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.
We’ve been working with new therapy graduates since 2001 and have gotten pretty good about introducing adventurous therapists to the world of travel therapy. We’re excited to be introducing our new mentorship program. Read more »
Washington State is a favorite destination for traveling healthcare professionals and for good reasons. The scenery is surprisingly diverse. Contracts are usually plentiful. And it makes for beautiful Instagram posts. You’ll want photo keepsakes of this place. Read more »
Housing is a major financial consideration for each travel contract. There are essentially two options for setting up housing:
Book Your Own Housing
If you prefer to handle the booking and financials of your own housing, you will accept what is known as a tax-free housing stipend, assuming you meet the qualifications. This gets paid out on each weekly paycheck. As a traveler you are working away from your permanent tax home (far enough that Read more »
On April 25, 2017, the PT Licensure Compact (PTLC) was enacted. For physical therapists and physical therapist assistants whose home state is currently WA, OR, MT, ND, UT, AZ, TX, MO, KY, TN, MS, NC, and NH, they will have the option of compact privilege to work in the other participating states. This will immensely simplify the effort needed for travelers to work in multiple states. Read more »
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 »
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?
The best traveling healthcare professionals are prepared for new contracts and new facilities. Since you’ll need to provide the same information each time you accept a contract and work on getting set up with support staff, it’s a good idea to keep originals and copies of the following documents close by: Read more »
Wide-open spaces. Small-town charm. Arts and culture. The 10 states (Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, South Dakota, Oklahoma, Texas, Wyoming and Colorado) that make up the Great Plains are incredibly diverse. Experience this unique area of the U.S. when you take a travel therapy or travel nursing contract in one of these states. We think it’s pretty great here! Read more »