Summer and fall are the prime seasons for festivals across the globe, whether traditional like Scotland’s Highland Games, quirky/fun like the Air Guitar World Championships or the hour-long, crazy food fight in the streets during Spain’s La Tomatina. Some of these festivals unfold on crowded city streets, while others are held on large, sprawling venues. For example, the BBK Music Festival in Bilbao, Spain or Denmark’s Roskilde are weekend-long celebrations of music where many stay the night and set up tents on the festival grounds.
If you find yourself at a large outdoor festival, here are six ways to make it a safer, more enjoyable event.
Large venues, with tightly packed visitors, are a great place to find pickpockets.
While at Bonnaroo, my friends and I came across a passed out young woman on the ground. We decided to set up around her to watch the next performer, to not only make sure she was okay but more importantly, to prevent anyone from taking advantage of her in that state.
Avoid any substance that may prevent you from making good decisions, especially if you are alone or separated from your group.
Many festivals can still bring the heat in the fall and may not have adequate shade:
Whether at home or overseas, festivals are a celebration and great reason to get together with friends. Some of the best will take you out of your comfort zone, but that does not mean they have to be unsafe. Take your personal security into your own hands and make it a safer experience. Do not let unfortunate events keep you from partaking in a festival; protect your trip with travel insurance to ensure you have a great experience no matter what happens.
Former travel disaster, now a serial traveler, travel safety advisor, and author of The Travel Safety Handbook. Poster boy for learning from others mistakes. Now I provide travelers with the tools to focus on their travel goals; I advise business travelers,prepare study-abroad students and equip families with the knowledge to return home successful with memories that will last a lifetime, not horror stories. Follow JC on his blog at Travel-Safer.com, on Facebook, or on Twitter.
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