This time of year it’s common for therapists to become homesick while on assignment. Friends and family are back home planning get-togethers, BBQ’s, fun times at the lake—and you’re in a new city, alone.
Our travelers have been there too! We turned to them for tips on avoiding homesickness while traveling as a therapist.
- Explore your surroundings whether it’s hiking, jogging, etc., and use your coworkers at the facility to find local gathering places or things to do.
- Spend the week planning the fun things to explore each weekend. If you don’t have anyone to go with, go by yourself! You’ll meet people and if not you’re still seeing something you would never see otherwise. You can also check Meet-Up and show up to anything that sounds interesting.
- Some dog shelters let you take a dog for a walk or hike. I always find it’s easier to do things when I have my dog with me!
- One of the things I do is pick something to learn or try for 13 weeks. I hired a personal trainer for one contract, healthy eating for another contract, and yoga this contact. For my next contract I want to take piano lessons… or karate!
- The visitor’s center in your city! My top five adventures while traveling have been a result of visitor center advice. They know everything and are super willing to help. I’ve yet to be disappointed by the visitor center in whatever city I’m assigned.
- Look at every flier posted at the library, the grocery and your local coffee shop, and plan to check out three of the events.
- If you get the Passport to Your National Parks, it’s super motivating to explore as much as you can and collects stamps!
Need even more advice? Our recruiters are always available for your questions and concerns. Contact us today!