How to Prepare for an Assignment: Travel

TaleMed-SocialSharing_May2016_PrepareNervous for your next assignment? The better prepared you are, the more you can ease your mind—and your transition. One of your first steps in the planning process should be determining how to get to your travel assignment. The next step is learning more about Austin and what to expect, which will make it easier to pack. Here’s what you need to know before you go!

How to make travel arrangements

The first question you’ll need to ask yourself is how you prefer to get around while you’re at your assignment. This way, you’ll know if you should travel to your assignment by car. Check with your recruiter to determine if you’ll be reimbursed for mileage. Of course, you can also rent a car once you’re at the placement if this is your preferred mode of transportation. But if your assignment is in a big city like Austin, you’ll have plenty of options for public transportation once you’re there and may choose to save the wear and tear on your car by simply flying there

Work with your recruiter

Regardless of what you choose, you’ll be able to work with your recruiter to plan your travel to and from your assignment, as well as learn more about the public transportation available in the location (if you’ll need it). You can also do some research on your own. After all, the more you know, the more prepared you’ll be.

Public transportation

For example, the beautiful city of Austin, Texas, offers standard options for public transportation. This includes MetroRail, Austin’s commuter rail system, which travels to and from downtown Austin. The commuter rail also runs in conjunction with the MetroBus system, which travels beyond Austin city limits—to help you get to all the places you need to go. Austin also offers RideShare, a vanpool and carpool commuting service. And with the warm weather, Metro is a recognized bike-friendly business: bikes are allowed on the rail and bus—so if you prefer to bike a portion of your journey, you can do that, too.

What to pack

Once you’ve planned your travel, you’ll also need tips on how to pack. So it can help to know typical weather and what there is to do once you’re in whatever destination your travel placement will take you to.

May in Austin typically means weather in the 70s and 80s, with occasional rain, but mostly sun. You can be prepared with a compact travel umbrella, sneakers (especially if you’ll be relying on public transportation) and a backpack to keep it all in (including a change of shoes or clothes once you get to your facility).

In terms of events, Austin boasts a full schedule of music, food festivals, sporting events, museums and other exhibits. Many of these events are outdoors, so it can’t hurt to bring a lightweight raincoat, plus plenty of clothes to layer in case the day is a bit on the cool side. And if you’re an outdoor exercise buff, you’ll have plenty of options to bike, rollerblade, run or walk, so don’t forget your fitness gear.

You can lean on TaleMed

We’re a healthcare staffing agency who works with you to book and cover round trip travel to anywhere your travel assignment might be taking you. We offer a wide range of benefits to travel nurses and pride ourselves on our proven process. To learn more, visit our job search page or contact us today!

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