Locums Travel Guide: 9 Tips for Exploring a New City

Locums Travel Guide: 9 Tips for Exploring a New City

For decades, Staff Care has offered physicians, PAs, NPs, CRNAs and dentists with the best locum tenens assignments across the United States. Locums workers who embrace the travel side of locums work can find themselves working in a rich variety of locations from coast to coast. With that in mind, our Travel Tips series offers insider information designed to help make your next locums travel adventure everything you want it to be.

Travel and exploration are among the most exciting aspects of locum tenens work, but they don’t always come easy. We offer these eight travel tips to help you explore the city you currently call home. And remember, even if you’re working in a rural location, you may find it helpful to get away to the nearby city on occasion for some much deserved rest and relaxation — or, better yet, for some exploration and adventure!

Locum Tenens Travel Guide: 9 Tips for Exploring a New City

1. Check out the official tourism website. What better place to start when exploring a new city than the website dedicated to helping people do just that! A simple online search will yield a number of choices of websites offering travel information for any given city. Try to start with the city’s official website for the most reliable, unbiased source of information. (For smaller cities, try searching for the chamber of commerce.)

2. Read guidebooks and travel blogs. Guidebook series such as those offered by Lonely Planet, Rough Guide and Frommer’s aren’t as popular as they once were, their thunder largely stolen by the digital age and travel blogs. However, they can still be extremely valuable supplements to your explorations; they’re also usually available as downloadable files to your mobile device. And a quick online search will likely yield a number of local travel blogs with even more insight and advice about what to explore.

3. Take a guided tour. Virtually every destination offers a guided tour of some sort; often, these are based around the downtown or historic city center. If you’d like to get in touch with the local guided tour, pamphlets are readily available in most area hotels. You may also consider contacting the local chamber of commerce for more information.

4. Try a City Pass. In big cities, you‘ll often get discounts for multiple admissions to the local museums, tours, theater shows, parks, zoos, and sometimes even sporting events and festivals. Find out what’s available by asking a local tour guide — often sometimes found in booths or storefronts near the city center, or via an online search or the city’s chamber of commerce website.

5. Go to an event. From Oktoberfest to the 4th of July fireworks show, going to a local event will really give you a feel for a city, its culture, and its inhabitants. In the summer, festivals celebrating music, food, beer and other warm-weather diversions are abundant. In the cooler months, holiday celebrations and special seasonal dinners can be easily found. Check out the website for your local chamber of commerce for a full schedule.

6. Talk to the locals. There’s no better way to get to know a city than by speaking to the people who live there. Strike up a conversation with the locals you meet — at the local library, supermarket, cafe or pub — and ask them what they recommend in the way of events, parks or restaurants. They’ll usually be proud to offer you an insider’s perspective on their hometown.

7. Connect with people on social media. Ask your friends on Facebook, search hashtags on Twitter, or use the social networking tool of your choice to ask folks who have been there about the city you’ll be exploring. Seek out the people who live there now, or those who like to travel there, and you’ll get the best information.

8. Wander! Get lost! Sometimes the best finds are off the beaten path. If you’ve already seen the big-ticket attractions — or if you’re just not interested in them — take some time to walk or bike around the city’s parks and avenues. Many cities have extensive bike paths to explore; in some cities, those bike paths may even take you out of the city to a nearby state or national park, where you’ll find an entirely new area to explore.

9. Get out of your comfort zone. You’re in a new city — try something new! Give yourself an experience you’ve always dreamt about. Check with the local tour guides to see if there’s an activity you’ve always wanted to try — from a crash course in cooking the local cuisine to taking dance lessons, from volunteering at the local soup kitchen to going skydiving, the sky is literally the limit when it comes to gaining new experiences.

At Staff Care, we encourage our locums professionals to get the most out of their assignments by fully engaging with the communities where they work. If you have other tips for exploring a new city to add to our list, we’d love to hear them! Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+ or YouTube and join the conversation!

Do you have any questions about traveling on your next locum tenens assignment? As always, 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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