I have been in the music business for over 30 years and it has always been the same story. Musicians looking for gigs out of their home town and not being able to get Gig because the venue owner has never heard of the band applying to play there and the band does not yet have a following in that town or country yet so the band cannot get a gig.
So here is what I propose. Do gig exchanges with a band from out of your are open for a band where they have a big following and in exchange let them open for you were you are well known and have a big draw.
Lets change the way we get gig. one hand helping another.
All the best to you all