Festival season is well and truly here. It’s that glorious time of year where people across the UK don their beloved wellies (or doc martens) and head to sludgy fields to dance amongst the euphoric crowds. It’s a time of year that always fills me with nostalgia as I recall my summer of 2012 spent working festivals across the UK. Now that I’m a little bit older, certain aspects of UK festivals no longer appeal to me. So, here’s my list of festivals around the world to visit if, like me, you’re looking for something a little bit different.
THE GOOD LIFE EXPERIENCE – WALES
A few years ago, I actually had the pleasure of visiting The Good Life Experience. I’d never heard of it before but thanks to a raffle at a blog event, I found myself heading along to what may be one of my favourite festivals ever.
It’s unlike your other wild, unruly UK festivals. The Good Life Experience is somewhat warming for the heart and soul. This festival has strong folk and outdoors vibes. As a result, you’ll find yourself emersed in outdoor pursuits, workshops and eating fresh, tasty food in the most serene environment.
I’m hoping to revisit again this September and the prospect of going fills me with joy.
BENICASSIM – SPAIN
If rainy music festivals aren’t you thing, then maybe Benicassim will take your fancy. Set in Spain, this indie music festival is a holiday and festival all rolled into one.
My experience with Benicassim goes back to my summer of festivals in 2012. The days are long and beautifully warm way into the night.
If you don’t think you can hack camping under the sun but still want to spend your days at the festival, you can always find cheap all-inclusive holiday here with Holiday Gems. That way, you get to enjoy the festival then head back to a hotel for some real R&R for the night.
OKTOBERFEST – GERMANY
Although I may not be an avid drinker, I couldn’t miss Oktoberfest off this list. Starting in September, Oktoberfest is the world’s largest beer festival and seems like the best place to go for a good time with your friends.
I’ve only visited Germany once before but I feel like I barely even scratched the surface. I booked a spontaneous trip to Hamburg for the German Christmas markets and loved it. So, if the German Christmas markets are anything to go off, I’m certain that Oktoberfest would be on a whole other level.
It’s a no brainer for any beer lovers out there.
BURNING MAN – NEVADA
Moving to the other side of the pond, Burning Man is one festival that I definitely couldn’t miss of this list.
This experimental art festival is high on my must-visit list. Burning Man encourages festival goers to embrace self-love and self-expression whilst also asking that they respect the earth and leave no trace. After visiting America a couple of years ago, I’ve been left wanting to go back and explore so many more States in America. I particularly want to explore the west-coast but I’d happily make Burning Man one of the destinations of the journey.
Honestly, this festival looks like no other. The effort that goes into the creating art and the encouragement to be wholly yourself is something that you’d struggle to find anywhere else.
SONGKRAN – THAILAND
Last but not least, we have Songkran. Although this year’s Songkran festival has already been and gone, it’s certainly one you can add to your list for next year. Though, it’s technically not a festival, it’s a celebration that I couldn’t miss off the list.
Songkran is the New Year national holiday in Thailand. New Year’s are always a lovely time of year as it’s often seen as a chance to start fresh and set new goals for the days ahead.
There are many traditions of Songkran which are in keeping with Buddhism. From visiting the Buddhist monks at local temples to water-pouring rituals for purification and washing away sins, Songkran is a holiday filled with positivity.
So, there’s my list of some different ‘must-visit’ festivals around the world! I would love to know which festivals are on your list!