The Wanderlust PTs
"Don't do it." Those words escaped the mouths of many of my doubters.
Not sure if it was the toddler mentality that took over—like when your parents told you not to touch something and you did it anyway—or just that I had been dreaming of it for over a year.
My friends who started as traveling physical therapists (PT) raved about their ability to experience new places and settings, meet new people, grow professionally, and pay off student loans.
So my mind was already set. I was going to become a travel PT.
On the other hand, Jess, my girlfriend at the time, was not convinced. She feared the unknown, feared missing home, friends, and family, and was not eager to step out of her comfort zone.
I made a deal with her, "Let's just try it for 13 weeks and if we don't like it we can come home." She agreed.
That was 8 years ago.
Since then, we've learned valuable information about the ins and outs of being a traveling PT.
We love what we do and the lifestyle we've created, and we quickly realized that we needed to share what we learned with others who want to pursue this type of lifestyle too.
In 2016, we established WanderlustPTs to help and serve as a resource for aspiring traveling PTs as well as to connect them with us.
If you too want to experience multiple settings and places, work among variety-skilled clinicians, grow professionally and personally, pay off student loan debt, and find balance between work and play, we invite you to join us at APTA's National Student Conclave in Providence, Rhode Island, October 11-13, 2018, to learn how we've done it and how you, too, can do it successfully.
In the meantime, follow our current 8-week cross-country road trip in our DIY campervan on Instagram and Facebook. Cheers!
Gabe Renzi, PT, DPT, and Jessica Renzi, PT, DPT, are cofounders of WanderlustPTs. You can connect with them on Instagram and Facebook.