Are you dreading the upcoming holiday season because you know you’ll be on the road for work? Whether you’re a traveling nurse, or just on a temporary assignment far from home, the holiday season may be a tough time for some. However, do not fret! We’re here to show you some unexpected options for holiday survival – in both your personal and professional life.
Below, our insider’s guide to celebrating the holidays on the road.
Location, location, location.
Ever dreamed of spending the holidays in Manhattan? Itching to spend your winter shredding the slopes in the Rockies? Or perhaps, you want to escape the cold and flock down south to Florida. Regardless of your preference, the holiday season is an ideal time to take advantage of seasonality!
Another option is to request openings that are close to where your family or friends will be for the holidays.
It’s the thought that counts.
Depending on your industry, you may not technically have the day off on Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, or Christmas Day. However, many jobs will work to ensure that you get at least one of those days off.
Even if you do have to work a holiday, remember that it isn’t the date on the calendar that makes a day special—it’s the sentiment behind the holiday. Even if you’re miles away from your family and friends, it’s possible to still have a happy holiday with coworkers and friends.
Take advantage of extra days.
Some professionals don’t technically get paid vacations, but there are ways to work around this. For example, many healthcare staffing agencies will allow their travel nurses to take off anywhere from 18-30 days between assignments, without losing employee benefits. That means extra time to visit with family and friends.
If you’re a stipend traveler taking an assignment where you can stay with friends or family, use your housing subsidy for gifts, a post-holiday vacation, or a long-term financial goal.
Seize the moment!
The holidays are a popular time to request off. And because of this, it’s possible for travel nurses to rack up shorter, 4- to 13-week assignments. Short assignments are a great way to try out this lifestyle and see if it’s right for you.
Holiday season can potentially lead to increased pay rates and optional overtime. And taking assignments in November or December will put you at an advantage because you will already be working once the new year begins. Come January, you may have an opportunity to extend your assignment.
Celebrating the holidays on the road can be a blessing in disguise. And despite the fact that you may be out of your comfort zone, there’s no reason to worry! Start your research now, and take advantage of the many perks of short-term assignments.