For decades, Staff Care has connected doctors and clinicians with great career opportunities nationwide. For healthcare professionals who embrace the travel part of the Locums Lifestyle, we offer this exclusive series of locum tenens travel tips.
If you're scheduled for a lengthy layover or find yourself facing a delayed flight, turn a potential annoyance into a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity: Seize the potential of the Locums Lifestyle and spend a night or two exploring a great American city.
Some locum travelers may even choose to book flights with extended layovers to give themselves a chance to take a mini-vacation. Particularly for doctors and practitioners working hard to keep America's rural communities healthy, spending a day or two in the city and indulging in the chance to shop, dine, and sightsee can offer a helpful change of pace.
With that in mind, here's some info on what you can expect in some of America's most common airport hubs, and a few tips on great places to check out if you decide to do some exploring. Happy Travels!
7 Airport Hubs Worthy of a Locum City Break
1. Atlanta. Accommodating 104,171,935 passengers in 2016, Atlanta was not just the busiest airport in the United States, but the busiest in the world, says Airport trade group Airports Council International (via USA Today). If you find yourself unexpectedly delayed in Atlanta, consider spending the night and seeing the sights. Suggested Site: The Georgia Aquarium is the largest aquariums in the world!
2. Seattle. Travel-hostile weather can strike any place, any time — but Seattle-Tacoma (SeaTac) is particularly susceptible, frequently facing shutdowns caused by snowstorms and other weather events. Suggested Site: If you decide to stick around, you can’t visit Seattle without seeing the iconic Space Needle, and it's easily accessible from downtown.
3. Chicago. O'Hare is the nation's third-busiest airport (and the world's sixth). Like Seattle and Denver, the airport is among the hardest-hit by weather disturbances and delays. But as one of the nation's biggest urban centers, it also has much to offer, even if the visit is brief. Suggested Site: The views are amazing at the Chicago Skydeck!
4. Philadelphia. More and more flights are being ushered through the bustling Philadelphia International Airport as the once-beleaguered airport reports growing traffic "after a decade of spotty growth". Suggested Site: Don't miss the Liberty Bell, a historic symbol of American Freedom!
5. Boston. Expect Logan International Airport to get even busier in the years to come, as the state begins a $45 million improvement plan. Suggested Site: Walk the Freedom Trail — it passes by 16 locations significant to the history of the United States.
6. Houston. Houston Bush Intercontinental (IAH) is the world's twelfth-largest airport and a common stop between flight changes. Suggested Site: Check out the Space Center Houston, a nonprofit "gateway to NASA Johnson Space Center and Houston's only Smithsonian Affiliate museum."
7. San Francisco. Considered a "destination airport," SFO itself has more than enough to keep most travelers occupied during unexpected flight delays. Suggested Site: If you do venture out into the city, don't pass up the chance to see the Golden Gate Bridge in person!
Remember, the best way to ensure a happy, smooth trip is to be patient, and always expect the unexpected. If you embrace the chance to get to know the cities around America's busiest airport hubs, you'll find yourself face to face with some amazing experiences.
Check out more tips on what to do in case of flight delays here, and visit our State Spotlights series for even more locum travel destinations.
Got any other questions about common airport hubs? Interested in more flight tips? As always, a friendly and knowledgeable Staff Care representative is standing by! You can always contact your recruiter directly, contact us via this form or call (800) 685-2272.
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