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3 Steps to Starting Travel Therapy in 3 Months

3 Steps to Starting Travel Therapy in 3 Months Abruptly bouncing into travel physical therapy is not necessarily the best strategy for success during your first contract, but then again not every situation can be ideally planned out.  A surprising number of travelers have had to tackle this tasks in an abbreviated time frame.  For…

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6 Steps to Start Travel Therapy in 6 Months

6 Steps to Start Travel Therapy in 6 Months When we first were contemplating making a monumental career move by plunging into the travel therapy world, we felt totally and utterly overwhelmed. As I am sure many of you pondering the same transition are.  So many moving pieces.  So many options.  So many potential screw…

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Tackling Tough Contracts

Tackling Tough Contracts 3 Simple tips to always make the most out of a tough contract *Disclaimer – If a facility is truly doing something illegal or unethical please by all means follow the proper procedures and report them.  This post is meant for the jobs that are simply less than ideal but not egregious…

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So They Say You Can’t Travel With Kids…

So They Say You Can’t Travel With Kids… The finer points of being pregnant while traveling. Who else has heard the phrase, “you’re so lucky you can do this before you have kids”, or “take advantage of it now while you can”, or other such phrases insinuating that traveling (and life) is over once you…

The Travelers Anthem

The Travelers Anthem “A-a-aye, I’m on vacation Every single day ’cause I love my occupation..” The bouncy reggae beat is a stark contrast to the drab and dingy semi-lifeless feel of the nursing home hallways.  In the facility that I am currently working, nearly every member of the rehab team spends a hefty portion of…

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Top 5 Misconceptions of Travel Therapy

Top 5 Misconceptions of Travel Therapy As interest in travel therapy grows so too does the tales of its pros and cons.  In this post we will breakdown the top 5 misconceptions of travel therapy and travel therapists.  1. Assignments or Placements One of the main focal points of this site has been, and always…

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Travelers as Leaders

Travelers as Leaders Why and How Travelers can be Leaders “Oh, you’re a Travel therapist…” – the words dripping with so much disrespect that they are bordering disdain.  Plunk. We have been categorized and judged, dropped into the mental bucket labeled “just another traveler” and cast aside.  This is the reception we receive at nearly…

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Pursuing Professional Development as a Traveler

Pursuing Professional Development as a Traveler: Growing as a Clinician and Knocking out CEUs Finding, signing up for, and then following through to complete professional development courses that are in your area of interest is a serious challenge when you don’t know what corner of the country you’ll be living in next! Sometimes it is…

Travel PT 101 – What is travel therapy?

Travel PT 101 – What is travel therapy? Recently we have been receiving emails from potential travelers, often PT students, requesting some basic information regarding what is travel PT? To answer that very broad question I have decided to take an abbreviated approach and list out the basics of travel physical therapy.  Also included at…

Therapists Guide to Career and Income Growth

Make More Money The Travel Therapists Guide to Career and Income Growth We are so excited to FINALLY be able to share this with you! After sorting through tons of email and questions on social media I have decided to put all of our most successful strategies in one book, just for you! “Steve’s advice…

The 5 Foundational Skills of PT

The 5 Foundational Skills of PT In the diverse and fast-moving world of travel PT there are countless clinical settings and patient presentations that will confront you.   Across the board there are 5 essential clinical skills that every therapist, travel or otherwise, need to cultivate.   1. Systematic Thinking Any long time reader of my…

Student Loans?  What Student Loans?

Student Loans?  What Student Loans? BOOYA! How does a pair of wide-eyed PTs go from $200K in student loan debt to debt free in less than 2 years?  Travel PT! Heres the scoop. Ellen and I met in PT school back in 2008.  We graduated as DPT’s in 2011 along with the 6-figure tab of…

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The End is Near-er

The End is Near-er When Contracts End Early Sometimes things don’t work out like they should. Plans change, emergencies arise, life happens. While thirteen weeks is the industry standard minimum contract, every so often, for a variety of reasons, contracts are shortened or even terminated.  In each situation there is a right and a wrong…

Teamwork Makes the Dream Work

Teamwork Makes the Dream Work -Travel therapy for travel teams- The travel therapy life is pretty incredible. Bouncing around to new places – new jobs – new friends – New Adventures! But it is no secret that life on the road alone can get, well…lonely. This is where travel teams come in. Simply a put…

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