Want to move? Try it out first.

I don’t know about you, but I have a list of cities I’ve always wanted to live in. With so many friends of mine spread throughtout the country I have seen a lot of what these United States has to offer and so should you. If you’ve ever given thought to picking up and starting anew, a travel therapy or rehab job can be the answer you’ve been looking for.

Deciding to take on a traveling career is enough of  a big decision, but thinking of it as a scouting trip can make it seem less stressful.  In a lot of cases, your contract can range anywhere from 13 weeks to a year, which gives you ample time to discover if the city is where you could see yourself planting roots.  If you’re like me, you have family, friends and the connection to community. So when it comes to deciding to leave that all behind, you want to make for certain that wherever you choose is the right place for you and whomever else you have in tow.

Lucky for you, working a travel therapy or rehab job affords you the “regular” hours and your freetime in which to discover all that your new assignment city has to offer. There will be plenty of time to make new connections and network. You can get leads on neighborhoods right for you and your family, schools for your children. If you’re single your choices are even greater and you can really pinpoint what it is you’re looking for since you’re doing it for yourself. There are so many variables to consider when moving so the best way to ensure you lock down an assignment in the cities you’d like to live in would be to work with a number of agencies. But don’t get too carried away, keep to your list and something is bound to come up. The need for therapists and rehab specialists is constantly growing, so your chances are very good that you’ll land where you want.

With all things considered, a traveling therapy and rehab job is the great way to audition the cities you’d like to live in one day. Who knows, you may not ever move and keep your home base, but that doesn’t mean you can’t come back to those other cities on another assignment or just come back for vacation.

I’ve written a similar post earlier in regards to finding the city right for you. Check it out here.

Here are a couple other articles in which you can gauge what city would be right for you and your interests.

Forbes magazines Top Cities for Singles

BusinessWeek magazines Best Places to Raise Your Kids

Enjoy the drive to your travel therapy job!

A lot of travel therapists choose to stay close to home and take a local short-term contract instead of a more traditional travel therapy assignment in a new city, which lets them stay close to their friends and family. But for those that choose to take a 13 week travel therapy assignment in a new city the great the travel therapy road trip awaits them.

A road trip in the model of a college road trip to your travel therapy job is probably not a good idea, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be one of the best parts of your assignment. With a little time and planning your road trip can be full of adventure, stories and cheesy tourist traps.

Here are two road trip resources we have found for you to plan your trip.

Road Trip America.com, which offers tools like:

  • A Fuel Cost Calculator
  • The Great American Road Trip Forum
  • Routes, Destinations, Events & Road Food Articles
  • Equipment, Driving & Preparation Tips
  • Book & Map Recommendations and Audio Book Reviews
  • Links to the Best Web Resources
  • Tips for Renting an RV & Planning an RV Vacation
  • Point, Click and Drive! – A collection of web based automated road trip planning programs
  • And, Caution: Funny Signs Ahead

And RoadTripPlanning.com that provides:

  • Articles
  • Car camping
  • Gear
  • Games
  • Road trip planner
  • Driving directions

So don’t miss out on one of the best parts of a travel therapy assignment, take the time to have an awesome road trip.

Looking for love in all the right places.

Single and loving it or single and hating it? It’s safe to assume most of us who are single would fall into either category. I would say it all depends on your priorities and what you want to accomplish with your time on this planet. Some of you may be jaded with the idea of finding that one true love while others are relishing the opportunities to meet so many different people and simply enjoying their company.

There are so many ways one can look at the single scene. I won’t input any of my own personal experiences, (we’ll save that for my memoirs!) but I can tell you that living in the same city your whole life can really limit you to exposure of what else is certainly out there. Not that it’s a bad thing, but there are 6,809,383,757 people in the world as of today and 307,946,234 people in the United States alone. Surely one of them is meant to be, right? So what’s this got to do with being a traveling therapist? Well, for one, being a traveler means just that. You can leave your homebase for 3 months at a time and travel to all these different cities you may have never had the chance to see before, all thanks to your short-term contract work in travel therapy.

Working in rehab and therapy usually entails pretty normal working hours, like 9 to 5. This would allow you to take advantage of the nightlife and culture of whatever city you’ll be dwelling in for the next few months. So there’s no excuse that you’re working crazy hours and that the only people you meet are street sweepers and various other night owls. You’ll have as good a chance as the next person to get out there and meet all kinds of folks. In July, Forbes magazine released an article and Top 40 list of the best cities for singles in the United States. There are of course your usual suspects like New York City, Boston and Chicago, but there are also some “sleeper” cities in there that really surprised me, like Milwaukee! Milwaukee, really? I guess so. Find out for yourself and see if there’s any cities that made the list that you’d like to visit. Think of it as your “Little Black Book” for dating by city.

Here’s the link to the Best Cities for Singles 2009 article in Forbes. Maybe your city made the list and you’re just having bad luck? Or maybe there’s a city listed that you’ve always wanted to visit and now you’ll have all the more reason to go. If by chance you do meet your soulmate because you read this article or post, please share. I’d like to think I was a part of that! Now get out there and get to work, on your traveling assignment as well as your love life.

Act like a tourist, without the hipsack.

So you’ve just accepted your first short-term contract as a traveling therapist, now what? Well, just like the boy scouts, always be prepared. Whenever you are entering a new contract and headed to a foreign city it would be in your best interest to do a little research on your temporary home, just as you would if you were going on a vacation. Take the time to familiarize yourself with your next destination and I promise you it will be a far more memorable experience than you ever anticipated.

So where do you start? Well, the first place I would check is that cities Convention and Visitors Bureau and thank goodness for the internet. Check out the site, OfficialTravelGuide.com. There you will find connections to all major cities CVB. These city sites usually are a great start to finding out what all your new city will have to offer you. Check out your own hometown’s site, you may even discover something about your town you never knew existed. The CVB’s will give you a brief history on the town and provide links to many attractions, events, dining and so much more. Another great resource for information on your temporary home are the local publications like the newspaper and free rags. These typically have a wealth of information regarding local happenings. Here’s a link to most of the nations newspapers,  Newslink.org. Another great resource for discovery are the old tried and true travel books and guides you can find at your local bookstores and libraries. Make sure you find the most current ones though, it is possible that what was there is no longer.

After you’ve accepted your new travel therapy job try and give yourself a little bit of time to spend in your new surroundings before you actually start working. If you can, try and arrive a few days early and set foot on exploring what your new home will have to offer. In most major cities you will find that there are various tours available, either guided or self-guided. Ride your bike around your new neighborhood, take a walk, whatever means you have to get out there and see the sights and don’t forget your camera, but leave the hipsack at home! You don’t wanna be that person…

You will soon discover that taking on a traveling therapy job will land you in many different places and each has its own worth. You will meet many new faces and visit many new places. Each city you visit you will surely come away with a new experience that will fill your memories to last a lifetime. So get out there and see what a traveling therapy job and this great nation has to offer you. Happy trails.

Website that will help pick the city for your next travel therapy job.

A recent post by Patrick about choosing your next destination with a traveling  Rehab or Therapy job, made me think of one I did not too long ago on our other blog about travel nursing that reviewed a website that had a tool that take s a survey of all your interest and preferences in a wide variety of areas including:

  • Weather
  • Culture
  • Public Services Availability
  • Outdoor Activities
  • Size and Public Safety
  • Geography
  • Social Involvement
  • Faith

It takes about 5-10 minutes to complete, but it is worth it if you are looking for ideas for cities to start your travel therapy in. Because when you are done you are rewarded with a list of 24 cities that match your interests and personality. That’s 24 different cities and 6 years worth of traveling assignments. Imagine all the new and exciting things you will discover in that time… Truly priceless.

Having this kind of list is really handy when it comes time to start looking for a travel therapy job because it will open you up to so many other alternatives that you never would have thought of. So head on over to FindYourSpot.com and let the traveling begin!

Follow the footsteps of Rock ‘n Roll Legends.

The greatest thing (besides the money!) about traveling as a therapist are all the wonderful places you get to visit. Better yet, if you’re a therapist with a passion for music, traveling therapy and rehab jobs can really rock. Just think of all the places your favorite bands and performers before you have gone; the hotels they’ve trashed, the studios they’ve recorded in, the famous halls they’ve performed in… The landmarks are endless, the stories infinite and with a traveling therapy or rehab job you can retrace all those (in)famous steps.

There have been numerous books published about the origins of rock ‘n’ roll and where famous performers have come and gone. One book in particular covers all those bases and is available for free download on the site MusicArtStyle.

“Journey through America’s rich rock ‘n’ roll history with the musical landmarks detailed in this extensive collection. Nearly 600 locations, including birthplaces, concert locales, hotel rooms, and graves, are neatly compiled and paired with historical tidbits, trivia, photographs, and backstage lore—from the site where Elvis got his first guitar and Buddy Holly’s plane crashed to Sid and Nancy’s hotel room and the infamous “Riot House” on the Sunset Strip. The rowdiest and the most talented rockers are all featured, with sidebars on musical greats like Bob Dylan, The Rolling Stones, and U2. Learn the locations of the secret rehearsal for David Bowie’s Diamond Dogs album, the club where the Sex Pistols played their first and last concert in the U.S., the house where Kurt Cobain died, where Keith Richards threw a television set out of a hotel window, and hundreds more sites from the past.”

Download the eBook, “Led Zeppelin Crashed Here: The Rock and Roll Landmarks of North America” and start mapping out your traveling adventure.