Our travelers do a lot of cool things. Completing triathlon goals in every state, running Disney marathons and climbing 14ers to name a few. We recently learned all about IRONMAN triathlons thanks to travel therapist Joe R., PT. He worked a Wisconsin travel contract while training hours a day for the 2018 IRONMAN Wisconsin.
Recruiter Kari Broderick asked Joe about how he got started and how he trains:
I originally got involved with endurance sports while in high school through a great running program in both track and cross country. It led me to my first sprint triathlon at the ripe age of 16. Ten years later and I’m on the cusp of competing in my second IRONMAN here in the beautiful state of Wisconsin.
In the fall of 2014, shortly after my graduation from physical therapy school in May, I found myself driving across the country to begin my first travel assignment. Until I began packing up the car for my trip from New York to Kansas, I never realized how much “stuff” I owned. Over the past four years of working as a traveling physical therapist, I’ve learned a lot of things; about myself, my profession and so many new places, but the most eye-opening revelation over the course of my short career has been the discovery about what is worth prioritizing and the benefits of a minimalist lifestyle. Read more »
For outdoor enthusiasts some states where you can find travel therapy and travel nursing work make for a match made in heaven. Check out these top states for travelers who enjoy spending time outdoors:
There’s something to be said about enjoying crisp mountain air while putting on your skis or snowshoes. Winter travel contracts are most competitive. Luckily, all year round you can find something to do outdoors in this state. Read more »
Will work for travel. That’s a slogan we use a lot around here. We love it because travelers WORK hard. You worked hard to earn your healthcare degree. Most of you are working hard to pay off student loans. And for 13 weeks you work hard to be of service to each and every patient who entrusts you with their care. Then you pack it all up, move, and do it again. That’s hard work.
We like working hard and being of service too. It’s basically our entire job. To be of service and support the healthcare professionals who work here. We like to think it’s why we connect so well with the travelers who choose Cariant. They get it. The being of service. The balance of play (or travel) with the responsibility of being as helpful as you can to whoever needs that help.
We work hard for you. You work hard for patients. You work to travel.
If you want to learn more about our philosophy, and hopefully have a conversation or two, you can find our team at AOTA in Salt Lake City this week, and at schools and national shows throughout the year.
And of course you can always find us here, working hard. Just like you.
It’s a well-debated topic regarding travel therapy—what point in your career is the best time for it? We know in reality it comes down to personal choice, but looking at the different travelers we’ve worked with over the past 16 years, we can confidently say that any point in a therapy career can be a good time to try travel therapy.
New Grad Travel Therapy
Cariant specializes in introducing new therapy graduates to the world of travel therapy. Working multiple contracts in a year allows you to gain valuable experience with different settings, sizes of facilities, patient demographics, Read more »
Arizona is a beautiful state. We know because we’ve seen the pictures from our travelers’ adventures! If you haven’t yet made it to this southwest state, you’ll find much to see and do. Add these tourist locations to your bucket list:
Guided tours are required to see this sandstone formation. And to experience the Read more »
Unless you were referred to a specific recruiter by a traveler, or you are proactively reading recruiter bios to find someone you’d like to contact directly, chances are your first interaction with a recruiter will be a random match. For example, whoever is available when you first call a travel healthcare company, or which recruiter is up next to respond to email inquiries. Read more »
Cariant recruiters work with new and recent therapy graduates, helping to find travel therapy jobs that allow them to explore, have adventures, and be flexible with how they balance work and life. There are different schools of thought on how best these years should be spent. We agree that these are important developmental years as clinicians. We also know that travel therapy can bring as much value to a resume as working at the same facility and treating the same caseload for two to three years. Read more »
April Fajardo, PT was no stranger to traveling before she started with Cariant Health Partners. The seven medical mission trips she had been on greatly influenced her decision to become a travel PT. Even now she is busy in Central America, following her passion and taking advantage of the flexibility that travel therapy offers. Before she left we had a chance to ask her a few questions about her travel PT experience, and get her advice for other new therapists considering this career path:
What led you to travel therapy?
With a blink of an eye I went from graduate student to officially unemployed. Ahhhhhhhh!!!! What should I do now? Should I apply for a neuro residency? Should I work full-time or PRN? Should I live in Texas, transfer my license to California, or travel? Where do I even start?