Solitude is painful when one is young, but delightful when one is more mature.

Einstein said it best, “I live in that solitude which is painful in youth, but delicious in the years of maturity.” I’m guessing many of you have done various things on your own and what you experienced could never be the same had others been along. Sometimes it is best to go it alone. Not everyone is comfortable with doing so and that’s what makes being a traveling therapist a unique occupation. To be content with being by yourself doesn’t necessarily mean keeping yourself occupied constantly. No, what you should be thinking is how to make the most of your time and your time alone.

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Einstein said it best, “I live in that solitude which is painful in youth, but delicious in the years of maturity.”  I’m guessing many of you have done various things on your own and what you experienced could never be the same had others been along. Sometimes it is best to go it alone. Not everyone is comfortable with doing so and that’s what makes being a traveling therapist a unique occupation. To be content with being by yourself doesn’t necessarily mean keeping yourself occupied constantly. No, what you should be thinking is how to make the most of your time and your time alone.

It may seem difficult to couple all the things you usually do with at least one other person as something you could do by yourself. If you’ve never done it, you really should, it can be quite refreshing.  While on your next traveling therapy assignment you should try going to a concert or  a movie alone. Buying a single ticket to a show can really pay off. The possibility of finding a seat up close is far greater than trying to get 2 or more in the same vicinity and while at the show you can sing along to your heart’s content and be “that person.” Go ahead, no one knows you!

How about a little self-improvement? Learn a new language, tutor someone, volunteer at a local charity. You’re bound to learn something, we don’t have all the answers and we each see the world in a different light. Why not change your view? Whatever it is you pick, just do it for yourself. Think of this quote, “What would you do if you knew you could not fail?” Hmmmm? Maybe you want to get in better shape? Join a local gym, strap on those headphones, hop on a treadmill and lose yourself while you lose those pesky pounds. Don’t like to run, go for a dip. If you’re lucky enough to be located in a coastal area with pleasant waters, I would suggest swimming in one of the biggest pools Earth has to offer! Then lay yourself on the beach and soak up the sun… I better stop there. I’ve got cabin fever!

Another great thing to do alone is driving. Get yourself familiar with your new location and hit the road. See what’s available in the surrounding areas and take yourself a little day trip. Pump up the stereo, hit the gas and go! There’s nothing quite like having the windows down, hair blowing, tunes blaring and the unknown straight ahead.

Of course you don’t even have to leave the house to enjoy the company of yourself. Again you can seek out more things for the betterment of you. Take some continuing education classes or take on a subject you’ve always had great interest in. “Yan can cook and you can too!” If you’re not a good cook, get better. Experiment with new dishes. You can obviously read, so grab a cookbook (maybe even a locally published one?) and start following directions. Once you start getting a feel for certain recipes you can begin to tweak them and make them your own. Now you’re cookin’!

It’s your time, it’s your choice. There’s no one else who can tell you what to do, which means there’s no limit to the things you can do! Use your time alone the way you want to. Doing anything alone will never replace that of the company of friends and family but it will give you a better sense of yourself and your (un)limitations. Give it shot, you just might like it.

If you have other ideas and activities to do by yourself, please share them below in our comment section.

Travel Physical Therapists Assistants pay – what’s the number?

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travel physical therapist who is happy about payIn this second part of our series on travel therapists salary we are going to look at PTA pay. Specifically we are going to look closer look at the average pay difference for a perm Physical Therapist Assistant versus a Physical Therapist Assistant and the answer is…

$54,000 a year for a Traveling Physical Therapist Assistant vs $47,000 a year for a  Physical Therapist Assistant.

This information is based on averages compiled by Simply Hired. This tool is also great for comparing what you would make as a travel physical therapist assistant in different cities than where you live. To keep it simple we will use annual salary, but really looking at this hourly this would be better.

To see this in action let’s look at a Physical Therapist Assistant in Kenosha, WI who is making $52,000. She could potentially make $56,000 a year in Austin, TX on a short-term contract.

If she wanted to stay close to home though and hang out at home during the weekends. The average Physical Therapist Assistant’s pay in Kenosha, WI is $52,000 a year, while the average traveling physical therapist salary in Chicago, IL is $60,000, so with a short 1 1/2 hour drive she could increase her pay from $26.00 to $30.00 an hour.

With Per Diem and free housing it is easy to see how working a short-term contract can have a big of a difference on your paycheck.

Featured Travel Speech Therapist Job in Kentucky

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  • a horse race in kentucky watched by a SLPKentucky – Speech Therapy Traveler needed for this 13 week travel assignment.
  • Great benefits and pay with one of the best travel therapy (rehab) agencies.
  • While on assignment visit Lexington, Owensboro or Frankfort.
  • Enjoy this beauty and the mountains.
  • Contact your Medical Solutions Career Consultant today, whether you are interested in a SNF (Skilled Nursing Facility), Hospital, Outpatient Rehab or Home Health.
  • Please contact Medical Solutions at (866) 633-3548 for more information on this great opportunities.

To learn more about this travel speech therapist job click here.

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