Let’s face it. Travel assignments are fun – you get to see a part of the country you wouldn’t normally visit, you meet new people, get new experience under you belt, but even the happiest travelers can get lonely during the holidays – especially if you are working.
If you will be spending time away from family this Thanksgiving, here are a few things to do, without missing out on any of the festivities the day is intended for.
What to do on Thanksgiving during a travel assignment
- Host your own “Friendsgiving” meal. This is a great time to get to know your co-workers and neighbors. Some of your co-workers could be in the same boat as you, and your neighbors if you’re in temporary housing. Talk to them about about a low-key dinner, encourage everyone to bring a dish. Don’t stress out over the meal – make it easy and get turkey breasts, boxed stuffing, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce and pre-made rolls.
- Eat out or Order in. Plenty of local restaurants offer special Thanksgiving meals. Heck – you could even get pizza or Chinese food. Be un-traditional!
- Volunteer. Churches, food banks, homeless shelters. Check out the local charitable groups for options in your area.
- Most importantly – Stay Connected. Even if you can’t go home for Thanksgiving, you can still be involved with your family back home. Send out messages on social media, video chat with family, share photographs of your day and have them do the same.
Taking time to meet new people, giving back to others, connecting with family with friends and relaxing are some of the best things you can do for yourself to make this a holiday to remember.