Since February is the month we celebrate our significant others, we thought it was an appropriate time to bring up the subject of traveling with a partner. Wait… were you unaware that you could bring your partner on a travel assignment? Of course you can! Whether your partner is also a travel nurse who finds an assignment at the same facility or in the same city, or just wants to come along for the ride, here are five great reasons to consider bringing him or her with you when you travel:
1) You Can Explore Each New City Together
This is obviously the best reason to bring your partner on a travel nurse assignment. The two of you can explore local restaurants, bars, concert venues, art galleries, tourist attractions and so much more. During your downtime, you’ll make memories in each new city that you will cherish for a lifetime. You could even create a special hashtag in each city to document and organize your photos and videos on social media. Try making a travel experience bucket list and see how many you can check off together in each new location. What could be more fun?
2) You’re Less Likely to Get Homesick
Some nurses are afraid to try a travel assignment because they are worried about being lonely in an unfamiliar location for weeks or months at a time. That won’t happen if you bring your partner! Even if your partner doesn’t work with you, you’ll still have him or her to come home to at the end of the day. If you’re lucky, you may even be welcomed with a warm bubble bath, a homemade meal or surprise plans for an exciting date night. Instead of longing for these things while you’re away, you can make them happen each and every day.
3) You May Be a Better Employee
Assuming you’ve chosen wisely, you are happier and more confident when your partner is nearby. You are generally in a better mood, get more sleep, and make healthier nutrition and exercise choices. Or who knows, maybe you make worse choices, but you enjoy them all the same. The point is, you are doing these things together, as partners, and it is likely making you more content and satisfied with life in general. And that cheerfulness will carry over into your work life, which will have the added benefit of making you a better employee.
4) You Might Double Your Housing Stipend
If both your and your partner’s travel assignments include a housing stipend, you could have double the amount of money to work with. That may mean a bigger house or apartment, a more desirable location, or additional amenities. Maybe you’ll want to rent a place downtown, in the middle of all the action, or a place near the beach. Depending on what city your travel assignment is located in, a doubled housing stipend could make a huge difference in your quality of life.
5) You Have an Ally at Work
If you’re not the most outgoing person – and sometimes even when you are -- starting a new travel assignment every few weeks or months can be intimidating. New coworkers, an unfamiliar clinical setting, and processes and technology that may be different than what you’re used to can be overwhelming at first. Unless… you have a partner who is going through the exact same thing. If your partner is working in the same facility as you, you can vent your frustrations to and bounce ideas off each other. Nurses often find themselves experiencing unique situations that can be difficult to discuss with someone who isn’t “in the biz.” If your partner is on assignment with you, this won’t ever be an issue. Even if your partner isn’t on assignment with you, they know you better than most people and know how to listen when you need it.