Traveling with your family is definitely possible! There are a huge number of travel professionals who bring their entire crew with them to every location – spouse, kids, pets, and even parents! With a little planning on your end, your entire family can adventure together.
Here are some tips to make traveling with your family a breeze.
- Pick a safe location – When you’re talking with your recruiter about your next assignment, make sure they know you are planning on bringing your family with you. They should know the ages of your children and any other important details. They can help you find a location that is safe for your children and might even be able to connect you with a traveler that’s been-there-done-that location before. Recruiters can help you do some digging to find out whether the assignment will be a good fit for your family situation. Ask all the questions you need to in order to feel comfortable. The last thing you want is to be worrying about your family’s safety while you’re on shift.
- Find child-friendly housing – Not only will you want to make sure you have enough room for the kiddos, but you’ll want to find housing that is around some fun things. Look for an apartment or house to rent with a playground or near some walking trails. You probably won’t pack a ton of toys for each assignment, so picking a good location can go a long way towards entertaining them while you’re working.
- Work out childcare options – Having a few daycare options in your pocket is always a good idea. Even if you have a spouse or nanny to watch your kids while you work, it’s smart to have a few options in case of an emergency. You never know what might pop up while you’re on assignment. Make sure you look at options that will be open for those long 12-hour shifts if you really need it and have their contact information ready to go!
- Schooling – If you have school-aged children, the biggest hurdle to jump through before you leave will be working out school options. Do you want to enroll your kid in a new school every few months? Or do you want to try homeschooling them on the road? Some traveling nurses just take their kids with them during their summer vacation. It gives their kids the opportunity to explore a new place and they don’t have to worry about school! Pick what works best for your family and plan it out ahead of time so both you and your kids know what to expect when you hit the road.
- Adventure on your off days – One of the best parts of traveling is getting to experience an entirely new location every few months. Find some fun adventures to go on with the whole family and take lots of pictures. Do historical tours and learn about the town’s history or go on a hike in the local park. Find the best local restaurants and don’t forget to grab some fun souvenirs. Make a family bucket list and start checking off those boxes!
Bringing your family on your travel nurse assignment can be a blast and it’s not as difficult as it sounds. With a little bit of planning and research, your spouse, kids, parents, and even your pets will have a great time, no matter where you go!