Lets face it, festivals can be extremely expensive. From the moment pre-sale tickets go on sale, until the much anticipated lineup is released, and finally the occurrence of the actual event; money, time, and preparations have been swirling into effect. So how do you handle it? How do you have the best adventures with the smallest amount of cash? Hopefully, these tips will help.
1. Cheap Tickets
Although it may be less than ideal, buying pre-sale tickets before the lineup is released is usually significantly cheaper than the regular ticket price when the lineup is out. Also, when ever a festival sells out, do not be discouraged, stubhub usually has a couple hundred tickets for sale, and the closer you get to the event, the cheaper the ticket price. The best advice? Monitor stubhub regularly. Also, another perk of buying from stubhub is they offer a fan protection program, so if the tickets do not work for some reason you will be fully reimbursed. It's important to remember to be cautious of outlets like craigslist and buying tickets from strangers, it may look like a good deal at first, but don’t forget there are hundreds of people out there trying to rip you off to make money. You're dealing with strangers, so now matter what, don't give them the benefit of the doubt.
2. Travel Plans
Plane: If the festival you choose to attend is far enough to take a plane ride, book your flight as soon as possible! I cannot stress this enough. Also, using Travelocity, Orbitz, and other online travel agencies will compare prices side by side for you to be a great tool for finding the cheapest route to your festival destination.
Car: Road trips are seemingly the most fun form of travel. Pack up the car with your unruly festival family and all pitch in for gas. It is cheap, fun, and you will undoubtedly make memories that will last a lifetime.
3. Camping vs. Hotels
Obviously, it will be way cheaper to camp at any event versus renting a hotel room. However, if camping is not your cup of tea, book hotels as soon as possible just like your flight. Actually, you might find a really great deal if you book them together. Camping is seriously a fun time and should be highly considered at any camping festival. Its truly part of the experience! So if the festival offers camping, take advantage of it!
Buying snacks prior to the adventure is a smart and cheap way to fill your tummies. There are wide arrays of food ranging from Asian cuisine to good old American hamburgers at almost every festival. Splitting festival food is a good way to sample all of the unique aspects of the delights and get a really good experience, just remember to not pay $10 for one slice of cheese pizza. Spend your money on things you haven’t tried before. Also, if you are camping, load up on gallons of water because many festivals have free refill stations. This will save you time, money, and keep you hydrated.
5. Staying FRE$H
Clothes: Sure, festival fashion is a must, however, you don’t have to have the latest jean shorts to fit in. Shop at exchanges, goodwill, or other thrift stores. You will find many unique and vintage clothing options that will make you look like you actually tried to match (which no one matches at festivals). BRING A TIDE TO GO PEN. Spills and other stains will occur, save those nifty outfits from permanent damage and attack the stain as soon as possible. It is also completely fine to mix and match previous outfits from previous festivals, don't be alarmed if you took a picture in your favorite festival outfit and think you cant wear it again (spice it up).
Body Odor: Bring deodorant, please and thank you. You don't want to end up being the smelly hippie no one wants to dance with. Also, dry shampoo works wonders if you are trying to save money on the expensive showers. Pack baby wipes too and clean off before hitting the sack, this will keep your sleep space clean and you also won’t be as smelly for your primetime cuddle sesh with the new hot babe you just met. ;)
Shoes: Pack comfy walking shoes. I would bring at least two pairs in case of weather changes. I would also recommend closed-toed shoes, there are tons of people running around at festivals and the last thing you want to do is spend your festival in the medic tent over something as stupid as a stepped on toe.
Festivals are all about connecting with odd experiences you would normally not come into contact with in the everyday world. Be open minded to new experiences and different people. The cornucopia of lifestyles that are brought together by music is insane. So remember everyone is entitled to their own interpretations and thoughts. Respect and love each other because you never know if your meeting a CEO of a company or the founder of the festival you are attending. Be happy, dance crazy, and make memories.
Written by: Megan Holland
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