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5 Tips for Being an Allied Travel Professional on a Budget

Great tips on saving money for those with allied travel careers!

A major perk of allied travel jobs is the benefit of having company-paid accommodations, travel reimbursement, etc. As an allied travel agency, we provide the resources and support you need to travel with confidence. We also want to make sure you are in the best possible financial position when you complete your assignment.

Whether you are a surgical technologist, med lab technician, pharmacist, etc., we invite you to check out these top money-saving tips for your next allied travel job.

Plan your meals during allied travel jobs

This tip can be beneficial for a variety of possible goals you may have. Whether it is to try to eat healthy while on the road or just to remove the uncertainty of what is for lunch to make your day more stress-free, planning your meals can do wonders for your mental, physical and financial health. The planning and/or prepping can be as light or intense as you choose.

You can go as far as physically cooking a week’s worth of food Sunday evening or just have a general outline of what you may want to eat on a given day. Start by checking your work schedule and making a list of the meals and snacks you would like to have on those days. You can also try a meal-planning app like Cozi Recipe Box or Plan to Eat. Meal planning will also prevent you from getting too hungry which in turn will help you make smarter food decisions overall!

Discover free local entertainment

Regardless of the city or town you may be temporarily living in, there is bound to be a community calendar or visitor guide available for you.

These event calendars are filled with tons of exciting local happenings and surprisingly many of these events are free. Examples of these free events include concerts, art exhibitions, food tastings, movie screenings, guest speakers, etc.

This is also a great way to explore the town and meet new people. The best way to start is to visit the city website or you can even stop by city hall. You can also search in the local newspaper or TV station websites for the best events happening that day or week.

Learn something new while on assignment

Whether it is a foreign language or a unique card trick, there are endless amounts of new learnable skills out there for the taking. While some of these skills will be more beneficial than others, this can be a fun and efficient way to spend your free time.

Unsure how to learn a new language for free? There are podcasts and apps like Duolingo and Language Zen to help get you started.

You can also find popular self-taught foreign language courses like Rosetta stone at your local library. However, the largest (free) database of informational/educational materials for everything under the sun is of course YouTube.

Here you can learn anything from how to tie a tie, how to change a tire, and even how to speak Japanese. You can also search in the community calendar for free classes in your area.

Often, local organizations or cities will provide free offerings like dance classes, art classes, computer classes, etc. This is a great way to meet new people while also gaining a new talent.

Volunteer your time

A rewarding way to spend your time without spending a dime is to volunteer. Those who work in an allied health field, especially those of you who are in allied health travel jobs, are already unsung heroes. Moreover, with giving back to society in your blood, we know you probably already look ways to volunteer your time, but it can be difficult to find the right short-term volunteer opportunity in a new town.

A great start is to find the organizations who help facilitate these opportunities. Search for local chapters of the United Way, YMCA, Habitat for Humanity, Meals on Wheels, Humane Society, etc.

Several of these organizations may also be looking for someone with your unique skill set so you can make even more of a difference.

Find free ways to exercise during allied travel jobs

Allied health workers are hired on a contract basis with assignments that are typically 13 weeks in duration. With these parameters, having an allied travel career as well as a gym membership is not always feasible. Nevertheless, this does not mean you need to hang up the towel. There are several free (and fun) ways to break a sweat without breaking the bank.

Depending on the topography of your city, you can go on a hike or a long walk. Let yourself get absorbed into nature and enjoy the experience. You can also find a free pool where you can do some laps. After becoming fluent in Japanese, you can also search for exercise routines on YouTube.

All you need is a large enough space for push-ups, squats, lunges, etc. and any room can be your own personal gym. The hospital where you are working may also have a gym available for staff members to use. If this is something important to you when finding the best allied health job, let us know and we can make sure to include that with your other criteria!

Let us be your guide!

If you’re ready to get out there and explore, give MedPro Healthcare Staffing a call today! We’re among the best healthcare companies in the country, and we’ll help you find allied travel jobs that suit your career as well as your life goals. Our goal is for you to have a stress-free experience that you find personally and professionally rewarding. To learn more and access top allied healthcare jobs, contact our experienced recruiters today! Call us today at 1-800-866-8108 or apply on our website.