Everyone wants to have a fun, unique experience while they are on vacation. One of the easiest ways to ensure that you will have an interesting trip is to plan around a local festival. Celebrations offer a great deal of insight into the area's culture and are a great way to try something unique. There are many reasons why you should plan a trip around a festival. If you are planning a vacation, consider these insights.
Festivals are Fun
One of the biggest reasons why people travel is to have fun and to enjoy experiences. A local festival can be a great excuse to travel with friends. It doesn't matter if you are driving across the state or flying overseas - you know you will find something exciting to do at a festival.
See a New Location
If you are planning around an event, you may be surprised by where you wind up. Many festivals are in cities you wouldn't normally consider traveling to. You'll learn a lot about the local culture and leave with a new understanding of the area. Festivals provide a lot of insight into the people and history of a city. Or try planning a vacation across the state, and learn more about the cities close to home.
Experience Something Unique
It's no secret that every city has something different to offer travelers. A trip to the Taste of Chicago is going to be nothing like Carnaval in Rio de Janeiro. You don't even have to travel far to get a unique experience. Before selecting a festival, think about the things you like to do for entertainment. Then, look for festivals that offer these things with a twist. This will allow you to create a truly unique experience that you'll really appreciate.
Meet New People
Festivals are a great way to meet new people. You will no doubt meet tourists and locals alike during your stay. This helps you to learn more about different cultures in your own country or around the world and form lifelong friendships. They may even have some insider tips on how to enjoy the festival or the location.
Explore Somewhere New
One of the greatest aspects of traveling to a festival is that it doesn't limit you to the usual tourist traps. While major cities like New York, Las Vegas, New Orleans, Orlando, and Chicago have many large festivals, you will be surprised by what smaller cities have to offer. Local festivals may be smaller in size, but they can provide some amazing, unforgettable experiences.
If you are starting to plan your next getaway, consider looking at a worldwide festival schedule. You will be surprised by the unique locations and events you will find.
What's your favorite festival to attend near you? What do you love about it?
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Auston grew up in Phoenix before escaping to Chicago in 2008. After 4 years working as an engineer, he sold his belongings and embarked on a round-the-world trip. After traveling non-stop for a year, he finally settled in Spain with his husband where he now calls home. When he's not traveling or writing guides about events, festivals or the best LGBT destinations, he enjoys the long sunny days and nightlife of Madrid. Read Auston's blog at Two Bad Tourists, or follow him on Google Plus, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, or Instagram.
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