Working Tourist: Sharpening Your Trade as a Traveler
Even though Joanna Bebawi has been traveling for a year as a Speech-Language Pathologist, she still considers herself to be a “newbie” as a working tourist. She began traveling when reaching a point in her career where she had some uncertainty about where she wanted to settle in the local job market. She decided to check out travel opportunities and hasn’t looked back since.
“I thought I would explore traveling and never knew I would love it so much,” she explains. “I meet so many committed, hardworking colleagues and my network continues to grow.”
Having a family member at home that needs care, Joanna is not your typical traveler, at least not yet she claims. She has been taking assignments that are all within a reasonable driving distance from her home. Joanna is primarily a skilled rehabilitation therapist and has worked in home health and hospital settings as an early pediatric interventionist.
“I love treating all ages, especially when it comes to dysphagia and feeding. My favorite thing is helping my patients get off tube feeding and seeing them through to enjoy eating again!”
The travel experience has pushed Joanna to adapt to jumping into new settings and picking up with patients where others have left off, and this has driven her ability to think on her feet and expand her therapy toolbox. Traveling has honed her therapy skills while also giving her greater insight into how various teams interact.
“It is a great learning experience,” she claims. “I serve a variety of demographic groups where at all stages of the therapy process there is always something to learn from my patients, their families, and my team members.”
For now, Joanna will continue pursuing assignments that are not too far from home, but that hasn’t stopped her from collecting ideas from her patients about various local travel destinations. When asked about what advice she has for anyone who is considering a travel career, she didn’t hesitate with her thoughts.
“Learn to be flexible and be ready to grow. Being a travel therapist really sharpens your trade!”
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