Hi, Derek. New member here myself. Congrats on become a PT, its a great field and I found the PT staffs that I worked with (I'm a retired Social Worker) to usually have the best spirits and laugh the loudest of any of the other hospital departments.
...and I will always wonder what they were really doing in there.............hmmmmm.
Great thing about camping is how much money you don't have to spend to see the most fantastic sights. Getting thru grad school on limited funds is a really tough slog sometimes.... and if a backpack is all that's needed for a vacation, you're already ahead of the game.
Later on, being able to take camping trips instead of more expensive family vacations allowed us to have great times without lavish expense over our careers. I think that enjoying the experience of camping while in training was darn good for my head at times, and became especially important after I set foot on the time-to-build-a-business platform. At that point, it was really helpful to have a love of camping to keep me balanced and sane for the next 30 yrs.
Just transitioning to 100% retirement myself, sometimes think that the rest of my life would best be seen as just one looong camping trip. Only this time, I'm leaving my old Trailwise pack & my copy of The Complete Walker
for a 5th wheel & a smartphone link to the Internet. Not as cheap as the backpacking, but I save loads on Ibuprophen.
Look forward to hearing about your adventures!