How to spend a long holiday weekend in a new city

Make an adventure of checking out a craft market in a different part of the city from where you're working.

Make an adventure of checking out a craft market in a different part of the city from where you’re working.

Traveling during long holiday weekends always feels extra special. However, if you’re just settling into a new city, it can quickly turn into an overwhelming or lonely experience. Whether you’re traveling solo or embarking on an adventure with your family, you can make some unforgettable memories in your new home, sometimes it just takes a little extra motivation. Here are the best ways to experience a new city on a holiday weekend:

There’s always local events on a holiday

Local events, whether they’re music showcases or Christmas markets, can tell you a lot about your new city. How do you find these events? Facebook has been working hard to update its algorithm to find events near you, according to USA Today.

This is especially helpful if you’re not sure where to begin and you live in a bigger metropolis. Be sure to mention it to other nurses – they can likely offer additional information about their favorite activities. Make an adventure of checking out a craft market in a different part of the city from where you’re working. Or pop by the local craft festival and enjoy a cup of cocoa after your shift. And who knows? You could meet some friendly locals who are more than happy to give you the inside scoop on area attractions.

Volunteer for a good cause

Volunteering is a great way to spend the holidays.Volunteering is a great way to spend the holidays.

Taking a long holiday break lets you take a moment to be grateful for what you have – and give back to your new community. Checking out the local newspaper can be a wonderful place to start when looking for opportunities, whether it’s for the local food bank or as an usher for the community theater. The added benefit is that you’ll have a chance to meet some locals who you already have something in common with. They’re also usually great sources for recommendations for activities in your new city.

Take advantage of “Meetup” groups 

Going to a new city during a long holiday weekend likely means you won’t be near family to celebrate. That can make anyone feel lonely. Grab a cup of coffee with another traveling nurse (they’re new, too), or seek out like-minded travelers on Facebook, Meetup or AllNurses.com to minimize your holiday-weekend blues.

Take it slow

It’s tempting to try to everything at once, especially if you’re only in a city for a shorter visit. However, as Inc. writer Jessica Stillman noted, major holidays are one of the easiest times to do too much. With only a few days to fit in a long list of activities, it’s tempting to create an overflowing schedule filled with a long list of to-dos. That will quickly create a stressed-out trip. Instead, schedule in some relaxation time: Stay in with a book or a movie a few nights per week to recuperate.

Living in a new city is the start of an adventure, no matter the time of year. To make the most of your time there, find the balance between going out and staying in at home.