Healthy touring: 5 ways to tour with ease AND spend less!

1). Never pay for housing!!! There are many ways to sleep well for no or little money.  We have been quite successful with sites like couchsurfing.com. In the summer, depending on the location, there are also great camp sites where you can stay for under $20. If you tap your resources, I bet you can find friends of friends in almost any location that would be happy to put you up for the night.  Bring an air mattress or other bedding you feel comfortable on, you may not always get a great bed. As someone who sleeps quite lightly and really needs a lot of sleep, I have been quite successful with these arrangements.  AND I feel much more comfortable when I know I have my own bed and pillow and bedding I can pull out in a pinch.  Also, make sure you plan your housing out ahead of time, so you don't get stuck having to pay for housing or sleeping in a place that really doesn't feel comfortable or safe.

2). If you are a foodie and have any food allergies, touring can feel stressful. I am gluten-intolerant so I research grocery/health food stores and restaurant locations ahead of time. This is much easier since Whole Foods has taken over the world.  I pack two small coolers with enough food for about two days.  I cook before I leave, and I schedule housing accordingly with places to cook every 2-3 days.  I buy fresh produce, meat and eggs, which can keep with ice in a cooler just fine during this time period.  The trick is not to buy to much, as this can waste money as things go bad.  Make sure to refrigerate when you can.  We've been known to ask venues if we can stick our coolers in the fridge during a show.

3). Invite people to join your mailing list and stay in touch with them between tours.  Build connections at shows, ask people if they would be willing to spread the word, house you or if they know other places you should play next time.  This way every time you tour back through, you can make more and have way more fun as you get to know great people!

4). Schedule your driving days just as you would shows.  Make sure you have enough time to drive, sleep and rest so you are at your best for each show.  We have a rule that if we are driving more then 7 or 8 hours in a day, we don't play a show that night. And, we always make sure we leave early enough to not be rushed, and to rest and hang a bit after driving before we play.

5). Plan your tour!  It's not just about the shows!  Plan ahead for what you want to happen as a result of a tour.  It's not just about making money, it's not just about seeing great places.  Decide why you really want to tour, what would be most exciting.  When you have completed the tour, what do you want to know happened for you... then look back and plan.  For me, I know I want to meet lots of amazing women who I think I can serve through my programs.  So I intend for this, and keep an eye open at every show, and everywhere we go.  I feel good when I know I am doing all my work, being of service & making great connections.

Posted on June 25, 2013 .