As states continue to ease restrictions, and travel picks up slightly, it has been determined that road trips will be the safest way to travel this summer. According to research shared from the RV Industry Association, 46 million Americans plan to take an RV trip in the next 12 months.
Many locum tenens providers are choosing opportunities that are located closer to home due to Covid-19, however, there are a number of physicians, nurse practitioners, CRNAs, and physician assistants who are choosing to pursue assignments that allow for exploration in different areas of the country. If you’re considering traveling by RV to your locum tenens assignment, the following tips will ensure a safe and successful road trip.
- Do your research! Make a plan and figure out which state you’ll be visiting. Each state has different precautions to ensure the safety of travelers. Check the website for the campgrounds or RV parks you intend to visit. Many encourage and/or require a reservation in advance.
- Download some camping friendly apps. There are a number of apps you can download to research, read reviews, and make reservations for your upcoming stays. Below are a few we recommend:
- The Dyrt: this app is a comprehensive resource for campers to find campsites, read reviews, and even make a reservation. Reviewers share information (think Yelp-style) via this app so that campers can know what to expect before they even arrive.
- Recreation.gov: This app is an iOS-only app that allows users to research both national and state parks/campgrounds, make a reservation, and review details specific to each campsite.
- All Stays: This app also only for iOS and is a paid app, but is the ultimate app if you are planning to head cross country in an RV. Available with or without internet, it can be used on the go and has everything from parking lots to resorts where you can park your RV. This app has information about over 30,000 campgrounds as well as both National and State Parks and Forests, private campgrounds, and more.
- Arrive at your destination before dark. Campsites and RV parks can oftentimes be in a heavily wooded location, which can make it difficult to ensure you are in the right campsite location and that you have parked your RV safely. You will want to make sure that your RV is parked level or use leveling blocks under the wheels to create a spot that is level for your RV.
- Plan for some time off. If you’d like to build in more time to explore a national park or explore a new city or town, speak with your physician recruiter at Medicus Healthcare Solutions about including some leisure time at the end of your locum tenens opportunity. This will allow for some downtime after your assignment is complete.
No matter where the road may take you this summer, traveling by RV is an excellent way to find time for work and play. As a locum tenens provider, you can easily satisfy your lust for travel while providing care to patients all over the United States.