It sounds like the best idea in the world. You find a buddy or a long-time acquaintance or other partner to join you in your next exciting trek across the country, taking on your next allied healthcare assignment.
But, in some cases, this can be more trouble than it's worth.
Here are some reasons to think about pursuing your next assignment on your own when moving to a new city.
Part of it is just simple math -- for two people, you'll need to account for extra food, extra expenses andtravel coordination.
Of course, if you're willing to take the trip with that person, it's probably worth it, but it's something to think about right at the outset.
In some cases, it's easier to go on your own, even if you're thinking you would love the companionship on the road. The same goes for pets -- you'll get a lot out of having your dog or cat with you, but if traveling to a new city is challenging for you personally, the same could go for your pet!
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Another plus of forging out on your own is that you'll be able to set your itinerary exactly according to what you like and prefer.
In most big cities, there's a lot to do -- in fact, it can get downright overwhelming. Between sporting events, nightlife, museums, possible seaside excursions and more, there are going to be some difficult choices to make about how to spend your time.
If you must make those choices with a partner, it can be a lot harder to make sure you're optimizing your time the way you want. This is another compelling reason to think about solo exploration when you're traveling to a fascinating city like Boston or anywhere else for your next medical job.
Human Psychology is Hard
You also must think about the close quarters that you're going to have with any companion on the road.
You might really like somebody, or even love them, but that doesn't mean you want to take a road trip together or cohabitate with them into the near future. In some cases, yes, it makes sense to take someone along, in fact we documented why you SHOULD bring a friend on your next assignment on our blog last month, but before making the decision to bring a best friend on a 13-week assignment, be sure to truly think about the decision.
In the end, it's your choice to make.
If you have a great relationship and you'd like to bring someone along, that can be great -- just think about how the trip is going to work and plan it out ahead to have a much smoother experience.
Apply for Your Next Travel Assignment with Cross Country Allied
Search for next opportunity with Cross Country Allied and choose where you’d like to go on your next travel assignment. If you decide to go alone, we can help with travel and housing arrangements, or you can plan it yourself. Apply online or contact us to speak with our team.
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