Van Life as a Travel Nurse: Pros, Cons, and the Thrill of Freedom


Ashley Hotovec | June 28th, 2023

Living in a van as a travel nurse is an unconventional lifestyle choice that offers a unique blend of freedom, flexibility, and adventure. Picture this – hitting the road, exploring new places, and having the freedom to create your own cozy nest on wheels. Let’s dive into the pros and cons of van life as a travel nurse, and we’ll even share some insights from a seasoned Focus Staff traveler who’s living the van life dream. So, grab your favorite flip-flops, and let’s roll!

The Pros

Ultimate Freedom and Flexibility:
Imagine never having to deal with the headache of packing and moving all your stuff again. With van life, you’ve got the ultimate freedom to pick up and move wherever your heart desires. Say goodbye to long-term rentals and hello to endless possibilities. Your home-on-wheels becomes a ticket to adventure!

Cost Savings:
Living in a van can save you big bucks. Instead of shelling out your hard-earned cash on pricey accommodations, you’ll have more money to spend on epic experiences, delicious food, or stashing away for future goals. Who doesn’t love a little extra cash in their pockets?

Custom Crib on Wheels:
Personalization is the name of the game when it comes to van life. You get to design your own cozy sanctuary, complete with clever storage solutions and creative decor. Think of it as a tiny house with wheels – compact yet full of character. Make it uniquely you!

The Cons

Downsizing Dilemma:
Let’s be real – living in a van means embracing a more minimalist lifestyle. You’ll have to downsize and bid farewell to unnecessary stuff. But hey, less clutter means less stress, right? It’s all about prioritizing what truly brings you joy and leaving the excess baggage behind.

Where’s the Bathroom?:
Now, this is a valid concern. Vans don’t typically come equipped with built-in bathrooms and showers. But fear not! You’ve got options. Grab a gym membership for those refreshing showers or rely on the kindness of your coworkers’ facilities. Remember, adaptability is key!


Insights From a Traveler Living the Van Life

We gained some knowledge from one of our very own travelers, Giuliano C, van-dwelling travel Tele RN nurse, and here’s what he had to say about this nomadic lifestyle:

What is your favorite part about living the van life?
“My absolute favorite part is the freedom to pick up and move wherever I please. No more packing and unpacking all my belongings! I can even take mini vacations during my days off and hit the road to wherever my heart desires.”

What would you recommend to others looking to do the same?
“I would recommend this lifestyle to anybody, keeping in mind there’s a lot of downsizing that goes into it but there are tons of options out there specific for whatever you’re looking for.”

What cons do you deal with?
“The cons would have to be not having a toilet or shower (I could install them) so relying on a gym membership or coworkers.”

And finally, why did you choose Focus Staff as your home?
“I chose Focus Staff for the great rates, ton of job availability everywhere, and the coolest/best recruiter out there, Rhiannon Harpel.”

Living in a van as a travel nurse is like having a one-way ticket to freedom. It’s an opportunity to explore, grow, and experience the world in a unique way. Sure, there may be challenges like downsizing and figuring out bathroom arrangements, but with the right mindset, you’ll be ready to conquer it all. So, fellow road warriors, gear up, choose your van wisely, and embark on a thrilling journey that lets you live life on your own terms. Adventure awaits!




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