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Guest Author: Wes Herdlein – Hybrid Traveling

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During my first 3 years of traveling, I took advantage of the convenience of agency provided housing and furnishings. Since then, I’ve changed the system a bit. It’s not that the current system was broken, it actually worked well. The apartments and furnishing were always nice but excessive for a single guy. Did I really need a sofa AND loveseat? Did I really need a dining room table and 4 chairs? After all, in reality, I eat dinner on the coffee table, remote control in hand.

travel pt packing for assignmentOn average furniture rental runs $500 a month, which adds up to about $6000 a year. With this in mind, I decided to buy an enclosed travel trailer and haul around only the basic furniture needed to survive. I found a used 5×8 foot trailer on craigslist for $1600.00. Into the trailer, I fit a full size sofa, a queen mattress, fold-up tables and chairs, lamps, and a 36″ TV. I even mange to fit a guitar, golf clubs and camping gear. Everything serves a double purpose: empty plastic bins become TV stands, night stands and laundry baskets. Camping chairs become living room furniture. Throw a sleeping bag over the camping chair and it’s a Lazyboy! It is not the most elegant way to live but it works well and is great on the bottom dollar!

I’m able to tow my trailer with a Toyota 4-Runner. It’s easy to hitch and unhitch. When it’s empty, I can lift it easily and drop in onto my car hitch. You can’t take every household item with you, but you can include all of the necessities. If I am missing anything, it can almost always be borrowed or bought at Goodwill for 75 cents.

This won’t work for everyone, but it works for me and my wife. My original $1600 investment has saved me about $18,000 over the past 3 years.

How do you travel? Do you have any thoughts or tips you would like to share?

Wes Herdlein is a Traveling PT and Founder of HealthcareTravelbook.com



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About the Author

Wes Herdlein has been a Physical Therapist for over 12 years and has been traveling for the past 6 years. As a traveler, he noticed that other travelers tend to congregate with each other, both on and off assignment. With similar interests and lifestyles, travelers benefit from these connections with each other. So in 2009, he created Healthcare Travelbook, the online social network for the traveling healthcare industry. His vision is to provide the only unbiased, comprehensive social and professional network for traveling healthcare professionals.

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  1. Angela says:

    So, did you just use the stipend provided by the company you work for to find a place instead of having the company do it for you? Was that how you saved so much money on the furnishings? Sorry, I’m not really familiar with traveling as a PT. I would love it if you could fill me in ( ;

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