If you are reading this, you probably have some interest in becoming a travel physical therapist right after graduation. Travel physical therapy is definitely one of the more unique career paths you can choose after graduation. You have the opportunity to explore different parts of America, expose yourself to different cultures, learn various techniques and approaches from different facilities and therapists, and receive a very good pay compensation to get rid of those nasty student loans from graduate school. However, if becoming a travel therapist is something you want to do right after school, there are some very important considerations, as the selecting and hiring process can be a bit trickier than a regular permanent job.
Why I chose travel physical therapy:
I only have one major overarching goal for essentially everything I do. Be the best I can be, both personally and professionally.
Professionally, I want to be able to learn and acquire as much information as possible. However, I do not want the information I gathered to be from one source but from a variety of sources, so I can be as well-rounded as possible. I decided the best way to achieve this goal was to somehow find a way where I can just go to different place so I could absorb information and learn different approaches, techniques, and ways of thinking. This was one of the biggest appeals for travel PT, because I have the opportunity to do just that. Not to mention, by traveling I can also vastly increase my networking range. Depending how big you like to dream (whether you wish to begin a residency, open a clinic, or just create a great resume), I believe travel can provide the opportunity to make connections and get ideas on way to best approach future goals.
I am passionate about making the most out of every day. I love new experiences, getting out my comfort zone, and just learning more about others. Although this is very possible by just staying at home, I thought that would playing it too safe, and I like danger. So I decided that traveling to places I haven’t been to before would be adventurous and an opportunity to learn about other people that I may not otherwise had the opportunity to meet.
Secondly, as of late I have been falling in love with international travel. However, I knew if I was take a permanent job, the best I could do was probably only travel for a week or two with paid vacation, and probably only at certain times of the year.