If it wasn’t for gigs, I would not have travelled as much as I have in the past few years. I would never have gone to some of the places I have been to and seen the things I have seen. This makes it sound like I travelled the whole world, but I didn’t. As I am not a rich bitch and I have to work, my travelling was limited to Europe. It still counts as travelling though, so shhh.
In the past year I have not been able to travel as much to see shows. That’s what you get for being an adult. However, if I do get the chance, I still travel to places that are driveable or at times flyable. So I have experience, yo.
In today’s Music Monday I would like to talk more about travelling to gigs and the pros and cons of such adventures.
1. Do your research
Yes, you have to book hotels and tickets and find out about how to get to the venue and hotel etc. That speaks for itself. But there are other things you need to consider as well. It is very convenient to learn some words in the language of the country you are going to. For example, my friend and I walked around the Helsinki airport for ages because we could not find the exit. Of course, we could have asked somebody, but hey, we are adventurers. We had to find out for ourselves. Precious time was wasted. Time we could have spent chilling in the hotel swimming pool. So research every possible thing you can. The swimming pool is waiting for you.
2. Learn about the customs of other countries
Not every country has the same values yours does. Not everybody speaks your language either and even though you definitely think your language is the best, English is Always the best option in case your mandarin is not what it used to be. So don’t complain when they do things differently. I once took a taxi back to the airport. It was 4am and the driver thought he was Vin Diesel in The Fast and The Furious. It was an adventurous ride and I guess normal for the driver. I stepped out and thanked him before I nearly collapsed in front of the airport. Appreciating cultural differences though.
3. When a security person shouts at you when you go in, it probably means DO NOT RUN, YOU BITCH
All of us who have been at concerts know this. You are not allowed to run when entering the venue. So when a security guard starts screaming at you, then it probably means this. You are welcome.
4. Only pack the necessary stuff
In my case, a lot of clothes, a lot of makeup and basically other unimportant things. A girl has got to look fabulous, after all. If you are going sraight to the venue, make do with a small bag. If you have a hotel, make sure you can look like the fabulous flower that you are. Even if you queue all day. Freshen up girl!
5. Enjoy the country you are visiting
Yes, I know you flew all across the globe to stalk your favourite artist. And that is fine. But it is a shame if you spend all your money on travelling the world without actually seeing anything but the inside of a venue. Go chill at the Empire State Building. Take selfies at the Taj Mahal. Go out and eat local food. Make the most of it!
Music unites us all so it doesn’t matter if where we come from. Music is the universal language. Just make sure you enjoy the most of your trips when you can.