Travel nursing during the holidays doesn’t mean you’re missing out — it means that you have an opportunity to try new ways to celebrate, make unique memories, do something different and have a December you’ll never forget!

Here are our top five tips to make your holidays on the road completely magical:

Fey, IEN, PEI

1. Meals to Make: Food brings people together (#fact), so if there’s a signature dish you love to make this time of the year, travel nursing is the perfect opportunity to share your specialty with the new people you meet on assignment. On the other hand, if you’ve been tied to tradition and want to do something new, this is a great time to whip up some kitchen creations that you have never made (mulled wine, anyone?) before. There are countless holiday dishes out there, from savoury to sweet, and spending a day off cooking and baking is a great way to get in the seasonal spirit!

Jennifer, RN, Yukon

2. Decorate: You likely didn’t pack any holiday decorations when heading out for your travel nursing assignment, and you may not want to invest in new ones that will be hard to transport home — in some remote locations, there may not even be a place to shop for decor. That’s where a good DIY session comes in handy!

  • If you’re good at drawing, grab some black paper and white out and make a cute and creative table cloth.
  • Use glasses as a vase and put festive items in them for display, such as dried orange slices, pine cones, or small evergreen tree boughs.
  • If you’re a nurse, chances are you drink coffee (don’t we all?!). You can use your coffee filters to make a one-of-a-kind garland to hang in your accommodation.
  • If you don’t have room for a full-sized tree, go for a walk and find a cute branch you can use to make your own Charlie Brown style decoration. 
  • You can also make your own banner to hang in your home — whether it’s paper snowflakes or a cheery message. These free printables are great!

Jennifer, RN, Yukon

3. Book Time with Loved Ones: If you’ll be away from your loved ones, you can still dedicate time to spend together over video chat. Not just a regular call, but a time you booked together to chat over a glass of hot cocoa, some goodies — you can even make sure your decorations are in the background or put on a Santa hat to give it a more festive feel! Making this time different from most calls will give you both a nice little holiday get-together, no matter how far apart you are.

If you still feel lonely, find a passion to pursue — Jennifer takes photos on her time off on assignment (and just look at those mountains!). It helps her get through the time away from loved ones.

Diana, RN-ER, in BC

4 . Binge the Holiday Bests: We all have our favourite holiday movies, TV shows and music. When you have free time, put these on instead of your regular go-to’s that you watch throughout the year. You can also find some new favourites, there is always something coming out each year that may become a new must-have for future holiday seasons!

Whether you pop on the classic burning fire log channel while mulling around the house, choose a Christmas comedy like Christmas with the Kranks, or opt for a timeless classic like Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, holiday shows can get you in a festive mood. When all else fails, YouTube old clips of the Michael Buble Christmas special and you’re sure to be feeling merry and bright!

Gosia, RN-Home Care, BC

5. Experience Local Traditions: Is there a performance, festival, market or other cultural event going on where you’re travel nursing? If so, don’t miss out! Embrace what’s going on around you and dive into the community festivities. It’s a great way to meet new people and have fun with the friends you’ve made while on assignment.

Gosia took part in a local tradition of baling hay white travel nursing in interior BC! Try tourtières in Quebec, go skating at Nathan Philip’s Square in Toronto, or visit Zoolights in Calgary. And don’t forget to bring your camera!

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