Thursday, December 30, 2010
Raise Your Travel IQ
I've been traveling all over the world for the last sixteen years and in that time I've learned so much about so many different things. As musicians and artists' it is a must that we raise our travel IQ. I travel with so many musicians who are content with letting the agent or manager check their flight in or handle their boarding passes, baggage and tickets. The truth is that most managers and agents don't respect us as adults. They treat us like children because most of the time that's how we act. Each of us should know how to book a flight whether national or international. We should know how to apply for visas and work permits. We should be familiar with flight routing and know how to trouble shoot different flight delay scenarios. This way we will always be knowledgeable about what is going on, even when we are traveling with a group of people. It is also important to understand that when traveling it is always best to be way early. Arrive at least two hours before your flight and three if it is an international flight. This may sound extreme but you need this time just in case you have to make adjustments in your schedule or if there are delays. The worst thing that can happen is that you are just there really early and you will wait a bit but that's better than being late and missing your flight because you didn't allow enough time to handle your business. So always be a responsible adult when traveling and don't pass the buck. Know what you need to know so that you can handle YOUR business the way you should. Safe travels and much success.
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