Has the idea of setting out on the open road excited you? Has it also frightened you? Both are perfectly natural reactions, but both can be managed to allow you to have a wonderful travel nursing experience at any stage of your career. If you’re wondering how to stay in touch with friends and family while you’re on assignment, there are some things you can do that are easier than you think. Here are just a few ideas to get you started.
- Discuss plans before you go.
The more your loved ones know and can expect from your time away, the better they’ll feel about it. As soon as you know when and where you’re going, communicate it with your friends and family. Talk to them about your plans, where you’re going to live, what you’re going to do, and how you plan to keep in touch.
- Stay connected online.
The truth is, it’s so much easy to stay in touch in this era of social media. You can email your loved ones a weekly newsletter to let them know what you’re up to. Or you can create a Facebook group just for your friends and family to follow your adventures and stay in touch with you regularly.
- Share your story.
There have been plenty of examples of this. One was a newsletter a travel nurse in Hawaii decided to send to their friends and family once a week. Their writing style was hilarious and they often talked about the adventures they were having in a tongue-in-cheek kind of way. Like, “Today, went to a volcano. Tried to sacrifice myself to it, but the volcano rejected me.”
- Arrange visits back home.
Depending on where you are and the time frame you’ll be gone, try to plan some trips home on your days off. You can do this as much or as little as works with your specific schedule. This may be more important around holidays if it can work with your schedule. You can set aside some money to pay for plane tickets if you need to fly back.
- Send tokens.
Some people have the love languages of gifts. So why not celebrate your time away by commemorating it with small tokens and souvenirs to bring back to your friends and family. Choose things that remind you of them or that have special meaning or purpose for you and your loved ones.