As a travel nurse, the opportunity to get out and explore is endless. However, the burden of finding a place to live - for only a short period of time - can be exhausting, difficult and sometimes impossible. Instead of limiting your options to apartment rentals or arranged housing, why not consider something that's more welcoming and personal? A tiny home may be an option worth looking into if you want to bring a piece of home out on the road with you during your travel nurse excursion.
For those who are unfamiliar, a tiny home is a compact house that is generally under 500 square feet. Because of its size, it can be hitched to the back of a vehicle and parked anywhere that legally allows a motor home or RV, according to American Traveler. If you're still on the fence about this housing option, consider the following advantages of investing in a tiny home as a travel nurse:
Tiny House costs
Think about all of the money that's spent living in a rental for a short period of time. Not only do you have to worry about the monthly cost to stay in the place but think about the upfront costs that come with holding your spot at a rental as well, such as security deposits and months of rent in advance. Of course, there are also utilities and other bills you'll pay during your stay. A tiny house may be the more financially responsible option if you're a travel nurse who's always on the go. According to Rocket Mortgage, the average cost of a tiny house in the U.S. that comes equipped with a full bathroom, working kitchen, and an area for dining and lounging is between $30,000 and $60,000. You can find cheaper options by buying a pre-owned tiny house, or you can find more expensive options by custom building your house. This may seem like a lot of money at first, but think about how much you'll save over the years as you continue to work as a travel nurse! You also don’t need a standard mortgage for a tiny house and instead just need an RV loan, if you’re not paying outright.
the convenience of tiny houses
Finding a place to live as a travel nurse can be stressful and time consuming. Some rental properties only become available at a certain time of the year, which might not align with the time period for which you need a place to stay. With a tiny house, you don't have to worry about scrambling to find a place to live that works with your assignment start date. Instead, you can hitch your home as soon as you accept the job offer and head right to the destination, living arrangement in tow. Your own permanent personal space can also make it easier for family to travel with you, just as long as there's enough space to accommodate. This is a great option to consider for adventurous couples who haven't started growing their family yet.
Sometimes, barriers like housing options can keep you from following your dreams of pursuing a career in travel nursing. Don't be afraid to explore opportunities that fall outside of your comfort zone! Who knows, maybe a tiny house is what was missing from your life all along.