Combating Loneliness While on Your Travel Nursing Assignment

December 23rd, 2019 | Posted by bbarr in Travel Nursing, Travel Tips, Traveler Tips

By Elena Barker

The holidays are a great time of year. There’s family, friends, and mouth-watering food! However, for travel nurses who are working on assignment during the holiday season, it can be a tad lonely. And while that’s completely natural, there are a few things you can do to combat loneliness while travel nursing. Here are a few common cures:  

Join a gym

A workout at your local gym can do wonders for your mood. That’s all thanks to the feel-good rush of endorphins you get after an exercise session. Plus, joining a gym could help you stay healthy and expand your social horizons. After all, it’s an easy way to meet new people.  

Read or visit the local library

There’s nothing better than curling up with a good book on a winter afternoon. If you’re looking for a good read, check out your local library for the latest bestseller. Libraries are also a prime spot to find out what’s going on in your new community, like upcoming concerts, festivals, or even volunteering opportunities.


Speaking of volunteering, there are countless ways you can give back to your community this holiday season. No matter where you are in the U.S., volunteering is a great way to form new friendships, learn new skills, and have fun! Plus, it’s well known that donating your time to a good cause has several health benefits. Really, it’s a win-win.

Seek out the locals’ advice

The best way to live like a local is to talk to them. Your co-workers and neighbors can give you the inside scoop on everything, from the best places to eat in town to the must-attend local events. While you’re at it, you could even invite them to go with you on your days off.

Travel with pets

Many travel nurses bring their pets along for the ride. And it’s easy to see why. With the simple wag of a tail, a loud purr, or a quick cuddle, your fur babies have the immediate power to banish loneliness. PPR is a pet-friendly travel nurse company, so you can hit the road with your cat, dog, or other cute critter!

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