Island Dreaming

Just a quick entry for you folks today. Thought I would give an update on my current job search and some of the obstacles I’m running into.

Regular readers know my wife, Kate, and I are both PTs who travel together and know that this sometimes presents some unique challenges. Mainly, we need two PT jobs when we travel instead of just one.

Island of Hawai‘i, Hawaii

Kona coffee every morning.

Our hope this summer is to return to Hawaii. We worked in Waikiki a few years back and after a couple consecutive years of assignments in the more Northern reaches of our country, we’re ready for some sun and water. This time, we’d like to try to avoid the city and check out an island other than Oahu.

I try not to rant on here too much, but I really wish we could have some more reciprocity between states with our licenses, like the nurses do. It took almost three months to reinstate our Hawaii licenses – a process which should have been easy, but dragged on mostly because of mistakes by state board staff in several different states. Anyhow, we now have our Hawaii licenses current and even have a possible job on the big island (Hawaii).

Normally, we would be psyched to have a lead on a job in Hawaii this far out from our start date (4 weeks), but our situation got a little bit spicier this week. Two jobs on Nantucket materialized and got us thinking a bit more Easterly.

Nantucket, MA

Nantucket – 30 miles off the coast of Cape Cod. Very expensive.

Nantucket sounds like a great time – but, it comes with a few challenges: 1. We’d really like to be in Hawaii. 2. Housing prices are ridiculous. The only Nantucket posting on airbnb.com right now is a house available for rent at $40,000 per month! There’s no camping on Nantucket, so a trailer or RV are out. I’m trying to wrap my head around how living in a house boat for 3 months would go. (I think it would go pretty awesome!) If these Nantucket gigs work out, I think we’re going to have to ask for higher pay to help buffer the cost of living.

That’s all for now, just a quick update and I hope to have more to share soon.

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