to so many amazing National Parks. Also, airfare to Mexico would be stellar cheap.
  4. New York City: again, duh. Living in NYC would be a huge adventure, and I totally love it there! Plus: flights to Europe would be base price.
  5. Vermont: my best friend lives there, and I love the rolling hills and commitment to organic and sustainable living
  6. California coast: great price on flights to East Asia! And also, access to everything else “California”
  7. Florida: beaches, Disney, and rockin’ prices to the Caribbean Islands and Mexico. Also, I love old people. So I’d be hoping for like, Tampa, not Miami.
  8. Runners-up: New Orleans, coast of Maine, Boston, Washington D.C., Savannah or Charlotte (old historic Southern towns), possibly Chicago

Except for Chicago (at the very, very end of the list) there is a conspicuous lack of Midwest destinations. First of all, I have already lived in the Midwest my whole life. Second of all, flying to Europe, Africa, or Asia from the Midwest is more expensive than from either coast. And lastly… I don’t know. Lack of charm? I like St. Louis to visit, but not to stay for more than a week. I loved going to a summer language program in Madison, but it felt very similar to home.

Also missing? Texas. Been there, done that, hated it.

Where would you go if you could travel for work (and were limited to your home country)?

Author: Mother of All Things

Mother by fostering, adoption, and marriage... wife to my best friend... Bay area critical care nurse... travel in my blood, reading in my bones, clean food on my mind!

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