Travel Physical Therapy Ebook

The Ultimate Guide to Travel Physical Therapy


Six-Figure Traveler – The Ultimate Guide to Travel Physical Therapy

You’re reading this because you’re thinking about becoming a traveling physical therapist, or you’re already a traveler who wants to know more. Congratulations! You’ve chosen a completely unconventional way to live and you’re not accepting normal. Before you started PT school, you probably knew nothing about travel physical therapy. Then you went to a conference or a job fair and met a recruiter, one of your classmates mentioned travel, or you saw a video online about travel PT. Your interest was piqued, and now you’re reading this book.

I’m writing this book for several reasons.

  1. There are misconceptions about travel physical therapy – The advantages and disadvantages, how much it pays, the difference between permanent jobs (“going perm”) and travel jobs, and how to find the best travel jobs.
  2. There’s a lack of good resources about travel physical therapy, even on the internet – Much of the information is provided by recruiters themselves. Most of that information is reliable, but it’s biased, and no recruiter I know has ever been a traveler. NewGradPhysicalTherapy has released several articles in the past year to educate PTs about travel, and I recommend you read all of them. This e-book aims to provide everything you need or want to know about travel PT, and should be the ultimate guide to traveling physical therapy.
  3. The information that is currently available is disparate – There is no central resource for travel PTs and I wanted to create an essential guide. My hope is that this book becomes a resource to which you refer frequently, and that one day you can make six figures traveling the country.

I don’t know why you are considering traveling physical therapy.

  • Maybe you want to travel and see places you’ve never seen.
  • Maybe you want to make a little extra money to pay off those student loans as quickly as possible.
  • Maybe you like the itinerant lifestyle.
  • Maybe you don’t want to be conventional.

I don’t know what it is. The fact is, you’re reading this because you want to travel, are already traveling, or are at least considering travel PT.

When I was in PT school, I never had any intention of becoming a travel PT. My focus was surviving PT school, graduating, and passing the board exam. Not until the last trimester of school did I begin to wonder where I was going to work. I remember seeing a video of a traveling PT in my first trimester, and my immediate reaction was, “no way.”

I wouldn’t want to travel to different places every three to four months, live with other people, and drive across the country.

My life was so comfortable during PT school, why would I consider anything else? I lived in a condo by myself two miles from the school, only two miles from the beach. Why would I want to sacrifice this lifestyle so I could go work at a skilled nursing facility in the middle of Mississippi, even if I could make extra money?

I didn’t consider travel PT for two and a half years. It wasn’t on the radar. A couple of my professors and former classmates told me that employers demanded more from travel PTs. They said I would have to “hit the ground running” and that there would be no mentorship. They told me that it wasn’t for new grads and that I should get a year of experience first before I started to travel.

Some of these claims were true, and some weren’t. The only way to find out was to become a travel PT myself and see what was true, and what wasn’t, and to get the facts.

As I write this book, I’ve been a travel PT for a little over a year in four different states in five different cities, and I’ve worked with multiple recruiters. I’ve learned a lot since I was a neophyte.

The point of this book is to help you understand travel PT and how to master the game. Yes, it’s a game. There’s a lot of negotiation, a lot of phone calls, tons of interviews, and many other considerations.

This game is filled with trade-offs, and you are not always going to get everything what you want. Your “dream job” probably doesn’t exist, and you’re going to have to accept trade-offs. Every job will have disadvantages. But if you play the game right, you can find better jobs in better locations, and even make six figures doing so.

As far as I know, this is the first comprehensive e-book on travel PT.

When I was in PT school, not too long ago, there was very little quality information about travel PT. There were videos on YouTube, but NewGradPhysicalTherapy was still nascent had not yet covered the topic. Student Doctor Network had a few threads on traveling.

My point is that information on travel PT was limited, unreliable, and scarce, and even in 2017, it still is, a few blogs and Facebook groups notwithstanding. There were certainly no e-books that I was aware of. I hope this book becomes a valuable tool and helps you decide whether or not you want to become a traveler.

If you do choose to become a traveler, then this book should help guide you.

The Six-Figure Traveler discusses everything you would want to know about traveling:

  • The pros and cons
  • The advantages and disadvantages
  • Negotiating pay
  • Making more money
  • Extending contracts
  • Finding quality housing
  • Taxes
  • Finding the right job
  • Interviewing tips
  • Transitioning to a permanent job
  • Myths and facts, and more

The portion of the book I wrote is the culmination of my hours of thought and introspection. Just as Leonardo da Vinci would stare at a blank canvas for hours before he started to paint, I thought about this book for many hours before I started to write.

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About Kevin Burciaga

Kevin Burciaga
I'm a physical therapist, but what most don't know is that I suffered multiple eating disorders in my 20's. When I'm not advancing the physical therapy profession, I'm showing others how to overcome destructive eating patterns. Find me at or speak with me at


  1. Monique Cofino

    This is a WONDERFUL research. I am also a USA grad and was surprised at the little amount of resources available online and through the school. This helped me further understand and decide on whether or not to do travel as a new grad.

  2. Kevin Burciaga

    Thanks for the comment! One of the reasons I wrote this is because there was a paucity of good information about travel PT.

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