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
Okay, so you’re about to embark on a traveling rehab/therapy career and you’ve got the whole country to choose from… Where’s your first pick? Well, let’s start with this question first. What are some activities you like to participate in? Are you an outdoors type of person who likes to camp, hike and explore the unknown? Or maybe you’re more of a city slicker and like what a major metropolis has to offer, like shopping, nightlife and people, lots of people. What ever it is you like to do, just remember there’s always more than just one place that has everything you’re looking for, not just the most popular locations.
Instead of picking the most obvious destination to satisfy your interests needs, why not pick somewhere else? Say you like to ski, you need mountains, where are there mountains? Colorado? Yes and Utah and Vermont, New York, Wyoming, California, New Mexico and Pennsylvania. Yes, all those states offer skiing and probably better skiing than the place you were thinking of. Just because you associate an activity with a certain city or state, does not mean there is nothing else like it elsewhere. In fact, you’re probably better off going with the “unbeaten path” than the well traveled one. You may just discover a hidden treasure that you would have never found had you taken the assignment that everyone and their mother picked too. Perhaps you stumble upon a beach with no one else in sight for miles, or a fishing hole that seems to have an endless supply of trophy catches… The chances are limitless.
So when it comes time to pick a place for your next traveling therapy or traveling rehab job do a little more research. Try a google search on the “Best Places to (insert your desired activity)” and you’ll be sure to find an alternative to your first, second and third choices. Remember, to be a good traveler you have to be a little open minded. There could be a time when there won’t be a position available in the city of your choice and you have to be ready to accept an alternate route. You never know, you just may not want to leave – it’s that good.
“Uncertainty and expectation are the joys of life. Security is an insipid thing, through the overtaking and possessing of a wish discovers the folly of the chase.” – William Congreve