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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.

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.

6 fun outdoor activities to try this fall

 

Now that the trick-or-treaters have gone it’s the perfect time as a traveling therapist to get out and enjoy some of the fun outdoor activities that bring out the nostalgia and cure the homesickness. Plus, it’s a great opportunity to get to know some of your coworkers or other travel therapists nearby.

Add these festive events to your agenda this month:

1. Go on a ghost walk through town
Whether you’re on assignment along the West Coast, practicing in New England or making way down south, there’s plenty of opportunity to enjoy the crisp fall air on a ghost walk through America’s most haunted cities. According to Time Out, some of the best ghost tours are in Savannah, New York City and San Francisco.

2. Visit a pumpkin patch
Looking for the perfect pumpkin to transform into a pie or decorate your front porch? Grab a few friends and head to the local pumpkin patch. And don’t let those pumpkin seeds go to waste – toss them with cinnamon sugar and roast them in the oven for a sweet and tasty fall treat.

Go apple picking this October. Go apple picking this fall.

3. Go apple picking
A trip to the pumpkin patch is key, but apple picking is a fall classic – especially if you’re on assignment on the East Coast. It’s the perfect place to grab the delicious fruit for a tasty apple crisp or as a treat for your clients.

4. Get lost in a corn maze
Gather your coworkers and head to a corn maze for a fun and exciting adventure. There are plenty of family-friendly options, but more difficult mazes exist for those who are up for the challenge.

6. Go on a hay ride
If the corn maze isn’t thrilling enough for you, grab tickets to the nearest hay ride at a local fall festival. Use this opportunity to taste the local dishes, make new friends, and experience an all new adventure.

No matter how you plan on spending this fall, consider all of these activities an opportunity to get to know other therapists practicing in your area. Traveling on assignment can be intimidating when you’re constantly moving from destination to destination, but fun activities dedicated to the season can help you put yourself out there and ease the tension that comes with meeting new people.

Enjoy #SharkWeek every week in these states as a Traveling Therapist

We thought Shark Week was the perfect time to highlight the states across the U.S. where Shark viewing is at its finest. If you’ve ever wanted to get closer to this incredible animal, consider a travel contract in one of the following states where an exciting shark adventure is waiting for you.

Rhode Island

If you want to dive with with these great fish, Rhode Island is actually a great place to live and experience this adventure. Joe Rameiro, a Shark Week cinematographer, told USA Today that both mako sharks and blue sharks pass through the waters off of New England during summer and fall. He reported that it’s one of the few locations in the world that divers can encounter these types.

California

It’s not uncommon for popular beaches to be closed due to sightings of large sharks close to shore in the southern part of the state. San Diego or La Jolla are great choices for a planned shark diving excursion. Or if you’re in Northern California, San Francisco’s chilly waters offer a perfect habitat for great whites. Don’t worry, you don’t have to get in the water to see sharks in California. The Golden State is home to the Monterey Bay Aquarium, one of the premier aquariums in the world. The facility is home to a number of shark species, including blacktip reef sharks, broadnose sevengill sharks, leopard sharks, white sharks and many more.

Georgia 

If you’re looking for a less intense shark experience, you may want to consider working and living in Georgia. Atlanta is home to the Georgia Aquarium, which is the second best aquarium in the world, and the top in the U.S., according to Trip Advisor.  The facility features 10 million gallons of water filled with a variety of sea creatures, including whale sharks, which are the largest living fish species.

However, if you really have your heart set on swimming with sharks, the aquarium does offer guests the opportunity to get in the water. The Journey with Gentle Giants program is the only opportunity in the world that guarantees you the chance to swim with these gigantic fish. The two and a half hour experience costs $235.95 for non-members.

 

 

 

Hawaii

If you needed another reason to live in the tropical paradise that is Hawaii, sharks could be it. This island state is the only one in the U.S. entirely surrounded by water, which makes your access to sharks convenient from just about any location. However, the North Shore may be your best bet.

“Hawaii is known for its beautiful beaches and big waves, but it’s also known for its amazing shark-diving action with Galapagos sharks,” Andy Casagrande IV, a Shark Week cinematographer, said in an interview with USA Today. “These feisty sharks congregate in the deep blue waters off the North Shore of Oahu and can be found mixing it up with sandbar sharks and tiger sharks. Tourists can view these awesome sharks from the safety of a shark cage and watch as they glide past.”

Florida

Only Alaska has more coastline than Florida. The Sunshine State is a great location for people looking to get up close and personal with marine life.According to the University of Florida’s Florida Sea Grant program, common sharks in the state’s waters include the blacktip shark, sandbar shark, spinner shark, nurse shark, scalloped hammerhead shark, bonnethead shark and sharpnose shark.

Another advantage of living in Florida is that you’re just a short flight away from Caribbean islands such as the Bahamas and Fiji, which have numerous world-known spots for diving with sharks.

North Carolina

According to Conde Nast Traveler, North Carolina should be on your shark diving bucket list. The magazine recommended diving in Wilmington, where you can see the wreckage of the Papoose, a tanker that was sunk by a German submarine in 1942. Sand tiger sharks can regularly be seen swimming around the sunken ship, making it an ideal diving spot if you’re hoping to swim with these sea creatures.