Ready for your next travel assignment—but unsure of where to go this winter? For travel nurses and other short-term professionals, the winter months are associated with shorter days and inclement weather. However, despite the stereotypes, it’s still entirely possible to find an ideal workplace to fit your preference.
From snowy ski towns to beach-side cities, here are some destinations worth checking out this winter.
1) Los Angeles, California
Looking for more mild temperatures this winter? The City of Angels is a good bet. Offering the highest number of jobs and second highest average annual salary (when compared to the nation’s top ten cities for travel nurses), L.A. is a shoo-in for employment-seekers. While the city is pricy to live in, it’s one of the country’s best metropolises. In other words, it’s the perfect winter escape.
2) Denver, Colorado
Located at the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, Denver is an outdoor enthusiasts dream. Serving as basecamp for skiers, hikers, bikers, and everyone in between, it’s no wonder that it’s constantly ranked among the top five fittest cities.
It’s not all about the mountains, however. The Denver area’s hospitals consistently rank among the best in the country. And with a booming economy—the city is growing at exponential rates—there’s never been a better time to live in the Mile High City.
3) Phoenix, Arizona
For those who prefer to spend the winter in the desert, look no further than Phoenix. Say goodbye to the cold and hello to good ole’ vitamin D—the city boasts more than 200 days of sunshine per year.
Although salaries aren’t as high as some major U.S. cities, it ranks fourth for the percentage of jobs available among the nation’s best cities for registered nurses. Plus, the city is a Compact state, meaning that those with Compact license can easily snag up a job.
4) Miami, Florida
One of the more obvious selections on this list, Florida is a popular winter vacation—no matter who you are. Thanks to a constant flock of snow birds, there are just as many vacationers as there are travel nurse opportunities.
As most travel nurses will tell you, pretty much anywhere in Florida is a prime selection for winter work. However, we prefer Miami, thanks to its white-sand beaches, vibrant culture, and endless entertainment options.
5) Houston, Texas
Looking for a reliable quality of life and the excitement of a growing city? Houston is for you. he fourth largest city in the U.S. offers a mild climate, and combines a high average salary with affordable housing and rental options. Houston is a great option for those looking for a steady place to live.