5 Ways to Make Detroit Feel Like Home for the Holidays
One of the hardest things about travel nursing might be when your assignment takes you away from home for the holidays. Even if your family travels with you, there’s still something about waking up in a strange place that just doesn’t feel quite homey.
But no matter where you are, the excitement of a new city is still one of the best things about travel nursing. And with a little effort, you might just be able to make your temporary home feel like, well, home.
Here are 5 things Travel Nurses do that make Detroit feel like home this holiday season:
1. America’s Thanksgiving Parade
Kick off the holiday season with America’s Thanksgiving Parade. Music, floats, giant balloons, and entertainment travel a two-mile route down historic Woodward Avenue. Starting at the Detroit Institute of Arts, the parade passes cultural and historical sites like the home stadiums of four of Detroit’s professional sports teams, the historic Fox Theater, the stunning Art Deco Guardian Building, The Spirit of Detroit statue, and more.
2. Ice Skating at Campus Martius Park
In the heart of downtown, Campus Martius Park is a winter wonderland in the colder months. Beginning with the annual Detroit Tree Lighting Ceremony in late November, which features a 60-foot Norway Spruce, the popular park provides fun, entertainment, and an ice-skating rink larger than another famous rink in New York City. It’s a perfect place to get your merry on.
3. Beacon Park
Partnering with Campus Martius Park to kick off the holiday season, Light up Beacon Park features the Detroit Children’s Tree, horse and carriage rides, and a heated tent dressed up inside like a ski lodge where you can warm up. Throughout the season, Beacon Park features game nights, football game watch parties, an Ugly Christmas Sweater Silent Disco, Family Fun Day, and a New Year’s Eve Kids Countdown.
4. Sounds of the Season
Music is in Detroit’s soul, and the holiday season doesn’t disappoint. A few of this year’s highlights include the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, a Mannheim Steamroller Christmas, Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas musical, Cirque Dreams Holidaze, and Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker. And nothing says “welcome home” quite like the Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s traditional Home for the Holidays concerts.
5. Holiday Markets
Detroit hosts several seasonal markets for festive shopping downtown.
Glass sheds at Cadillac Square and Capitol Park feature seasonal items, clothing, gourmet treats, handmade items, and more. And Detroit’s most loved way to spend a Saturday, Eastern Market, hosts six special Holiday Market days. They feature food, gifts, and Michigan made products, making an already magical Detroit tradition even more special.
But pack your winter boots and parka — winter is cold in Detroit! There’s no doubt, however, that it’s worth it. You’ll find enough food, entertainment, and shopping to make Detroit one of your favorite assignments.
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With travel nurses in high demand, travel nursing salaries are often higher than the salaries of the permanent hospital staff. If you want to fill your wallet and your desire for adventure, travel nursing might be the right fit for you. When picking a travel nursing placement, salary is one of the main considerations for a lot of people because no one wants to be financially stressed on top of moving to a new city.
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Travel nursing is the best way to take a vacation, but why not get paid to do what you love and fuel your travels. We’ve narrowed down some of the best beaches that you can spend your time at when you aren’t on the clock. Read more to learn about some of the best places you can be a nurse and stick your toes in the sand with the help of Stability.
When you close your eyes and envision a beautiful sunshine-filled beach stretching across the turquoise ocean, Waikiki Beach in Oahu is likely almost an exact replica of what you are imagining. Stretching two-miles of white sand coast, Waikiki is one of the world’s most famous beaches. Not only does this beach offer typical beach activities like swimming and surfing, but because it is right along the city of Honolulu, the opportunities are endless. From the Waikiki Aquarium to incredible restaurants, this beach is sure to work for whatever mood you may be in.
Honolulu has been named the best beach in the USA and the best island in Hawaii by US News. The best part is, there are plenty of nursing placements available in Honolulu including The Queen’s Medical Center, Kaiser Permanente Moanalua Medical Center, Hawaii Pacific Health, and more. Honolulu offers the perfect blend of urban landscape and activity filled beaches.
And of course Waikiki isn’t the only beach in Honolulu, so taking a placement here would give you plenty of opportunities to explore what Oahu has to offer.
The Florida Keys
Having one of the longest coastlines in the country (second to Alaska), everyone knows that Florida is home to many beach lovers. Some of Florida’s best beaches lie in the southern part of the state. Stability has a variety of Southern Florida placements from Boca Raton down to Key West.
Home to miles of uninterrupted coast, we find our favorite Florida beaches at the most southern point of the state in Key West. Travel Channel named Key West one of Florida’s best beaches and we have to agree! The Florida Keys are home to many islands and sandy beaches. Our favorite beach, located conveniently minutes from the airport, is Smathers Beach. This is the most popular beach in Key West, and rightfully so. This sandy beach is the perfect location for a day lounging by the sea or a day full of activities. If you’re feeling adventurous you can go parasailing or kayaking to see the beach from a new perspective.
Flying under the radar, Little Torch Key is an island off of the main part of Key West, which makes for the perfect day trip to relax and enjoy some tranquil beach time on your day off. Travel nursing provides the perfect opportunity to explore with a flexible work schedule.
Last but not least, is Central California. Many people think that Southern California is home to all of the Golden State’s best beaches, but the beautiful spots don’t just end there.
With placements sprawling all along the California coast, Santa Cruz is the perfect place for someone seeking regular trips to the beach. Because Central California has a more rocky coastline, many popular beaches are tucked in the nooks and crannies of the cliffs. Panther Beach is one of the Coast Dairies State Park beaches and is a great beach for hanging out with friends and enjoying the sun. It is a little tricky to get to, but is well worth the trek because at low tide another beach called Hole-In-The-Wall becomes accessible through an opening in the rock wall on the south end of the beach.
Santa Cruz alone has over 30 beaches and if that isn’t enough to fill your beach needs, there are plenty more options up and down the coast if you don’t mind a little driving. One of the most beautiful coastal spots in California is Big Sur, and it is a perfect place to take a day trip on your day off.
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Do you ever spend your days dreaming about what it would be like to spend a day in the life of a nurse on Grey’s Anatomy? Considering that it is a fictional tv show, that might be impossible, but taking a travel nursing job in Seattle might be the next best thing.
A city fueled by coffee, umbrellas, rock ‘n roll, and lately a booming tech scene, Seattle is one of the most desirable cities to reside in according to Niche. It’s filled with quirky neighborhoods and picturesque Pacific Northwest views. The city is home to several major hospitals including Harborview, Swedish, Providence, Northwestern, Virginia Mason, University of Washington Medical Center, and a couple more making this an ideal option for travel nursing.
The University of Washington Medical Center is a large draw for many nurses. It has been ranked nationally in several categories by US News and has been designated an Aetna Institute of Quality for Cardiac Medical Intervention. Their large focus on cardiac cases makes Seattle an especially great fit for those who specialize in this area. With its connection to UW as a teaching hospital, it is a great place to work. It allows you to both share your wealth of knowledge and learn more in your specialty.
The average weekly payment for a travel nurse placed in Seattle can range anywhere from $1,300 to $1,800. Check out placements on Stability to see more! These competitive wages make both living in the city possible and allow for some extra cash to take advantage of the city’s amazing food culture and other activities.
With so much to do in Seattle, there is a new way to fill every one of your days off. Seattle’s food scene is filled with all sorts of goodies– from Asian cuisine to fresh seafood. Check out Foo Lam for some of the city’s best Dim Sum and Westward for some specialty seafood dishes. There are many neighborhoods to be explored from Capitol Hill to Fremont, where you might even find a troll!
A day off in Seattle might start at Storyville for a cup of coffee to go as you hop in the car and drive out to see the picturesque Snoqualmie falls just outside the city. After a short walk to the falls, you could go hike the nearby Tiger Mountain or head back to the city for some lunch at Pike Place Market. End your day with a bang by hitting the town to see a one of your favorite bands playing a concert at Neumos.
As if Seattle and its surrounding areas weren’t enough to keep you busy, planning a weekend getaway is easy thanks to the city being conveniently located in between Portland, OR and Vancouver, BC.
When deciding what time may be best to head to the Pacific Northwest, it really just depends on how much you can handle the gloomy weather. If clouds and rain aren’t an issue for you, then its an open calendar. On the other hand, if you aren’t sure about the constant drizzle the safest time to plan your placement is probably in the summer months.
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Travel nursing provides the perfect opportunity to adventure and explore places you’ve never seen before. It also is a great way to be in a place long enough to fully grasp what a city or town has to offer.
For those more outdoor inclined, there are countless placements that will give you a chance to see what Mother Nature has to offer. From the beaches to the forest, here are some of the best cities that will fulfill your nature needs:
Nestled in between the plains and the mountains lies the city of Denver. As Denver grows, there are ample job opportunities for nurses. Just because this city is growing in urban terrain doesn’t mean that any of the surrounding natural wonders are diminished. Within the city, the Platte river allows for access to kayaking and more water-based activities right at your fingertips. Want more? Right outside the city new adventures await in every direction.
Satisfy your nature needs
- Explore everything that Red Rocks has to offer.
- Ride the The Winter Park Express ski train to the Rocky Mountains.
- Bike, jog, or kayak along the South Platte River.
- Take a weekend trip to Glenwood Springs to experience the natural hot springs and hike Hanging Lake.
Click here to find current placements in Denver.
Weekly Pay Estimate: $800-$1,600
The city of Billings, Montana is the ideal place for someone who wants that small town feel, but with the plethora of activities that a big city offers. Montana is a state rich in nature and history. Depending on the time of year, you could spend your days skiing, or hiking in the sunshine. Listing all of the places and things to do outside in and around Billings would require its own article, so we’ve narrowed down a few options to help you get the picture.
Satisfy your nature needs
- Take a day trip and go float or fly fishing in the Yellowstone River.
- Explore caves filled with prehistoric pictographs in Pictograph Cave State Park.
- Visit Pompey’s Pillar.
- Watch the sunrise at The Rimrocks.
- Drive to Yellowstone National Park.
Click here to find current placements in Billings.
Weekly Pay Estimate: $1,300-$1,700
Situated on the edge of the mountains and high desert, Boise, Idaho is a hub for all sorts of outdoor opportunities. This inland city with a population of around 200,000 is more or less a hidden gem in terms of popular cities to live in. Despite its low profile, living in Boise gives you quick access to hiking and biking trails, rivers, streams, ski hills and mountains.
Satisfy your nature needs
- Ski at Bogus Basin.
- Walk or bike along the Boise Green Belt or float by its on the Boise River.
- Hike along the foothills on The Ridge to Rivers Trail System.
- Take a scenic drive to the Perrine Bridge that spans the Snake River Canyon.
Click here to find current placements in Boise.
Weekly Pay Estimate: $1,200-$1,600
The west coast is home to some of the best places for travel nurses and one of the hottest spots on the coast is San Diego. Filled with sunshine, tacos, farmers markets and nature, San Diego is sure to satisfy your daily dose of vitamin D.
When choosing a placement for your travel nursing adventure, San Diego should be high on the list. According to Livability, “the local economy continues to grow in sectors such as biotechnology, healthcare, international trade, research and tourism.” With a constantly growing healthcare environment, there are new opportunities for nurses opening up every day.
There are placements in all different specialties available now in San Diego, this is in part thanks to the several major hospitals and medical campuses in the city. There are plenty of options including Scripps Mercy Hospital, UC San Diego Medical Center, and Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center.
California has some of the most competitive nursing salaries in the game, San Diego’s hourly rate of $38.67 is well above the national average. These competitive wages will make sure you can enjoy however many tacos you want on Taco Tuesday. If the nursing perks aren’t enough to persuade you, maybe what this city has to offer will.
San Diego is a hub for culture, arts, nature and really great food. There are endless things to do in this coastal city, and even off the coast! Whether you are ready to strap on your hiking boots to hike the trails of Torrey Pines or strap on your seat belt and drive to the beautiful cliffs of La Jolla, San Diego has activities for all kinds of people.
One of San Diego’s most famous parks, Balboa Park, can fill up several of your days off. The list of this park’s attractions is lengthy, but includes 15 museums, four major performing arts centers, 19 gardens – including the Natural History Museum, the Botanical Building, the Alcazar Garden, and of course you can’t forget the famous San Diego Zoo. It doesn’t end at the attractions, you can grab a bite to eat (try fish tacos at The Prado) and do some shopping in the park as well.
You may think you’ve seen it all after exploring this massive park, however that is just a small chunk of what San Diego has to offer. Stroll through the Little Italy Mercato Farmers’ Market, grab brunch in Queenstown, hop on the ferry to Coronado and rent a bike to explore the island.
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You could spend six weeks eating your way through all the best restaurants, consuming way too much coffee, soaking up some nature, and have access Portland’s incredible medical campuses.
Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU) is one of the most prominent hospitals in America. OHSU the only health system in Oregon to be recognized in the US News and World Report’s Best Hospitals List and is constantly featured on “best of” lists. Not only was OHSU rated the number one hospital in Oregon by U.S. News, it also ranks among the best hospitals in the nation in seven different specialties including, Oncology, Cardiology, Diabetes, ENT, Geriatrics, Nephrology and Neurology.
Besides OHSU, Portland offers a wide variety of hospitals to choose from. Along with the technical care, almost all of the hospitals in Portland are teaching hospitals so you would get to work in an academic setting where you can constantly learn and assist others.
Aside from Portland’s hospital system, Portland is a great city to explore on your days off. Think of Portland this way: it is a bustling city, in the middle of a forest, an hour from the mountains, the coast, and the desert. In the City of Roses there is something guaranteed to steal a little part of everyone’s heart.
Portland is known for it’s beautiful forests and rivers, which allow for breathtaking walking and hiking trails. At 102 years old, one of the most famous Portland-area landmarks is Multnomah Falls located in the Columbia River Gorge located just 30 miles outside of the city. If you are looking for something a little closer, Forest Park is the biggest park in Portland– sprawling across 5,200 acres. This park offers more than 80 miles worth of trails, sure to keep you busy on your days off.
Feel like taking in the crisp Portland air, but aren’t committed to the idea of full on nature? You can take a stroll along the iconic Portland Waterfront and while you’re in the area you can cross a few things of your PDX bucket list. Grab lunch at one of the many food carts, devour a donut at Voodoo, grab a coffee at Stumptown, and spend the afternoon getting lost in the aisles of Powell’s Book Store.
The overflowing list of things to do in Portland doesn’t just end in the city limits. As mentioned before, Portland is just hours away from skiing at Mt. Hood or a weekend trip at Cannon Beach.
Whether it’s your passion for nature, your love for food, or just your passion for wanting to experience a new city, Portland is welcoming to anybody who is looking to call it home.
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