You’re on a travel assignment. You find yourself with some free time on your hands and you’re eager to start exploring the area surrounding your assignment facility. After all, you became a traveling healthcare professional because you had an itch to see new places, meet new people and learn “new” ways of doing things, didn’t you?
Here are some tips on how to find the “must see” sights (not necessary the ones the tourists frequent) while on assignment.
1) Ask around at your assignment facility. Talk up your interest in seeing your assignment city in ways other than as a tourist. Where do the locals go for the best Mexican, Italian, Chinese, American-style food? Where do they go to see the latest art films? And so on.
2) You’ll also want to “do as the locals do” when it comes to seasonal activities. That is, where is the “go to” sledding or ice skating spot in winter, the best beach in the summer, the best inner-tube-on-a-lazy-river spot?
3) Check out the local newspaper for things to do. We don’t necessarily mean a large daily newspaper. Depending on your location, a smaller city weekly or regional daily newspaper is a better bet for local activities because a large city paper might just have things to do in the large city….30 or 40 miles away.
4) What do you like to do? Are you a runner? Check online for local running clubs. Do you love ballroom dance? You’ll probably find ballroom dance opportunities via a local ballet or dance school (in case there’s no ballroom dance school). Do you love the Twilight Saga? There’s probably a MeetUp.com group of like-minded Team Edwards or Team Jacobs near you.
5) If you find yourself with some unplanned time off (a shift you were supposed to cover was changed) and are looking for something to do, why not take a walk to your local park? You may find joggers, Frisbee players, people walking their dogs. If it’s a weekend, you may find a festival or fair.
6) Is your assignment located near a college or university? Check out its website to see about lectures, films or other activities. Colleges can be a great way to learn new things and see new art, films or sporting events at greatly reduced prices.
7) Don’t know anyone? Then it’s up to you to make connections. Approach your assignment colleagues and ask them for coffee after work, for pizza over at your apartment, to go see last installment of the aforementioned Twilight series.
What about you? Are you a traveler? What do you do to find things to do in your assignment town? What has worked and what hasn’t?
If you’re interested in working as a traveling healthcare professional, then you need to contact a recruiter at MedPro Healthcare Staffing. We have positions all over the country for nurses, OTs, PT, speech therapists, pharmacists and other allied health professionals. Contact us today!