Girl enjoying the holidays as a travel nurse

Enjoying the Holidays as a Travel Nurse

Nov 6, 2023

As a dedicated travel nurse on your travel assignment, you're no stranger to the excitement of exploring new places while providing essential healthcare services. However, the holiday season can present a unique set of challenges and opportunities for travel nurses. In this guide, we'll explore practical tips on how to make the most of your travel assignment during this festive time.

Embracing the Spirit of the Season

In some cases, you will be able to request time off if you are on a travel assignment during the holiday season. As a travel nurse, it is important to think ahead and get your time off approved before starting the travel assignment. By doing so, you can capture the essence of the season and enjoy quality time with your dear ones.

Research Local Holiday Events

Before you embark on your travel assignment, take some time to research the local holiday events and traditions. This will not only allow you to immerse yourself in the culture but also help you plan your free time around exciting festivities. If you are spending the holidays away from home, this is a great way to get in the holiday spirit, meet new people, and enjoy some time away from work.

Connect with Fellow Travel Nurses

Being away from your regular work environment doesn't mean you have to spend the holidays alone. Reach out to fellow travel nurses in the area and plan gatherings or activities together. Connecting with other travel nurses is a great way to share experiences and create lasting memories. By connecting with other travel nurses you put yourself in a position to be able to host events like Friendsgiving or even Friendsmas.

Balancing Work and Celebration

The holidays are often a busy and stressful time amidst all the joy and celebrating we get to do. Be sure to plan time during your travel assignment to create the perfect work-life balance.

Plan Ahead for Time Off

Communicate with GetMed Staffing about your availability during the holiday season when thinking about your next travel nurse assignment. Planning ahead will give you the best chance to secure time off to enjoy time with loved ones. When you work with a travel nurse agency like GetMed Staffing, we will find the perfect healthcare facility for you based on your preferences and time off.

If going home for the holidays isn't in your plans for the year, we have some ideas on how to escape the holiday blues.

Stay Organized with a Calendar

Utilize a digital calendar or a planner to keep track of your work schedule, days off, and any holiday-related events you want to attend. This will help you manage your time effectively and ensure you don't miss out on any important celebrations.

Making the Most of Your Travel Assignment

Explore Seasonal Activities

Take advantage of the unique experiences your current location offers during the holidays. Whether it's skiing in the mountains or strolling through a festive downtown area, make sure to embrace the seasonal offerings.

Here are some other ideas that will help travel nurses embrace the holiday season on their travel assignment:

  • Go ice skating
  • Do some holiday shopping
  • Decorate your home
  • Make new recipes
  • Give back to your community
  • Look at Christmas lights


Document and Share Your Experience

Consider documenting your holiday adventures as a travel nurse through a blog, vlog, or social media. Not only does this allow you to cherish the memories, but it also provides valuable insights for fellow travel nurses.

Being a travel nurse during the holidays can be a rewarding experience filled with new opportunities for personal and professional growth. By planning ahead, connecting with your community, and embracing the local culture, you can make this season one to remember.

Remember, every travel assignment is a chance to learn, grow, and make a positive impact on the lives of those you care for. So, go forth and enjoy this time as a travel nurse whether you are home for the holidays or embracing a new assignment and destination!

At GetMed Staffing, we want to ensure that you have a positive experience with your nurse staffing agency. Never hesitate to reach out to your recruiter if you have any concerns or are struggling with being away from home. We are here to help no matter the situation!