Last week we began a two-part series on some fun hobbies you can take with you on your travel nursing assignments. This week we conclude the series by discussing three more hobbies that are perfect for your life on the go as a travel nurse. See part 1 here.
Many travel nursing assignments will take you to breathtaking places that you can only really appreciate by getting out of your car and experiencing them first hand. Backpacking or hiking is a great way to do that. Here are some tips to help you take the first step.
Read – Hiking through some areas can be dangerous so it is imperative you have a good base of knowledge before you begin.
Go with others – Find a hiking or backpacking club in the area where your travel nursing assignment has taken you. Not only will this keep you safe by providing you with someone to go with, but you will also get to meet new people who can point you in the direction of the best areas.
Get in shape – Spending the day hiking can be physically demanding if you are not used to it, especially when you add a pack. Although hiking will help you get in shape, you will still need a base level of fitness before you begin.
Protect yourself – Take precautions to protect yourself from the elements. Bugs, ticks and the sun can all ruin a great day so be sure to have bug spray and sunscreen on hand and learn how to deal with ticks if you should find one on you. Covering your arms and legs will also help keep ticks off.
Stay safe – Always go with other people and keep track of each other. You will also need to carry and learn how to use a map and compass. And make sure you stay on the trail.
Stay healthy – Maintain good posture while you’re hiking. Avoid leaning too far forward; back pain can quickly ruin a beautiful day. Stay hydrated and eat enough to give you energy for the day. Good boots and socks will help prevent blisters, but take some moleskin with you to treat blisters if you get them.
Pack effectively – There are a lot of great resources available for you to learn how to pack in a light, efficient method. This is really one of the most important elements in your safety, so do your homework.
If you love to write, but were never sure what to write about look no further; your subject matter is all around you. There is no better subject matter to inspire you than the new locations you discover on your travel nursing assignments. Travel writing is not only a great way for you to share with others your experiences as a travel nurse, but it is also an opportunity to learn more about the area yourself. Here are some quick tips to get you started:
Write, write, and write – The more you write the better you will get and the easier it will be. Finding time to write everyday can be difficult, but when you are done you will end up with a wonderful memoir of your travel nursing career.
Write about everything – The broader range of things you write about, the better rounded your writing will become; particularly your ability to write descriptively, which is a key ingredient to good travel writing.
Share your writing – Getting more feedback on your writing will help you improve faster. Just remember to have thick skin and be gracious when constructive criticism is given.
Love writing – If you are not enjoying your writing it will be more difficult. The key is finding your own voice; whether it is funny, serious, cynical, or whimsical, it doesn’t matter as long as you are writing what you feel.
The internet has really helped advance the hobby of genealogy, making it a great hobby for travel nurses. Despite technology though, there is still something magical and intriguing about tracing your roots in person. You can actually see the places your ancestors lived and experience the area first hand. The opportunity to do that while you work as a travel nurse may take a little patience, but could be a once in a lifetime experience. Here are few tips to help you get started:
Choose your focus – Are you interested in following the paternal or maternal line? Are you just trying to discover more about a family legend? Whatever your goals are, it helps to know where you are going.
Begin with what you know – Working backwards is easier and you may find you already have access to quite a bit of information through your immediate and extended family.
Start with yourself – Then your parents, and then their parents, and before you know it you are on your way.
Don’t give up – You may find some avenues blocked, but remember that the thrill of the hunt for that elusive connection can sometimes be the reward all to itself.
Create your library – Ask family and extended family for birth, marriage and death certificates, obituaries, family bible, school certificates, university/school graduation certificates and awards, military service records, business papers, immigration papers, travel documents, diaries, address books, birthday books, letters, postcards, newspaper cuttings and memoirs.
Join the genealogy community – There is a large collection of resources on the web to help you with your search, here are just a few:
Cyndi’s List of Genealogy Sites on the Internet
Have fun exploring new interests during all of your travel nursing assignments. Remember these ideas are just the tip of the iceberg. There are tons of fascinating new hobbies out there that can inspire you during your next travel nursing job.