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Best way to get to know an area? Coffee shops. Here’s our favorites.

So, you’re a traveling therapist who loves coffee. Here’s a list of our favorite  spots where you can grab a cup of Joe and take-in the local culture from New York to Seattle.

1. Panther Coffee in Miami

Nestled in the stylish and popular Wynwood neighborhood in Miami, Florida, Panther Coffee is just a 3.5 hour trip from Orlando but an experience unlike any other. Immerse yourself in the colorful and ever-changing Miami lifestyle while taking in all the sights of the city in the heart of this bustling art district. Here, only the finest coffees from around the world are sourced to guarantee each sip is as flavorful as the last. Great care and dedication is poured into every cup, creating a memorable and satisfying experience every time.

2. Toby’s Estate Coffee in Brooklyn

The flagship store and brew school are located at the Toby’s Estate Coffee flagship store in Brooklyn. A La Marzocco Strada AV espresso machine fills the shop with an aroma just as satisfying as that of the fresh locally baked goods that fills the shop. What’s best? You can get a monthly subscription of your favorite brew delivered right to your doorstep (for days you pressed the snooze button a few times too many, of course).

Enjoy Toby's Estate Coffee in Brooklyn while on assignment.

3. The Original Starbucks in Seattle

A traveling coffee lover who’s never visited the original Starbucks in Seattle? Impossible. The Pike Place Starbucks store, also known as the Original Starbucks, was established in 1971 and remains one of the most popular and cherished shops in the country. The history here is as rich as the coffee. Every piece in the shop has it’s own unique story. Due to its significant past, the design remains mostly untouched and is truly a sight to see. Here, you can grab your favorite specialty coffee or the most simple cup of Joe no matter the time of day.

4. Blue Bottle in Oakland

California is a true haven for coffee lovers, as there are enough unique and unforgettable shops to go around. With 21 locations across the Golden State, Blue Bottle has turned itself into a household name, roasting delicious small batches of organic coffee beans in vintage machines, according to Food and Wine magazine. Much like lovers of Toby’s Estate Coffee, you don’t necessarily have to go to a Blue Bottle shop to enjoy its unique brew.  You can create a customized subscription package, choosing between different blends, single origins and espressos all sourced by hand from sustainable coffee farms. Each shipment is roasted to order and shipped within 48 hours to ensure the freshest brew possible.

From the east to the west the love of coffee is a universal fact. Coffee shops have always been a hub for culture and conversation. When traveling on assignment to a new location, there’s no better place to get to know the area and meet new people. Whether you rely on coffee to get you through the day or you’re just a coffee enthusiast, there’s a coffee shop in every city waiting for you.

Heading to the Midwest this summer? Here’s where to kayak

Now that summer’s here, it’s a great time to start thinking about where your next travel therapy adventure awaits. If you’re looking for a destination that lets you embrace Mother Nature, the Midwest has an abundance of kayak spots that encourage you to get outside and soak up the sun on your off days.

As with any sort of activity, kayaking is a challenging recreational sport that can improve overall well-being. It also encourages self-dependence and allows you to become one with nature, which can induce mental clarity and wellness.

No matter your reason for kayaking this summer, here are a few places to get out there if you’re headed to the Midwest for a travel therapy assignment:

1. Lower Wisconsin River

Located in southwest Wisconsin, this river flows through Wisconsin to the Mississippi at 92 miles long. The river is wide and has various sandbars so you can take a break from your water trek to enjoy a nice picnic or even pitch a tent for the night, according to Midwest Weekends. Because the sandbars are constantly moving from the current, it’s important to go into this adventure as mindfully so you don’t get stuck, as Lynne Diebel, a Wisconsin resident advised.

“Always remember to wear a life jacket while kayaking as a precautionary measure.”

“It’s the kind of river where you’re mesmerized by the beauty, and your attention wanders,” Diebel told Midwest Weekends. “But you have to pay attention to the current, because the sandbars are constantly shifting, and you’ll run aground.”

Always remember to wear a life jacket while kayaking as a precautionary measure.

2. Chicago River

Kayaking doesn’t have to take place down a traditional woodsy setting. Those who live for city life can also paddle down the Chicago River while surrounded by breath-taking downtown sights. Rent a kayak from various vendors like Water Riders and enjoy this urban experience during your stay in the Windy City.

3. Multiple rivers in Huron-Manistee National Forest

If you’re looking for a spot that’s equally scenic and soothing, head the Huron-Manistee National Forest. There are five different wild rivers for kayaking, including Ausable, Manistee, Pere Marquette, Pine and White river. Each ranges from a light to average flow, so it’s perfect for those who want to take a pleasant stroll down the water. You can also fish for salmon, steelhead and more while you row, according to the National Forest Foundation.

Summertime makes it easy to spend your days off and time in between assignments out in the fresh air. No matter where you’re headed this summer, take advantage of the natural splendor, and try a new outdoor activity. If you’re intrigued by the kayak spots above and want to find a travel therapy assignment in the Midwest, search through the Jackson Therapy Partners database or contact a recruiter today.

Check out these spring festivals coast-to-coast

Spring has officially sprung, which means you can head outside and spend more time enjoying the gorgeous weather, fresh greenery and other splendor Mother Nature has to offer. While many will escape to their backyards or neighborhood parks to enjoy the spring sunshine, travel therapists like you can pack up and head to a gorgeous location for an assignment with a spring festival nearby.

Looking for a fun new destination to check out this season? Consider pursuing a job near one of these spring festivals happening in the country over the next few weeks:

Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, D.C.

In 1912, the mayor of Tokyo gifted Washington, D.C. 3,000 cherry trees as a symbol of friendship between Japan and the U.S., according to Arlington National Cemetery Tours. As a celebration of these floral tokens, Washington D.C. holds the National Cherry Blossom Festival every spring. This year, locals and travelers alike will gather between March 20 and April 14 to celebrate with various events that entail blossom viewings by bike, art gallery views and the Pink Tie Party.

California Poppy Festival in Lancaster

Looking for a floral celebration on the West Coast? Check out the California Poppy Festival. Presented by the city of Lancaster on April 27 and 28, this wildflower celebration gives visitors a chance to soak up the sun and experience the joy of blooming poppies. Enjoy entertainment by dance, orchestra and vocal performers and pursue various family-friendly attractions like the petting zoo, arts and crafts zone, and the car show.

Head to Lancaster for the California Poppy Festival.

New Orleans Wine and Food Experience

Looking for an enriching experience down south that showcases the best food and drink Louisiana has to offer? The New Orleans Wine and Food Experience will celebrate its 27th anniversary this year between April 4 and 7. It’s a celebration that emphasizes over two dozen of the city’s restaurants and brings a selection of 1,000 different wines from all over the world for visitors to indulge in cultural splendor. What’s best? The festival is also a charity and has raised over $1.2 million for many local non-profit organizations since its inception.

Lilac Festival in Rochester, New York

Spring is all about celebrating the rebirth of Mother Nature’s finest, and Rochester, New York, takes part in the love for flowers as well. The Rochester Lilac Festival in Highland Park is the largest free festival in the country, encouraging visitors to check out the gardens, musical performances, special events and other fun and exciting exhibits the town has to offer. Art in the Park, the Lilac Parade, Garden Battles and the wine and beer tasting expo are among the events to check out between May 10 and 19.

Looking for a travel therapy assignment located near one of these fun spring festivals? Browse through the Jackson Therapy Partners database today to look for opportunities in your desired destination.

4 new year’s goals for Traveling Therapists

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How are you doing with your new year goals, so far? While some of you have focused on bettering your  health – especially with exercise or improved diet – others of you are getting organized or letting go of past grudges. Maybe you’ve even considered a new career path or simply bettering your current position professionally. The truth is, it’s tough to self analyze and come-up with attainable goals every year. So, this year, we did it for you.

1. Explore new perspectives, advance your education

Therapy is an incredibly diverse field that’s rich with case studies, differing viewpoints, and the latest techniques. As you know, there’s always something new to learn. This year, don’t just spend time continuing your education. Instead, engage in new dialogues, join new groups, or even take a course studying a perspective you’re not fully aligned with. Perhaps you can do your own research and build a 2019 reading list challenge for yourself. At minimum, attend a conference or workshop near you. Use 2019 as your year to grow.

2. Start practicing what you preach

No matter what type of therapy you practice, you’re intervening in a patients life to help them heal, overcome, and progress forward. What do you need to overcome? What’s standing in your way of being more healthy, more clear-headed, or just more? This year, practice what you preach. When you suggest a new type of exercise, try it yourself. If you’re recommending a plant-based diet, give it a go for a month. If you’re advocating for a new option for stress relief, check it out on your own. Don’t just help your patients, help yourself.

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 3. Network more 

As a traveling therapist, there’s an everlasting drive to explore. Sometimes, the adventurer in you can take priority over your professional growth. Don’t miss the opportunities locally and online to rub shoulders with other professionals in your field. According to the Career Addict, not only can you help up-and-coming professionals through mentoring, but you’ll open doors for yourself whether it’s a move-up, a move geographically, a move into becoming more of an “influencer” in your field through speaking events or writing opportunities. If for no other reason, life as a traveling therapist isn’t all roses so, you can benefit from the positive reinforcement of being with others just like you.

4. Get outside of your comfort zone

Yes, travel therapy is for those with a case of wanderlust, but you may have found yourself slipping into activities or living in areas inside your “comfort zone.” It’s time to challenge yourself and grow a little bit. Start by reevaluating where you’ve traveled over the last few months. If you’ve ended up on the east coast for most of your career in travel therapy, head to California for an assignment. It’s a new culture with a new environment and certainly, a new world of adventure waiting for you. If you’ve stayed in the continental U.S., check out the job opportunities in Hawaii or even Alaska.

No matter what year it is, your end goal should be to grow as a traveling therapist. We hope these resolutions will help you throughout the year to increase your chances for sustainable professional and personal growth.

Things to do while on assignment in Charleston this December

Winter is here and the holiday season is upon us. If you’re on a travel therapy assignment in Charleston, South Carolina this month, don’t worry about feeling bored or lonely. There are plenty of thrilling activities you can enjoy in this charming city without dealing with the crowds of people that often flood the place during the summertime.

With an average base salary for physical and occupational therapists in Charleston standing just below $80,000, according to Glassdoor, you’ll have enough funds to save for one – or more – of the following events and attractions in the beloved Chucktown:

Head to the beach

While the weather may not be as warm during this time of year, it’s still comfortable enough to take a walk in the sand down the shore line of one of Charleston’s beaches. Thrillist recommended checking out Folly Beach, Isle of Palms, Sullivan’s Island Edisto, Kiawah, or Seabrook during your stay. All locations are free of charge.

Check out the aquarium

Another great activity for the sea lovers, the South Carolina Aquarium is a must-visit. Here, you can enjoy thousands of different aquatic animals ranging from otters and sharks to adorable sea turtles. According to Traveler of Charleston, the Zucker Family Sea Turtle Recovery area of the aquarium is an exhibit you can’t miss – you can witness the rehabilitation of injured sea turtles and watch them released back into the ocean via TV monitor!

Invite your family to visit the aquarium during your stay in Charleston.

Walk down Rainbow Row

Known as one of the most iconic sites in all of South Carolina, Rainbow Row is a fresh breath of air. It’s a row of 14 houses painted in bright, pastel hues that can’t be missed. According to Free Tours by Foot, there are various theories behind the meaning of the colorful houses. One is that the houses were used to catch the attention of the drunken sailor to help guide them home. Another is that the merchants used it as an advertising scheme. Others believe that the bright pastels were used to lower the property temperatures during the warm months. No matter the history behind the houses, one thing’s for sure: it’s one of the most beautiful, monumental sites in the world and can’t be passed up.

Visit Battery Park

According to Travel Pulse, a trip to Battery Park is the only way to complete a stay in Charleston. It’s cornered by Copper river on one side, and Ashley river on the other, offering gorgeous sights of the water no matter where you’re standing. Beyond its beauty, visitors can bask in the glory of its history – this site was named after the Civil War coastal defense artillery battery left here.

Don’t miss out on your chance to enjoy wintertime during your assignment in Charleston. Set aside some time to try one of these activities with your coworkers, or invite close family and friends for a quick visit before you embark on your next destination.