By March 1, 2010 1 Comments

It is better to travel alone than with a bad companion.

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The day you decide to go forth as a traveling nurse is a monumental one. You’re saying, “Bring it on!” You’re ready to take on the unknown with little or no help, you’re a loner, a rebel.  You are a special breed and there are just a few of you who are able to do so. It may be less lonely to travel with friend but it can prove to be a better experience doing it alone.  Being content when you’re all by yourself is not about keeping yourself occupied until the next social engagement. No, it’s about making the most of every moment you have by yourself and doing things you truly enjoy without the input or pressure from others.

It may be hard to associate any of the activities you’re use to doing with others as something to do by your lonesome, but if you give it a go you may find it to be quite liberating. Try going to a concert or go see a flick by yourself. What’s different is that you don’t have to coordinate with anyone else about which theatre to go to, what time works best and how much butter you want on your popcorn. Plus you won’t have the possibility of  interruptions about the plot or actors during the movie which can be real irritating.

Shopping is another activity that can be done by yourself. If you’re like me, you have a plan. You know what you want and where to get it. In and out. You don’t have to worry about any unwanted comments about your choices or that you’re taking too long or you’re too fast. Nope, you can go at your own pace and not have to worry about the approval of others. Take the time to read a few pages of a book you’re thinking about buying or listen to a few tracks of the new album you’ve been wanting to purchase. Whatever you want to do, it’s your choice.

If shopping is not your bag, you can always try some form of self-improvement. As you know, a travel nursing assignment comes with a lot of downtime. You work 3-4 days straight and then you’re rewarded with an ample amount of time to spend to yourself and what better way to spend that time the betterment of you? If you ever wanted to learn a new language you can try taking a class or DIY at home with Rosetta Stone.

Maybe your goal for the new year was to get into better shape and going to the gym is one that is best enjoyed by yourself. You can focus on you and the workouts that will benefit you best. Hop on the treadmill, strap on the headphones and lose yourself while burning the calories. If going to the gym and dealing with the crowds and equipment is not your idea of fun, try going for a dip. Swimming is one of the best forms of exercise you can do and  if you’re lucky enough to be on a traveling nurse assignment near the coast with temperate waters, what better way to get in shape than with a swim in one of mother nature’s swimming pools? Then after your swim, why not bask in the glow of the sun for a bit, especially if you’re from any land locked places that experiences wintry weather. I’d sacrifice being alone for beach in a heartbeat!

Getting to any of the activities mentioned above is an experience in itself. Driving can be very therapeutic, so roll your windows down, open up the sunroof, crank up the tunes and sing along to your hearts content. You can’t usually do this in a group setting without hearing some comments about your “talent” and who wants to hear that?

But you don’t have to go anywhere to enjoy your time. Stay at home and hone in on your cooking skills or take a class online. There’s so much available to you on the world wide web that you can do to pass the time in a constructive manner. Since you’re alone, why not take some time to update family and friends on your well-being. Create a profile on one of the many different social networking sites and get in touch with those you are closest to and possibly find those with whom you use to be close to.

You can use your time alone however you see fit. Think of anything and everything you usually did with another. Now just picture yourself doing it without them. It’s not that bad is it? Doing anything alone can give you a greater appreciation for a few things, the friends and family you do have and perhaps you’ll see whatever activity you do alone in a new light. Just because you’re by yourself doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the time just the same as if you had others to share it with… Who knows, you may find it more enjoyable!

If you have other ideas and activities one can do alone while out on assignment, please share them below in our comment section.

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About the Author:

Patrick Fuerstenau here. Born in Kentucky, raised in Germany, landed in Nebraska and still here. I've been involved with Marketing and Advertising for over a decade. It all began with an internship at an ad agency in Omaha, followed by a 9 year stint as a graphic artist at the lone major newspaper in Omaha. A friend of mine told me about an opening at her company and said that it was the best gig she's ever had... So I decided to spread my proverbial wings and see what I could do for them and vice versa. So here I am at Medical Solutions and am going on my 3rd year as a Marketing Specialist for a great travel nursing company. This by far has been a major blessing in my life. I love the work I get to do just as much as I love the people who make up this fabulous company. I can see myself here for a long time... As long as they'll have me. Now that we've got the career timeline out of the way... Let me tell you a little about who I am. I am oh so passionate about the game of futbol! I've been playing soccer since the age of 8 and am still playing today. If I couldn't at least kick the ball around, I don't know what I would do with myself. I fear getting old. I also have a strong love for the arts... Music, Visual arts, Film, Design... pretty much anything and everything arty. I'm happy go lucky and am always looking to have a good time. Just ask my manager! And I love writing about travel nursing.

1 Comment on "It is better to travel alone than with a bad companion."

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  1. Wow! This blog is probably the best written material I have ever read in my long career of reading.

    Patrick, I think you have what it takes. Your writing is not only informative, but entertaining and super fun!!

    I have to go now, and take a dip into the ocean. Maybe I’ll catch some rays after my dip. Who knows! I don’t know if I’ll have enough time.

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