Traveler of the Month: Ian M!
Name: Ian M.
City, State: San Diego, CA
1. How did you get into travel nursing?
I had never moved out of my hometown (Reno, NV) for an extended period of time and was working in the hospital that I was born in. Needless to say, travel nursing gives me the option to spread my wings and see the United States and other potential places to lay roots down.
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2. What’s the best part about traveling?
The best part about traveling so far has been the ability to travel with my wife. She works remotely full time so she gets to tag along on all the adventures. We are huge foodies so we have been eating our way through all of our destinations so far.
3. You meet a first-time traveler in the San Diego area, which restaurant is a must for them to try?
We really dig Ironside Fish & Oyster in Little Italy. They have a killer happy hour with dollar oysters and great cocktails. I’ve never been the biggest oyster fan, but something about the oysters there has me hooked. Also, I have to metion Mariscos El Pescador in Chula Vista. It’s a tiny food truck in an abandoned Toys-R-Us parking lot. They have the BEST Baja fish tacos I have ever had. And cheap too!
4. What’s the best part about the San Diego area?
The weather! It’s got to the point where I don’t even ask my Alexa device what the weather is going to be like. Odds are it’ll be sunny and mid-70s.
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5. Any advice for other travelers?
If you’re on the fence about travel nursing. Just do it! Not many jobs allow you to travel and make a livable wage with enough time off to enjoy the places you are visiting. Also, be flexible. Nursing is a difficult job to begin with. The more flexible you can allow yourself to be on the job (within reason) the less you will stress yourself out.
In terms of 5th wheeling, make sure you buy a trailer or have a really good idea of what trailer you want before you buy a tow vehicle. That way, you know for sure the amount of truck you need to pull your trailer. Furthermore, find RV parks with lenient cancellation policies and book in multiple cities that pique your interest. Many RV parks are booked out 6 months for monthly sites. So make a list of potential areas you may want to be 6 months from now and book your sites. You can cancel the ones you don’t need later.
6. What do you like best about working with Axis?
My favorite part about working for Axis has been my recruiter Charity. She has made the daunting process of starting out as a travel nurse as smooth as can be. She is super responsive and always has your best interest in mind. It’s safe to say that I would not be where I’m at without her.