This can be a difficult decision: To take the violin (or viola or cello) on vacation, or not to?
Depending on your instrument, the logistics of bringing the instrument can be difficult. If you play the cello, for example, there are continual issues with fitting it into cars and restaurants, and having to buy a plane ticket for the instrument. For the violin or viola, there are also issues with any kind of travel. Will it be allowed on the plane or will someone try to classify it as cargo? If you are driving, will there be times when you will have to remove it from the car to keep it safe from heat or theft? Will you be backpacking or doing other outdoor activities, and is there a place to store the fiddle while doing so?
For some, a vacation can actually be the perfect time to get in a bit of extra, low-pressure practice, especially if your lodging situation allows it. For others, that might negate the purpose of a vacation!
So please answer the poll, and then share your thoughts in the comments. When you go on vacation, or when you went on a recent vacation, did you bring your violin? If you did bring it, were you able to practice? Was it worth the possible inconvenience of having to carry it and protect it while traveling? If not, do you wish you had? Or were you just glad to have the break and relieved to keep the instrument safe?
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