I read an interview with Rory McGrath, ( a well-known UK comedian, pundit, tv personality, and traveller), where he stated that he always travelled with his guitar if possible, as "playing the guitar is the best, legal way, to relax". (Or words to that effect!).
I totally agree and for the last few trips abroad, (most recently to the
Aphrodite Hills Resort in Cyprus), I have taken my "travel guitar".
I came upon the phrase "travel guitar" by chance when surfing the web about 3 years ago. I saw comments about "Baby Taylors" and other travel guitars, (I think Martin do one, Takamine, and my pal, Norman, even has a mini-Fender acoustic). I loved the idea of a mini but full-blooded quality guitar and set out to find one.
So when I came across a Baby Taylor travel guitar in my local guitar shop for £250 I didnt' hesitate and bought it on the spot.
And its' a "belter!".
It came with a great, multi-pocketed padded travel case, (guitar players are like women. We love bags, accessories, cases, mini-amps, tuners and any other guitar-related gadgets), and it sounded brilliant from the start.
It became my guitar of choice. I have two other quality acoustics, ( a great old Yahama and a custom-made K.Yairi that was made for brilliant, UK guitarist Gordon Giltrap, I'm reliably assured). But the Baby Taylor is such a great sounding, dinky little guitar you just cant' help picking it up an playing it.
However, imagine my delight when, two years later, I was in the same guitar shop and came upon a "Takemini", by Takemine. I didnt' know at the time that Takamine even made a travel or mini-guitar. And she even has a built in electro-acoustic pick-up!!
She was even reduced from £350 to £100!! I had to have her.
I'll post about guitar and travel again and let you know more about travelling with your guitar. I'm off with Barbara to Turkey in 10 days time on a Gulet Cruise, (like a traditional Turkish yacht), and I'm taking the Baby Taylor. But for now,let me finish by recommending that if your a guitar player who would love to take your guitar travelling you must explore the world of travel guitars and just buy one asap.Baby Taylor Guitar