Jon has been a #trustafftraveler for over two years and his recruiters are constantly hearing about how much his facilities love him. They nominated him to be our featured traveler this week!
We asked Jon a few questions about himself and his career as a traveler. Take a look below at what he shared with us!
Tell us about YOU! Where are you from? Family? Friends? Pets?
I’m from Cleveland, Ohio! I have three brothers and a sister (the sister is also a nurse).
Why did you decide to go into healthcare?
I’ve always been interested in science/the human body. I also love working and talking with people, so nursing was the way to go!
What prompted you to start traveling?
It was time for an adventure!
What was your first assignment like?
It was in San Diego (which is a LONG way from Cleveland). The first week was hard, especially the first day, when I woke up at the AirBNB I was staying in and thought to myself “WHAT HAVE I DONE?!” As time went on, it became an amazing adventure that a kid from Ohio never would imagine himself experiencing.
What’s your favorite thing about traveling?
The spontaneity of everything. The people who you come in contact with know you’re a traveler so they invite you to their events and groups, and you think, “well I don’t know these people but let’s go have some fun with them!” Also, seeing all the different parts of the U.S. and how different they are is really mind blowing. It makes you get out of the little box that you knew as home and see just how much there is to see in our country, let alone the world.
What is the most challenging part about traveling? How do you overcome it?
Being alone can potentially be very nerve-racking, and if you aren’t proactive about finding a community to surround yourself with, then it could be a bad experience for you. At every assignment I go to, I always waste no time in finding a group of people to hang out with. For me, I usually find this at one of the local churches (they are usually very inviting!).
How many assignments have you taken and where?
I’ve taken three assignments so far, and extended 2 of them. San Diego, Los Angeles, and Seattle!
What advice would you have for someone who is thinking about starting their travel career?
Find a community of people to experience life with. Isolation is no good! Other than that, I always tell people just to go for it! The worst that can happen is that you don’t like it, and you go back to your home job after 3 months. Anyone can get through that! The best that can happen is you can have a life changing adventure that you can tell your kids/grand kids about someday!
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