Perhaps chief among the perks of working as a traveling nurse is the opportunity to explore new and exciting US cities. As a traveling nurse, you enjoy a constant mobility that most 9-5ers stuck in their day jobs can only dream of. What’s more, the small period of time that most travel nurses reside in their assigned areas allows for just enough time to get acquainted with a new city without tiring of it. On your off days you could educate yourself about your temporary home, discovering see what it has to offer instead of staying inside your apartment. In short, it’s a chance to become more cultured about your country without needing to spend money on travel expenses. But exploring a new city, especially one that you’re completely unfamiliar with, can be a daunting task. How can you make the best of your time?
Read local publications about free and interesting events
My first suggestion would be to find a local publication that appeals to you and look through it for events in the area that may catch your interest. Most major cities have multiple publications that appeal to a variety of demographics; you need only find the right one for you. For instance, if you’re a person intrigued by local art, you might want to check out coffee shops and independent bookstores for flyers that advertise events in the local art scene. Or if you’re interested in the food scene, you could pick investigate the dining section of the major newspaper or online new source for the city for reliable restaurant reviews and stories on local food culture. The key is that you search out events in the right publication; otherwise you might find yourself discouraged that you can’t find any fun activities in the city.
Use Twitter to search out and follow people in the know
If you’re not keen on looking through newspapers on a daily basis, you could take the social media approach to find out the latest happenings in your city. Twitter is probably your best bet for finding useful sources that dispense local events to those who really know the city. You could follow local food critics for insider details on the best bars and restaurants to frequent, or local sports analysts who have the inside scoop on the latest sporting events around town. Begin your searches by looking through tweets marked with a hashtag followed by the city’s name. Oftentimes local Twitter celebrities will assign a hashtag to their city so as to spread awareness for local events.
Additionally you could use Twitter to search out other traveling nurses (or general tourists) in your area looking for a partner in exploring the city!
Subscribe to deal sites pertaining to your city
You can also arrange to be updated on events throughout your city without actively searching any resources at all. Simply set up a subscription with daily deal sites like LivingSocial or Groupon, designate your current city in your profile, and watch as you get 2 to 3 deals a day in your email inbox from each service. These services tend to advertise deals on local social events like concerts, museum exhibits, classes at various instructional courses, and the general local nightlife. You may not get events off the beaten path that you might otherwise find through personal research, but you’ll never be without knowledge of at least a few things happening around you.