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Travel Tips for the Touring Flutist

by Viviana Guzman

Described by The New York Times as “An Imaginative Artist” Juilliard trained Viviana Guzman has a GRAMMY Nominated Album, is a TEDxSpeaker & has toured 136 countries. Has been on CNN, ABC, NBC, FOX, with 3 million views on her YouTube Channel, Viviana is the Founder San Francisco Flute Society, Flutes by the Sea Masterclasses, Co-Founder The Flute View and teaches at University of California Santa Cruz.

As a touring musician, traveling can be both exciting and challenging. Here are ten travel tips to help you navigate your journeys more smoothly:

Plan and organize in advance

Prepare a detailed itinerary, including travel dates, venues, accommodations, and transportation arrangements. This will help you stay on track and minimize last-minute stress.

Pack smart

Traveling light is crucial. Make a checklist of essential items like instruments, necessary gear, clothes, toiletries, and any specific items you need for performances. Consider the weight and size restrictions of airlines if you're flying.

Protect your gear

Invest in sturdy and reliable cases or bags for your instruments and equipment. Use extra padding or shock-absorbent materials to safeguard them during transit. Insure your gear to protect against loss, theft, or damage.

Stay connected

Ensure you have a reliable internet connection while on the road. This will enable you to communicate with your bandmates, fans, and keep up with business-related matters. Consider portable Wi-Fi devices or research Wi-Fi hotspots in advance.

Stay organized digitally

Use digital tools to manage your travel documents, itineraries, and contacts. Cloud storage platforms like Google Drive or Dropbox can keep your important files accessible and secure.

Prioritize rest and self-care

Touring can be physically and mentally exhausting. Make sure to schedule downtime for rest and recovery. Adequate sleep, exercise, and healthy eating habits will help you maintain your energy and overall well-being.

Budget wisely

Plan and track your expenses carefully to avoid financial strain. Set a budget for food, accommodations, transportation, and other incidentals. Look for cost-effective options like group bookings or shared accommodations to save money.

Stay healthy on the road

Touring often exposes you to different climates, environments, and sleep patterns. Stay hydrated, eat nutritious meals, and carry essential medications and first aid supplies. Consider getting travel insurance to cover any unforeseen medical emergencies.

Connect with local musicians and fans

Reach out to local musicians or bands in the cities you'll be visiting. Collaborating or networking with them can lead to new opportunities and expand your fan base. Engage with your fans through social media and promote your upcoming shows.

Enjoy the journey

Touring is an incredible experience, so make the most of it. Embrace new cultures, explore local attractions, try regional cuisine, and take time to appreciate the unique aspects of each city you visit. Remember to document your journey through photos or videos to share with your fans.

Remember, every tour is different, so adapt these tips to your specific needs. Safe travels and enjoy the adventures that await you on the road!

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