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Busking the world

Written by 10 June 2010 One Comment

me and my guitar

When I travel, I hardly go on a trip without my guitar. For two reasons:

  1. There is no easier way to make friends sitting in  a hostel all by myself playing a song everybody knows.
  2. There is no better way to make some easy money!

Now, I have to admit: Point No. 2 is a little bit tricky and you have to follow a few rules to finance your travels with making music. I accidently started busking in Sydney. On one of those perfect sunny Australian days I went to the Botanical Gardens with my guitar, sat down in the grass and played a few songs. In the middle of my solo of “Don’t look back in anger” I saw an old man approaching me and I was sure he would tell me to stop the katzenjammer immediately. Phrasing the perfect answer in my head, I was ready to shoot something back, when the old geezer threw a coin at me and just kept walking. At first I was outraged! I wanted to throw the coin back at him, shouting ”I’m not a bum, you know!” But then I couldn’t help but wonder: Maybe… maybe this wasn’t such a bad idea at all… So I put my hat in front of me and continued playing, this time a little louder. And after only two hours of playing and doing what I love to do, I had roundabout 50 (!!!) Dollars in my hat! … Which I invested in a very expensive dinner new dress.

To me busking is one of the most exciting ways to travel the world. I highly recommend trying it to anyone who knows how to play an instrument. Here are some first ideas on how to get started:

–          Before playing, get yourself a permit! It’s not expensive and you get it at every city council.

–          Pick the right spot! Don’t go where all the other buskers are (e.g. shopping malls) Pick a quiet spot,  where people actually listen to you.

–          The time of day is essential! During weekends, public holidays or in the evening people are way more relaxed and more willing to give away their good money.

If you are interested in busking, check out these links:

Playing for change (The best charity project you have ever seen!!!)

How to make money busking

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  • Franki said:

    Hi there. Great piece. I am a travel writer and singer/ song-writer. Currently, I am writing an article on busking and traveling around the world. I would love to quote you. Could you please send me your name and surname?


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