Travel Therapy Mentor is brought to you by Traveling Physical Therapists and world travelers, Jared Casazza and Whitney Eakin. Each week they provide new information and education about pursuing a career in traveling therapy, for PTs, OTs, and SLPs. Jared and Whitney are a Travel PT duo who have been traveling since 2015 and have visited over half the US states and over 30 countries internationally! Subscribe to learn more about travel therapy and get started on your own travel journey!
Travel therapy pay can often be confusing, particularly when you’re new to travel therapy. It can also get confusing trying to compare pay across different recruiters/companies, when things are presented to you differently.
In this episode, we will break down the different aspects of travel pay, including:
-Pay package: stipends, hourly, and reimbursements
-Gross vs net pay (pre/post tax)
-Weekly take home pay
-Guaranteed stipends vs no guaranteed stipends
-Pay packages with 40hr guarantee vs lower hours guaranteed
-bill rates: where the money goes & where it comes from
June job market update! Things have really picked up with the travel job market recently! We are so excited to see jobs bouncing back. In this episode we give you stats from various companies and recruiters for PT, OT, SLP, PTA & COTA Travel Jobs. Plus we let you know what trends we are hearing, and offer suggestions and insights for your travel therapy job search!
We arrived on the Big Island of Hawaii last week for Whitney's Travel PT Contract! Tune in with us to learn more about our move to Hawaii, including: the COVID 19 testing and restrictions, our flight, getting our rental car, getting set up at our new home, and life on the island so far! Get insights for your future travels to Hawaii for fun or for work!
In this episode we discuss all the planning & logistics for taking a travel job in Hawaii, as we just moved to Hawaii for Whitney’s travel PT contract! Learn about licensing, job search, finding housing, renting a car, flights, packing, current COVID-19 restrictions, etc! Tune in to learn more in case you want to take a job in Hawaii!
This is an interview we recorded with our friends and fellow healthcare travelers Kim & Erran on their podcast “InRoute: The Power of Travel Podcast”. We had so much fun talking to them about entrepreneurship, financial freedom, using travel therapy for lifestyle flexibility, and more! We hope you enjoy this interview and get inspired for your own travel therapy journey!
In this episode, we share numbers and trends for the travel therapy job market across several companies, along with our expectations for the coming months, and our advice for those pursuing travel therapy this summer! If you’re a current or prospective travel therapist, don’t miss this episode!
Travel therapy can be amazing - but sometimes there are hassles. One of the worst is getting your contract cancelled unexpectedly! So you might be wondering.... How common are contract cancellations? What are the rules for the facility to cancel your contract? What if you need to cancel your contract? What do you do if your contract gets cut short unexpectedly? Listen in on this episode to learn all the details!
In this episode, we recap our recent two month trip to Mexico and talk about our plans for international travel this summer! We go over what it was like traveling since the pandemic & what our planning process looks like! Tune in to learn more!
The weather is heating up & so is the job market! Listen in to get the full scoop on what’s happening for the Travel PT, SLP, OT, PTA & COTA job markets. We’ll give you all the updates & discuss recommendations for traveling this spring/summer!
In this episode (recorded 3/14/21) we discuss contract extensions! What are the benefits of extending contracts, why might you want to extend, how to negotiate an extension, how much you can expect to make for an extension, and more!
Following up from our episode on filing taxes a few weeks ago, we wanted to share this episode where we specifically go over how to file taxes on your own for FREE! We originally recorded this episode in March 2020 on Facebook Live. Check it out & let us know if you end up using this money saving hack!
In this episode from 2/21/2021 we discuss traveling solo! Although we’ve always traveled as a pair, most travel healthcare workers actually travel by themselves. We gathered insights from current solo travelers, and asked future solo travelers what concerns they have about traveling alone to bring you a summary! We go over the benefits, challenges, and strategies for traveling by yourself!
How do you file taxes as a traveler? What's different as a travel therapist vs. a perm therapist? In this episode recorded in January 2020, we discuss all the things you need to know to file your taxes as a traveler! It's actually a lot easier than it seems!
In this video recorded on 2/8/21 we give an update on the travel therapy job market, based on insights from several different travel companies, managers, recruiters, and leaders in our industry! This update should help guide you in your planning for pursuing travel jobs in 2021!
We are sharing this episode from last year (February 23, 2020) where we discuss why we choose not to travel internationally as therapists. We get questions all the time about traveling internationally for work. In this episode we go over the logistics and why we choose to only work in the US, and travel internationally for fun. We also give insights on what you'd need to look into if you did want to travel internationally for work!
In this episode we have a Special Announcement • we discuss the future of Travel Therapy Mentor • we tell you more about our Mexico plans • and we discuss the logistics of long term international travel! Tune in to hear all about it!
In this episode recorded live on 1/10/2021, we go over things to consider when choosing a travel recruiter & company, such as pros/cons of big/small companies, benefits, and other lesser known considerations!
Many of you are considering starting travel therapy in 2021! Listen in to hear a recap of the travel therapy job market in 2020 & what we predict it will be like in 2021 based on insights from various recruiters and industry leaders! We also review our year at Travel Therapy Mentor & discuss our plans for 2021!
It’s the new year & many of you may be preparing for your first ever travel therapy job interviews! Usually travel therapy interviews are done over the phone. In this episode we discuss what to expect for phone interviews, questions you should prepare, and more! You don’t want to miss out on this information!
In this episode we discuss how the PT Compact works for travel therapists. We also give updates for the PT Compact for 2020 and what’s to come in 2021. And we discuss the progress for the OT and SLP compact licensure!
Health Insurance Options- this is one of the primary concerns that therapists have when considering travel therapy. It can be tricky due to the short term nature of our jobs. In this episode we cover all the different health insurance options, from company insurance, to ACA Marketplace plans, to private plans, to religious healthshare ministries, and COBRA! Tune in to hear the strategies we use for insurance throughout the year and what we recommend for others!
We answer all your travel therapy questions in this episode! We collected questions from you all on Instagram and Facebook, everything from the basics to more complex questions from experienced travelers! Listen in to learn & be sure to check out our other articles and videos going over each topic in more detail!
In this episode we discuss what to look for on your travel therapy written contract, and how to know if it’s a good contract or not. — We get questions each week asking us if an offer is good or to look over a contract. We can take a look at your contracts for you and let you know— but the best thing is to learn for yourself what to look for so you can make sure you’re good to go on future contracts or know what needs changed/negotiated!
In this episode we discuss: what are guaranteed hours; why are they important; how to negotiate for them; things to ask your recruiter and the interviewer/manager; red flags to look out for; and strategies for ensuring you get all your hours! Be sure to listen in to learn more so you don’t miss out on being paid for full hours at your travel job!
2020 has been a rough year for travel therapy. We have seen a slow increase in jobs since this summer. But is the job market back to normal? For those who are wondering if it’s the right time to get into travel therapy, and what’s to come as we approach the end of the year/beginning of the new year - tune in as we’ll be discussing updates on the job market! We’ll give insights and recommendations for job searchers.
In this episode, we discuss how continuing ed & advanced certifications may or may not affect getting travel jobs & your pay as a traveler. We also discuss different CEUs that could be beneficial for various settings!
As a travel therapist, you can run into some tricky situations with productivity expectations. In this episode we discuss issues you might encounter in different settings, and how to handle these situations to avoid working off the clock.
As we approach the holiday season and end of the year, there are some special considerations for applying for travel therapy jobs. Many therapists want to take off for the holidays by either requesting time off in the middle of a contract or waiting to start a new job after January 1st. In this episode we discuss some challenges and strategies for navigating this situation, so you can secure a job and avoid missing out on weeks of work due to high competition.
We recently started local PRN jobs near home! And we aren’t the only travelers doing this. In this episode we discuss why we decided to take PRN jobs; the decision making process for others taking perm vs PRN vs travel jobs; insights into the pros/cons; how to approach a perm/PRN situation if you don’t want it to be forever, and more!!
Over the years we’ve written and talked quite a bit about how we’ve been able to use credit card rewards for cashback bonuses and lots of free travel domestically and internationally! Credit card/travel hacking can be a great financial advantage to add to the travel therapist’s repertoire to be able to cash in for cheap or free travel! In this episode we discuss how travel/credit card hacking works; give you suggested strategies; and talk about some of the best offers currently out there! Listen in so you can start taking advantage of credit card rewards to earn extra cash and free travel like we have!
This is an interview we did a couple months ago on the “SLP Full Disclosure” Podcast. We discussed how we used careers as travel PTs to pursue financial independence and transition to a semi retirement lifestyle! Although this interview was originally for an SLP podcast, the information pertains to all traveling healthcare professionals (PT, OT, etc!) We hope you enjoy this interview and will be inspired for your own financial journey!
We took a van on an epic 8-week cross country road trip! We visited 28 National Parks, 20 states, and drove almost 13,000 miles! Listen in as we recap our whole trip, discuss how things went traveling during COVID, go over the logistics of van camping, and give tips for those considering their own road trip!
In this episode we discuss how to negotiate pay and other terms on a travel therapy contract. We give tips on ways to negotiate, plus how to know when you’re in a good position to negotiate or not. We also discuss the impacts of COVID-19 on contract negotiations! You don’t want to miss this insider information!
In this episode, we give an update on the job market as we move into the fall. We go over job numbers from several companies (big & small), discuss the competition level for jobs, and give recommendations for job seekers & those considering jumping into travel therapy in late 2020/early 2021! Tune in to hear the scoop!
In this episode from 8/27/20, we discussed how to budget for long term travel, including our experience from this 8 week US road trip, plus our 4-5 month international trips in Europe and Asia! We also provided an update on our road trip so far as of the time we were in Washington state!
This is a Q&A video we recorded on 8/20/20 during our cross country road trip! We covered questions on travel therapy, finance, road trip, & more! *Unfortunately due to some technical difficulties, we were only able to upload a portion of the episode to the podcast. To hear the full video, visit our Facebook Page under “videos” for Aug 20th, 2020!
We have officially begun our 8-week cross-country road trip! In this episode we discuss where we’ve been so far, give an overview of our route, discuss the planning process for the trip, and in the video version we gave a tour of our minivan we are traveling in for the trip! Listen in to hear about our road trip plans & how it’s going so far traveling during COVID! (Check our Facebook or YouTube for the van tour part of the video!)
This is the 6th and final week of our 6 Week mini-series on the basics of travel therapy! In this episode we discuss what a tax home is & why it’s important to travel therapists! Check out the full series including podcasts/videos and articles on each topic including: 1️⃣ What is Travel Therapy 2️⃣ Travel Therapy Pay 3️⃣ Finding Short Term Housing 4️⃣ Travel Therapy Licensing Process 5️⃣ Travel Therapy Recruiters 6️⃣ Tax Homes for Travel Therapists!
We can’t believe it’s now AUGUST, and we’re approximately 5 months into the COVID-19 pandemic effects in the US! In this episode we update you on what’s been going on with the travel therapy job market! Fortunately, it does seem things are getting *slightly* better—But still not back to where it was before, and still very competitive! Listen in to hear all the updates we gathered from multiple companies, recruiters, managers, and travelers about the current job market, as well as some speculation on what’s to come, and our advice for job seekers!
This is week 5 of our 6 Week mini-series on the basics of travel therapy! In this episode we discuss finding good recruiters, why it’s important to get recommendations, and the process of working with more than one recruiter. Join us each week during this series as we bring you a new podcast/video and article on each topic including: 1️⃣ What is Travel Therapy 2️⃣ Travel Therapy Pay 3️⃣ Finding Short Term Housing 4️⃣ Travel Therapy Licensing Process 5️⃣ Travel Therapy Recruiters, and 6️⃣ Tax Homes for Travel Therapists!
How do Benefits/insurance work as a travel therapist? What are some options travelers use for benefits during and between contracts? In this episode we discuss benefits provided by travel companies, and some options travelers use for insurance and other benefits while on contract, taking time off between contracts, and when switching between companies!
This is week 4 of our 6 Week mini-series on the basics of travel therapy! In this episode we discuss obtaining licenses in each different state as a travel therapist. Join us each week as we bring you a new podcast/video and article on each topic including: 1️⃣ What is Travel Therapy 2️⃣ Travel Therapy Pay 3️⃣ Finding Short Term Housing 4️⃣ Travel Therapy Licensing Process 5️⃣ Travel Therapy Recruiters 6️⃣ Tax Homes for Travel Therapists!
Semi-Retirement as we define it means working only part of the year (6mos or so) while taking off the rest of the year to pursue other interests! A semi-retirement lifestyle is easily achievable with a career in travel therapy. In this episode we discuss how we’ve designed our own lifestyle to work only part of the year while spending several months traveling internationally/domestically and taking time for lots of other endeavors. We also discuss methods for you to pursue a similar path and design your own semi-retirement lifestyle!
This is week 3 of our 6 Week mini-series on the basics of travel therapy! In this episode we discuss finding short term housing as a travel therapist. Join us each week as we bring you a new podcast/video and article on each topic including: 1️⃣ What is Travel Therapy 2️⃣ Travel Therapy Pay 3️⃣ Finding Short Term Housing 4️⃣ Travel Therapy Licensing Process 5️⃣ Travel Therapy Recruiters 6️⃣ Tax Homes for Travel Therapists!
In this episode we discuss how our travel plans have changed in 2020, how we’ve shifted gears, and plans for our upcoming road trip around the US! We also give some insights on what we think are the best ways to be conscientious while traveling in 2020. Last- we’d love your feedback on our route for our road trip!
This is week 2 of our 6 week mini series on the basics of travel therapy! In this episode we discuss travel therapy pay & how it works! Tune in each week as we bring you a podcast/video + an article on each topic including: 1️⃣ What is Travel Therapy 2️⃣ Travel Therapy Pay 3️⃣ Travel Therapy Housing 4️⃣ Travel Therapy Licensing Process 5️⃣ Travel Therapy Recruiters 6️⃣ Tax Homes for Travel Therapists!
Financial Independence (FI): having enough income to pay one’s living expenses without working. Jared was able to achieve Financial Independence by age 30, based on living a modest lifestyle with low expenses! In this episode we discuss what financial independence is, ways to achieve it, why you should care, and how travel therapy can help you get there!
This is the first week of our 6 week mini series on the basics of travel therapy!
Tune in each week as we will bring you a video and article on each of the following topics:
➡️What is Travel Therapy & How Does it Work?
➡️Travel Therapy Pay
➡️Travel Therapy Housing
➡️Travel Therapy Licensing Process
➡️Travel Therapy Recruiters
➡️Tax Homes for Travel Therapists
Should SLPs travel during their clinical fellowship year? The SLP clinical fellowship year is quite different than the first year out from PT and OT school. In this episode we discuss the pros, cons, and considerations for SLP grad students thinking about traveling during their CFY. Tune in to learn all the details!
Finances are a big part of all of our lives. In personal finance, there are two major sides to the equation: income and expenses. Right now income may be a tricky part of the equation for a lot of people, especially travel therapists who may be out of work. In this episode, we discuss some ways to lower your expenses as a travel therapist to improve your financial situation. These tips should help you now and moving forward in your future. (Episode recorded via Facebook Live video on 6/22/20)
There are lots of reasons why therapists might choose to pursue travel therapy jobs. One of them is often to try out an area before planning to move there permanently/semi-permanently. However, there are some limitations to this strategy. At the top of the list is that it’s not always easy to secure a travel job in a specific city— especially recently with how poor the job market is. In this episode, we discuss some of the limitations and considerations for trying to pursue travel therapy jobs in order to relocate to a specific area/city. (Episode recorded via Facebook Live video on 6/14/20)
In this episode, we discuss discrimination issues faced by traveling healthcare professionals. While discrimination occurs worldwide and is not unique only to travel healthcare professionals, we as travelers may be subject to potential discrimination more often as we move around and insert ourselves into new communities and work environments very often. We’ve gathered insight from a variety of our colleagues from all over the country with different backgrounds who have faced varying forms of discrimination on the basis of race, sex, gender identity, and sexual orientation. We will be providing a platform to discuss these issues, as well as provide insight and suggestions we’ve gathered on how we as healthcare professionals can help to improve these issues and reduce discrimination within our community of healthcare providers nationwide. (Episode recorded via Facebook Live video on 6/7/20)
Have you considered Van Life? Are you dreaming of the adventures you’ll have roaming around the country in your van conversion, waking up to amazing views, embracing tiny living? Van Life is definitely “in vogue” right now. In this episode, we discuss why we actually don’t think van life is the best housing solution for travel therapists, and why we ultimately decided RVing was the best tiny living choice for us! Tune in to learn more about the factors to consider when choosing Van Life! (Episode recorded via Facebook Live video on 5/31/20)
So, what’s going on with travel therapy these days? To say 2020 has been a weird year is definitely an understatement. In this episode we give an update on the travel therapy job market as of May 2020! (Episode recorded via Facebook Live video on 5/24/20)
If you’re considering getting into travel therapy, you might be wondering how much money you can expect to make. You probably also have questions about how the pay is broken down & what factors affect your pay. In this episode, we discuss: The breakdown of how travel therapy pay works (taxable vs non taxable pay, hourly pay, stipends, and reimbursements); Where the money comes from (bill rates); Factors that affect pay (facility, staffing company, recruiter, competition, market demand); What a normal “weekly take home pay” is; And what “normal” pay has looked like during the pandemic and current job market! (Episode recorded via Facebook Live video on 5/17/20)
In this episode we discuss the RV life, why we decided to stop RVing, and give some insight on RVing vs choosing short term housing as a travel therapist! We lived and traveled in our 5th wheel camper for 3 years and recently sold it! Tune in if you’ve ever considered RVing and want to learn more about the pros and cons! (Episode recorded via Facebook Live video on 5/11/20)
In this episode we give an overview of our experience as traveling physical therapists for the last 5 years (2015-2020), including insights and advice that can help you in your own travel therapy journey! (Episode recorded via Facebook Live video on 5/3/20)