Playing Tourist in Your (Temporary) City: Tips for Travel Nurses

Traveling is one of the best ways to interact with the world around you. And during your healthcare travel placements, you’re no doubt ready to see, taste and experience all that your temporary hometown has to offer. So when planning your next outing, remember you Shopping woman in New York City, Manhattan, USA. Shopper holding shopping bags walking smiling happy during shopping spree in outside. Young multiracial Asian Caucasian female model in yellow dress.have a multitude of resources available at your fingertips. Here’s what you need to know to take full advantage of your 13-week adventure.

What are you into? Is it culture, history, art, music, dining, physical fitness or the outdoors? No matter what your preferred activity in your free time, there’s a resource to help you make the most of it. Check out the following:

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  1. Travel apps. When you’re in a new place, your smartphone can be your most important travel guide. Apps such as Trip Advisor, Localeur and Field Trip can help you find local events and sites that might interest you.
  2. Chamber of Commerce. Visit the local Chamber of Commerce for information on cultural events, local historical sites and other interesting things to see and do. You can find the one nearest you on the national Chamber of Commerce website.
  3. Newspapers or free publications. Newspapers are available online, or for purchase at gas stations, airports or often coffee shops. They always contain information about upcoming events. Also, some cities offer free publications printed and distributed by their arts or tourism councils with information about things to do.
  4. A tried-and-true method that can help you find many options around town, is to simply Google “Things to do in [your city].”
  5. The local opinion. If you prefer to stay away from “touristy” sites and spend your free time as the locals do, why not ask them? Check with your colleagues to see what they would recommend for a weekend activity, a great place to dine, beautiful scenery, historical significance, etc.
  6. If you’re more the literary type but don’t want to spend an arm and a leg on new books, you can find plenty at the local library. Many libraries also offer media such as CDs, DVDs or downloadable book or music files you can take advantage of—for free!
  7. This popular website can help you find like-minded individuals in your city, and is especially helpful if you’re looking for an outdoor adventure, fitness activity or cultural club. Meet-ups exist for just about anything. You can join online at or download the app to follow with your phone.
  8. Government websites. The website of the town, city or state in which you’re currently residing is sure to advertise sites and events, with a schedule of what’s happening when.
  9. National Parks Association. If you prefer to take a more natural approach to sightseeing, you may wish to visit the local national park for hiking, walking, biking, trail running, etc. To find a park near you, visit the National Parks Association
  10. Your friends and family. If you know people with the “travel bug,” it’s possible they can recommend things to do in your temporary home, as well. You never know what you’ll discover by just asking around.

Remember: Safety first!

You’re strong and independent, but it never hurts to be safe. Depending on what activity you choose, ask a colleague or fellow healthcare traveler to accompany you on your adventure.

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MedPro Healthcare Staffing can help. We place nurses and allied health workers with travel placements across the country. To learn more and embark on your next travel position, contact one of our experienced recruiters today  or apply below:

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