I’m finally going to see Justin’s ‘Man of the Woods’ show live this week! In fact, I’ll be seeing it a few times since I’ll be going to a Dallas show as well. It’s not uncommon for me to travel for concerts. I’ve been doing it for Justin for years and I’ve also done it for Drake. It’s like the best of both worlds. I’m combining two things I love into a trip and it’s always fun to do that solo. I know that this concept is foreign to some so I wanted to share some tips with y’all in case you’re thinking about taking your first solo trip for a concert in the near future.
Don’t be afraid to go by yourself – At the end of the day, you’ll be in a venue with at least 100 if not thousands of other fans so you really be by yourself. You might even come across someone who’s like you and made the trek to the show solo as well!
Book lodging near the venue – If you can, book a hotel near the venue. If you’re driving in, catching a bus or flying in it’s easier to book a hotel near the venue and rideshare or call a cab to get you to and from the venue than to navigate the streets in a new city by yourself. I sometimes ask hotels if they have shuttles and a lot of times they do for places that are in a 5-mile vicinity. You might be able to get them to pick you up from the concert, but they’ll at least drop you off.
Give yourself enough time to explore the city – Often times concerts are in the evening, so why not make a mini-vacation of the trip and give yourself enough time to explore the city before the show or the next day. That means get in town a little early or leave a little later the next day and hit up a museum or local attraction.
Have fun – This is the most important tip. I know that traveling by yourself to a concert is a foreign concept to people, but I’ve had a ton of fun doing it over the years. You meet a lot of new people and it’s always nice seeing the minute differences at shows that are outside of your hometown. For example, Justin always sings “Deep in the Heart of Texas” at his Dallas shows, but doesn’t do that at his Houston shows. Drake always does “November 18th” at his Houston shows, but doesn’t always do that at his shows in other cities. It’s the minute changes like that that make venturing to other cities for concerts fun.
I hope these tips are helpful and that they encourage y’all to step outside of your comfort zone a bit and see your favorite artists in other cities! Summer concert season is upon us so this is the perfect time to put these tips to use! Comment below and let me know which artist you’d consider doing this for!