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Tips to make the most of your international music festival trip

Whether you are young, or just young at heart, attending a music festival abroad may be at the top of your bucket list. From Rocking the Daisies in South Africa to Glastonbury in the UK and Exit in Serbia, there is an unmistaken appeal to attend a large-scale music festival featuring world-class artists, sumptuous food, plentiful drinks and hordes of like-minded, music-loving people.  An increasing number of international attendees frequent these festivals on an annual basis with music festivals in the UK, for instance, attracting more than 14 million visitors every year.  While it is extremely exciting to attend an overseas festival, great care has to be taken to ensure that the trip goes without a hitch, providing you with the best possible all-around experience. A few basic guidelines will help you to not only take care of the essentials but be fully prepared for whatever eventualities life decides to test your inner strength with.

Plan ahead

Once you have made the decision to attend an international music it is time to start planning.  Secure your festival tickets as soon as possible as early-bird tickets are generally significantly cheaper. Also check online and with your local travel agency to see if there aren’t all-inclusive travel packages available that will take care of your airfare, festival ticket and any additional accommodation you may require.  Be sure you get inclusive travel insurance that will cover you while you are at the festival as well. Remember to make arrangements with your mobile phone provider to ensure you have coverage when overseas and give yourself enough time to get your passport and required visas up to date.

Be festival-savvy

If you have never attended a music festival before you are going to have you become festival savvy very smart. Almost all the big music festivals have their own dedicated websites and that together with Facebook and various travel sites is a good place to start familiarizing yourself with the ins and outs of the festival. Most festivals offer a variety of accommodation options ranging from standard camping and glamping facilities to furnished chalets. You will also be able to purchase day passes if you would feel more comfortable staying at a nearby guesthouse or hotel. Although most modern-day festivals boast ATMs and credit card facilities, it is recommended to carry enough cash with you to at least cover basic expenses like food, drink, and the odd memorabilia purchase.

Be vigilant and above all, have fun

Whether you attend a festival locally or abroad it is imperative that you remain vigilant at all times. Be constantly aware of your surroundings and keep your valuable possessions locked away safely.  Always be respectful of local laws and customs and remember that just because a substance is legal it does not mean it is safe. Amidst keeping safe it is important to never lose sight of why you are at the festival in the first place – to enjoy it. Stay up late, dance like no one is watching and experience as much of your foreign destination as possible.

Music has the distinct ability to unite people from all walks of life with even first-time visitors in a foreign country being made to feel like they have arrived home.  The hardest part of planning an overseas trip incorporating a music festival is to decide which of the countless magnificent festivals you want to attend first. Unless you have had a lifelong dream of attending one festival in particular, you can make a list of the most popular festivals in the world and, God willing, systematically make your way through it, attending them all.

Lucy W

Lucy Wyndham is a professional freelance writer with many years experience across a variety of sectors. She made the move to freelancing from a stressful corporate job and loves the work-life balance it offers her.

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