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14 Ways to Spend Your Valentine’s Day as a Travel Nurse

Whether you love Valentine’s Day or roll your eyes at every candy heart that crosses your path in February, you have to admit that it is a holiday worth celebrating! There are plenty of chill ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day and we have ideas for you as a travel nurse this holiday.

Because Valentine’s Day is a special occasion dedicated to celebrating love in all its forms, these ideas are for everyone, whether it’s to celebrate with a partner, travel nurse friends, yourself, or even your co-workers. Get ready to make priceless memories with low costing Valentine’s Day ideas.

1. Read a romance

This is an awesome way to spend a solo Valentine’s Day and you can find books in so many places for free. If you like holding an actual book in your hand, you can check out romance novels from the library or hit up a local book swap. If you want something instantly, Amazon’s Kindle store and your local library (which you can connect to through the Libby app) are stocked with tons of free ebooks that you can download on your e-reader, phone, or tablet. And if you’re into audiobooks, try out a free trial of Audible from Amazon or check out Spotify’s newest audiobook offerings.

2. Cook a dinner with love

You can treat yourself to a five-star meal minus the five-star restaurant reservation. Instead, opt for a homemade dinner with ingredients you already have on hand or that are easy to grab on your way home from your shift. You can cook solo or make it an activity to do with your Valentine of choice. Either way, be sure to throw on a great playlist, have your favorite beverage on hand, and maybe even light a few candles to set the perfect vibe. No matter what you make or with whom you make it, you’ll have cooked dinner with love.

3. Create a digital scrapbook

While travel nursing, memories are everything! Traditional scrapbooks can cost quite a bit (craft store supplies and printed photos add up) but there are multiple free online tools to help you design a virtual collection of photos, notes, and mementos. Canva and Smilebox are both free options to get you started! Make it extra-festive by sticking to a pink and red color scheme and only including the things you love—whatever that means to you. Scrapbook the wonderful cities you have visited, the patients you have helped, and the co-workers you have bonded with along the way!

This is also a great idea if you are celebrating with a long-distance partner. Make a digital scrapbook with your favorite memories to send to them on Valentine’s day – it will feel so special while you are living out your travel nurse adventures.

4. Have a spa night

As far as Valentine’s Day ideas go, this is arguably the most luxurious and loved idea of all, especially for travel nurses. Transform your space into a DIY luxury spa by drawing a relaxing bath, putting on a face mask, and pampering yourself with some self-care. No need to buy anything—whatever you have handy in the back of your bathroom cabinet will work just fine. Light a candle, put bubbles in your bath and you are ready to relax after a long shift.  

5. Watch your favorite rom-com

Maybe after your spa night, you’re ready for a rom-com and popcorn on the couch. Some classics like Bridget Jones’ Dairy, How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, and The Proposal are solid go-to options that never disappoint. If you want to bond with a new friend you made on your assignment, invite them over and enjoy the movie together!

6. Take time to journal

You don’t have to be William Shakespeare to put your feelings into words. You could write letters to loved ones or even letters to yourself this holiday. Mention the things you love about them, thank them for all they’ve done for you, or talk about the future you’re going to create together. If the idea of baring your soul sounds too intimidating, you could always go the lighthearted route and send a simple poem.  Either way, be sure to write your masterpiece down to give as a gift!

7. Host a themed movie night

Elevate your standard “Netflix and chill” time with a theme to make a night with your friends! Start with choosing a theme: You could go with classic films like Breakfast at Tiffany’s and Singin’ in the Rain, rom-com flicks like When Harry Met Sally and How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, or even an anti-love lineup of slasher films. To add to the night, create a playlist of on-theme songs to play before the movies begin and serve on-theme snacks and drinks. Think: Heart-shaped brownies if you’re watching romantic movies or Bloody Marys if you’re opting for horror.

8. Attend a free event

Whether you are on an assignment in a big city or a small town, there are likely some free local events you can take advantage of. Check out your newspaper, neighborhood message boards, or Facebook groups to see what’s going on. There are often Valentine’s paint nights, live music, dance lessons, street festivals, and more to celebrate the holiday. While you are away from home, this will help you explore your new city and meet new friends.  

9. Do karaoke in your living room

Even if you don’t have a karaoke mic, there is nothing better than singing your heart out from the comfort of your own home. Just queue up some YouTube lyric videos of your favorite songs, make some space in your living room for your “stage,” and put on the performance of a lifetime. You could sing love songs or rock out to all of Kelly Clarkson’s heartbreak anthems.

10. Bake a Valentine’s Day treat

Embrace the sweet side of the holiday by whipping up some delectable Valentine’s Day-themed treats, whether they’re heart-shaped cookies, cupcakes adorned with pink sprinkles, or a red velvet cheesecake. Not only do you get to eat something delicious, but your kitchen will smell amazing for hours on end. Bring your baked goods in for your next shift and co-workers will love you – if baking is not doable in your travel nurse schedule, find a local bakery to try and save yourself some time!

11. Have a picnic

Picnics are highly underrated date activities. They’re cute, cozy, and feel like a real novelty, which makes them one of the best Valentine’s Day ideas, especially if you are on an assignment somewhere with warm weather this time of year. Take your celebrations outside by having a picnic in a nearby park or even in your backyard. If your location has brutal winters, have a picnic right in your living room! Pack some homemade snacks, some wine, and a cozy blanket, and enjoy the simple pleasure of company or the peace of your solitude.

12. Do a Valentine’s Day craft

All you need is Wi-Fi access and a working printer to make your own V-Day fun. There are all kinds of free printables available online, including coloring pages, puzzles, games, crafts, and Valentine’s Day cards—and no, they aren’t just for kids. Check out Pinterest, websites like HP Printables, or your favorite DIY blog to find a few you love. Whether you’re partnered or celebrating solo, these ideas will provide a creative outlet and hours of entertainment.

13. Watch the sunrise or sunset

When was the last time you woke up just to watch the sunrise or paused in the evening to take in the sunset? Celebrate Valentine’s Day by taking in one of the world’s natural masterpieces and experiencing wherever you are on your travel nurse assignment. Simple and timeless Valentine’s Day ideas like this can allow you a moment for reflection and gratitude for all the simple pleasures life has to offer. Grab a fluffy blanket to lay out on the ground, or queue up a calming, romantic playlist as you watch from your car.

14. Stay in bed

Sometimes, the best way to spend Valentine’s Day is to indulge in some rest. If you are off of work, take advantage of it. Catching up on sleep after a long week, reading a book, calling home and catching up with family and friends are ways to fill your cup when you are off work. If you want to make a stunning breakfast-in-bed platter, go right ahead, or if you want to reheat your leftover pizza and eat popcorn all day, that’s your choice! Do what you love – No judgment.

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