My dream for a long time was to become a physical therapist. When I graduated from PT school in 2014, I had a permanent job in Nashville that I loved. I loved helping my patients feel better and having a positive impact on their lives. I just didn’t know at the time how much of a positive impact they would have on mine.
Working in the healthcare field, especially in a field where my job was to take care of people and their physical impairments, I started to appreciate life a little more. As I listened to my patients’ stories, I learned that I didn’t have time to take my health for granted. I wanted to do things while I still could. I decided to start crossing things off my bucket list early. So not long after that decision, I booked a month-long backpacking trip to Australia for January of 2016.
Like most other jobs, I was only supposed to get 2 weeks of vacation for the whole year. However, my boss supported my dreams of traveling, gave me 4 weeks off and promised that my patients would be taken care of while I was gone. So as I was preparing to leave for my trip, I informed all of my patients that I would be gone for awhile. And I was grateful for all of their supportive responses. If anyone understood why I was taking off on this journey, it was my patients. I heard over and over again: “Don’t wait until you retire”. “If you wait until you’re older, you may not be able to do the things you want to do”. “Honey, just go. You never know what life has in store for you”. So I listened.
I had an amazing experience in Australia and even took 1 week to visit New Zealand. I went down there with no plans, no schedule, no routine, no appointments. I was completely free.
I came back home completely high on life. Then I went back to my job, with my same daily routine, the same scenery. My life was just fine. But that’s it. Just fine. I wanted more.
I knew long-term traveling without working was no option for me. And I didn’t want to quit my profession. I absolutely loved being a physical therapist. My patients had such a huge impact on my life, and I was thankful for that. So I started looking into travel physical therapy.
Mike and I met in college in Ohio and had been friends for over 10 years. We started talking about traveling together in Feb. 2016. We both had the same ideas about life and wanting to experience more. So we both decided to quit our current jobs, start dating, and travel the world together.