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WARNING! hotel freak: uncensored advice from a neurotic pov.

Don’t say we didn’t warn you!…

If you’re on tour you’ve no doubt anticipated the fleeting hours of a day off, the day’s adventure or lack thereof, or simply the solitude of your own hotel room where you may find solace from the unavoidable and unescapable babble, body odors, and bacteria that is our life on a tour bus. …Continue Reading

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Health and wellness on the road. Why you owe it to yourself.

After almost two decades of touring I was worn out, unhappy, unmotivated and generally depressed; not to mention the amount of bad habits I perfected along the way– I needed to change. I quit smoking, started training, changed my diet and started taking supplements. I drank more water, got more sleep and invested in me! Here is what I learned from lots and lots of trial and error on the path to create effective and lasting change.  …Continue Reading

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The right tools for the job: Workbox essentials.

Choosing what to pack in a small workbox before you leave for a gig can be a little stressful at times. This is especially true if you are just starting out,  working for a new client, or you have lined up some one-offs. You may not always know exactly what you are in for until you actually get to the gig. Being able to do a lot with a little can make you that much more valuable – be the go to person who is always prepared. …Continue Reading

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Quick tour tip: ‘dying of thirst’ water solutions to go.

Drinking water is essential to life and good health. We all know this to be fact. Clean water however is not always a readily available commodity when traveling. At times I feel I can never have enough water at my disposal on the road. I try to usually start my day off by immediately downing two 8 ounce glasses of water to rehydrate and wake me up after a nights sleep. I also drink one bottle with every snack and meal I eat. Finding yourself in need of water and contemplating buying that expensive bottle in your hotel room can be regrettable and unnecessary. …Continue Reading

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Tour tip: A better plan for using your phone internationally.

International cell phone roaming charges can quickly get out of control when touring abroad. Even for the most conservative and savvy users, the costs can be astronomical. The constant search for WiFi ,specifically good WiFi, to keep costs down abroad can be very time consuming and down right frustrating to say the least! After being fed up with large phone bills I accrued every time I went on tour abroad, which is typically about half the year, I did some research and found, at least for me, the best all around cell phone solution. I made a switch to T-Mobile and immediately got the chance to test out their included international “global coverage” features. …Continue Reading

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how to TSA PreCheck.

 

U.S. airport security is one of the most frustrating points you will encounter during a day of travel. Get to the airport late? The long, painfully slow and un-organized TSA security checkpoint will probably have you missing your flight. Being enrolled in the TSA PreCheck program would most likely allow you to get through security fast enough to try and run to your gate in time. …Continue Reading

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Laundry no laundry: washing your clothes on the go

Traveling for several weeks at a time can lead to crossing over not just different time zones but also different climates as well. winter time in Japan is summer in Australia and we all know if you are going to one, you are usually going to the other. Just touring the U.S. alone will bring you through many different climates and weather conditions. The same goes for traveling through the UK and Europe. This can make a six-week run difficult to pack for efficiently- even for the most seasoned of us. …Continue Reading

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Tour tip: Pockets full of “shrapnel”. What to do with all that foreign change.

International touring can leave you with pockets full of unexchangeable coins. Holding on to it with the intent of using it next time often fails to get rid of it all. More often what happens is you end up collecting more change. It can be like Sisyphus pushing that darn boulder up hill only to watch it roll back down again and start all over. This collateral effect is commonly referred to as “shrapnel”. …Continue Reading