With the Great British summer being what it is, it is easy for the weather to put a dampener on enthusiasm for outdoor music festivals.
That is just one of the reasons that tens of thousands of Britons are heading off to music festivals abroad every year. So how should you prepare if you want to join them?
There are all kinds of festivals in Europe and beyond, these can be very different, but they can all be all kinds of fun. How much of a good time you have however can depend on how you go about it. Here are a few things to bear in mind to make sure that you have a good time.
Life is about the journey, not the destination
If you are going on a trip somewhere, why rush things? Going to a festival on the continent you can think about taking a road trip. Driving thousands of miles might seem a bit much, but a road trip with a carefully selected team of mates can be loads of fun. You can take all the camping supplies you need without having to worry about airline excess baggage charges, or even take a camper van.
Working a foreign festival into a holiday has many advantages. Having some time before the festival starts to get acclimatised and take in the sights of the country you are visiting is nice if you have the time, and and you will thank yourself for booking into a nice hotel after to get cleaned up and recuperate before jetting back to Blighty!
Know before you go
If you are going to a particular festival for the first time, try to find out a bit about what to expect. Search online to see what people were saying on forums and social media about last year’s event. Rampaging drunken mobs tipping over toilets and setting fire to things or excessive numbers of yoghurt weaving hippy types: get some idea of what you are getting yourself into! Also you can find out specific things like whether you can camp next to your vehicles, bring in your own alcohol, and if you are allowed to cook.
Learn some of the lingo
The chances are you are going to be fine speaking just English, but you should definitely learn a couple of key phrases in the local language before you go. If you can say ‘hello’ order beer and water, and say ‘thanks’ (it is polite at least) you will be able to get by. A couple of cheesy chat-up lines can also help ensure that you can be friendly and don’t end up lost for words at just the wrong time!
Stay safe, stay well
All the same things that apply to a festival at home still do when you are abroad. Make sure that you get plenty of clean water, and carry hand sanitizer with you and remember to use it – festival toilets are never nice, and you definitely don’t want to end up getting a stomach bug and spending too much time in one! Sun cream, condoms and some first aid supplies are all good things to make sure you bring.
Believe it or not, it’s better not to get so wasted you can’t remember a thing. Moderate your drinking and you will have a better time all round. When it comes to the end of the festival, if you’re the designated driver it’s best to be on the safe side and avoid alcohol all together as well as knowing the legal limits in a particular country; equally as important make sure you have had plenty of rest before you set off.
What are your top tips about what festivals are worth travelling for and how to make the most of them? Write in the comments and let us know.