The holidays will be here before you know it. If it turns out that you’ll be on a travel assignment during the holidays, look below for some tips on how to make the most of this festive season.

  • See if your loved ones can come to the city in which you’re living. It will be fun for them – a new city to visit and explore! Chances are you won’t be able to go home for the holidays, even for a day or two, so having them come to you will help you keep the ho-ho-ho in your holidays.
  • If it looks as if you’ll be far from your family on the holidays, see if you can volunteer to swap a shift with someone so that you can work for him or her on Christmas. This can be an especially wonderful thing to do for someone who has small children at home, allowing him or her to be with the young ones on Christmas Eve, Christmas morning (or even both)!
  • If you don’t or can’t volunteer to swap shifts, look to your community for volunteer opportunities. Almost every city or town hosts some sort of meal or party for people who can’t afford food or who can’t afford to provide gifts for their children. Volunteer to help serve meals, or wrap presents donated for others to deliver to youngsters.
  • Make sure to decorate your apartment. You needn’t bring items from home; you can find inexpensive décor at thrift stores such as Goodwill, the Salvation Army and more. A small tree and lights will go a long way toward making your temporary home comfy and festive.
  • Why not get together with another traveling professional for the day? Invite the individual over to your place for a holiday meal. Find a local church that offers a chance to go caroling. Extend the traveler an invitation to head to the shelter with you to serve meals on the holiday.
  • Be sure to take care of yourself, especially if you’re going to be alone. Buy yourself a special gift, a good bottle of wine or some other small treat. Listen to your favorite holiday songs and music. Especially if you’re far from your own family and loved ones during the holiday season, be sure to pamper yourself as much as possible. And don’t forget: Skype can be a great way to be pretty darn close to your family during the holiday season!

Are you an allied health professional (PT, OT, speech therapist, pharmacist, etc.) or a nurse with an itch to see the country? Then contact a recruiter at MedPro Healthcare Staffing. We can place you in short-term (usually about 13 weeks in duration) assignments at healthcare facilities, clinics and hospitals throughout the country. We look forward to hearing from you!