For many musicians, the thought of touring another country is the ultimate adventure. Taking the stage and performing for fans from other parts of the world can be one of the most magical feelings for a performer. At The Insurance Emporium, we want to try and help you achieve your musical dreams. That’s why we’ve put together a list of vital tips for touring abroad… this one goes to 11!
1. Avoid potential passport problems!
Turning up at the airport or ferry terminal and finding that your passport is out of date could put a stop to your international tour pretty quickly! Make sure that you check it well in advance and remember to pack it before you leave!
2. All aboard the magic bus!
Planes and trains can be expensive and might not be the best way to travel if you’re starting out. A van could be the best option, just make sure it’s comfortable enough and can handle the miles – you could be spending a lot of time in there!
3. Get your kicks on Route 66!
Whether you’re heading to Europe or the USA, there is a lot of land that can be covered. Working out the most economical way of arranging your tour route could save a lot of money on petrol as well as time sat in the van!
4. Travel light
We’d all love to be on that stadium tour with a fleet of trucks hauling our gear around but that’s not always the case! If you’re on public transport or in a small van you might have to sacrifice the big pedal board or find venues with a house drum kit!
5. Fill your schedule!
Whilst it might seem romantic to turn up at a venue and get a gig, this might not always be possible! Getting your dates booked in advance, so that you’re not left without a show, could save you being stranded with no work!
6. Get online
Social media sites like Twitter and Facebook could be great marketing tools for your tour. Getting your online presence sorted well in advance can make a huge difference. This should help you promote your shows and connect with local venues, musicians and fans before arriving!
7. Make money on merch
You might not make a huge amount of money from the doors at each show! Selling merchandise could be a good way to pay for the vital things that keep you going on the road! Taking along some CDs, t-shirts and stickers might be a useful boost to your income and provide fans with a lasting reminder of your music!
8. You can’t play on broken strings…
Most major cities should have a music shop where you can pick up any essentials, however you might not want to rely on this. Packing a good supply of strings and other important gear like cables and picks could save you from getting caught short!
9. Insure your gear
Taking your prized Martin acoustic or Hofner bass on the road could be risky! Moving equipment around hotels or on transport comes with a chance that something could go awry. Heading to a music insurer like The Insurance Emporium and setting up a policy might help to provide some peace of mind.
10. Getting your head down
When you’re booking your shows you might want to ask the venue if they have any accommodation available. Alternatively, websites like couchsurfing.com or Airbnb could be the answer when looking for boarding on a budget!
11. Have fun!
Playing music in front of a crowd, especially in a different country, is a fantastic honour. Make sure that you enjoy yourself whilst you’re out on the road! If you’re having fun onstage then the crowds should be too!
With so many people to meet and cultures to experience, touring in a different country could be a magical adventure that you never forget! As we mentioned before, it might be worth getting some Music Equipment cover for your gear whilst you’re on the road. At The Insurance Emporium, our new Music Equipment policies come with a 25% Introductory Discount* and include Standard Benefits such as Theft and Loss or Accidental Damage. Hit the road to The Insurance Emporium to find out more!
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