« news | Top 10 Reasons to Consider Travel Therapy (especially with Cariant Health Partners)
1. experience another city
You get to experience cities you otherwise probably would not. Sure you may visit, but living there and visiting are two different things. For example, when you visit San Francisco, you see the major sights and attractions, you do the tourist thing, and you go home. When you actually live there for three months or more, you get to experience all of Northern California, and discover the places that Locals frequent.
2. variety of settings
You get to work in a variety of hospitals, SNFs and clinics around the country. This helps to enhance your skills, learn different methods of care, meet fellow therapist and clinicians, and better your resume. Want to work at the next children’s hospital in the country? You can do it. Want to work at some of the top clinics? You can do it. Because of the seasonal need for therapists in various parts of the country, so much is possible.
3. make more money
Since your housing and other smaller expenses are usually paid for by the travel company, you actually make more money than when at home. When in your home city, you still have to pay rent, mortgage, light, water, etc. While traveling, these should be taken care of by the travel therapy company (Cariant does). This leaves you with food, fun and car expenses. Many travel therapy companies also provide health insurance that can offset those expenses.
4. make more friends
You get to meet new people and make more friends. Not only will you meet fellow travel therapists, but you will meet the regular staff therapists who make great sources of information about the local area. Then you can also meet your neighbors staying in the same apartment complex or rv park as you. Get close enough, and you will always have a place to stay if you decide to come back to the city once your assignment is over.
5. try before you buy
If you’re thinking of moving to a new city, traveling contracts gives you the ultimate way to check things out before you make the commitment. You can actually work at the hospital to which you are considering applying. You can check out the different neighborhoods. You can even start searching for an apartment or home to buy in the three months you will be there.
6. be the place to visit
You have the opportunity to have family and friends visit you in your new assignment location. Make your schedule so you have a few days off together, and you all can visit the sights together. It is much cheaper than taking a vacation.
7. avoid the politics
Every job has politics and so does every facility. While on assignment, you will see it happening but since you will be gone in a few weeks, you do not have to be bothered by office politics or get involved. You also get to avoid the meetings or classes in which the permanent staff has to participate. You get to just come in, do your work, and leave.
8. take someone along
You can travel with your family, a friend or another therapist. Many travel therapy companies, like Cariant, offer private housing. This is great if your spouse or a friend plans to go along. Many long-term travel therapists travel everywhere in their RV with their entire family, kids included.
9. be a snowbird
Thought you had to retire to get out of town during the cold winter? Fortunately, places that have higher populations during certain times of the year also need more therapists. Follow the country’s good weather by travelling seasonally. This is possible with Cariant.
10. build your resume and your self
Travel contracting is great to build your personal skills: communication, self-esteem, confidence, independence, etc. You become a better therapist by learning new ideas and skills. You make your own travel plans, you get to live on your own, you learn to stand up for yourself when the situation calls for it. You grow as a person in many, many ways.