Introduction

I’m Dr. Jared Casazza and I am a full-time traveling physical therapist. I graduated with my Doctor of Physical Therapy degree in 2015 and am currently traveling the country in a fifth wheel camper with my girlfriend and fellow travel PT, Whitney. Although physical therapy is how I make a living and one of my main passions, I have several other interests that I pursue in my free time. These include: financial independence, personal finance, bodybuilding/powerlifting, nutrition, supplementation, credit card rewards, travel hacking, investing, hiking, and real estate. I have an insatiable thirst for knowledge and I hope that this blog can be a place that I can share some of what I have learned to this point. Thank you for reading and I hope you enjoy! Feedback, criticism and discussion is always appreciated.

16 thoughts on “Introduction

  1. Jared, I read this and feel like I was reading something that I wrote about my life and interests. My girlfriend is an OT and we have been traveling with our 5th wheel for a little over 2 years. I enjoyed the read and I am interested in your financial pursuits to obtain independence. Keep up the good work!

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    • Awesome! I love physical therapy but I have been thoroughly fascinated with personal finance and investing for a while. I have a post coming in the next week or so about what financial independence means to me and I’d love to hear what you think about it. How’s the 5th wheel life been for you?

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  2. Jared, I just completed my first year of PT school and have planned to work as a travel PT, living in a 5th wheel from the beginning. I’ve really appreciated reading your blog, especially the financial information! If you’re so inclined, it would be great to read your/Whitney’s thoughts on the experience of living in the trailer, tips on maintenance, finding sites, proximity to the clinic, meeting friends, etc. Thanks again!

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  3. Hi Jared, I am a third year DPT student and have been planning to do traveling while living in an RV since starting school. I have found your page so helpful, thank you! My main question is about weekly income. I may be a bit confused but $1400-$1800 seems like very little compared to the “hype” of traveling pay. I thought you usually make no less than $100,000/year. Can you explain a bit more? Thanks!

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    • Hey, Krista. That sound like an awesome plan to me! Those amounts are “bring home pay” or what’s left after taxes are taken out. $1,500/week * 52 weeks = $78,000 a year AFTER taxes. To put that in terms of before tax you can use a site like paycheckcity.com. For a single person filing their taxes with no dependents, this after tax amount would be the equivalent of about $2,320/week before taxes. $2,320 * 52= ~$120,000/year. Of course this number will change based on your state taxes, actual weekly pay, and how many weeks you take off of work per year, but $100,000 per year isn’t too hard to achieve with travel.

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  4. Hi Jared-
    I’m a traveling PTA for 5 years and doing it with a travel trailer mostly on west coast! I love it and going to follow your blog. It’s a great life!
    Dawn PTA LMT

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  5. Hi Jared,
    I’m planning to start doing travel PT in a few months from now and really interested in living in an RV while I do it as well! One of the recruiters I spoke to told me that you needed to have your permanent address (of course) but also your temporary address while you’re on assignment. Is this something you’ve been required to do and is it problematic with living in an RV and not having an address?
    Thanks!
    Shelly

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    • Hey, Shelly! You need to have duplicate expenses to be eligible for the tax free stipends. While in the camper, as long as you are staying at a campground, you’ll have a monthly rent payment and an address associated with your site. From everything I’ve read, this satisfies the requirements because you truly do have duplicate housing expenses while in a campground as long as you’re paying rent/mortgage payment at a permanent location as well. I hope that helps! Feel free to reach out to me if you have any other questions and good luck with traveling!

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  6. Hey Jared 🙂 Love your blog. I am currently working as a travel nurse, and my husband graduates in May with his DPT, so we’ll be able to travel together soon. Looks like we have a lot of the same interests and goals!

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