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As a travel nurse, you get to visit a lot of beautiful places. The only catch is that time is precious! In between shifts usually means you’re catching some ZZZs or trying to find a quick bite to eat while resting your feet for the first time in hours. It’s hard to find a minute to research fun destinations so here are a few ideas for your springtime assignment.
The Sunshine State is waiting for you! If you are based in the northeast, or this year, pretty much anywhere outside of Florida and California, you are probably itching to get out of the cold. If that sounds like you, pack your swimsuit and SPF 100 sunscreen and head down to Florida. There are currently hundreds of travel opportunities throughout the state for nurses, therapists, and other allied professionals. If you are going to be in South Florida, don’t miss the Deering Seafood Festival or if your assignment is in Orlando, check out the First Friday Festival and Art Stroll. Or in Destin, Florida the outdoor concert season starts in May. No matter how you like to spend your downtime, plan a spring trip to sunny Florida and give yourself a chance to thaw out.
The Heart of Texas. Another event-packed spring destination is the state of Texas. You can plan your assignment in any of the major metro areas and have plenty to see and do throughout your 13-week stay. From the North Texas Irish Festival to Austin’s world-famous South by Southwest Festival to Galveston’s Feather Fest, you’ll soon forget the harsh winter as you pack your weekend calendar with fun, fresh-air outdoor activities. And starting in March, you can experience all of the flowers of spring starting to bloom across the state.
Check out the Mile High City. Even though you may equate the city of Denver with snow-capped mountains and ski-friendly weather, it warms up pretty quickly in the spring. With average temperatures in the 70’s beginning in April, Denver is a great under-the-radar choice for a springtime assignment. With high blue skies, plenty of sunshine and flowers blooming everywhere, grab a bicycle and enjoy over 85 miles of paved trails and hundreds more in mountain bike heaven. Other springtime activities include craft beer festivals, art fairs, and even a Chalk Art Festival in Larimer Square.
Buffalo? Yes, Buffalo. An under-the-radar destination with dozens of travel assignment opportunities in Western New York and the greater Niagara region. While the weather can be unpredictable, there are many indoor and outdoor attractions depending on what Mother Nature throws your way. With all the hard work you put in, you deserve to relax whether rain or shine. I Love NY offers many resources to find something in Buffalo, NY and the rest of the Empire state that fits your schedule, budget, and preferences. Downtown Buffalo has an up-and-coming waterfront area called Canalside, where you can take a stroll to view public art and the choppy waters of Lake Erie, or relax and get local cuisine at one of the many restaurants within walking distance. Western New York is also home to the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo History Museum, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Graycliff Estate, the Buffalo Museum of Science, and so much more. If you don’t mind a few extra hours of walking during your time off, there are many places you can check out all over Erie County.
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