If you’ve traveled more than a couple hours to see your favorite artist, you’ve probably received some form of criticism from those who really don’t understand this type of concert life.
Don’t get me wrong, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with sticking to your home town venue, but if you’re more interested in following specific artists in particular, you’ve gotta do a little bit of traveling if you want to see them more than once a season.
For me, the majority of concerts I go to are not close to where I live. Somehow it seems to always work out that whenever someone does come where I live, I’m traveling to see someone else. It’s always a special treat to see my favorites just a few miles from my house, but the travel and adventure is really my favorite part of going to concerts. I’ve racked up a lot of miles on my car and airline miles over the years traveling across the country for shows, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. I get called “crazy” on a pretty regular basis and while I mostly ignore those comments, now I want to shine a little light on the things those people don’t see.
So why should you travel for concerts?
Sometimes it’s just nice to get away.
At this point, I feel like I spend more time away than I do home, I’m still always ready to go. Is there better way to escape reality than leaving town and getting to see your favorite artist? I don’t think so. Even if you don’t feel like you need to get away, being gone for a day or two can really put you in a fresh mindset.
Seeing and experiencing different areas of the country.
I’ve always loved to travel and I used to travel to new places just because they sounded cool, but in the end, most of them were kind of boring. So I started planning my travel and adventures around tour schedules. This has taken me to cities and small towns I’ve never heard of and would’ve never gone to without the concert. These places have since become my favorite places to go or recommend others go to.
Making new concert friends.
There’s no denying that concert friends are the best kind of friends. We all share the same heart. Traveling for concerts has given me so many friends from all across the country and whether they live in the city I traveled to, or we figure out that we both traveled to that city to see the same artist, it’s a bonding moment for sure. Making these new friendships just further expands your opportunity to travel. You can travel to where they live or you can plan trips to travel to other places to meet up. Nothing better than meeting someone who completely understands and shares your passion.
The show is different every time.
I think the next time someone asks me how I can see the same artist so many times, my eyes are going to roll so hard they’ll get stuck in the back of my head. The show is different. Every. Single. Time. I don’t care if it’s the exact same set list three nights in a row, it’s different. The crowd is different, the vibe is different, the energy is different, it’s different. But one thing that never changes, is the high I get from seeing my favorites doing what they love and being there to sing along to every word.
Life is f-king short, so I’m living it.
Nobody knows what’s going to happen tomorrow. Life can end at any moment, so why would I not spend as much time as possible doing exactly what I love doing? I don’t want to just sit around and think about that one time I did something, I want to spend as much time as possible making new memories. When I’m old, I hope I’m still going to concerts, but I also hope I look back on this time and smile knowing I did as much as I could.
If you already travel for concerts, keep going. Maybe we’ll cross paths one day. If you haven’t, try it. Whatever you like to do, just keep doing it.
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