While I love the DIY thread, I was hoping we could start a tour-specific conversation to help one-another learn from our collective experiences. The road has taught me so much; from van blow-ups, meeting new people every night, where the best rest-stops are from Virginia to Oklahoma, how not to get stiffed by promoters, what to do when you are anyways, and so much more. Some questions to get you started (but totally not limited to!): What sorts of troublesome encounters have you had on tour? How did you deal with it? What did you learn? What are your go-to resources for discovering new venues/bands/promoters? What are your big dos and don'ts? Any tips/helpful hints for any newbies getting ready to book their first tour? WHO HAS THE BEST FOOD IN YOUR CITY?????? What worries you about tour? How have you dealt with it? Do you have a go-to support system? Here are a few kick-ass resources that have helped me (besides the old AP.net forums, of course!): DoDIY.org is a fantastic resource for DIY spaces worldwide, and has helped me in more than a few tight spots. Alyssa Giannini put out a wonderful lil' zine called Bookin' It DIY: a responsible guide to booking shows/ diy guide zine/ community organizing. For just $3, she pins down a wealth of information that many have taken years to learn first-hand. Finally, Jamie Coletta (Publicity and Promotions for SideOneDummy) wrote a brilliant series for Property of Zack called Get Schooled, where she digs into much-needed advice for bands trying to stand out/be smarter about their hustle. OP Note: I play guitar/manage The Weak Days and also co-run Running Around Records, a small label out of Richmond, VA. I've been self-booking DIY tours for nearly three years, have made some of my absolute best friends through that pesky "Hi! Could you help my band with a show in _____?" messages, and was an AbsolutePunk.net user for over 10 years. Let's be pals!