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Travelling with an Instrument

Travel Forums General Talk Travelling with an Instrument

1. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 9y

Hi everyone,

I've met a lot of people who travelled with their instruments - guitars, flutes, violins, etc.

FOr those of you who have, did you find it to be cumbersome? What, for example, what did you do with your instrument when you left a hostel for a few hours? Did you lock it up? Was it a problem to find somewhere safe to keep it generally? Was it more of a bother to have brought it with you?

Also, when flying, were you allowed to bring it on as hand luggage? Are guitar strings now considered to be lethal weapons?

I'm thinking of bringing my bodhran with me when I travel next. It has a case, but it's definitely not something that could travel as checked baggage. I'd rather leave it at home if I thought I would have to do that.

Any advice would be really appreciated.

Thanks,
Ev

2. Posted by Hien (Moderator 3906 posts) 9y

Quoting samsara2

I'm thinking of bringing my bodhran with me when I travel next.

Reading the title and knowing you, I thought you were going to travel with a piano and giving piano lessons along the way.

3. Posted by mikeyBoab (Travel Guru 5077 posts) 9y

I took a guitar from Glasgow to Bangkok and back. What a nightmare, totally wasn't worth it. The British Airways staff were totally unhelpful.

4. Posted by kombizz (Full Member 1416 posts) 9y

As far as I remember I ALWAYS carry my instrument with myself even in the ........ (!) because I need to shoot .

5. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 9y

I was just thinking of this recently. I was thinking that an instrument would make a great icebreaker for meeting new people, but then started thinking of the logistics of it and how difficult and cumbersome it would be backpacking with a guitar of something. That's why I think taking a recorder (small wooden flute) would be best - easy to pack and carry.

6. Posted by dr.pepper (Travel Guru 316 posts) 9y

I've travelled with my guitar before. I was definitely glad I did, but my guitar did get damaged once. That was my own fault, but make sure you have a good solid case and nothing inside that can shift around and wreak havoc on your instrument... In my case, my cheap capo hacked into the neck of the guitar - didn't do anything to the sound but it sure did suck!

Eric

7. Posted by skyef (Full Member 105 posts) 9y

I place my guitar under my bed in recent hostel i've stayed. There wasn't a problem with security, i think usually when we try make our bed and stuff look really messy people are not so keen to steal . But of course i keep my valuables in the safe/carry with me. I was bussing so didn't take it with me because i was afraid the compartment's condition under the bus would do bit of damage. Left it behind pay bit for storage - have to pick it up later which probably gives me another reason to visit again

8. Posted by mikeyBoab (Travel Guru 5077 posts) 9y

Quoting skyef

Left it behind pay bit for storage - have to pick it up later which probably gives me another reason to visit again

Where did you leave it??? Are you travelling at the moment or have you gone home without it?

9. Posted by skyef (Full Member 105 posts) 9y

In the hostel £4 a month, am wandering around..