Why I Love Traveling for Festivals

Author: , June 28th, 2014


Tell me: do you love festivals? From multi-day music festivals to gay pride events, film festivals, cultural events and art shows — festivals are a pervasive part of the European summer experience. Whether you’re camping on-site or it’s happening downtown during daytime, Europe has more than a few festivals. Berlin (obviously one of my favorite European cities) hosts countless festivals during the summer.

And if you must visit, make sure you visit when there’s a festival on. Yes, the travel experience will be slightly different than on any other occasion. But there’s something special when traveling for festivals. The atmosphere is different, the people are friendlier, the destination somehow feels more alive, more energetic, more…fun.

I love traveling for festivals. Here’s why:

1. Something special is happening.

Every festival has that special hook to bring in visitors. Maybe it’s a food festival with a star chef, or a music festival with a favorite band. I think even the world’s most boring festivals must be loved by someone!

2. Locals are more sociable.

If you’re visiting a city during festival season, I think you’ll find the whole city (regardless of who’s attending the festival and who’s not) a bit more friendly. When Berlin hosts its annual film festival, the whole city comes alive with red carpets. It’s a festival that even the locals love and I think it shows. The city comes alive for those two weeks in winter and everyone is just that much more happy and friendly.

Authored by Adam Groffman. See the Full Story at Travels of Adam here.

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Summer Festivals and Events in Benidorm, Spain

Author: , July 8th, 2013

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Benidorm remains one of the UK’s favourite holiday destinations welcoming more than 1.5 million UK visitors, growing year on year. With a friendly vibe in a stunning Mediterranean setting, the resort not only hosts some of Europe’s best summer festivals, but they are great value options too.

The Low Cost Festival 26 – 28 July is now in its 5th year and firmly on the map of Europe’s most popular festival must-do’s with 60,000 attendees last year. Pleasingly low prices, as the name suggests with 3 day tickets from [euro]42 at a great venue, it’s a snip and brings in the big hitters on the music scene with an impressive line-up for this summer, including Belle & Sebastian, Crystal Castler, Two Door Cinema Club, Delorentos, Monarchy, Toy, Fangoria, Los Enemigos, Dorian, !! (Chk Chk Chk), Digitalism, Veronica Falls, Portishead, Glasvegas, Headbirds, Simian Mobile Disco DJ Set, GoMad! & Monster, Les Castizos).

Visitors will be pleased to learn that it’s also one of Europe’s most environmentally-friendly festivals with a VVO certificate for its environmental efforts, so you can party in the knowledge that your credentials are green!

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New York State’s Spring Festivals

Author: , March 28th, 2012

New York FestivalsSpring is just around the corner and that means cities and towns across New York State will be celebrating the arrival and excitement of the season with a variety of festivals and events. From mid-March through mid-June, visitors can enjoy the booming food and wine scene, sensational concerts and shows, cultural and artistic exhibitions, adventurous outdoor activities and adrenaline-racing sporting tournaments.

From its majestic mountains, storied cities and pristine lakes to pastoral farmlands and vineyards, New York State has it all. Here’s a selection of some of the season’s best festivities:

Food & Wine

The 7th Annual Adirondack Festival of Food and Wine takes place at Lake Placid’s Mirror Lake Inn Resort and Spa from April 19-22. The festival will feature “The Culinary Melting Pot” theme to capture how the five elements of taste influence the way people eat and drink. The popular four-day event will include wine tastings, culinary demonstrations, a cooking competition and various special seminars. Visit the Inn’s website as the lodging packages and detailed itineraries become available:

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