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.

Tips for the Pediatric Physical Therapist

As you all know, this blog is fairly new and we’re discovering new and important, relevant sites for you therapists and rehab specialists out there… And today is no different. This afternoon I stumbled across a site called, YourTherapySource.com which is dedicated to Pediatric Occupational and Physical Therapists. One of their latest posts titled, “5 Ice Breakers for Pediatric Therapy” has some great methods to use on your next traveling therapy assignment. Getting to know your peers and other colleagues is a much different task than that of getting to know the children you’ll be rehabilitating. It’s obvious you have a passion for care and therapy for children and I’m sure you already know the difficulties that come with dealing with kids… So maybe those helpful hints can make your transistion into your new assignment as a traveling pediatric physical therapist a little easier.

Your one chance to make a good impression.

Life of a traveling therapist is a bit different than that of a traveling nurse. The hours, the workload and even the workplace all differ from one another, but there is one aspect of the traveling career that both share. Obviously you’re changing locations rather frequently and you’re meeting all kinds of new people and you have to able to adapt rather quickly. So what do you think these new faces think of you when you first walk in the door?

Your appearance, demeanor, the sound of your voice and ability to empathize all play a major role in your professional image. If the way you carry yourself becomes an issue shortly after your arrival to your new travel therapy job, well expect a long and arduous assignment. In order to ensure that your transition into these new assignments goes swimmingly, might I suggest some areas to work on to improve your professional image.

  • Professional work atmosphere and interactions
  • General appearance
  • Cooperation and team mentality
  • Professional responsibility

Being the new kid on the block is never the easiest thing. All you want is the respect of your peers and there are a few things to keep in mind while on assignment. If a situation arises in which you have an opinion about a work situation or even personal issues, be sure and remove yourself from those who may be within earshot. Also, make sure to you don’t exhibit any questionable behavior in front of them. Besides respecting peers and their space, you must also show your respect towards the facility and its contents. You are a healthcare professional and your care doesn’t always have to be aimed at the patients, you can apply this to your surroundings as well.

So what’s the first thing people notice when you walk into a room? If you guessed what you’re wearing or how you look, you’re probably right. Your appearance greatly affects the way your skills are perceived, undoubtedly. You have a respectable profession, so act and dress like it. Wear what you think would be appropriate to any age

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.

Don’t fall for the same thing.

August is here and autumn is close behind. The days filled with sunshine begin to shorten and the lush pastures of green slowly begin to fade to hues of  gold and brown. Shoes start to become the norm and the  flip-flops are thrown into the dark corners of our closets (this may be true for some, but for me I try and wear my flippy-floppies for as long as humanly possible – without getting frostbite).

Just like the seasons are beginning to change – so should you. If you’ve never given much thought to becoming a traveling therapist or rehab specialist, I strongly suggest you do. In no other industry are you given the chance to visit so many different places, all the while learning new methods of practice from your peers. You may live in a part of the country that is either this or that when it comes to temperature and weather. Do you not know what it’s like to rake your yard? Whatever you are lacking in seasonal experiences, traveling therapy and rehab jobs will give you the opportunity to be exposed to it all and what better season to start with than Fall?

Take a position anywhere in the Mountain, Central and Eastern time zones and you will surely see the beauty of the autumnal season. The leaves on the trees begin to turn colors from gold to vivacious reds and the air has a fresh, crispness about it. And football. (Go Big Red!)  Oh yes… it is right around the corner! I’m not sure about you, but for me, sitting amongst 84,000+ people in 40 degrees temperatures, screaming and cheering  is what the fall season is all about. So now’s the time to start thinking about where you’d like to spend your time working before the Christmas season is here. OMG-Christmas. I’m writing about Christmas in August. Oy! Besides the football, there are the beautiful vista views that will surely take your breath away and all the other seasonal activities that come along with it.

There are a number of  websites out there that will show you the absolute best places to experience the beauty that fall has to offer. Here are a few I found that may help guide you to new traveling therapy and rehab jobs.

Exploring the Shades of Fall

Top 10 Places for Fall Foliage

Fall Foliage Deals from $100