Navigating the Holidays: Tips for Travel Nurses on the Move


Chloe’ Sizer | December 7th, 2023

As a travel nurse, embarking on assignments during the holiday season can bring both unique challenges and exciting opportunities. While being away from home and loved ones might seem daunting, there are ways to make your experience rewarding and festive. In this blog post, we’ll explore some valuable tips for travel nurses working over the holidays.

Plan Ahead for Time Off

Before accepting a travel nursing assignment, communicate with your staffing agency and the healthcare facility about your holiday plans. Some assignments may allow for time off, while others might require you to work during specific holiday weeks or the holidays themselves. Knowing the expectations in advance can help you plan accordingly.

Connect with Fellow Travel Nurses

Chances are, you’re not the only travel nurse working during the holidays. Reach out to your fellow healthcare professionals and plan a get-together or potluck. Sharing the holiday experience with colleagues can help create a sense of camaraderie and support.

Embrace Local Traditions

Explore the unique holiday traditions of the location you’re in. Attend local events, festivals, or holiday markets to immerse yourself in the community spirit. Trying out regional traditions can add a special touch to your holiday experience.

Take Care of Yourself

Holidays can be busy at facilities, don’t forget to take care of yourself too! Whether it’s taking regular breaks, getting outside or ensuring your body is well nourished and hydrated! 

Utilize Technology to Stay Connected

While you may not be physically present with family and friends, technology allows for virtual connections. Send holiday e-cards, and stay updated on celebrations back home. Being virtually present can make a significant difference during the holidays. Hot Tip: Join your family traditions virtually, whether it’s opening gifts, a meal, embrace the magic of video calls!

Coordinate Gift Exchanges in Advance

If you plan to exchange gifts with loved ones, coordinate shipping dates well in advance to ensure they arrive on time. Consider sending personalized or locally sourced gifts to add a thoughtful touch that reflects your current location.

Explore Volunteer Opportunities

The holidays are a time of giving, and volunteering can be a fulfilling way to make a positive impact in your temporary community. Look for local volunteer opportunities at shelters, food banks, or community events.

Stay Flexible and Open-Minded

Flexibility is key in travel nursing, especially during the holiday season. Plans may change, and unexpected opportunities or challenges may arise. Stay open-minded, adapt to new situations, and make the most of the experiences that come your way.

Know That Your Sacrifices are Appreciated

Without your commitment and availability, patients could go without care. Give yourself a big pat on the back for your dedication and care!


While working as a travel nurse during the holidays presents its own set of considerations, it can also be a time of growth, cultural exploration, and professional development. By planning ahead, fostering connections with colleagues, and embracing the spirit of the season, you can make your holiday assignment a memorable and rewarding experience. Remember that each assignment offers a unique opportunity to celebrate the holidays in a different corner of the world while making a positive impact on patient care.


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