Travel and festivals go hand in hand for me. Whenever I go to a destination I’ll always check out what festivals may be going on at the time. The Seville Feria was an accident, as was the Adelaide Royal Show and that Japanese/Vietnamese Festival in Hoi An, while EXIT was planned down to a fine T along with Glastonbury, Dour and Bestival.
Find a small traditional festival while you’re travelling and you’ll get a unique insight into the traditions and beliefs of an area that may go back thousands of years, while the bigger music festivals are just brilliant fun no matter where you are.
This year I’ll be blogging my way around some top festivals, starting with Coachella in April right through to *fingers crossed* Day of the Dead Festival in October.
There are a few travel bloggers out there who seem to share my love for a good festival. Check out these festival-themed blogs for starters…
Songkran and Thinyun, by Nellie
Songkran is a crazy water festival in Thailand. It’s to celebrate the start of the rainy season and to give thanks to the gods for sending it. What this means for the festival traveller is that you’ll get drenched by a super soaker / bucket of water / barrage of waterbombs wherever you go. All great fun, so I’m told. Nellie from wildjunket.com’s verdict?
“It’s wet, it’s wild and it’s loud.”
Burning Man, by Kirsten
Burning Man looks crazy – I’ve read so much about it yet still don’t quite understand it. All the cool kids descend on the Black Rock Desert in Nevada for a week at the end of August and join the festival which is more art installation than music extravaganza. Kirsten from theblondeabroad.com also couldn’t find the words to explain so check out her Burning Man pictures on her blog.
“Quite simply put, Burning Man was my kind of weird.”
She’s also got a few top tips on Coachella too.
Iceland Airwaves, by Flora
Iceland Airwaves sounds awesome and is definitely a festival I’d like to visit. Every November the festival organisers create a super cool line up to fit the incredible location. Flora from floratheexplorer.com went along to work there for a free ticket. After flashing at the lead singer from Monsters and Men Apparently any international act invited to perform can only ever do so once so the line up is always fresh, and local. Check out Flora’s review.
“Everything about this place is surreal, strange, and downright crazy.”
Yi Peng Lantern Festival, by Lauren
The trouble with an awesome festival is that too many people get wing of it. Lauren from neverendingfootsteps.com went to the Yi Peng Lantern Release in Chiang Mai and managed to get some awesome photos, although her view and sound was thwarted by the tour groups. If you do decide to go to one of the thousands of religious festivals in the world, stay respectful yeah?
“Yi Peng was so incredibly beautiful and one of the most amazing things I’ve ever witnessed.”
Igloo Festival, by Abi
Abi from insidethetravellab.com went to an awesome Igloo Festival in Yokote, Japan. The festival is called kamakura matsuri, where local ‘snow thumpers’ or igloo builders create the masterpieces with the seasons. Their method has been kept secret down the years, but their skill delights festival goers every year who visit to hang out with friends, eat and drink sake within them. Find out more and check out the pics on Abi’s blog.
“A two day festival studded with snowflakes, sake and most of all – igloos.”