Taking on a travel assignment can be one of the best things you ever do for yourself, both professionally and personally.

But it can get lonely.

After all, all your friends and perhaps family are “back home,” hundreds — possibly even thousands — of miles away. Plus, you don’t know anyone in your new city and, while you’ll undoubtedly make new friends quickly, they may not be as deep as you need.

Google+ Hangouts to the rescue!

Google+ is Google’s “answer” to a social media platform. It’s different than Facebook in that it allows you to group your “friends” by “communities” so that your grandmother, for example, won’t read the posts you send to your fellow singletons as you look for love (unless you want her to, of course!).

Google+ Hangouts is the site’s video chatting service. Hangout allows you to “hang out” with your different communities via webcams. These chats can be made public or private. If public, they are broadcast on the Hangout On Air feature (via YouTube). The private feature allows you to webcam with up to 10 people, while On Air allows your video chat to be seen and heard by anyone anywhere.

What’s more, you don’t need to have a webcam – you can download a webcam plug-in when prompted as you set up your Hangout account.

If you already are a member of Google+ and want to start a Hangout with some of your community members, go to the green “Start a Hangout” button that’s located in the third column of your stream page.

Follow the instructions.

It’s that simple!

If you’re not yet a member of Google+, simply go to plus.google.com and follow the instructions to sign up.

You can schedule times for short or lengthy Hangouts with your friends and loved ones. Watch YouTube videos together, share photos and favorite songs…just about anything that you could do together in person if you had a smartphone between you.

If you’ve the travel bug and you have at least one year’s experience as a nurse, therapist or pharmacist, contact a recruiter at MedPro Healthcare Staffing about many of the great travel assignments we offer healthcare professionals. We look forward to hearing from you!