In my first post I touched on why we're starting the blog. Aside from keeping our parents informed, our goal is to document this crazy process and hopefully be a resource for other out there who want to lead this same lifestyle, even if it's just for a couple rotations.
When we started out, M hit the ground running: speaking to recruiters, studying for Boards and basically getting all the important stuff out of the way. Very practical. I immediately hit the ground googling: Travel PT blogs, Travel PT salary, Travel PT support, Travel PT how-to. . . and I didn't find much. More on that later in another blog.
To complete the mission of today's blog, I have to go back farther. . . to why we even started out in the first place. We both moved to Denver on a whim about 4 years ago, and then moved to Phoenix on a little bit more substantive whim a year after that. When M got into PT school, I was able to transfer with my company at the time into a relatively comfortable position that I had some experience with. We agreed on one thing: once he was done with PT school, we'd be done with Phoenix. Again, more on why we we're done with Phoenix in a follow up blog.
When that time came about 8 months ago, we were at a loss. We were ready to leave Phoenix, as planned, but we couldn't pick a new place that we were willing to commit to for at least another year.
Our stipulations for a permanent position for M were as follows:
- A city /state we'd never lived in (ruled out Colorado, California, Washington, Hawaii)
- A well paying position ( giving us the freedom to attack those pesky student loans early and often)
- Near water and near a solid mountain for skiing (because we'd been in the desert for 3 years)
- Near an airport (to visit the fam & friends and so I could travel conveniently for work if necessary)
- West of Colorado (for ease of flying quickly during wedding season and the holidays)
Basically, we were dreaming big. The ONE location that we realized would hit a majority of these was Bend, OR: one of our favorite places in the world. The only problem was that it was already saturated with PT's, so the big salary aspect was missing.
I think it was about a year before graduating that M brought up the idea of Travel Therapy. I had secretly thought about it before then, but didn't want to sway him. After all, he was the one putting in the time - he could pick what he wanted to do with that degree.
Coincidentally, I'd worked for a startup right out of college called Traveler's Haven. More on them later. They were a broker for Travel Medical Professional Staffing Companies and housing companies - basically making a one stop shop for any traveling medical professional to find short term, furnished, convenient housing. Hence, I was veryyyyyyyy familiar with what it took to coordinate the logistics of that lifestyle.
Thus, once we progressed to the point of not being able to pick a permanent spot, we decided that the Travel life was for us. Not having to commit to a new location, the freedom to explore different settings and locations every 13 weeks, and the bigger salary were all ticks in the PRO column.
Another thing we realized was that it would be hard to first take a permanent position, then transition to travel in the future. (Though I'm sure there are many out there who have done this!!! Would love to hear from you!) With the permanent position, M wanted to commit for at least 2 years to the clinic, and I was worried about a long term commitment to a city on which we hadn't done our proper due diligence. Thus, we thought we'd try the travel gig for as long as we were having fun, then would transition out and into something permanent if we decided it wasn't for us.
One big factor here that I'll be talking about a LOT on this blog is my ability to travel with M. We had many discussions about how we'd have to pick a permanent spot if my company didn't allow me to work remotely. M and I had attempted the distance thing a few times and knew it wasn't for us. Once the barrier of my work restraints was out of the way, we moved forward with our traveling plans.
Hopefully this gives you the basics into why we're doing what we're doing. I'll be sure to go into much more depth on these details in coming posts. Besides, who wants to read a 4,000 word post anyway? Sandbagging the content for SURE ;)
Until next time,
ABOUT THE AuthorS
A Travel Therapist and Remote Worker documenting their professional travels and pictures for family, friends and other wanderers.