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Act like a tourist, without the hipsack.

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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.



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About the Author

Born in Kentucky, raised in Germany, landed in Nebraska and still here. I’ve been involved with Marketing and Advertising for the better part of a decade. It all began with an internship at an ad agency in Omaha, followed by a 9 year stint as a graphic artist at the lone major newspaper in Omaha. A friend of mine told me about an opening at her company and said that it was the best gig she’s ever had. So I decided to spread my proverbial wings and see what I could do for them and vice versa. Obviously, I landed the job at Medical Solutions, a travel physical therapy company and am now a Marketing Specialist who writes about travel physical therapy. This by far has been a major blessing to my life, I love the work I get to do just as much as I love the people who make up this fabulous company. I can see myself here for a long time, as long as they’ll have me. Now that we’ve got the career timeline out of the way. Let me tell you a little about who I am. I am oh so passionate about the game of futbol! I’ve been playing soccer since the age of 8 and am still playing today. If I couldn’t at least kick the ball around, I don’t know what I would do with myself. I fear getting old. I also have a strong love for the arts. Music, Visual arts, Film, Design; pretty much anything and everything arty. I’m happy go lucky and am always looking to have a good time. Just ask my manager!

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