I try to go on extended trips as often as I can. They have become an important part of my life. Travelling offers a welcome distraction from the daily grind, and it gives me renewed strength when I get back home.
When I travel to a foreign city I always try to find interesting festivals or cool venues where I can network with local musicians. There's some advance planning involved, of course, but I try to be as flexible as possible so that I can discover new and exciting things off the beaten track. That's where you often find the real talent lurking in the shadows.
Here are some pictures from my latest trip across Italy: