For decades, Staff Care has connected physicians and clinicians with exclusive locum tenens jobs throughout the United States. Thanks to our nationwide network of assignments, healthcare professionals who embrace the travel side of locums work can experience a rich variety of locations from coast to coast. Our Locum Travel Tips series offers insider information designed to help make your next locums travel experience everything you want it to be.
Another holiday season is upon us: For physicians and clinicians shifting locum tenens locations, or for those taking a break to visit friends and family, traveling during the holiday season can present a different set of challenges than at other times of the year. With that in mind, we offer the following rundown of holiday travel tips to help you get to your destinations with a minimum of stress, hassle and/or delay.
7 Tips for Holiday Travel for Locums Professionals
1. Get an Early Start. Flights and hotels fill up quickly around the holidays. Be sure to respond to your Staff Care Housing Account Executive/Travel Specialist as soon as possible with your preferred holiday travel plans.
2. Think Ahead. If you’re flying during the holidays, it’s best to avoid flights with connections in cities like Chicago, Denver or Boston — all notorious for flight delays and cancellations due to winter weather.
3. Pack Wisely. Things happen during travel, and luggage can sometimes get lost. Pack an extra set of clothes and any other important documents and necessities in a carry-on bag.
4. Chose an Early Flight. Try not to book the last flight of the day. If something does happen to go wrong — cancellations and delays aren’t unheard of during this time of year — you’ll want some extra time to catch a later flight to your destination. Read more about dealing with delayed or canceled flights here.
5. Don’t Wait Until the Last Minute. Be sure to schedule plenty of time to get to the airport. There’s generally a lot more traffic during the holiday season, and security lines can be unpredictably long. Plan accordingly to avoid the stress of rushing to catch a flight at the last minute.
6. Be Patient. Security lines are generally longer during the holiday season. If you find yourself in a long line that’s moving slowly — a reality any of the year — try to avoid becoming stressed or impatient. Some ways to forget about the wait are reading ebooks or listening to MP3s on your phone — although if you do this, you should also be careful to pay close attention to your surroundings and the line you’re in, too.
7. Sign Up for TSA Pre?®. Getting a TSA Pre-check number is a great way to zip through security. If you’re approval for pre-check, you won’t be required to remove your shoes, belt or jacket when passing through security (your laptop can stay in its bag, too).
Offered at more than 150 airports nationwide, most airlines participate in the program. “It costs just $85 for five years; you can learn more or sign up here,” as we explained in our recent article on airport security tips.
“Passengers considered low-risk who qualify for the program can receive expedited screening either as a member of the program or another specific trusted traveler group,” the TSA Pre? website explains.
On top of these holiday season travel tips, we encourage you to check out our earlier article on airport security tips for a rundown of additional airport coping tactics, like staying on top of airport updates and packing your carry-on bag.
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And if you have any questions about traveling on your next assignment, a friendly and knowledgeable Staff Care rep is standing by to answer any questions you may have. Contact your recruiter directly, contact us via this form, or call us now at (800) 685-2272.
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