Making Friends During a Healthcare Travel Assignment

Being a medical traveler can be lonely, especially if you’re traveling on your own and making friends can be tricky as an adult. When you’re on the road, use these tips to make some friends in every location. Don’t be afraid to put yourself out there!

Tip #1: Join Local Facebook Groups

Facebook is a great way to connect with some locals. Look for groups for each location that you’re in and ask questions! Locals love to share about their hometown and you may be able to start a conversation with someone or meet up with a group at a local attraction.

Tip #2: Make Friends with Your Coworkers

Your coworkers are perfect potential friends. While some units aren’t exactly traveler-friendly, many units are welcoming to travelers, especially if the traveler comes in with a great attitude. Talk with your new coworkers about their lives and their favorite restaurants, attractions and things to do in your new location.

Before you head up to your unit, try to connect with other travelers going through orientation at the same time. You’re both going to be in the same place for the next 13 weeks so it’s a great way to connect with someone who’s in the same boat.

Tip #3: Check Out Local Hobby Stores

Are you an avid runner or love camping? If so, check out a local running or outdoor store and see if they have a bulletin board with local events. While it can be a little daunting to check out something like this by yourself, you’re already braver than most folks, you’re a medical traveler!

Tip #4: Visit Your City’s Event Calendar

Most city’s have a robust events calendar so that’s a great place to find things to do in your new city. Whether you’re attending on your own or bringing one of your new buddies, these events are great places to meet others. Look for community festivals, wine walks, sporting events, trivia nights, special museum exhibits and anything else that piques your interest in your new city.

Tip #5: Use an App

There are a number of apps designed to help adults make friends. Like dating apps, you’ll be able to connect with people who have similar interests and in your location. New apps come and go frequently, but BumbleBFF seems to be a good one.

If you’re ready for a new assignment and some new friends, check out the Triage job board full of allied and travel nurse jobs. If you’re looking to make friends during your assignment, chat with your recruiter and ask for facilities that are particularly traveler friendly.