In this Tour Tips segment, the pop artist, Katie Costello, gives you her tips for being on tour. You can check out the feature, after the break.
1. Drink water in nearly absurd quantities!
Yes, this does come with the side effect of more stops along the road, but in the end, it’s one of the main things that keeps me healthy and able to withstand lots of travel, whether flying or driving or even boating! Without hydration on the road, I am bound to get sick… Water is life! Literally!
Perhaps this list of tour tips sounds very PG-13 so far… But it’s true – Vitamins – like water – play a big role in keeping me healthy and at my best. Travel inevitably strains your immune system, so it’s important to take nutrients of varying kinds, let alone while traveling and meeting lots of new people with potential cooties! ;)
3. Make your mind your sanctuary
There are so many details to keep in mind when touring. So, it’s important to relax and make sure your mind never becomes an unchecked madhouse hot-bed of insane or frustrated thoughts. My practice of Bodhisattva Yoga has taught me the most important tip in touring: Make your mind your sanctuary.
4. Bodhisattva Yoga on the daily
As a certified yoga instructor, I always aspire to deepen my yoga practice. But on the road, it is even more essential! Bodhisattva Yoga is the system of yoga I study and through which I received my certification… It’s a yoga practice that emphasizes working at your edge (i.e. your current energy level) and training your body and mind to be at their best… This instruction inspires me to move my body every day and to keep feeling my best. Unlike other styles of yoga, there is a unique motivation set at the beginning of the practice… The intention is to be beneficial and contribute to others happiness by way of becoming a healthier, happier person. In my experience, setting the intention at the beginning of the day with this practice is very powerful.
5. Get to know the city you’re in – learn and absorb it like a sponge!
An insanely cool and rewarding aspect of touring is the opportunity to travel to new places and meet new people. While on tour, everything is moving so fast that it’s important to take time to enjoy where you are, whether it’s getting out into nature, going to a local museum or simply being open to the spontaneous things that can come your way if you are interested in learning and absorbing the scenery like a sponge.