8 Places to Identify in Your New Destination After Relocating

Written by Rose Torrento on Thursday, November 21, 2019 Posted in Travel Nurse Tips

When you step out of the plane, train, or automobile at your new destination as a travel nurse, you’re a stranger in an unfamiliar place. It’s important to get your bearings as soon as possible, but where do you start? How do you get familiar with a new city quickly? The simplest way is to identify the must-visit, essential destinations ― places you’ll visit frequently or may need at a moment’s notice.


Locating a few specific places in your new city is crucial to getting acclimated. Not only will finding these places help you establish roots, it can also give you confidence as you navigate other transitions at the same time.

When you move to a new city, there are tons of places you’ll want to visit, but these eight destinations should be first. They play crucial roles in your new life.

  1. The facility where you’re assigned. Your job is the reason you’re in this new place to begin with. Look up the facility’s location before your first shift and take a test drive to ensure you’re able to get there without problems.
  2. Your home or apartment. Your apartment or house is your new home base. You should know where in the city it is and how to get there from your facility.
  3. The grocery store. You may have packed a lot for your move, but one thing you’ll need to stock up on is food. Finding a grocery store close to home makes getting the essentials easier and faster.
  4. Police and fire stations. While you can’t anticipate an emergency, you can get prepared by knowing where the closest emergency stations are. Scope out your local fire and police stations so you know where to go if something goes wrong.
  5. The post office. While you’re away on assignment, you might need to have your mail forwarded or use a P.O. box. Knowing where to go makes getting essential documents much easier.
  6. Public transport stops. If you didn’t bring your personal vehicle with you, you’ll need to rely on public transit to get around. Find the closest bus or rail stations to your home, work, and other essential destinations so you can plan your transit routes.
  7. A gym. Working out is a great way to relieve stress and stay in shape throughout an assignment. Whether you belong to a chain of gyms or need to find a local option, find one that’s close to work, home, or both to make exercising more convenient.
  8. Nearby entertainment. You won’t just be working, eating, and sleeping in this city for the rest of your assignment! Take time to find entertainment near your home and work like restaurants, movie theatres, and parks.

There are a few easy ways to find these eight destinations. Before your move, take time to research the city and around your address, so you go into the move with a plan and a general idea of what’s around.

Once you move, you can dive even further into exploring your city. Start by asking for recommendations from your coworkers and new friends. Then, hit the town on your own; take a quick driving tour, or wander through your neighborhood to see what you can find.

Moving to a new place can be scary but having a general sense of your city thanks to these eight destinations can make you feel much more comfortable and make it easier for you to explore further.

Exploring a new city is even more fun if it’s someplace you’ve always wanted to visit. If there’s a place in particular you’d love to go on assignment, contact your Health Providers Choice recruiter today. Contact us online or call us today at 888-299-9800.

About the Author

Rose Torrento

Rosemarie Torrento has worked in health care for more than 26 years, beginning as a registered nurse in 1988. Early in her nursing career, Torrento worked as a freelance contract nurse before accepting a position in nursing administration. During her 17-year tenure in that role, she oversaw nursing employment and travel nurse contracting at a Level 1 Trauma Hospital in Michigan. Understanding the challenges travel nurses faced, Torrento founded Health Providers Choice Inc. (HPC) in 2003. Through Torrento’s extensive experience and her role as President and CEO, HPC provides travel placement of registered nurses and allied health professionals to hospital systems nationally.