Finding a pair of travel assignments in the same area can be a boon. It allows you to go on the adventure as a couple, heading to the new city together. Plus, you don’t have to suddenly transition to a single-income household to stay together, making the financial part of the equation easier to manage.
Before you head out on your 13- or 26-week travel assignments, it’s still important to prepare properly. You’ll have some decisions to make before you reach your new city, and will need to coordinate various aspects of your life for the duration of your stay.
If you and your spouse are on a travel assignment through one or multiple travel therapy companies, here are some key planning tips that can help make the experience more enjoyable.
Review Your Housing Options Together
When you’re on a travel assignment, free housing or housing stipends are usually part of the package. When you and your spouse are headed to the same destination, you need to review your options carefully to identify which ones are right for you.
For example, you may want to have one of you accept a free housing option while the other chooses a stipend. This allows the stipend to act as additional income, making your assignment more financially valuable.
However, it’s wise to carefully review the location of the free housing options before you make a selection. If the only available housing leaves one of your with a long commute, then the time on the road may hinder their ability to enjoy their assignment.
In those cases, having both of you choose the stipend may be the better approach. This is also an option of the free housing locations aren’t in your preferred neighborhood or don’t provide you with amenities you like to have. Effectively, when you both receive a stipend, you can either take advantage of a larger housing budget or select an economical option and pocket the extra cash as income.
Even if you both have a travel assignment at the same healthcare facility, that doesn’t mean you’ll have matching schedules. When this occurs, one of you may be working while the other is not, so you might not have as much time together as you have before.
Conflicting schedules don’t have to be deal-breakers. Instead, you need to be realistic about how you will manage your lives away from work. For example, you may need to split up specific chores or errands, like housecleaning or grocery shopping, so that some of those tasked can be handled while the other is at work.
It’s also important to set aside some time together, ensuring you can enjoy the city as a couple. This could involve setting “date nights” for times when you both have the evening off or planning a fun adventure on days you have off together.
Traveling with a spouse who is also on a travel assignment can be exciting, especially if you lay the foundation for a successful time in your new city. If you would like to know more or are looking for a new assignment, the professionals at Cross Country Allied can help. Contact us with your questions or to learn more about our available assignments today and see how our services can benefit you.