Do you often find yourself asking this exact same question?
Housing is an important component to having an overall great travel experience. And the housing market has changed.
When the housing market crashed in 2009, rental and occupancy rates shot up at apartment complexes. This left inventory and options at an all time low. Short-term leases were already at a premium and the market circumstances only contributed to the increased pricing and demand.
Although the market is a little better today, we do find our travelers considering all options for housing based on their personal preferences.
The main options for housing services are stipend (traveler finds their own housing), traditional apartment/corporate set up or an extended stay hotel.
By setting up your own housing you get the freedom and flexibility to spend your time and money on what is most important to you! You are not tied to your company’s options.
Troy Shaffer, Vice President of Account management at Travelers Haven, a temporary housing solutions company, gives the following advice when searching for housing, “Compare several options, read reviews on the complex, but take them with a grain of salt, make a priority list so that you ask the appropriate questions and take the time to run a crime report.”
With provided, paid, private housing, the benefit here is the company does it all for you. They take care of the rent, furniture and utilities. Some companies, like PPR, will even provide house wares and make it a true “turn-key”.
Some travelers prefer extended stays or hotel because cable and internet are provided free of charge. In addition, benefits such as breakfast, linen and cleaning services are attractive and convenient.
Where you are going to live is important. It’s your home away from home. Housing is always one of the most significant benefits offered by PPR or any travel staffing company.
You want your experience to be a good one, so take the time to weigh out your options and select the housing option that best fits your scenario.
If you are a seasoned traveler and feel comfortable searching and securing your own housing, go for it! If it’s easier to let your company assist you, take advantage of that service and their expertise.
Either way, travel nursing is all about the journey, not just the destination.
Have fun with it!