How to Avoid Loneliness While on your Travel Nurse Assignment
As a travel nurse, moving to a different city is part of the job description. With moving comes certain worries: leaving friends and family behind and moving somewhere you aren’t familiar with. While these concerns are a challenging aspect of being a travel nurse, we’ve created a list of ways you can overcome loneliness and get the most out of your travel assignment.
GET OUT AND EXPLORE
Now that you are in a new city, it’s time to get familiar with it! Get out and explore your surroundings. Find your new regular coffee shop, grocery store, and movie theater. Getting to know your new town will make you feel more comfortable. On your days off, take part in tours and excursions to experience the joys of your new city. Tours are a great opportunity to meet other travelers. Getting to know your new town will help to make it feel more like home.
Not sure where to begin? Visit our Pinterest page for ideas of things to do in your new city.
USE MEETUP TO MAKE FRIENDS WITH SIMILAR INTERESTS TO YOU
Meetup allows you to find events in your area based on your interests! Join a book club, yoga studio, or even take a cooking class! Meetup is a great way to meet locals that share similar interests to you. Making friends in your community is a definite way to avoid loneliness and keep you busy!
STAY IN TOUCH WITH FRIENDS AND FAMILY BACK HOME
With today’s technology, there are numerous ways to keep in touch with friends and family members in a different city. Between text messages, Facebook messenger, and video chats you are always just a few taps away from reconnecting with the people you love. Here are some of the platforms you can use to connect with people back home:
ENJOY YOUR ALONE TIME
Spending time alone can actually be relaxing. Treat yourself to a trip to the spa, have a movie marathon, or take some time to journal about your trip. Use your alone time to reflect on your travels and discover yourself. While traveling alone may seem scary and lonely at first, it’s important that you make the most of it and enjoy your downtime.
MAKE YOUR TEMPORARY HOUSE A HOME
Giving your temporary house your own flair is a great way to feel more at home. Hang photos of friends and family, create a bookshelf filled with your favorite books, or if possible, paint one of the walls the color of your bedroom at home. Making your temporary house feel more like home will give you a space to relax and wind down after a long shift. Need more ideas? Check here.