How to Learn About a New City

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Before you accept a travel nurse assignment, it helps to learn all you can about the city. This way, you’ll be able to make the best choice for yourself—and ease any anxieties you may be having about your destination. Finding out more about how to get around will help you decide if you want to bring or rent a car, or rely on public transportation. You’ll also need to find a suitable place to live in a safe, convenient neighborhood. And finally, to help you pack, you’ll need to know what’s going on in the city during the time you’ll be there.

If you’re considering a position in New Orleans, Louisiana, you’ll have access to some of the richest culture the country has to offer, along with a variety of housing and public transportation options. Here’s everything you need to know before you go!

Transportation—how will you get around?

You can learn more about a city’s public transportation by Googling “[city name] public transportation” or visiting the website of that city. The New Orleans Regional Transit Authority (RTA) offers transportation by bus, streetcar or ferry, with a full website featuring maps, schedules, pricing, how to travel with your bike, and much more. You can also work with your recruiter to establish the distance from your facility to your housing and the best way to travel.

Housing resources—where will you live?

Your staffing agency will probably offer two options: a housing assignment, or the option to accept a stipend and secure your own housing. If you choose the first option, you can work with your recruiter; if you choose the second option, you may want to find a landlord in the area who can help you find a rental option in a safe area close to work. A Google search of “[name of city] realtors” can help you find a landlord you’d like to work with. Other housing options include staying with a friend or family member, boarding at an extended stay motel or hotel, or booking with Vacation Rental by Owner (VRBOTM).

What will you do in your free time?

Should you pack hiking boots, rain gear, snorkeling equipment, concert T-shirts or rollerblades? You can learn more about everything there is to see and do in a city by visiting its website. For example, New Orleans’ official tourism site offers a full calendar and information to help you plan your trip. You can also visit other sites, such as Yelp, Urbanspoon, or Lonely Planet for more information about your destination. In addition, you can download a variety of travel apps to help you, including Localeur and Field Trip, among many others.

It’s worth it to plan.

Since it will be your temporary place of residence, it’s important to scope out a city before you move. That way, you’ll give yourself every chance to be comfortable and happy in your new surroundings.

Where will your next placement take you?

Whether it’s New Orleans or another city, such as San Diego, Brooklyn or Denver, TaleMed will help you find a travel nurse assignment that meets both your travel and career goals. To learn more, visit our Nurse page or contact one of our experienced recruiters.

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