foursquare.com is a great tool for traveling PTs

foursquare is a great site for traveling ptsDo you want a fun, and slightly addictive, way to tell your friends and family what you are up to during your travel physical therapy assignment? If you have a smart phone, then give foursquare a try. If you don’t have a smart phone (iPhone, Google Android, BlackBerry or Palm) then you can text your location or use a laptop too, but I don’t think you will get the same experience out of it.

foursquare is a combination of a friend-finder, a social city-guide and a game where you are rewarded for being interesting and doing interesting things. Their goal is help you keep up with the places your friends go and encourage you to explore new places.

The premise is simple:

Go somewhere cool? Check in.
Go somewhere new? Check in.
Go somewhere often? Check in.
Go somewhere popular? Check in.
Go somewhere late at night? Check in.

When you do those or similar things you earn badges and then you can brag. Go somewhere enough and you can be the “Mayor” and who doesn’t want to be Mayor. In bigger cities where foursquare is catching on a lot of business are starting to offer discounts to foursquare users and even special customer status to “Mayors”.

And if you are kind of a nerd then you will enjoy the detailed stats that measure things like:

  • Days checked in
  • Number of checkins
  • Avg checkins when out
  • % of checkins at new places
  • New places discovered
  • Distribution by day of week
  • Distribution by day
  • Top friends 
  • Number of different friends you’ve checked in with
  • Most frequented venues 
  • Number of different venues visited
  • Most frequented cities  mayorships 

You can not only check in and let your friends know where you are or have been, but you can also give them tips about the locations you have been to. You can of course check on their locations too if they are sharing them.

If you come across a location that is not already in the foursquare database, don’t worry you can add it.

You can even follow brands (like the ones below) and find new cool things to do or places to eat.

Bravo
Bravo
ZAGAT
ZAGAT
VH1
VH1
Lucky M.
Lucky M.
Thrillist
Thrillist
The Wall Street Journal
The Wall Street Journal
Bon Appetit Magazine
Bon Appetit Magazine
HISTORY Channel
HISTORY Channel

Set up is super easy too.

First you build an account by giving some basic information name, email, gender, age, etc, phone number. After your account is set up it asks you if you want to look through your Facebook profile or Twitter account for friends or followers that may already be using foursquare. Then it gives you the chance to invite any friends and followers you have who aren’t to join you, you can also send people an email that asks them to join you. Then when you’re done it gives you the chance to connect with your Facebook page or Twitter account if you have so they are all synced up.

And if you are a private person, there are privacy options you can turn on to limit what see people see of your check-ins. And deleting your account is easy too.

What is cool about foursquare for travel physical therapists is that you can get badges all over the country. It could be a really fun way to look back over a year or two of traveling and see where you’ve gone, who you met etc. Take a look and let us know what you think.

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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.

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?

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.

On an assignment is no time to get ill.

No, we’re not talking about the Beastie Boys, we are talking about your health and well being. As a traveling therapist you are well aware of that certain something that it takes to be a successful traveler. You must have the right personality to be able to jump right in and be confident in your skills, no matter where you are. You must be able to adapt quickly, for many surprises can arise… And one that most therapists are never ready for are illnesses and being away from home can make the situation seem much worse. You’re not able to enjoy the comforts of your home like you’re use to and to make matters worse, you may not have anyone available to you to look in on you or bring you anything you may need from the pharmacy or store, for like say some Hawaiian Punch (it’s not a sick day without it)!

No, we’re not talking about the Beastie Boys, we are talking about your health and well being. As a traveling therapist you are well aware of that certain something that it takes to be a successful traveler. You must have the right personality to be able to jump right in and be confident in your skills, no matter where you are. You must be able to adapt quickly, for many surprises can arise… And one that most therapists are never ready for are illnesses and being away from home can make the situation seem much worse. You’re not able to enjoy the comforts of your home like you’re use to and to make matters worse, you may not have anyone available to you to look in on you or bring you anything you may need from the pharmacy or store, for like say some Hawaiian Punch (it’s not a sick day without it)! So what are some things you can do to prevent yourself from getting sick while on the job? Here are a few suggestions:

  • There are many things you need to do prior to leaving and a lot of time people forget to prepare themselves and their bodies as well. Packing, paperwork and all the various things you need to do before you leave can be taxing on the mind and body, so be sure and get plenty of rest leading up to your departure, this will help you stay energized, and ready and able to adjust to your new schedule .
  • Try and stick to your normal routine. If you exercise for instance, keep the same schedule so that you’re not shocking your body. This too can lead to unneeded stress.
  • Here’s an easy one. Wash your hands! Use hand sanitizers too!
  • If you’re on any medications, bring them along with you and make sure you are connected to a pharmacy with a nationwide network in case you need them filled at any time during your traveling assignment.
  • Make sure you have your recruiters contact information handy at all times. In the unfortunate event of an emergency they can be contacted and relay your health insurance information and any other pertinent information needed so that you will receive the proper care. Also, always have your other emergency contacts with you – just in case.

If you so happen to be employed at a hospital, it should be fairly easy to get the care you need.  If not and you’re not sure where to turn there are a number of resources you can use to find the medical attention that you need. If you’re so sick and can’t get there by yourself you can use an in-home doctor service like InnHouseDoctor, Physician Finders at WebMD and  Find A Doc. My wish is that you never have to use these services or seek any medical attention while out enjoying the experiences of being a traveling therapist… but you just never know, so being prepared can never hurt. Good luck out there and safe travels to you all.

If you have any other suggestions for those on the road seeking medical advice or care, please share them in our comment section below.

There’s No Need To Go It Alone, Take the Clan With You

The possibilities are endless with a traveling therapy career and having your family along with you can easily be a part of it. With limitless locations to choose from, experiences a plenty and the rewards that are constant, it would be a shame not to share that with the ones you are closest with, your immediate family. Relocating with the entire family, including any pets you have may seem like a chore, but working with the right staffing agency can prove you wrong. When it comes to traveling with your loved ones an attentive traveling allied health agency will ask you what is most important to you and your family, like the best schools in the area, what locales are best for raising a family and so on.By relaying to your recruiter what priorities you have for your family and moving will insure a pleasurable experience to be had by all.

The possibilities are endless with a traveling therapy career and having your family along with you can easily be a part of it. With limitless locations to choose from, experiences a plenty and the rewards that are constant, it would be a shame not to share that with the ones you are closest with, your immediate family. Relocating with the entire family, including any pets you have may seem like a chore, but working with the right staffing agency can prove you wrong.  When it comes to traveling with your loved ones an attentive traveling allied health agency will ask you what is most important to you and your family, like the best schools in the area, what locales are best for raising a family and so on. By relaying to your recruiter what priorities you have for your family and moving will insure a pleasurable experience to be had by all.

Wherever it is you choose to go with your travel therapy career, a great staffing agency will suggest a number of locations that will fill the needs of you and your family. Whether you want to venture across the country or just a few hours from your present home, your recruiter should be able to find exactly what you wish for.  One of the many benefits associated with a traveling therapy career is the paid private housing. You can either let your agency find your next home with enough room for everyone at a discount since most agencies will only pay for your own living quarters,  or use the housing stipend which you could apply to locating your own housing to accommodate your entire family.

While most travel therapy assignments usually will last at least 13 weeks with the probability of an extension or two; bringing the whole family along is more possible than you originally thought. On an extended assignment, your kids could continue their schooling by placing them in local schools or if your assignment is shorter, there is always the option of home schooling. If you and your spouse are both traveling therapists, you could adjust your schedules  so there’s a parent always present and you could trade times in providing the teaching or at least be the mode of transportation. With a traveling therapy job there’s always an option. Having a family with kids and pets should never be a deterrent from pursing a rewarding career in travel therapy.

Can you just imagine the benefits of exposing your children to the many different people and places across the nation?  It’s as if your job has become a working vacation for all those involved! I remember all the road trips my dad I took together and can say it was most memorable and am glad we got to be up close and personal with our experiences rather than just hopping on a plane and getting to the next destination. There’s a little lost in those types of adventures. Wouldn’t you like your children to look back and think that they’ve grown into the person they are because of all the people and places they got to meet and see for themselves? I think so.