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Podcast: On the Road Again, Where do you Sleep?

Wednesday, May 22, 5 pm ET

Participating in the nation's art fairs is not for the faint-heared or the penniless. So much overhead! We won't go into all of those costs, but a serious contender for the diversity of options and costs is lodging on the road. Some artists opt to stay near home so they can sleep in their own beds, thus limiting many opportunities, and at the other extreme some go for the full-fledged "its a write off" and stay in quality lodgings.

How about you? What do you do when planning a trip to an art fair? Sleep in your van? Air BnB? VRBO?  tent camp? RV? frequent flyer points at specific chain hotels? Show lodging? stay with friends? We talk about all these options and more, To get it started our panel will include Fletcher Dean, a photographer from Michigan who prefers Air BnB and Don Hart, mixed media from Connecticut who travels with a camping trailer.

I know almost all of you have solved this problem in one way or another. Would you like to be part of the panel? If so,

  1. email me asap: info@artfaircalendar.com
  2. or would you just like to call in during the show? We'd love to hear from you. Here's the #(805) 243-1338
  3. or leave a comment below for us to share, a photo would work too.

And for the rest of you listen live: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/artfairs, or use that same link to download later.

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Comment by Bill Posner on May 20, 2019 at 1:51pm

I recently started traveling outside of my home area.  I have a 2015 Ford Escape, and the last show I went to in California (I live in Oregon) I loaded my booth supplies in and on top of the vehicle, leaving a small area in the back that I could lie down. This was an indoor show so I didn't need to load up the tent... I used an auto air filling pad and went to a campground with showers.  I camped near a lake, was a nice place.  Anyway, after this experience, I'm going to get a newer vehicle with a factory installed tow package and pick up a little trailer single person camping trailer. I can not sleep in the car with the tent also loaded, and have more supplies and inventory.  This way I should be able to attend shows in all seasons.  I probably won't travel much further than up and down the west coast, but may venture out to NV and AZ once I get more travels done with the new configuration.

Comment by Tina Hospers on May 21, 2019 at 8:16pm

Hi Bill - we are also in Oregon and have just outgrown our 5 x 8 NEW trailer (less than a year old) and bought a new Transit 250 - so, if you're interested in our Interstate Trailer, please contact me directly.  Haven't put it on the market yet because we're "that" busy - but it is in new condition and a great trailer - we just underestimated our needs when buying it.  We leave for Denver Arts Festival tomorrow, but I will read emails - so fee free to contact me (or anyone else interested in a  trailer) and we can discuss!  Cheers!

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