Life of a Traveler - Leaving New Friends: Tips for Travel Nures


By The Gypsy Nurse Staff

September 30, 2016



Life of a Traveler – Leaving New Friends

The following is a guest article written by: Michelle Lane, CNA

I love to meet new people! Perhaps for me, that is the best part of being a traveler. Well, that, and the fact that I get to go to a new place every 13 weeks! I love the adventure of getting on the airplane- the final destination, somewhere I have never been!

I am a new traveler, fresh off my first contract, and not even 8 days into my new one. I spent 16 weeks in Seward, AK and I made some really great friends and I think that made it even more difficult when it came time to leave! Everyone, from my onsite manager, all the way down to the maintenance guy in my apartment building were the nicest people, so helpful and genuinely wanting to help and make my time in Seward the most enjoyable. They not only succeeded, it made it very difficult when it came time to leave.

Text, Twitter®, Facebook® and Email! Oh My!

In our modern age of technology we are afforded so many options to keep in touch with people! It is like “Instant Gratification”. We may be thousands of miles away from our new found friends by the 14th week of meeting them, but we are able to stay in contact instantly, when we choose to.

Through the invention of Facebook ® we can follow along in the lives of new and old friends, alike. You can send a text on their birthday by using wireless phones, or send and receive emails with pictures that you took of them while on assignment, and even follow them on Twitter® if you choose to. No longer do we have to wait weeks for a letter, or schedule a phone call when the rates are the lowest. Do you remember those days? (Or, did I just date myself? LOL) No way, we are of the technology age, baby! We can instantly keep in touch and maintain those new found friendships through so many options now!

It may not completely eliminate those feelings of sadness when it does come time to leave your new friends, but it is now easier than ever to keep in touch and maintain those friendships for years to come! So go out there and meet people, Gypsies! The friendships do not end when the assignment does!

Happy Traveling, my friends!


Relationships while on the road can be a huge joy and a source of camaraderie. They can also blow up and cause drama and pain.  Relationships are a part of life.  The good ones, we want to hold onto forever and the bad…generally teach us something about ourselves if we are willing to take a minute to reflect on them. “Scrubbing In” a recent MTV reality series reflects both the good and bad in some of these relationships.

Would you like to share with The Gypsy Nurse readers your experiences with relationships on the road?  Do you have a good or bad experience that left you reflecting on yourself or life?  How have the relationships you’ve experienced impacted your life, attitude or outlook? If you would like to share your Travel Nursing experiences, please submit HERE.


Provided by: Aya Healthcare

Our mission at Aya Healthcare is simple. When you’re happy, we’re happy. We put our heart and soul into creating the best possible travel nursing experience.  With over 10,000 open assignments spanning all 50 states we can place you where you want to go, like sunny San Diego or near your favorite aunt in her small, quaint town in Ohio.  We have an expert team to guide you and help you accomplish your travel nursing goals.  You need help with licensure, we do that. Want assistance relocating? We’re on it. Dream of showing up to a beautiful, fully furnished apartment in your new city without lifting a finger? Done.

Let’s be honest- for all of the wonderful things traveling brings, it can also come with a bump or two. We leverage our thoughtfulness, experience, and skills to not only smooth over these bumps but anticipate and prevent them so you can spend more time focusing on what you care about.  We even want to help you make friends and celebrate your birthday, so we send a pizza because co-workers workers quickly become friends over a hot slice of pizza! Rather than continue to tell you how great we are, we’d like to hear about what’s important to you. Feel free to give us a call and let us know! 

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