Traveler of the Month: Andrew C!
Names: Andrew C.
City, State: Honolulu, HI
1. How did you get into travel nursing?
I’d been eyeing travel nursing since nursing school. A lot of my friends had moved to various locations around the country and I always saw myself moving away from Iowa eventually, so travel nursing became that opportunity! My mother is also a nurse and always said she had wished she had traveled when she was younger, so that was also a push for me to do it while I can!
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2. What’s the best part about traveling?
Having the opportunity to witness places that many people don’t get the chance to visit is the best part of traveling. Additionally, experiencing the different cultures and traditions of each location is a great life experience that I wouldn’t get from a short stay. I look back at what I’ve been able to do these past two contracts and have to pinch myself for what a great career choice I’ve made.
3. You meet a first-time traveler in the Honolulu area, which restaurant is a must for them to try?
When I think of Hawaii I think of seafood, especially poke, so my go-to is Maguro Spot in Waikiki. I love food trucks and cheap quality bites, so this poke joint was perfect! I was able to try marlin, calamari, and sea asparagus for the first time – all delicious! Fun fact: all the grocery stores in the area also have fresh poke at their seafood counter so you can make it at home!
4. What’s the best part about the Honolulu area?
Honolulu offers the best weather for outdoor activities, whether it be snorkeling, surfing, or hiking. You can be on the beach in the morning and up in the mountains in the afternoon! Honolulu is also the hub for traveling to the other Hawaiian islands and has plenty of boat excursions to see whales, dolphins, manta rays, and turtles. The food is also so diverse and having access to Kona coffee is also delightful!
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5. Any advice for other travelers?
Part of this job is getting out of your comfort zone and trying something new, so do that on your days off too! Having someone, whether it be a significant other or a new friend you’ve met, makes all the adventuring that much more enjoyable. My advice is to schedule each day you have off, whether it’s just relaxing on the beach or top rope climbing in Joshua Tree, you can make that many more memories during your time traveling.
6. What do you like best about working with Axis?
I’ve been with Axis since my first contract and I wouldn’t pick any other agency. Though I’ve had plenty of stressful job-related moments and two recruiters, things have always turned out for the better. My recruiter, Melody, stays in regular contact with me and is always asking how I’m doing, and is amazing at recommending and communicating new opportunities in places I want to go (even if I change my mind several times). I feel valued at Axis, not only with the amazing people I work with but also with the benefits they offer.