So, You Call Yourself a Traveller
This is for those nurses, therapists, and technologists who call themselves "travellers."
Working as a traveler in the United States attracts individuals who have no dependents, or other reasons which keep them in one location. It also pays better. It allows you to live in parts of the US you might not otherwise have reason to visit, and, because your licensing is arranged for you, and your housing and your relocation costs are paid, it is made easy for you. Finally, you meet new people, make new friends, and learn how things are managed (or mismanaged) in different hospitals.
Working in the Middle East is, in many ways, like a long-term travel assignment:
But there are also significant advantages for those travelers who are motivated by seeing new places, meeting new people, and having new experiences, both personal and professional. Working in Saudi Arabia is geographically and culturally unlike anything you will see in North America. The desert is stark and beautiful, the patients will intrigue you, and your colleagues will be from places as varied as Australia, Palestine, Ireland, and South Africa. You can camp in the desert. You can learn to play golf or tennis, or take lessons in bridge or salsa dancing.
Finally, working as a traveller in the US, you are not paid for vacation time. In Saudi Arabia, on the other hand, you get 54 days of paid vacation per year. That's almost two months of vacation each year, during which time you can see the Pyramids, ski in Switzerland, or hike the Great Wall of China.
So why not do some real traveling?
There are a few very common myths about Saudi Arabia: it's dangerous; you will earn zillions of dollars; everyone hates Americans; women can't travel alone; and the country is technologically backward. None of these are true. more
Helen fondly remembers her first experience in the Kingdom more than 30 years ago, when she lived in the mountains of the western part of the Kingdom. more
The world is a much varied and wonderful place to explore, and Helen has seen much of it. But, she wonders, have recent international events put a damper on others' desire to travel? more
Both Muslims and Christians have been undertaking pilgrimages for more than 1,000 years. Now, having completed the Camino de Santiago in Spain, I have been a pilgrim, too. more
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