The Top 5 Destinations for Travel Nurse Positions

Over the last two decades, travel nursing has become a very popular choice of careers. There are many up and coming nurses as well as existing nurses that utilize many of the different travel nursing destinations offered in the profession. However, unlike human kind, all nursing travel destinations are not equal. There are a few things to consider when looking at particular travel nursing positions, some of which revolve around compensation and destination benefits.

North Carolina
Although North Carolina is not a well-known travel destination among travelers in the US, the availability of travel nursing positions in the state makes it easy to be granted an assignment. Along with availability, North Carolina has many interesting landmarks, points of history, and one of the most beautiful coastlines on the East Coast. Compensation is above average within the state as well and reflects more urbanized salaries without the headache and hustle of large cities. With such solid attributes as great travel nurse jobs, attractive pay, and interesting activities, North Carolina rounds out the list at number five.

Arizona
Wintertime temperatures of 70 degrees can be a very tempting living condition. Arizona offers a number of travel nurse positions as well as the best of two seasons. During cold winter months, Phoenix is nice and warm while the northern territories of Winslow offer a full range of seasons including snowmobiling. Arizona offers travel nurses top pay and is within close proximity of the West Coast as well as Mexico. These attributes make Arizona a very popular destination at number four.

California
There are different degrees of compensation depending on what type of assignment one takes. Sometimes, the rate of pay is commensurate with average pay throughout the state. Therefore, states that have a high standard of living offer the best pay. Although this is not always the case, this does contribute to a destination’s desirability. For instance, nurses in California may get paid on average better than 70% of the rest of the country. California also has a number of desirable places to live and recreate. For this reason, California makes the top destination for traveling nurse positions at number three.

Hawaii
Of course Hawaii would make the top five destinations. With a 365 day steady temperature of 85 and a lush tropical environment, Hawaii is paradise in itself. Couple some of the highest pay for nurses with its environment and one couldn’t ask for a better job. The only reason Hawaii falls inline at number two is due to position availability. There are a number of positions but with a large application pool.

Southern Florida
With an annual average temperature in the mid 70s and easy access to both the Atlantic Beach as well as the Gulf of Mexico, Florida is a travel destination in itself. For this reason alone, it scores high on this top five list. However, travel nurse positions are abundant in a state where the average age is in the mid 40s, nurses are in high demand. Along with the demand, nursing pay in Florida is one of the highest in the nation. With the major city of Miami, numerous beaches on two coasts, and the only entirely tropical destination in the continental US known as the Keys, Florida is considered a travel nurse’s dream assignment and tops the list at number one.

Guide To Riding A Motorcycle In Highways, Gravel And Twisty Roads

Riding a motorcycle unveils a whole new avenue of wondrous discovery and exploration. For some roads are just a way to get you from point A to point B if you are traveling on a car. But if you are traveling on a motorcycle, roads take on a whole new meaning. It can be exciting and fun. Traveling by motorcycle is a sport. An adventurous one. Riding down a great sweeping curve, cornering well in hair pin turns or riding in the dirt, makes you feel a certain kind of rush and as if you could conquer anything after riding through some particularly challenging roads like gravel and twisty roads.

If you have tried riding a motorcycle in a gravel road you could say this kind of road is not ideal. Imagine, traveling on a freshly laid medium sized gravel road. Rocks,stones, different sized pebbles, everywhere filling a narrow road instead of smooth asphalt or concrete.

Flat tires are common occurrence if you often travel on gravel roads. You better be used to some rear wheel wobbling. Remember, that gravel makes an uneven road surfaces so traction is impaired. Braking and swerving on gravel roads make the problem worse. Just relax, maintain your speed(it is safer and more stable to be moving), easy but firm grip on the handlebars, keep distance from other vehicles and travel on the part of the road where it is less dense. Keep the face shield of your helmet locked down to prevent the little rocks from getting into your eyes because those tiny stones have the tendency to jump up as you ride over them.

After some experience riding in gravel roads, it makes you not dread at the thought of it anymore. You will not cringe at the sight of those little pesky pebbles. Just remember no abrupt braking or swerving just ride slowly and carefully.

Another challenging aspect of traveling by motorcycle is riding through curvy and twisty roads. This can be done with timing and skillful judgment both of which only come from years of riding. Ride to the outside edge to set up for the curve, then lean through the curve and follow the curve at its widest angle. As you reach the apex, throttle and speed up and then straightening up as the curve ends. And be ready for another curve. If you are just a beginner always ride at your own pace, travel through a curve at a speed which you are comfortable.

It is wise to enter curves at slower speed and throttling up at the exit of the curve. Do not lean prematurely into a curve, where you could be traveling in the oncoming lane.

If you travel by motorcycle like it or not you have to learn how to ride through interstate highways or intersecting roads. Bottom line, learn to correctly maneuver and survive urban traffic while riding on a motorcycle.. If you must get to the West Coast from Mid West or to the East Coast or if you travel in Europe, you have to cope. Put the miles in. If you want to get from Andalucia to Sevilla or from London to Blackpool, learn and spend some time on highways. You are not just going to trailer your motorcycle wherever you want to go.

Riding a motorcycle in highways at highway speed makes the weather feel more intense. Like warm feels warmer and cold is colder and wet is wetter. Gear up with the appropriate clothing. Wear multiple layer of warm clothing in cold weather and start to peel it off one by one and ventilate when the ambient temperature gets warmer. Wear gel padded motorcycle gloves to prevent hand numbness and itch as a result of vibration of long hours of highway motorcycle riding.
On busy two lane or four lane roads you and your motorcycle are going to be traveling with all kinds of vehicles in all sizes. This is the time to heightened your awareness and stay alert. You should always remind yourself to scan. Scan your instruments, mirrors and blind spots, the car in front of you and most of all scan further ahead. It is easy to get fixated by the roads or the driver directly ahead of you. So actively force yourself to scan the whole area. Anticipate what the drivers are about to do or if the car is going to change lanes. And prepare an exit or escape route if something unexpected might happen.

Be conspicuous. Wear something catchy, honk your horn, and always beam your headlights. If you ride a Harley rev up that v-twin engines every now and then.

Although lane splitting is illegal in some places, it can be done slowly and with caution. Lane splitting can be a great way to weave through traffic by riding between vehicles especially if traffic is congested. There are inherent dangers of lane splitting like, you have the tendency to over estimate the width of your motorcycle especially if your cruiser has saddlebags, cars may change lanes without signals and aggressively whipping through traffic might provoke road rage. Maximum level of caution is needed when you execute this maneuver. So these are tips on safety techniques to ride your motorcycle on whatever kinds of roads that you may encounter along the way.

Hotel Medusa Special Summer rates – Athens International Airport

Athens Airport Hotels – Hotel Medusa

The seafront 3(***)star Hotel MEDUSA is located in Artemida, a popular Athens Airport Hotel on the East Coast of Attica washed by the Southern Eboan Gulf, 25 km East of Athens, only 6km from Athens International Airport and 3,5km from the new Exhibition & conference centre “Metropolitan Expo”. The hotel is open all year round and provides 12 twin bedded and 2 four bedded rooms (most of them with sea-view), providing all necessary amenities for our guests.

Take Advantage of our 2010 Special Offer

From 1st January 2010 – 31st March 2010 45 per night when you stay at least 2 nights!

For the summer period of 2010 we do have special rates, which you can find at Hotel Medusa’s page here.

Price includes a delicious breakfast but no transfer from/to Athens International airport.

Welcome to Medusa Hotel! Always Here to Offer You The Best Short or Long-Term, Vacation Experience!

If you are seeking to escape from the daily routine and constant strain, Hotel Medusa is the right place for you. Discover a little paradise in the area of Artemis (Loutsa): an idyllic hotel, which is the boast of this locality… You don’t want to lose this unique sunrise from the view of your room in front of the sea!

You will never be hungry here. Noon and night, our delicious dishes are waiting for you to taste them. We can take orders for people who have a special diet (vegetarians, children etc.).

Your coffee or beverage can be accompanied by one of the delicious, delectable desserts of our menu.

Hotel Medusa can also offer his 380 square meter restaurant accommodation for parties, seminars and special events during the whole year. Due to our very close distance from Athens International Airport, we can host almost any event you wish.

Upon request, we can always host your event really nice that fits your needs.

Hotel Medusa is the ideal destination for every season of the year and an opportunity for you to discover the beauty of Attica.

We are looking forward to seeing you…here in our nice family hotel.

Hotel Medusa

2, Artemidos Avenue, GR-190 16,Artemis,Greece
el: +30 697 4733083
Fax: +30 22940-85.403