One of the main attractions when working as a locum tenens provider is the opportunity to travel. Not only do you get to explore different types of medical settings, but there is also the chance to explore different parts of the country!
Unless you land a position in a city that you are familiar with, you may be a little unsure of how much adventure is really available for you on your new assignment. Luckily, we are here to help with three useful tips to assist you in making the most of a new city.
1. Research the city online
After giving yourself a nice pat on the back for landing a new locum tenens job, I suggest opening up your web browser and looking into the city where the job is located. While simply searching through Google is always a great first step, researching alternate sites like Pinterest or travel blogs may provide you with some great ideas. Blogs can sometimes be more difficult to find, but will provide more personal and informal views and tips on a wide variety of locations.
Some examples of travel blogs:
In addition to travel blogs, take a look at your new city’s official website. This website is meant to attract people to the city, so it will often have useful tabs, such as “Exploring the City” or “Things to do in (City)”. These websites can also be very helpful with discovering any upcoming events or networking groups that are going on during your stay.
2. Crowdsource your social networks
It may seem obvious, but asking your family and friends about the city you are going to can put a personal touch on your stay. They may know about the area or be able to connect you with friends or colleagues who do.
Casually posting on a social network site such as Facebook or Twitter can be valuable as well. I recommend something vague, such as “anyone ever been to Maine?” or “has anyone ever heard of Billings, Montana?” You’d be surprised to discover the places that your friends have been, or where they have connections. On that same note, I would caution against any sort of oversharing, such as when you are leaving or how long you will be gone, if you are going to be leaving your permanent residence unattended.
3. Ask the locals
Once you get to your new destination, don’t be shy! There is no reason to spend your free time in your hotel room when you can be out exploring. Talk to the grocery store clerk, speak to your waiter, ask the hotel front desk and just try to gather the most information you can about the area where you’re staying. These will be able to tell you the best restaurants, the best shopping, and the best weekend activities that the area has to offer. If you do find a fun event or group, try to use that resource and the people you meet to further network the area.
The world is a huge place with lots to discover. Locum tenens provides the unique opportunity to not only explore the country, but explore the adventurous spirit you may have never realized existed.