Ask a Traveler: Kayla Mason
Q: What has been your top Travel Nursing assignment location?
I am wrapping up my second assignment at this time. Brattleboro, Vermont was my first assignment. It was my first time in New England and it was beautiful. I hiked on the Appalachian Trail, which had been a dream for years. Boston and Salem, MA were 2 hours away and New York City was 3 hours away. These were places I didn’t think I’d be able to visit in a permanent position where vacation time is limited to a few weeks per year.
Q: What is your favorite memory on assignment?
I loved New York City and I want to go back on assignment one day. We drove into the city and I listened to Taylor Swift’s “Welcome to New York” as the skyline came into view. And I cried. Everything is out of a movie. My family and I explored Central Park and played with the boats. We walked across the Brooklyn Bridge. We ate cheap pizza and had Chinese delivered to our apartment. It was everything I thought it would be.
Q: Do you have any advice for first-time travelers?
I have two big tips. First, save money before you go. Although your agency will reimburse you, it is good to have money aside, especially if you are moving across the country. You may need money upfront for housing, new insurance, licensing, gas/hotels, etc. Second, when you start working at your location, know how to look up policies/procedures and do so often. Every facility has their own way of doing things.
Q: Why did you choose to work with PPR Travel Nursing?
They have an excellent reputation. I contacted them about 6 months before I wanted to start just to talk about what I should be doing to prepare. I never felt pressured into starting travel before I was ready.