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Travel Respiratory Therapy Technician Salary & Perks

Travel respiratory jobs pay well. In general, the pay is higher than staff jobs and include additional perks (beyond the high pay) too. Travelers choose where they want to go and set their own priorities which could include finding the highest paying assignments, building their resumes at top-notch facilities, expanding their skill set by working with different patient populations or simply enjoying the experience of living in amazing cities across the USA .

If pay is your priority, it’s easiest to let a recruiter help focus your search. Apply now and we’ll assign you an expert who makes your goals their goals. Let them know if you’re looking for high pay, resume-building hospitals or specific locations. They’ll help you find a respiratory travel job you’ll love.

Why Do Hospitals Open Travel Respiratory Jobs?

Hospitals across the country experience gaps in care, so travel respiratory therapy jobs are plentiful. Always wanted to surf a Waikiki wave or try a slice of authentic Chicago deep dish? This could be your chance!

If a staff technician takes leave or a hospital experiences census fluctuations, travel therapists jump in to help. Feel free to check in frequently to see what’s new. We update our list of open respiratory therapy jobs every day.

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Aya travelers have an entire support team including an expert recruiter, credentialing specialist, payroll representative, compliance liaison and travel experience specialist.

We help with housing. Depending on the assignment, we’ll provide a stipend or you can take the easy route and let us put you up.

You'll get premium medical, dental, vision and life insurance. Everything starts day one of your assignment!

We offer a 401(k) with a generous match, stipends and, on certain contracts, reimbursement for things like tuition, travel, licensing and more!

We send holiday treats and pizza on your birthday (because coworkers become friends when you share pizza)! You'll love that warm feeling you get when your company cares about you.

Frequently Asked Questions

The average length for a travel assignment is 13 weeks, but that varies. Some are longer and others are as short as 4 weeks.

As previously mentioned, travel jobs usually pay better than staff jobs. New jobs open all the time, so ask your recruiter for a current list of high-paying jobs. If you don’t have a recruiter yet, apply today and we’ll put you in touch with someone who’s happy to help!

Travel jobs are available for all specialties. We’re currently hiring CRTs, EEGs, pulmonary specialists, RRTs (including NICU) and sleep techs.

All 50 states have open travel respiratory therapy jobs at different times. Browse jobs now to see the latest!

Pulmonary medicine associates work with patients who have breathing and/or cardiopulmonary disorders. They assist with patients of all ages, from premature babies to the elderly – and they’re needed all over the country.

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Everything you should know, what is travel respiratory therapy, who can be a travel respiratory therapist, why do i want to be a travel rt, how do i get started.

Travel respiratory therapy is a contract-based career for respiratory therapists who are wishing to help fill shortages at facilities across the country. Travel respiratory therapist jobs tend to range in length from 8 to 26 weeks, with most lasting 13 weeks. With the availability to take on positions in all 50 U.S. states, RTs can take their career to the next level with the freedom to travel every three months!

Anyone can be a travel respiratory therapist by attending and graduating from a respiratory therapist school or program, and having the desire to provide high-quality care while traveling the country. We recommend at least one year of experience before accepting any travel respiratory therapist jobs. Travel RT professionals are in high demand. A strong foundation in respiratory therapy and the ability to adapt to change will help you thrive in this role.

Why not? A travel respiratory therapist salary can mean competitive pay, amazing benefits packages, and free or low-cost housing. Plus, RTs have their pick of which states they want to reside in. Gain a new sense of adventure and independence by experiencing the U.S. as few get to do.

Travel respiratory therapy jobs come with a unique set of requirements and opportunities. The first step in getting started as a travel RT is to determine if traveling makes sense for you. Once you determine that travel respiratory therapy is right for you, you’ll want to contact a reliable travel RT staffing company. Then you can begin your relationship with an experienced recruiter who will guide you through finding and starting your first travel respiratory therapist assignment.

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Certified respiratory therapists (CRTs) provide care for patients who have trouble breathing and have been invaluable in helping patients with chronic respiratory diseases like COVID-19. Respiratory Therapists also care for patients with asthma or emphysema and provide emergency care to patients suffering from heart attacks, drowning, or shock.

Cardiopulmonary and respiratory therapy professionals are in demand around the country, and Marketplace offers employment for travel respiratory therapy jobs in every kind of facility and location. Here, you have the freedom to compare perks and benefits offered by staffing agencies in one place - including pay packages, 401k plans, medical, and dental insurance. So create a profile and find travel respiratory therapist jobs today!

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Travel Respiratory Therapy FAQ

How Much Do Respiratory Therapists Make?

The salary of a travel respiratory therapist can vary significantly depending on the experience and education as well as the location, facility, and type of shift worked. The median salary for a respiratory therapist was $91,680 in 2020 with most earning between $75,360 and $106,060 according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Entry-level respiratory therapists or those with the lowest 10% salary earned around $63,530, while the highest 10% earned more than $126,780. Typically, travel respiratory therapist opportunities will provide higher hourly and weekly pay than permanent positions in the same location, though this varies widely by assignment.

Certified Respiratory Therapists will typically make less than a Registered Respiratory Therapist because they hold an entry-level certification while RRTs hold a more advanced certification. According to Salary.com , Certified Respiratory Therapist jobs pay an average salary of $65,577 with most jobs paying between $58,412 and $71,747. The median salary for a Registered Respiratory Therapist position in the United States is over 7% higher at $70,445, with most jobs paying between $64,013 and $76,588.

Where are the Highest Paying Respiratory Therapist Jobs?

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California pays the highest average salary according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics with an average annual wage of $87.190 and an hourly wage of $41.92. This is followed by the District of Columbia ($82,940 per year, $39.88 per hour), New York ($79,840 per year, $38.39 per hour), Hawaii ($77,930 per year, $37.47 per hour), and Nevada ($77,380 per year, $37.20 per hour).

One thing to keep in mind as a travel respiratory therapist is that seeking the highest paying contract does not always mean that you will get paid the most when factoring in the cost of living of each state. When comparing adjusted respiratory therapy salaries, Nevada, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Washington State, and Kansas make up the top five highest paying states.

What Does a Respiratory Therapist Do?

Respiratory therapists work alongside doctors and nurses as vital members of the healthcare team. Respiratory Therapy provides care for the lungs and CRTs possess advanced knowledge in the anatomy and function of the respiratory system.

The goal of a respiratory therapist is to ensure that a patient’s breathing functions are operating at the highest levels of performance. A respiratory therapist cares for patients suffering from chronic respiratory diseases, such as asthma, cystic fibrosis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and emphysema. They also help treat diseases, infections, or viruses of the cardiopulmonary system, and work with lung cancer patients, as well as those with bronchitis, pneumonia, and COVID-19. Respiratory Therapists also provide life-saving care to patients suffering from heart attacks, stroke, drowning, shock, or other trauma.

The job duties of a respiratory therapist will vary depending on the level of supervision, type of healthcare facility, and the respiratory care services provided by the facility they work for. However, their primary responsibilities will always involve the diagnosis and treatment of breathing disorders.

How to Become a Travel Respiratory Therapist?

To travel as a respiratory therapist, you must complete a respiratory therapy education program at the associate’s or bachelor’s level that is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC). Those pursuing immediate entry into the field can complete an associate degree that includes two full academic years of study and clinical experience.

A Bachelor's degree is typically a four-year program that provides a more in-depth study in respiratory care techniques and additional clinical experiences. There are few offerings for a master's degree in respiratory therapy as it is not required to become a respiratory therapist.

Certification & License Requirements

The National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC) is the only accredited credentialing body for respiratory care. The NBRC administers the Therapist Multiple-Choice (TMC) Examination for those who meet the requirements to test.

The examination offers two cut scores that determine whether the candidate will receive credentials as a Certified Respiratory Therapist or Registered Respiratory Therapist (provided the candidate is eligible for the RRT exam based on education requirements).

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It is important to ensure your credentials are correct before applying for a respiratory therapist travel job. Creating a profile with Marketplace is one effortless way to store and share employment history, education & certification, licenses, references, and any other professional documents. Marketplace also offers multiple agencies specializing in allied health travel, and the recruiters are available to provide support at every stage of your travel career.

What is the Difference Between a CRT and an RRT?

Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT)

The CRT certification is a measure of essential knowledge, skills, and abilities required of respiratory therapists at entry into practice. The candidate must be a graduate of at least a two-year degree program supported or accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC) CoARC and have achieved a low-cut score on the TMC to earn the CRT credential. The TMC education requirement may make them ineligible for the next level of the TMC exam.

Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT)

The registered respiratory therapists certification recognizes the individual as having advanced clinical skills, advanced decision-making skills, and further training to act in a consulting role in matters concerning patient care planning and treatment. The candidate must be a graduate of a two-year or a four-year degree program accredited by CoARC, have achieved the high cut score on the TMC, and passed the Clinical Simulation Examination (CSE) portion of the exam to earn the Registered Respiratory Therapist credential. For these reasons, the RRT credential is generally preferred by most employers.

Where are there CRT Travel Jobs Available?

Travel Respiratory Therapists are in demand all across the country in a variety of healthcare settings. Travel respiratory therapy jobs provide the opportunity for an RRT or CRT to explore different parts of the country, gain valuable career experience, and work with a wide variety of patients and facilities.

Most respiratory therapists work in acute-care hospital settings, including critical access, community, teaching, surgical, long-term acute care (LTACH), and rehab hospitals. Within the hospitals, respiratory therapists can be found in the emergency room, the intensive care unit, medical-surgical units, the newborn or pediatric intensive care unit, or the pulmonary diagnostics laboratory, among others. They work with patients of all ages, from premature infants with underdeveloped lungs to senior citizens with advanced chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

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What are Benefits for Travel Respiratory Therapists?

Traveling as an Allied Health practitioner provides a number of personal and career benefits. Travel respiratory therapist assignments provide competitive pay packages, as they are needed all across the country. Respiratory therapy positions are expected to grow by 23% by 2030 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) , respiratory therapists will be in demand for years to come. This demand allows travel respiratory therapists more flexible career options.

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Here, we delve into the unique world of respiratory therapist travel jobs, discussing the career outlook, qualifications , average salaries, and a lot more. Whether you're a seasoned respiratory therapist wanting to explore a new angle to your profession, or a fresher looking for a rewarding career path, this comprehensive guide aims to provide you all the information you need.

Overview of Respiratory Therapist Travel Jobs

Respiratory therapists are healthcare professionals who specialize in treating patients with breathing and cardiopulmonary disorders. Travel respiratory therapists take temporary assignments around the country, allowing them to gain experience in different hospitals while earning higher pay than staff therapists.

Travel therapists sign short-term contracts, usually 13 weeks, to work in medical facilities that need to temporarily fill openings. Assignments may be extended if the facility continues to need coverage. Travel therapists are recruited and placed by staffing agencies that handle the logistics of licensing, insurance, housing, and more.

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Understanding the Role of a Traveling Respiratory Therapist

The day-to-day work of a travel therapist is similar to a staff therapist. Responsibilities may include:

  • Assessing patients and developing respiratory care plans
  • Administering breathing treatments and medications
  • Managing ventilators and artificial airway devices
  • Providing emergency care and CPR when needed
  • Educating patients on lung health and treatments

Travel therapists need to adapt to different hospital equipment, policies, and procedures at each assignment. They may work with a broader range of patients and cases by moving between facilities.

Qualifications and Skills Required for this Job

Travel respiratory therapists need:

  • An associate or bachelor's degree from an accredited respiratory therapy program
  • Licensure as a registered respiratory therapist (RRT) in their home state
  • Basic life support (BLS) and advanced cardiac life support (ACLS) certification
  • At least one year of experience as a respiratory therapist

They should have strong clinical skills, the ability to work independently, and a flexible mindset to adapt on the go. Excellent communication skills are essential to collaborate with new coworkers and patients quickly. Travel therapists also need to be comfortable relocating every few months.

Job Market Outlook for Respiratory Therapist Travel Jobs

Demand for respiratory therapists is projected to grow 23% from 2020 to 2030, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, driven by aging populations and high rates of chronic respiratory disease. As more therapists retire, there will be a greater need to fill staff vacancies.

Travel respiratory therapist jobs are increasing in popularity due to:

  • Shortages of full-time respiratory therapists
  • Desire for higher pay than staff positions
  • Chance to explore different parts of the country

Experienced therapists can choose from many travel assignments nationwide. Travelers typically earn 20-50% higher salaries than staff therapists. Pay packages include stipends for housing, meals, and travel costs.

While the role requires flexibility and being on the road, travel respiratory therapy provides the opportunity to gain diverse clinical and cultural experience while earning an excellent salary.

Salary Expectations for Respiratory Therapist Travel Jobs

Respiratory therapists play a vital role in healthcare, providing care to patients with breathing and cardiopulmonary disorders. With the demand for respiratory therapists projected to grow much faster than average over the next decade, many therapists are considering travel jobs which offer adventure, flexibility, and often, higher pay.

What salary can a travel respiratory therapist expect to earn? Here's an overview of the earning potential these exciting allied health roles offer.

Average Salary Range

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual salary for respiratory therapists as of 2020 was $61,830. The lowest 10% of respiratory therapists earned less than $48,300, while the highest 10% earned more than $86,380.

For travel respiratory therapist jobs specifically, pay usually ranges from $50 to $100 per hour, which translates to $100,000 to $200,000+ annually when accounting for typical overtime and hours worked.

Of course, salaries vary based on factors like geographic location, experience level, specialty, and additional certifications. But in general, travel therapists earn significantly higher wages than their permanently employed counterparts.

Factors Influencing Salary Levels

Some key factors that impact a travel respiratory therapist's earnings potential include:

  • Geographic location - Jobs in high demand areas like large cities or rural locales tend to pay more.
  • Experience level - Therapists with 5+ years experience typically command higher pay than newer grads.
  • Specialty - ICU, NICU, and other critical care roles often pay more than general therapy jobs.
  • Additional certifications - Credentials like ACLS, NRP, RRT-NPS boost earning potential.
  • Overtime/bonus pay - Most travel jobs pay time-and-a-half for overtime and offer bonuses.

When researching positions, look closely at the details of each job listing to get a sense of the pay range. Be sure to take overtime, bonuses, differentials, stipends, and other compensation into account - not just the base hourly rate.

Comparing Salaries with Traditional Respiratory Therapist Jobs

It's clear that travel respiratory therapy jobs offer a significant pay advantage over permanent staff roles. Here's a closer look at some typical earning differences:

  • Base pay for staff therapists ranges $25-$35 per hour; travel pay starts at $50 per hour minimum.
  • With overtime, staff may earn $60,000-$70,000; travel pay commonly exceeds $100,000 annually.
  • Bonuses and differentials are less common for permanent roles than travel jobs.
  • Benefits like health insurance, retirement plans, licensure reimbursement are standard for travel therapists.
  • Higher salaries allow travel therapists to pay off loans faster and achieve financial goals.

For respiratory therapists seeking to maximize their earning potential while enjoying an exciting career, travel opportunities are extremely advantageous financially. And beyond just the pay, they provide the ability to explore new places while gaining experience in a diversity of healthcare settings.

By understanding the salary possibilities and typical pay range, respiratory therapists can evaluate if travel work aligns with their career and financial objectives.

Advantages and Challenges of Respiratory Therapist Travel Jobs

Benefits of being a respiratory therapist on the move.

Registered respiratory therapists who take travel assignments can enjoy many advantages over permanent staff roles. Some key benefits include:

Higher Pay: Travel respiratory therapist jobs typically offer much higher pay than permanent positions. Annual salaries for travel therapists range from $50,000 to $80,000 or more, while permanent staff average $39,000 to $61,000. The pay incentives allow travel therapists to earn significantly higher incomes.

Flexible Schedule: Taking temporary assignments lets respiratory therapists choose when and where they want to work. This freedom allows creating a custom schedule and trying new locations for 3-13 week contracts. Therapists can balance work with lifestyle needs.

Gaining Experience: Traveling for respiratory therapy jobs enables building a diverse skill set. By working at different hospitals, therapists are exposed to new patient cases, latest technology, and innovative techniques. This expands clinical knowledge and abilities.

Adventure and Exploration: For therapists who love to travel, assignments across the U.S. provide opportunities to visit new places. Therapists can experience different cities and hospitals while getting paid. It combines healthcare career and passion for adventure.

Career Development: The experiences gained through travel strengthen a respiratory therapist's resume. Broadened skills, working with diverse populations, and managing changing environments prepare therapists for leadership roles.

Sign-On and Completion Bonuses: Travel companies offer financial incentives beyond base pay. Sign-on bonuses from $1,000-$5,000 are common. Completing an assignment also brings a bonus, usually $500-$2,500 depending on length.

Housing and License Reimbursements: Travel companies assist with costs of taking an assignment. They provide housing stipends or corporate housing. Licensing fees and clinical tests are covered for new state credentials.

Potential Drawbacks and How to Overcome Them

While travel respiratory therapy brings many rewards, the lifestyle also comes with challenges. Being prepared helps overcome the potential disadvantages:

Feeling Out of Place: Arriving at a new hospital for each assignment can feel awkward and lead to a sense of isolation. Connecting early with fellow staff members, asking questions, and sharing experiences helps build relationships.

Lack of Orientation: With limited orientation at new sites, getting up to speed quickly is essential. Studying hospital protocols in advance and identifying mentors aids the transition period.

Adapting to Change: Traveling therapists must be comfortable with frequent change in policies, paperwork, equipment, and workplace culture. Remaining flexible, proactive, and positive facilitates adapting.

No Long-Term Patient Relationships: Developing ongoing patient bonds can be rewarding. Traveling prevents extended interactions. Focus energy instead on providing excellent care during each patient encounter.

Maintaining Housing: Coordinating housing and moving frequently is disruptive. Working with a travel company that arranges accommodations streamlines the process. Minimize possessions to ease relocation stress.

Burnout Risk: The fast pace and intensity of travel assignments can be taxing over time. Schedule routine vacations, practice self-care, and take enough time off between contracts to prevent fatigue.

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A trip to Moscow

I'm going to organize a trip this summer. I want to plan everything. I’ll fly from London to Moscow, and I also want to visit St. Petersburg. Could you, please, advise me what places I should visit? I’ll stay in Moscow for about 10 days before going to St. Petersburg. Thank you!

Not a country I’d be spending my money in at the moment.

Ditto. Ditto!

I don't really see the point of shunning a country because you don't agree with its leader and/or its government. Would you go to Italy? China? Tourist dollars are more likely to get into the hands of the people rather than any corrupt bureaucracy and meeting friendly tourists might just change the locals opinions of foreigners and even give them some information they don't get from local news media.

Hopefully , I won't be starting a war here , but I must say I agree with Chani's comments . Having taken three year visas in 2015 , we have been to Moscow and St; Petersburg ( once to Moscow , and twice to St Petersburg ) . The History , Art , Music ( I am a classically trained musician ) and Culture , fascinate us . Much to experience there and advance preparation is essential , To get a good grounding for your visit , read this lavish and detailed book by Suzanne Massie , it's one of the best ways to immerse yourself in what you will experience - https://www.amazon.com/Land-Firebird-Beauty-Old-Russia/dp/096441841X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1521652009&sr=8-1&keywords=land+of+the+firebird+massie&dpID=51CPK13XKGL&preST=_SX218_BO1,204,203,200_QL40_&dpSrc=srch

And while leaders of such countries can point to foreign visitor numbers as a sign of support ? I also believe that personal safety for certain travellers, especially obvious minorities, cannot be guaranteed, as fervent nationalism increases, and tolerance levels evaporate. Just as I may decide against a purchase at the supermarket because of a company’s behaviour, ethics will always be a consideration.

Well, I'd argue supermarket ethics does not readily translate to travel ethics - the latter is far more complex. Personally, I see the whole "vote with my hard-earned travel dollar" approach as overly simplistic, but if it's your position - I totally respect it.

What I don't understand is members volunteering ethical guidance in response to what seems an innocuous request for travel-related information.

Note a discussion on ethics hosted a year ago by the Webmaster of this very forum.

https://community.ricksteves.com/travel-forum/general-europe/travel-ethics-612334a0-0ca1-4128-b088-c13d1d8a91c3

I appreciate Rick Steves' point of view in his "Travel As A Political Act". That said, Putin's Russia is not a place I would support. But, to each his or her own....

From a practical point of view, travel between the two countries can be difficult. I understand the Russians who traveled in the US this past winter had to go to the US Embassy in the country of Georgia to get visas because the Russians expelled American embassy personnel. If you do travel to Russia, you may be on your own. See the American travel advisory: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/traveladvisories/russia-travel-advisory.html

Travel Advisory January 10, 2018 Russia – Level 3: Reconsider travel Reconsider travel to Russia due to terrorism and harassment. Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory U.S. citizens are often victims of harassment, mistreatment, and extortion by law-enforcement and other officials. U.S. consular assistance to detained individuals is often unreasonably delayed by Russian officials. Russia also enforces special restrictions on dual U.S.-Russian nationals. Due to the Russian government-imposed reduction on U.S. diplomatic personnel in Russia, the U.S. government has reduced ability to provide services to U.S. citizens.

We have traveled to Moscow and St. Petersburg over the past few years. As in the US, most of the people we encountered helpful and not particularly political. In Moscow, we stayed at The Garden Ring Hotel which was a close walk to the metro. The hotel was very comfortable and quiet for being in the city. We loved the art museums and the Georgian restaurants. In St. Petersburg, we stayed at both The 3Mosta hotel near the Hermitage and the Art Hotel Demetra.. In St. Petersburg, we especially liked the Hermitage and Russian museum. Learning the Cyrillic alphabet and having a good map is a must.

As I think the point about ethical considerations has been made, please keep future replies more specific to the question at hand. Thanks.

Either read a good travel book or book a guide who can personally take you to the best places that interest you and tell about the sights you're seeing. We used Dan Petrov on 2 different trips to Moscow and found him to be wonderfully friendly and witty not to mention super knowledgeable.

Latest advice, Australian Governmemt, 1 April 2018. “Due to heightened political tensions, you should be aware of the possibility of anti-Western sentiment or harassment. While the Australian Government is not aware of any increased difficulties for Australians travelling in Russia at this time, you should follow the security and political situation closely and keep up to date with this travel advice. Remain vigilant, avoid any protests or demonstrations and avoid commenting publicly on political developments.”

We very much enjoyed our group trip to Moscow and St Petersburg last year. excellent guides and accommodations. While Steven who has replied here has excellent advice, ( and we took advantage of it), we felt an organized tour really facilitated our enjoyment of the country. You may want to consider a combination of an organized tour and than adding independent days . Some of the Australians on the tour had arrived a couple of days earlier than the tour stated and then some stayed later. If we were to go again (which I would), that"s how I would do it. And I must say , it was enlightening to have conversations with the Russian tour guides and the non Americans about the current world situation. Not that we went into any great depth, but I think we all went away with a little more understanding. Top places: allow lots of time in St Petersburg at the Hermitage- take a separate day for the Impressionist building. In Moscow, the Russian Art Museum was amazing.

Solid advice from Australian government quoted above, especially the keeping up to date part.

I checked the current version (Sep 18) of that advisory - and it hasn't been updated much. In fact, some sections don't seem to have changed since 2005 - their recommendations for importing/exporting currency and financial instruments, for example, are at least five years behind.

I do like reading governmental travel advisories for entertainment purposes - for instance, up until very recently the US one sternly advised potential travelers that Moscow was largely a cash-based economy (couldn't be further from the truth) and warned about intrinsic dangers of gypsy cabs (which had all but disappeared by 2015).

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