Versatile Blogger Award

I’m proud to announce that the Off The Clock Nurse blog was recently awarded the Versatile Blogger Award. I am so grateful and thankful to Plaid Shirt Yoga Pants for nominating me! It’s been eight months since I started this blog, and have since gone on to obtain sponsorships and freelance writing jobs! 15 countries and 6 continents in…

Don’t Cry for Me Buenos Aires, Argentina

Welcome to my Solo trip to Buenos Aires, Argentina!  This was my first trip to South America and came just two days after I returned home from Spain and France.  Unfortunately, when I arrived after my overnight flight I woke with a terrible sinus infection and unable to “pop” my left ear.  Getting sick while…

Barcelona, Spain

Welcome to the world of Antoni Gaudi, Tapas, and Sangria! Antonio Gaudi was a Spanish Architect well known for his many building designs throughout Barcelona. I highly suggest buying tickets prior to your trip and showing up when they open to beat the crowd.  Park Güell — Located on Carmel Hill, is a public park made…

Freelance Article #5 A Travel Nurse in Minneapolis, Minnesota

I always love coming back to the Midwest for a travel assignment. The people are always kind and willing to go out of their way to help you.  It’s not too crowded like a big city, but there is always something going on to keep you entertained! Click the link below to read about some…

Hearts Left Around The World

Each heart represents a life lost to suicide. It’s mission is to spread awareness about suicide prevention, antibullying, and mental health. You can contact the Peyton Heart Project by going to their Facebook page and spread awareness too! Check back for updates.  Here are some I have left behind so far: Spain: Barcelona, Bilbao, San…

Six of My Favorite Paris Patisseries 

With so many pastry shops in Paris, France, it’s hard to decide which ones to go to.  After eating my way through Paris, here are a few of my favorite Patisseries: Huré is located within walking distance of Notre Dame. We ordered a cafe latte and a few different crossaints. One plain, one with pistachios,…

Can You Find My Heart?

The time has come and I’m finally heading off on my next vacation to Spain, France, and Argentina during the month of May.  This trip will be different than all the others.  More meaningful….It’s been 6 years since I lost my father to suicide. Every trip I have taken is bittersweet because all I want…

Freelance Article #3 How To Succeed in Travel Nursing

For my 3rd published freelance article, I wrote to my fellow nurses who are interested in traveling for their career.  It is not as easy as some may think, picking up every 13 weeks and moving to another state, making new friends, learning how a new hospital works.  However, this is the career I have…

Freelance Article #2 How Nursing Pushed Me To Depression And How Travel Pulled Me Out 

Being a nurse has been a great career. It has offered me many opportunities to travel the US and the world.  But it wasn’t as glorious a career as I had imagined.  Click the link below to find out how traveling saved me from myself. Nurse.org http://nurse.org/articles/nurse-depression-solution-true-story/?utm_campaign=5184&bid=5184&utm_medium=referral&utm_source=facebook Leah has been a traveling operating room nurse…

Freelance Article #1 Charleston, South Carolina

Click the link to see my first freelance article.  It features my time spent in Charleston, SC during one of my 13 week travel nurse assignments. The beaches, food, plantations, and friendly southern hospitality made it one of my favorite places to visit in the United States. TravelNursing.org http://www.travelnursing.org/turn-your-job-into-your-dream-vacation-in-charleston-sc/?utm_campaign=5381&bid=5381&utm_medium=referral&utm_source=facebook Leah has been a traveling operating…

Why Should You Date the Girl Who Travels?

Why should you date the girl who travels?  Because she will show you the world!  She has no fears or doubts about who she is as a confident woman.  Her crave for adventure will stroke the cords of everyday life and make the mundane day feel as though it is on ecstasy. Why should you…

My Super Short 2 Day Stay in Philadelphia, PA

I only had two days to whip through this large historical city.  Here’s what I did: The Liberty Bell: A true landmark in Philadelphia and iconic symbol of Independence in the United States. The story claims the bell was rung July4, 1776 in honor of our independence, however, historians say it wasn’t since there was…

How I Traded in Depression for A Life of Travel

Many years ago I discovered the best way to be happy.  This is an ever changing feeling, so if you find yourself down, don’t give up because eventually up is the only direction you can go.  There are different groups that make up your life and determine your level of happiness.  They are your: Family,…

Seattle, Washington, USA

As a travel nurse in the United States, I have been given the opportunity to move across my home country every few months.  One of my favorite places I’ve been was The Evergreen State of Washington.   Pikes Place is a great place filled with everything from spices, fresh flowers bouquets, a variety of different…

Layover in Taipei, Taiwan

December 2016 Sunny 70-75F Currency: Taiwan Dollar No Visa needed for US citizens On my way back from Thailand to the US, I decided to have an extended layover in Taipei, Taiwan.  I was supposed to land around 10pm, but due to my flight getting delayed I didn’t get out of the airport until after…

Siem Reap, Cambodia 

December 2016 Mid 80F (Sunny, Hot, Humid) Visa required– you can get your visa in advance online or apply for it when you land at their airport.  However, what I saw, it was easier to have it completed prior to arriving. Currency: Cambodian Riehl, but US Currency is preferred. They will give change in Riehl…

Christmas in Krabi, Thailand

We headed to Krabi after Siem Reap, Cambodia and found it cheaper to catch a connecting flight in Bangkok.  What we didn’t figure in was the immigration line in Bangkok and we missed our flight.  No problem! We didn’t let that get us down. We just had to pay a small fee and we were…

A Day Trip to Ayutthaya, Thailand

On our third day in Bangkok, we decided to take a day trip to Ayutthaya. We took a taxi down to Mo Chit Bus Station. There was a very old van that fit 11 of us and the drive was about 40 minutes.  It was a cheap ride for 70 Baht to get there and…

Bangkok, Thailand

December 2016 Mid 80-90F Sunny, Hot and Humid No Visa required for US citizens Vaccinations: Hep A, typhoid, and Malaria (be sure to apply bug spray everytime you go out) Currency: Thai Baht I am adding this story in at the top of this blog post because I feel like it is important to remember…

They asked, “What are you running from?” I replied, “A life without adventure.”

Heather Lake, Northern Cascades, Washington Oyster Dome, Washington Alkai Beach, West Seattle, Washington Mt. Rainier, Washington Westfield Tower, Sydney, Australia Sydney, Australia Seoul, South Korea Kamakura, Japan Magic Garden, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Meknes, Morocco Fes, Morocco Wat Chaiwatthanaram, Ayutthaya, Thailand Wat Pho, Bangkok, Thailand Bayon Temple, Siem Reap, Cambodia Bothor, Krabi, Thailand, Christmas 2016 La Push,…

Morocco 

Cities: Casablanca, Meknes, Volubilis, Rabat, Fes, Merrakesh October 2016 No visa needed Sunny, Rained 1 day (first rain of the year), 70-85F, breezy Currency: Dirham This trip was purchased through Groupon.  It included round trip flight from New York, airport transportation, stays in 4 star hotels, multi lingual tour guide, tour bus to all cities,…

Tokyo, Japan and Day Trip to Kamakura, Japan

September 2016 Sunny, very hot, very humid, 85-95F (I thought I was melting) No visa required Currency: Japanese Yen I flew from Seoul to Tokyo which was a short flight.  I purchased a PASMO pass at the airport that covers all forms of transportation.  It can also be used in cabs and to purchase food…

Discovering My Heritage: Solo Trip To Seoul, South Korea

September 2016 Hot, Humid, Sunny, 80-90F No visa needed Currency: South Korean Won After Sydney I took a flight to Seoul.  Fourteen hours later I went through Manila, Philippines and finally made it to Seoul, South Korea AND got to my hotel. People are very nice when you look confused and just say, “English?” I…