24 Things That Happened When We Traveled Around for Music Festivals

24 Things That Happened When We Traveled Around for Music Festivals

If you have been following my adventures on Instagram and Facebook, then you know for sure that my summer was full of music festivals.

I started in Manali, India where I danced with our Japanese family at the Dance of Shiva festival. Next on the list was Germany’s Freqs of Nature where it was time to dance to dark psychedelic tunes.

After Germany, it was time to enjoy old-school psychedelic tunes and meet our S.U.N. Festival family in Hungary. Right after this, Modem’s amazing hi-tech décor and music blew us away next to the Springs of Mreznica in Croatia.

Somewhere around the full moon, it was time to be ONE with nature (and people) at Boom Festival in Portugal. After Boom, we volunteered at Lost Theory Festival’s kitchen in Spain. Our last festival of the season was the Earthquake Festival in Germany.

Disclaimer: Just because I attend music festivals, doesn’t mean that I participate in intoxicants. I do it for my love of music. Yes, I am perhaps the most sober person in a festival with just a beer or two in their system.

Seven music festivals, six countries in just one summer – obviously a lot of things were bound to happen. If I start writing in detail, I can easily write enough material to make a book but I don’t want to bore you to death. So here are N things that happened during our summer full of music festivals

1) I got to travel for REALLY cheap (sometimes FREE)

Summer full of music festivals

Summer full of music festivals

Euro trips are expensive, aren’t they? Not so much of you hitchhike.

The best thing about traveling from one festival to another was I didn’t even have to make an effort to hitchhike.

From one festival to another, it was easy to find people who were happy to take me (and my partner) in their campervan to the next festival. Our best ride to remember was from Portugal to Spain in our friend’s ancient campervan.

2) I lost a lot of things… and found many others

Yes, people lose a lot of things at music festivals – so did I. But each time I lost something; I found a replacement for free.

No, I’m not talking about finding other people’s lost things, but I got these things from people who were leaving the festival and didn’t want to carry them.

3) Strange things happened with my hair

I went with 22 dreadlocks and came back with just 10. San went with 4 and came back with 5. Conclusion: dreadlocks require hard work and maintenance.

4) I realized it is possible to dance for 30 hours straight

Energy on the dance floor at Boom Festival 2016

We danced for 30 hours straight at Boom Festival 2016

Blame it on the lineup or the vibes on the dance floor but at Boom festival, San and I ended up spending two nights and one day on the dance floor without sleeping. How did we do it? We have no idea.

5) I now know how much fun it is to volunteer at a music festival

San and I working inside Lost Theory Festival's kitchen

San and I working inside Lost Theory Festival’s kitchen

For the first time in our lives, San and I volunteered at a music festival. It was the Lost Theory festival in Spain where we worked in the kitchen for four hours every day. In return, our festival entry and food were absolutely free!

6) We fell in love with Acai

Acai or açaí berry is a Brazilian fruit that should be labeled as the perfect party food. We tried it for the first time at the Boom Festival in Portugal and ate it almost every day after.

It is very low in sugar but very high in vitamin C and antioxidants. It provided us with a much-needed energy boost after dancing for hours.

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7) We realized that every festival has an outdoor sex spot (you just need to find it)

Modem Festival, Croatia 2016

Modem Festival, Croatia 2016

While it may not appear so during the day, things drastically change when it gets dark. Not every area is well lit and if you try hard enough, you can find many spots that you can have to just to yourselves for a long time.

8) I met my favorite PsyTrance artist – Arjuna

Arjuna at Modem Festival, Photo by Es Web

Arjuna at Modem Festival, Photo by Es Web

After dancing to Arjuna’s music at every festival, I finally got a chance to meet him and hug him. Believe it or not but at every festival we decided on our sleep (and tripping) schedule based on when he was playing.

9) We met the famous Mr. Pink (and also his soul brother)

Mr Pink at Boom Festival, Portugal - 22 Things that happened during our summer full of music festivals
Me with Mr. Pink at Boom festival 2016- 22 Things that happened during our summer full of music festivals
Me hugging Mr Pink at Boom Festival - 22 Things that happened during our summer full of music festivals

If you’re a regular at PsyTrance festivals, then you know of Mr. Pink for sure. Since the last two years, he’s in almost every PsyTrance music festival video where he is colored fully pink. Well, we have been following his adventures everywhere and at the Boom festival, we actually got to hug him. Check it out!

10) I can now use almost every kind of toilet

Compost toilet at Modem festival - the cleanest festival toilet this season

Compost toilet at Modem festival – the cleanest festival toilet this season

Believe it or not, dirty toilets are my biggest fear. A few months back, I would have preferred to jump off a cliff than to use a toilet that’s dirty. However, seven back to back music festivals and 100s of dirty toilets – I had no choice but to face my fear head on. Yes, now I can use every kind of toilet.

11) I now know that almost everything can be recycled… even poop

A beautiful garden at Boomland which was built using human waste

A beautiful garden at Boomland (Boom Festival 2016, Portugal) which was built using human waste

Do you know how much environmental damage a music festival can cause if not done correctly? Almost all of the festivals that we attended this summer had invested in tonnes of environmental programs to leave no trace on the land.

Almost all the waste was recycled, even poop. Most of these festivals also had compost toilets where they recycled human waste to provide for food for building elaborate gardens.

12) We became camping experts

Our camp at Modem festival 2016, Croatia

Our camp at Modem festival 2016, Croatia

Camping is a very important part of a music festival experience. Pitching a tent is a different matter but making it super comfortable requires a little more work. After spending most of our summer in our tent, we became camping experts and can now make our tent almost as comfortable as our bedroom.

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13) I met a lot of “Festival Children”

Modem baby by GemeosVB Fotografia

Modem baby by GemeosVB Fotografia

Music festivals have areas that are specifically designed for children. We think that parents who bring their children to festivals end up fueling their creativity.

Being in a creative zone for 4-5 days continuously is very good to open up their minds’ creative window. We couldn’t help but notice how talented most of these children were.

 

14) I now know that hand fans make the perfect festival accessory

My hand fan with a water spray in Portugal
My paper hand fan

Even if the temperature is low, things are bound to get sweaty after dancing for a few hours.

A hand fan is the perfect dance accessory because you can fan your face while dancing.

Read: 17 Psychedelic Festivals You Should Attend in 2017

15) I learnt that tutus aren’t only for girls

Why did I ever think that tutus looked good only on girls? They look amazing on women and men alike!

 

16) I had to take a “forced vacation” from blogging

A Psytrance Festival in Old Manali (Dance of Shiva)

Dance of Shiva Festival in Old Manali, 2016

You must be thinking – wait, isn’t travel blogging a permanent vacation? Wrong. It’s a lot of work and it requires good Internet connectivity.

Of course I was fooling myself when I thought I was going to be able to continue blogging from my phone but in reality, I was too wasted to ever charge my phone.

 

17) I lost a lot of weight

What else did you imagine would happen after dancing for many hours and eating a lot of Acai?

 

18) I embraced “Free Body Culture” / FKK

Free body culture at Lost Theory festival 2016

Free body culture at Lost Theory festival 2016

Free body culture.. or as Germans call it Freikörperkultur (FKK) is awesome. There is nothing sexual about it but it’s just an expression of being free and natural.

Naked body is not a source of shame but in almost all the civilizations, it is a social taboo. Festival naturism is real. And it’s not just limited to Woodstock.

 

19) My skin became better because of natural soap

At most of the festivals, we were given free bars of natural soap so that we could use them to bathe in rivers (Modem), waterfalls (Lost Theory) or lakes (Boom).

These soaps that are usually made with olive oil, coconut and honey, are 100% biodegradable because they don’t contain chemical detergents that most of other soaps do. Obviously these are good for the environment they are very good for hair and skin too!

 

20) I fell in love with life a little more..

Bring Out Your Inner Child at Boom Festival 2016 Portugal

Falling in love with life a little more at Boom Festival 2016 Portugal

At music festivals, people celebrate life and happiness. It is difficult not being happy when the collective energy of everyone’s happiness influences you. It works a little like laughter Yoga that is based on the principle of collective energy. These festivals gave us a massive dose of happiness, hope and love. They changed us for life.

21) I sold little things to make money

San and I selling earrings and bindi at Lost Theiry festival, Spain

San and I selling earrings and bindi at Lost Theiry festival, Spain

Here’s a picture of our little “pirate shop” where we’re selling small dreamcatcher earrings from Nepal and bindis from India. In all honestly, we opened our shop for just one day and made less than 10 euros so gave up.

22) My Wardrobe became “fashionably” torn

Torn clothes but fashionably so

Torn clothes but fashionably so

A little rip in my tights? No worries, I can make them evenly ripped. While I’m at it, why don’t I do the same with my tunic?

23) I got a little more creative

I spent hours drawing, making new things with our hands and San now makes jewelry!

Getting creative at Earthquake festival in Germany (2016)

Getting creative at Earthquake festival in Germany (2016)

24) I made at least 150 new friends

Some of our festival friends

Some of our festival friends

At the first festival we had just 20 friends. By the time it was our 7th festival, we realized we had made at least 150 new friends from all over the world. Why not, coconut?

Summer of 2016 was the best summer of our lives. We met many amazing people, discovered many new things about ourselves and fell in love with life a little more than before. For us, traveling for music festivals was definitely cheaper than just backpacking around because move from one place to another for free and sleep for free.  These festivals changed us for life and things will never be the same again.

Do you also love music festivals as much as we do? If so, share this post with your friends!

Hey, if you want to see more pictures from our music festival madness, search #PsytranceDrifterPlanet on Instagram. 🙂

 

20 Ideas to Celebrate the New Year’s Eve

20 Ideas to Celebrate the New Year’s Eve

New Year’s Eve is around the corner and is that time of the year where the party goes on for a very long time. How about you skip the same old celebration in your hometown and do something different?

To help you plan, we have a lot of ideas for you under different themes. Weather you are looking for a non-stop music festival or want to be one with nature, this post has something for everyone.  Cover art picture by Digital Thangka.

Travel ideas for Celebrating the New Year’s Eve – 

Theme 1: Party the Night Away

01 | Celebrate the World’s First New Year at East Cape or Auckland, New Zealand

– Robin of Backpacker Guide NZ

Celebrate the World’s First New Year at East Cape or Auckland, New Zealand

Celebrate the World’s First New Year at East Cape or Auckland, New Zealand

The country that is the first to see the sun every day is also the best place to spend New Year’s Eve. Pick your option: From East Cape that has the first sunrise in the world, and a huge festival on New Year’s Eve to the massive Auckland fireworks without forgetting a wild and remote east coast beach where you will be mesmerized by a stellar sunrise.

02 | Enjoy a Luxurious Upscale Beach Party at Punta del Este, Uruguay

– Barbara Wagner of http://www.jet-settera.com

Enjoy a Luxurious Upscale Beach Party at Punta del Este, Uruguay

Enjoy a Luxurious Upscale Beach Party at Punta del Este, Uruguay

Punta del Este, a small but upscale beach town in Uruguay, is a popular New Year’s Eve destination for many wealthy South Americans. This town’s clean, white, eclectic architecture resembles Miami. The town is also called as the Monaco of South-America, as many of the big yachts dock here during the summer. It is one of the most expensive holiday destinations in South-America during the holidays. The nightlife is amazing, clubs around the port are open until 6-7am in the morning and the party rocks every night. Many tourists come here to enjoy gambling. The Conrad Hotel has one of the largest casinos in Uruguay and it is the favorite hot spot for many Brazilians. Huge fireworks make New Year’s Eve very memorable in Punta del Este.

03 | Party Non Stop with Backpackers in Huacachina, Peru

– Danielle Ditzian of Like Riding a Bicycle

Party Non Stop with Backpackers in Huacachina, Peru

Party Non Stop with Backpackers in Huacachina, Peru

Huacachina in Peru is a tiny town entirely on an oasis, it’s not only gorgeous, but if you stay at Casa de Arena, they have an amazing club to party the night away. In fact, I went to bed at 6 am on New Year’s Eve the year I was there… and was the first person in my 20-person dorm room to crash! Plus, if the partying gets to be a bit much, you can always go chill in the sand dunes looking at the beautiful oasis.

04 | Attend the infamous Full Moon Party at Koh Phangan, Thailand

– Rishabh & Niralee of GypsyCouple

Full Moon Party at Koh Phangan

Full Moon Party at Koh Phangan – Photo by Priyanka Kwatra Bajad

Koh Phangan is arguably the party capital of South East Asia boasting of a monthly iteration of the Full Moon Party inviting revelers from all over. Scale it up to have double the audience, better music (if it’s possible) add in the New Year to the mix and you have a winner. The island is only approachable by ferry and has its Haad Rin beach as the epicenter of the partying wave (though other beaches have smaller parties running during the time). You can tick off insane music, fire twirlers, drinking games, a whole lot of multi ethnic revelers to make it an epic way to send off the old year and welcome the new one!

 

Theme 2 – Enjoy Regional Traditions and Cultural Events

05 | Burn Papier Mâché Characters at Salinas, Ecuador

– Dane of HolidayFromWhere

Burn Papier Mâché Characters at Salinas, Ecuador

Burn Papier Mâché Characters at Salinas, Ecuador

There is a tradition in Ecuador to build big Papier Mâché characters and then burn them to get rid of evil spirits for the New Year. They put dozens of 5-meter high infernos on the entire beach area. People celebrate by throwing massive fireworks into them. Note: Be careful because this nice traditional ceremony can sometimes cause massive fires. When I was there, it was the most chaotic, uncontrollable, yet memorable New Years Eve I have ever been a part of.

06 | Watch Apsara Dance in Siem Reap, Cambodia

– Nisha of Lemonicks

Burn Papier Mâché Characters at Salinas, Ecuador

Burn Papier Mâché Characters at Salinas, Ecuador

There are many destinations around the world where I would want to celebrate New Year’s Eve. Till now wherever I have celebrated it, it has given me much joy and fond memories. One of my favorites is Siem Reap in Cambodia. I have great memories of the place. I had gone there to volunteer for three months and celebrated Christmas and New Year in the process. The place is close to me not because it is a touristy place but for all those kids who gave me happiness and shared their joy. Otherwise also, there is no dearth of tourists in Siem Reap, so one cannot feel lonely. Go to Pub Street and celebrate in style relishing good food, drinks and watching Apsara dance.

07 | Shake Your Booty at Feria de Cali in Cali, Colombia

– Ruben Arribas of Gamin Traveler

Shake Your Booty at Feria de Cali in Cali, Colombia

Shake Your Booty at Feria de Cali in Cali, Colombia

One of the best places I’ve ever been to celebrating New Year´s Eve is in Cali, Colombia. Cali is the third largest city in Colombia and famous for being the Salsa capital all over the world. Last week of every year, they celebrate Feria de Cali, which is famous for the Salsa marathon. During this, everyone dances the streets, both the young and old, locals and visitors alike. During the day you can see huge colorful parades with flowers, people, animals and of course the most important, good and lively music. At night, there are many bands playing salsa and thousands of people dancing. Don´t know how to dance salsa? No problem at all, just visit Cali and people will teach you how to do it.

Theme 3 – Attend a Music Festivals

08 | Attend a Psychedelic Music Festival – the Experience Festival, Koh Tao, Thailand

– Sonal and Sandro of Drifter Planet

The Experience PsyTrance Festival, Koh Tao - Photo by Digital Thangka

The Experience PsyTrance Festival, Koh Tao – Photo by Digital Thangka

The Experience Festival is Asia’s most popular PsyTrance Music festival and it occurs on December 30 to January 2 in Koh Tao. This festival features a chill out stage and a full on PsyTrance main stage where you can dance for days to welcome the New Year. Moreover, Tao Island’s warm tropical weather makes sets the perfect mood for hours of dancing and camping. This island is also known for its beautiful beaches, viewpoints, and colorful marine life, which can be enjoyed before or after the festival.

09 | Watch a Firework Show or Attend a NYE Music Festival in Sydney, Australia

– Dave Anderson of Jones Around The World

Watch a Firework Show or Attend a NYE Music Festival in Sydney, Australia

Watch a Firework Show or Attend a NYE Music Festival in Sydney, Australia

While most of the world is in the middle of winter, it’s actually summertime down in Australia, which makes it perfect weather for all sorts of outdoor activities. The NYE Firework Show over the Sydney Harbour Bridge is truly spectacular, and should be on everyone’s bucket list. There are also so many different nightlife events and party cruises that are epic, or you can make the journey out to one of the music festivals in Australia that have 3-day events during New Years Eve! Trust me, get yourselves to Sydney at the end of December, and you won’t regret it! See you down under mate!

 

Theme 4 – Watch the Magic of Northern Lights

10 | Enjoy the Peace and Try to spot Northern Lights at Norway

– Lavina of A Capricious Compass

Enjoy the Peace and Try to spot Northern Lights at Norway

Enjoy the Peace and Try to spot Northern Lights at Norway

New Year has always been about extending the festive spirit and welcoming new begnnnings with a nip in the air! Coming from a tropical country, winter always meant temperatures around 10 degrees. However, a recent trip to Norway changed my perception of winter. Temperatures below zero blanketed the earth with a sheet of snow. It was mesmerizing! Silence for miles, the Auroras dancing in the sky at night, some warm toddy and people who matter the most, for company. Time to reflect and look forward to beautiful things! After spending many years partying at New Year’s eve, I can now say no one does winter like countries in the Arctic Circle and Norway especially so!

11 | Enjoy Lapland’s Winter Landscape and try to spot the Northern Lights, Finland

– Céline Simon of Je Papote

Enjoy a Surreal Winter Landscape and try to spot the Northern Lights, Finland

Enjoy a Surreal Winter Landscape and try to spot the Northern Lights, Finland

Who has never dreamed of spending New Year’s Eve in a beautiful winter landscape? At that time, the magic of Lapland makes sense. I suggest rent a confortable cottage with friends in the forest to be near the beautiful nature. After that, it will be time to enjoy the great white landscapes offered by Lapland.

You can enjoy a lot of activities such as dog sledding, snowmobile or cross-country skiing. And when the day ends, you will absolutely end with a sauna to warm you. And if you’re lucky enough, you can see at night, the magic of the northern lights! To make the most of it, you can sleep inside a glass igloo in Finland.

Theme 5 – Get Spiritual

12 | Experience a Spiritual Rejuvenation with monks at Tawang, India

– Siddhartha Joshi of Sid the Wanderer

Experience a Spiritual Rejuvenation with monks at Tawang, India

Experience a Spiritual Rejuvenation with monks at Tawang, India

Nestled high up in the Himalayas in the northeastern state of Arunanchal Pradesh in India, Tawang is not your usual destination to ring in the New Year. Home to world’s second largest Buddhist Monastery, the town, however, offers a beautiful blend of spirituality and adventure. If you are in town for the new year’s eve, I would recommend visiting the Monastery and spending time with the monks on the first day of the year. Follow it up with hikes around in the high mountains, and a visit to the numerous frozen lakes in the region. The days will be short and peaceful, and the nights would be long, yet Tawang will fill you with unbridled energy, which will last at least an year

 

Theme 6 – Hit a Famous Party Street

13| Enjoy midnight runs and Fireworks at New York City, USA

– Natasha of The World Pursuit

Enjoy midnight runs and Fireworks at New York City, USA

Enjoy midnight runs and Fireworks at New York City, USA (Image Source)

NYC has to be one the best places in the world to celebrate New Year’s Eve. Everyone knows that Times Square is the famous place to ring in the new year, however, there are even better places in the city to celebrate. Partying and dancing take place all over the city, but some of the best spots to waste the night away are in Central Park, Bowlmor Lanes, and the Brooklyn Bridge. In Central Park, there are even fireworks accompanied with midnight runs. As someone who lived in New York, I wouldn’t recommend anyone go to Times Square for the bash. It’s cold and you have to stand jam packed with other people for the entire day. Don’t ask me where you go to relieve yourself.

14 | Be a Part of a congregation on Siem Reap’s Pub Street, Cambodia

– Mar Pages of Once in a Lifetime Journey

Siem Reap, Cambodia

Siem Reap, Cambodia

Siem Reap is an always busy and often crowded destination. Gateway to the ruins of Angkor Wat, the town is filled with tourists during the dry season. But here is the tip: go for New Year’s and you are likely to have it all to yourself: the good weather, the ruins and the culture. For New Year’s Eve, everybody congregates on Pub Street, where all the bars are, and do the countdown together. The street does get incredibly packed and you will be stuck wherever you are unable to move forward or backwards. Some people on the higher floors might throw much needed water to cool everyone down and the spirit of party permeates. It is a different and fun way to spend the last night of the year and then carry on to the temples with less crowds than usual.

15 | Check out the Party scene on Bangkok’s Khao San Street, Thailand

– Lina & David of Divergent Travelers

Bangkok’s Khao San Street, Thailand

Bangkok’s Khao San Street, Thailand

My husband and I don’t price us on being partiers but there are certain experiences you should have at least once in your life. This is why, when we found ourselves in Thailand for New Years Eve, we decided to party the last hours of the year away on Kho San Road. The experience was interesting with a rave type atmosphere. The streets were so crowded that moving from one place to another required a shuffle but man, was it a good time. There were stages set up with live performers, fire throwers and music blaring from every bar on every corner. The experience of coming together with people from all around the World to celebrate a common holiday was an experience we will not soon forget.

16 | Party on the streets in Bali, Indonesia

– Jyotsana of Wander with Jo

Party on the streets in Bali, Indonesia

Party on the streets in Bali, Indonesia

Bali garners millions of visitors every year for it’s excellent beaches, temples, party scene, surfing, food, culture and more. However, New Year’s Eve attracts at least half of those millions, or so it seems. It is crazy busy on the streets and there are people – everywhere. I am not a big fan of humongous gatherings like these but if you want to party hard and just let your hair down – this is IT! My NYE at Bali was pretty epic. It just so happened that as soon as the clock stuck 12, everyone (yes, everyone) gathered on the streets (From their respective pubs on Legian street) to dance, hug and clink beer bottles with each other. It also started drizzling a bit and the whole vibe was surreal.

 

Theme 7 – Romantic

17 | Get Romantic and Enjoy Live Music in Vienna, Austria

– Karolina & Patryk of KarolinaPatryk.com

Get Romantic and Enjoy Live Music in Vienna, Austria

Get Romantic and Enjoy Live Music in Vienna, Austria

The absolute best place to celebrate New Year’s Eve is Vienna. It is the most romantic city of Europe, with a beautiful old town and many awesome monuments. At the last day of the year, it turns into a huge party zone! People from all over the world are coming to the capital of Austria to celebrate. The most important event takes place in the morning though. New Year’s concert in Vienna performed by the best musicians on this planet is famous all over the world. It’s broadcast live to 50 million people from more than 70 countries. Can you imagine anything better than being there and watching the concert in the flesh?

Theme 8: Attend a Live Concert

18 | Attend a Live Concert at Madison Square Garden

– Danielle Desir of The Thought Card

Attend a Live Concert at Madison Square Garden

Attend a Live Concert at Madison Square Garden

One of my most memorable New Year’s Eve celebrations was spent at a JackU concert in New York City’s Madison Square Garden. Over 18,000 people brought in the new year at Madison Square Garden that night. The stadium was sold old and the energy was electric. Not only were the DJ sets phenomenal, but there was also a humongous New Year’s Eve countdown. As the clock struck 12:01 a.m., the entire crowd went in a frenzy. Balloons and streamers fell from the sky and there were lots of joyful tears and kisses. For the next week, I had a permanent grin on my face and I haven’t been to a New Year’s Eve celebration of that magnitude since.

Theme 9 – Head to the Sand Dunes

19 | Enjoy a “Maharaja Style” celebration or Watch Thar desert’s Starry Night at Rajasthan, India

– Natalia Shipkova of My Trip Hack

Enjoy a “Maharaja Style” celebration or Watch Thar esert’s Starry Night at Rajasthan, India

Enjoy a “Maharaja Style” celebration or Watch Thar esert’s Starry Night at Rajasthan, India

I wanted to celebrate a New Year away from the usual high-pitched parties of big cities, thus I decided to choose Rajasthan – the land of Kings in India. On 31st Eve I was watching the fireworks lighting the sky at the Hill Fort in Jodhpur from one of the rooftops. It was spectacular to see the big picture of the city during the celebration. First days of January I’ve spent in a group of eight people in the Thar Desert roaming around endless dunes, lying on the sand under one million of stars and talking on different cultures. That was one of the most extended and memorable New Year experiences till date.

20 | Experience an Exotic​ “r​éveillon” at Erg Chebbi Dunes – Sahara Desert, Morocco

– João Leitão from Nomad Revelations

Experience an Exotic "réveillon" at Erg Chebbi Dunes - Sahara Desert, Morocco

Experience an Exotic “réveillon” at Erg Chebbi Dunes – Sahara Desert, Morocco

If you’re keen to experience an entirely different way of spending your New Year’s Eve, I think the Sahara Desert is the ultimate travel destination. Completely off-the-beaten track, Erg Chebbi Dunes in southeast Morocco is a great place to experience the most exotic​ “r​éveillon” party possible and to jump into a new year full of optimism. I have done it four times at Hotel Café du Sud, and I can’t wait to go back. Sahara is deeply involved with a particular type of mystic, and it represents our most profound perception of how a magical and mysterious place should be. Erg Chebbi holds the highest sand dunes in the country, and along with a unique musical heritage keeps visitors amazed and thrilled to visit. All around the region, several families pursue a millenary nomadic way of life and persist on remaining non-sedentary.

So what are you waiting for? Book your flights NOW and celebrate!

What was your best New Year’s Eve celebration? Let me know in the comments.

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9 Reasons Why We Love Music Festivals

9 Reasons Why We Love Music Festivals

If you follow us on Instagram then you would have noticed that our summer was full of music festivals.

We started at Thailand’s Experience Festival, went to Manali‘s Dance of Shiva festival, flew to Germany for Freqs of Nature, went on a bus to Hungary for the S.U.N. Festival, made new friends, and went with them to Croatia‘s Modem festival, flew to the other side of Europe for Boom festival in Portugal, drove on a campervan to Spain’s Lost Theory festival and eventually came back to Germany for Earthquake festival. Sounds Epic, right? It was.

Disclaimer: Just because we attend music festivals, doesn’t mean that we participate in intoxicants. We do it for our love of music and nothing else. Yes, we are perhaps the most sober people in a festival with just a beer or two in our system.

Have you ever wondered why we love music festivals so much that we travel halfway around the world just to attend them? In fact, we have been asked this question a lot of times this summer so we eventually decided to write a post.

Here is why we love music festivals so much:

1) Dance Like No One’s Watching

Dance Like No One's Watching at the Experience Festival - Photo by Digital Thangka
Dance Like No One’s Watching at the Experience Festival – Photo by Digital Thangka

A wise man once said, “You’ve gotta dance like there’s nobody watching”. It is definitely as fun as it sounds but it’s not something that most of us can do everywhere. Music festivals exist exactly for this purpose. Go dance your heart out at one of these and you will be hooked.

2) Show Your True Personality and Wear Interesting Costumes

Avatar Costume At Boom Festival 2016 - Photo by Amir Weiss of Transformation Festivals Eye
Avatar Costume At Boom Festival 2016 – Photo by Amir Weiss of Transformation Festivals Eye

Are you a fairy when it’s dark or a unicorn when it snows? Well, what better place to reveal your true personality than a music festival? Dress as per your fantasies without worrying about anything, because, hey – you’re in a music festival and everything goes! I try to include at least one fun costume in my festival packing list.

3) Art and Performances

Beautiful Artwork at Boom Festival 2016 in Portugal
Beautiful Artwork at Boom Festival 2016 in Portugal

Festivals are beautiful! From décor to performing artists, festivals offer a lot of food for the eyes. Many festivals hire some of the best designers to create a visually stimulating environment to boost the overall experience.

Big festivals such as Boom Festival (Portugal) are famous for showcasing elaborate artwork and entertaining performances.

4) Traveling to a new location

Modem Festival's Mindblowing Location in Croatia
Modem Festival’s Mindblowing Location in Croatia

It is an added benefit if the music festival isn’t in your hometown because you can combine the experience of traveling to a new location with attending the festival. Modem Festival (Croatia) has the most beautiful location that we have seen because it’s in the middle of the mountains and next to a clear water river with waterfalls and caves nearby. Even the Experience Festival on Thailand’s turtle island, Koh Tao has a mind-blowing location.

5) Camping

Our Shady Camping Spot at SUN Festival 2016 in Hungary
Our Shady Camping Spot at SUN Festival 2016 in Hungary

The best festivals are the ones that offer a place to camp. We all know that some of the craziest parties start at the campgrounds! It’s an amazing experience just to build a little home with a tent or just a hammock in the campground. Who knows, your neighbor may become your next best friend.

6) Find Your Inner Child

Bring Out Your Inner Child at Boom Festival 2016 Portugal
Bring Out Your Inner Child at Boom Festival 2016 Portugal

Sounds cliché? Well, it’s true! Get yourself a bubble gun, LED toys, magic tricks, a coloring book, hula hoop because it’s time to celebrate life. Most of the music festivals have areas that are specifically designed to bring out your inner child with rides, games, and more. Even if such areas are non-existent, it’s time for you to get creative and make your own play space.

7) New Friends

New Friends for Life - Why I love music festivals
New Friends for Life – Why I love music festivals

Don’t have any friends that you can go to the music festival with? Go alone. At music festivals you are bound to meet new people and some of them will become your friends for life. After all, you end up spending many hours or sometimes even days with them. It’s a good place to meet people from different ages, countries, and cultures.

8) Free State of Mind

Energy on the dance floor at Boom Festival 2016
Energy on the dance floor at Boom Festival 2016

As soon as I set my feet on a festival ground, I feel I am away from all the negativity of the world. Why? Because festivals are places where people come to escape the “real world”. Everyone is at their best self and is happy. It’s a place to celebrate life!

9) Festivals Change You.. for Better.

Happiness is contagious. So is positive energy. All this positive energy generates a feeling of oneness and makes everyone a happier person. Ask anyone who went to a music festival – they’d swear it changed them for life.

So, what’s your favorite music festival? Which one are you attending next? We’d love to know, so let us know in the comments! We love living your life like it’s a big music festival – what about you?

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16 Psytrance Music Festivals We Want to Attend in 2016

16 Psytrance Music Festivals We Want to Attend in 2016

It’s summer time soon! It’s that time of the year again when San and I start getting ready with our tents and hammocks to hit a few psytrance music festivals. Yes, this list is late because we started our year with the Experience psychedelic festival on Koh Tao and it took us a while to recover from the awesomeness (obviously).

Disclaimer: Just because we attend music festivals, doesn’t mean that we participate in intoxicants. We do it for our love of music and nothing else. Yes, we perhaps the most sober people in a festival with just a beer or two in their system.

We may not be able to visit every festival on this list, but even if we do half, we’re happy! Yes, this list ONLY has psytrance music festivals because that’s the genre that we feel most connected to.

May

01 | Dance of Shiva

Location: Manali, India
Schedule: May 2 – 4, 2016
Website

Dance of Shiva Festival

Dance of Shiva Festival

What better place to enjoy a psychedelic experience than the Himalayas? The location of this festival is Manali, which is one of our favorite summer destinations in the Parvati Valley. This festival is definitely not mainstream and they sell ONLY 400 tickets. It gets better – the 2016 edition is Dance of Shiva’s 10-year anniversary! Oh yes, we already have our tickets for this one. Out of all the psytrance music festivals that are scheduled for 2016 in the Himalayas, this looks the most promising one.

June

02 | Trimurti Festival

Location: Golden Ring, Russia
Schedule: June 9 – 13, 2016
Website

Trimurti Festival Russia

Trimurti Festival Russia

Trimurti is an environment friendly festival in Russia that is a completely ecological event since 2011. The organizers make an effort to reduce the use of plastic and inorganic materials. They also have a UFO center in this festival which acts as an information point and well, it also looks like a UFO!

July

03 | Freqs of Nature

Location: Niedergörsdorf (Near Berlin), Germany
Schedule: July 7 – July 12, 2016
Website

Freqs of Nature Festival

Freqs of Nature Festival (Photography Transformation Festivals Eye)

Freqs of Nature is rated really high by festival goers. Our friend Sei Ru says “They manage to strike a really good balance of intensity with the forest floor and friendly vibes at the progressive stage. There’s also good vibes at the techno stage, which wasn’t just some neglected backwater stage. There’s an open ground chill stage and a really good art gallery in an old military hanger. It also never felt overcrowded and the toilets were always spotless”

 

04 | Solar United Natives Festival (SUN Festival)

Location: Csobánkapuszta, Hungary
Schedule: July 18 – July 25, 2016
Website

Sun festival Hungary

Sun festival Hungary (Photography by: Pierre Ekman & “Shoot Your Shot”- Photography)

The best thing about this festival is that it works like a community which people can enter by buying membership. Many crucial decisions about the festival are decided after the organizers conduct a poll with the members. San and I have a lifetime membership so we can enter this festival anytime without buying a ticket. However, they now have an annual membership option because the lifetime option is no longer available. Yes, we are very excited to attend this festival this year.

 

05 | MoDem Festival (or Momento Demento Festival)

Location: Near Primislje, Croatia
Schedule: July 25 – July 31, 2016
Website

MoDem Festival Croatia

MoDem Festival Croatia – Photo by Transformation Festivals Eye

Modem festival is famous for its dark psy and forest psy music. The camping area is on a pretty little river island where people can feel closer to the nature. With a name like “The Springs of Mreznica” for the camp site, I just can’t stop myself from obsessing over the pictures of this festival! The best part – no cell phone connectivity in the festival area. Oh yes, you guessed it, we already have our tickets for this festival. Out of all the dark psytrance music festivals, Modem is perhaps the most famous one.

 

06 | Wonderland Festival (Waldfrieden)

Location: Stemwed-Wehdem, Germany
Schedule: July 28 – July 31, 2016
Website

Wonderland Festival Germany

Wonderland Festival Germany

Waldfrieden means “forest peace” and true to its name, the location is a slightly slanted empty patch with forest around it. There is a little pond and it’s possible to put the tents around it if you get in early. There is an indoor area as well with mind blowing decor. We have already attended this festival a few years back and we had a memorable experience. This is one of those rare festivals where they don’t do any publicity on Facebook to keep it low key, but the old timers never miss it. After all, this festival has been happening since 1997 (even before the overly hyped EDM festival – Tomorrowland) and is one of the oldest psytrance music festivals.

August

07 | O.Z.O.R.A. Festival

Location: Dádpuszta, Hungary
Schedule: August 1 – August 7, 2016
Website

Ozora Festival Hungary

Ozora Festival Hungary – Photo: Amit Itach Photography and Shahar Ratzenberg, body paing: Bodypaintlily

With almost 60,000 attendees in the year of 2015, Ozora is one of the biggest psytrance festivals in the world in terms of the headcount. Its lineup boasts of some of the most famous names in the psytrance community. Starting from Lord of the Rings to UV garden this festival’s décor is something that you will remember for life.

 

08 | Boom Festival

Location: Near Idanha-a-Nova, Portugal
Schedule: August 11 – 18, 2016
Website

Boom Festival, Portugal

Boom Festival – lovely, no?

This is the festival that we’re MOST EXCITED about. This festival takes place next to a lake once in two years. Even though this festival is extremely famous, the organizers sell a limited number of tickets. In fact, the presale tickets for 2016 edition were sold out within a few hours! We were lucky that we got ours in time. Honestly, with its popularity, the organizers can easily sell at least double than what they sell now if they wanted to, but they don’t because their goal is to provide the best possible experience and not to make profits. In fact, Boom festival is entirely funded by ticket sales without any corporate sponsors. The best part – Boom has won the title of YOUROPE Green ‘N’ Clean Festival of the Year many times because it runs on the principle of self-sustainment by not using chemical products and raising public environmental awareness. If Ozora is one of the biggest psytrance music festivals in terms of numbers, Boom is definitely known to be the grandest one!

Boom Festival 2014

Boom Festival 2014 by www.jakobkolar.com

 

09 | Lost Theory Festival

Location: Sotoserrano, Salamanca, Spain
Schedule: Aug 23 – 29, 2016
Website

Lost Theory Festival, Spain

Lost Theory Festival, Spain

This festival is usually held in Croatia but the location for 2016 is Spain in the middle of the mountains and surrounded by fresh water natural pools. Our friends that have attended this festival tell us about Lost Theory’s excellent festival management, affordable bar and clean toilets. The location for the Croatia editions was next to a river and looks dreamy! We’re very excited about Lost Theory because of it’s lineup that promises a very psychedelic experience.

Lost Theory Festival River Side Chill Area (2015)

Lost Theory Festival River Side Chill Area (2015)

We also want to share a video of the 2014 edition of Lost Theory festival because in our opinion, it’s the most amazing festival video. It’s short, interesting, beautiful and is like a story!

 

10 | Psy-Fi Festival

Location: Leeuwarden, Netherlands
Schedule: Aug 24 – Aug 28, 2016
Website

Psy-Fi Festival Netherlands

Psy-Fi Festival Netherlands

Psy-Fi is one of the newest psytrance music festivals in this list but it has already become extremely popular because those who attended spoke volumes of their amazing experience. They have an interesting way of naming each edition of their festival and the 2016 edition is called “Holographic Universe”. The best part – the location that has a few private beaches, an island and forest area. WOW!

 

11 | Burning Man

Location: Nevada, USA
Schedule: Aug 28 – Sep 5, 2016
Website

Burning Man Festival

Burning Man Festival

Who hasn’t heard of Burning Man? It is definitely one of the most famous festivals. The team behind this festival work the entire year to create a temporary metropolis – Black Rock City in the middle of Nevada desert. This festival functions on its own ten principles for a more collaborative experience. This festival doesn’t run on profits and the organizers also publish their annual report and tax reports on their website. Check out this post about how to experience Burning Man year round.

September

12 | Ritual Open Air Experimental Festival

Location: Lastras de Cuellar, Segovia, Spain (Near Madrid)
Schedule: September 16 – 19, 2016
Website

Ritual Festival Flyer

Ritual Festival Flyer

Why Ritual? Because we love small festivals where we feel more connected with the people and it feels like a family. The location of this festival is just 45 minutes bus ride away from Madrid and the pre sale tickets are unbelievably affordable at 35 Euros. Also, this will be perhaps the last festival of the season for Europe before it starts getting cold. There’s not much information on the official website so this event link will come in handy.

October

13 | Indigo Festival

Location: Israel
Schedule: October 2 – 4, 2016
Website

Indigo Festival Israel

Indigo Festival Israel – Photos by Ofir Karlstadt

Following the principle of “moksha”, this festival aims to provide the attendees a spiritual experience with oneness of body, mind and soul. This festival is organized by Moksha Project which is Israel’s biggest party organization.We like how this festival has a swimming pool and a beach area. It is organized on the shores of the Sea of Galilee – which is mentioned in my post about 50 Stunning Natural Pools from around the world.

 

November

14 | Earthcore Festival, Australia

Location: Victoria, Australia
Schedule: November 25 – 28, 2016
Website

Earthcore Festival Australia

Earthcore Festival Australia – Pictures by Fotobiotic

One of the most famous psytrance music festivals of Australia, Earthcore has a bit of luxurious side to it with “glamping” options with a lot of facilities. Eathcore Festival location is just one hour away from Melbourne. This festival also has an annaul theme and for 2016 it is Parallel Universe! Yes, we want to visit and get our own dose of parallel universe.

December

15 | Universo Paralello

Location: Pratigi, Brasil
Schedule: December 28, 2016 – January 4, 2017

Website

Universo Paralello Festival

Universo Paralello Festival

If San and I end up being in South America around December, then we DEFINITELY want to head to Brasil for Universo Paralello festival because we’ve been eyeing it for years! This 8-day long festival happens on a beach with campground that’s available for 10 days and is one of the biggest psytrance music festivals of South America. This festival has a “Goa Stage” which is dedicated to playing old school psy tunes.

 

16 | The Experience Festival

Location: Koh Tao, Thailand
Schedule: December 30, 2016 – January 2, 2017
Website

The Experience Festival, Koh Tao - Photos by Digital Thangka

The Experience Festival, Koh Tao – Photos by Digital Thangka

This festival may be the last on the list but it is one of the HAPPIEST psytrance music festivals in the world! This is where San and I met a few years back and we’ve been going back every year. The location is stunning with excellent décor which can turn any dark trip into a happy one. The music here is not dark and the vibe is always upbeat and energetic. This festival has surprisingly clean toilets that are airy. Showers are awesome but we prefer the nearby Freedom beach of Koh Tao for an early morning swim to revitalize ourselves. Need more convincing? Click here to read why we love this festival so much! While you’re there, don’t miss the after party on a beautiful beach bar (Ban Sabai) in Koh Phangan, If you need help planning this, scroll down and check out this cool app that will make your life simple.

Are you visiting any of the above listed festivals this year? Let us know! We’d LOVE to meet you!

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Why Holi is the most AWESOME Festival EVER

Why Holi is the most AWESOME Festival EVER

Why Holi is the most AWESOME Festival EVER

Holi may be an Indian and Nepalese festival but it is now popular all over the world. Why? Because it’s AWESOME! Some call it the festival of colours and others call it the festival of sharing love – I call it the festival of FUN. In my opinion, it is the most amazing and fun festival ever – let me tell you why:

01 | Perfect Weather

Holi Spring GifHoli is a spring festival and it’s perhaps the best time to be outdoors! It is that time of the year when we say a happy BYE to winters and gear up for the warmth.

02 | Colour here, colour there, colour everywhere!

Holi Colors Gif

If you think India is super colourful, wait till you celebrate Holi here. Everything gets painted in different super bright colours that will make your eyes pop out.

03 | Everyone Turns Into A Kid

Holi games gifWell, who wouldn’t turn into a kid when they get to colour each other? It’s completely OKAY to get super messy and enjoy the messiness for many hours!

Read: Tips for celebrating Holi in India.. from an Indian

04 | Watergun fights!

Holi Watergun Fights

Forget paintball – a watergun fight on Holi is so much more fun! Oh and usually the liquid colour used in these guns takes ages to come off.

05 | Water balloon wars

Holi Water BalloonsWarning: these balloons really hurt. However, nothing beats the fun of dodging them when they are thrown at you. In most cities, kids’ mafia starts these water balloon fights weeks before the actual festival in their revenge against grownups for making them study!

06 | Marijuana Drinks – Bhang Lassi or Bhang Thandai!

holi bhang gif

Oh you thought it couldn’t get better? On Holi, drinks made with marijuana leaves (Bhang) are available almost EVERYWHERE! But be careful, they are POTENT as hell.

07 | So Much Psychedelia!

Holi Color SplashWell, why not? Everyone gets painted in many different colors. It is the MOST psychedelic party in the world where everything and everyone is in technicolour.

Read: 17 Psychedelic Music Festivals You Should Attend in 2017

08 | Everyone is a Friend

It’s because you cannot recognize your real friends because they are painted in colours so it’s completely ok to corner a stranger and pretend they are your friends just to shower them with  some colours.

08 | Parties EVERYWHERE

Holi Street PartyAs soon as you get out of your house, it’s a big fat party on the streets. And if this is not enough, there are MANY parties everywhere on Holi. Some are free and some are not. We love Rang Festival party in New Delhi or Hilltop Party in Goa.

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09 | Everyone Wants to Get Drunk

Because, WHY NOT!! Bring on the beer! Give me that whiskey! Let’s all get drunk!

10 | Gujiya Time!

Holi Gujia Do you like dumplings? Imagine a dumpling with sweet stuffing with a few nuts! Even those who don’t have a sweet tooth relish this dessert on Holi.

 

11 | That Satisfying Long Shower After Playing Holi for Many Hours

Holi Shower

This is perhaps the best shower of the year for many! Honestly, it may not remove all the colours but the feeling is awesome!

 

What are YOUR favorite things about Holi? I would LOVE to know!

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15 Reasons to LOVE the Experience Festival

15 Reasons to LOVE the Experience Festival

15 Reasons to LOVE the Experience Festival

If you have been following our blog, then you must be aware that San and I met while backpacking a few years back.  However, not many of you know that we met at a music festival in Koh Tao. The name of that music festival is The Experience festival and here are the reasons why we absolutely LOVE this festival. We promise you will love it too if you visit it:

Disclaimer: Just because we attend music festivals, doesn’t mean that we participate in intoxicants. We do it for our love of music and nothing else. Yes, we perhaps the most sober people in a festival with just a beer or two in their system.

1) The BEST Time of the Year

An Extended New Year Party! - by Digital Thangka

An Extended New Year Party! – by Digital Thangka

The festival starts on December 30 and ends on January 2 – which makes it the BEST time to party. Don’t we all want to spend the New Year’s Eve in a big party? You know what’s better than a party? A FESTIVAL that lasts for FOUR DAYS!  YAYYY!!!!

2) Beautiful Location

Koh Tao Island picture by Veejay Baba

Koh Tao Island picture by Veejay Baba

The location of the festival is Koh Tao which also known as “turtle island”. Did you know, Koh Tao is on number 5 in the List of Top 10 Islands worldwide as per TripAdvisor’s 2015 Travelers choice awards? If you like diving, then Koh Tao is the perfect place for your next level of PADI certification.

3) Energy on the main dance floor

Energy on the Dance floor - by Digital Thangka

Energy on the Dance floor – by Digital Thangka

There’s something magical about the main dance floor of this festival.  It will pull you in and make you dance for many hours.  It’s the energy of the people on the trance floor that will embrace you and turn you into a stomper.

Look at the Energy! by Digital Thangka

Look at the Energy! by Digital Thangka

Suggested Reading: New Year’s Eve Party on the beach in Mirissa, Sri Lanka

4) Amazing music

Photo by Digital Thangka

Photo by Digital Thangka

Some of the best international psytrance artists are regulars at this festival.  This year, more than 50 amazing artists from all over the world are included in the lineup – Atriohm, Audioform, Bitkit, Contineum, Frangipani, Funky Dragon, Human Groove, Imaginarium, Liftshift, Lucid Mantra, Middle Mode, Note, Obliviant, Sonic Entity, Southwild, Starlab, Tantrix, Tristate, Vivid Loop, Ananda, Apnea, Betty, Commontense, Fordy, Ganesh, Hugo Nation, Jafar, Jo Moontribe, Jorg Vs Wung, K-Isuma, K.O.B., Koi, Lars Lee, Lenny & Carl, Mike Mad, Psymbiosis, R’Deem, Raoul, Sabaii Sabaii, Scotty, Shitaki, Single Vision, Sonic Quake, Tobermory, Tripical, Trippy, Yohei, Zig, Baburs, Blue Eyed Violet, K.O.B., Naure Said, Psychotic, Psymbiosis, Soniya, Ssongg, Tranquilogen, Tommy Rocker and Wacamolo.

5) Decoration

Photo by Digital Thangka

Photo by Digital Thangka

As some people say, the Experience festival has the most beautiful décor. The entry will make you feel like you’re entering a UV garden. The chill out area on your right as you enter, can turn the darkest of trips into a positive experience. The jellyfish and magical creatures décor will make you feel like you’re dreaming. The LED décor and the DJ station area on the dance floor will pump up your senses and lift you to a new level.

Wow - look at the decor! Picture by Veejay Baba

Wow – look at the decor! Picture by Veejay Baba

6) Happy people, good vibes

Look how happy everyone is - by Digital Thangka

Look how happy everyone is – by Digital Thangka

Just look how happy everyone is! Beautiful people with beautiful smiles that spread good vibes! Seeing the smiles on everyone’s faces at this festival has spoilt me for life. Out of habit, I smiled at a few people while I was at a festival in Europe, which resulted in confused looks from them. (Yes, it’s funny)

So much positive energy! by Digital Thangka

So much positive energy! by Digital Thangka

7) The Weather

Sunrise and fresh morning air by Digital Thangka

Sunrise and fresh morning air by Digital Thangka

Who wants to spend a festival shivering in cold or sweating like a pig in extreme heat? Koh Tao’s perfectly balanced tropical island weather is a delight to spend time in.

8) Water tank

Water Spashing by Digital Thangka

Water Spashing by Digital Thangka

Ok, it may not be very hot, but c’mon, you’re at a festival and you will end up sweating if you dance in the sun.  However, the festival organizers have come up with an awesome solution – a water tank that sprays water on the dancers in the morning!

Picture by Digital Thangka

Picture by Digital Thangka

9) Affordable

Entry Ticket price will make you smile :) by Veejay Baba

Entry Ticket price will make you smile 🙂 by Veejay Baba

The entry ticket to this festival is 3000 Thai Bhats at the gate and 2500 Thai Bhats if you buy two months before the festival.  If you do some math, 3000 Thai Bhats ~ INR 6000 (approx). No festival of THIS duration and THIS scale is as affordable as this.  Usually, the pre-sale entry fee for a 2 day pass to NH7 (Delhi) which is not even for 24 hours costs more; and if you buy it on the gate, it costs double.  If you compare this to the cost of festivals in Europe or Australia, this is only a fraction of the cost. Also, the alcohol prices are low in the festival bar. One drink costs around 100-150 Thai Bhats. Lovely!

10) Clean Toilets

No one likes a dirty toilet. If you read about my post about the Wonderland festival in Germany, then you would have read about the hard time I faced there because of the toilets.  Guess what, the toilets in this festival are not the typical temporary festival toilets.  They are clean, proper and have an airy feel to them. Please keep them clean if you visit the festival.

11) Amazing sights

Amazing sights by Digital Thangka and Veejay Baba

Amazing sights by Digital Thangka and Veejay Baba

The amazing sights at this festival are enough for one entire full page post, but I will try my best to put this in one point.  You will get to witness a beautiful sunrise, some interesting message boards that people carry, some really talented poi dancers, hula hoop dancers, fire dancers as well as some people who dress up in the most unique way.

Photo by Veejay Baba

12) Food and Shopping Section

Photo by Veejay Baba

Photo by Veejay Baba

The food section has some really delicious snacks, fruits, juices, coffee and instant noodles – easily affordable.  The shops have some of the most artistic jewelry, tiaras, tank tops, jackets and so much more.

13) Several Resting Options – Chill Out Area, Wooden Sitting Area, Camping Area and the some Hammock Spots

Of course you will need some good resting spots after hours of dancing.  The festival has a beautiful chill out area where you can put your mat, lie down and spend hours.

Chill Out Area - by Veejay Baba

Chill Out Area – by Veejay Baba

Or you can pitch a tent in the camping area for FREE and save money on accommodation. Oh and if you don’t want to leave the dance area, there’s are huge wooden areas around the dance-floor, like this:

Sitting Area by Veejay Baba

Sitting Area by Veejay Baba

Or you can put up your hammock in one of the many spots like this:

Hammock Area, Photo by Veejay Baba

Hammock Area, Photo by Veejay Baba

Or just chill inside the dustbin, like this:

Dustbin was also a popular spot! By Veejay Baba

Dustbin was also a popular spot! By Veejay Baba

14) Some New Friends…for life

Our little festival family

Our little festival family

San and I have met many people at this festival and some have become our friends for life.  The scale of this festival is not as massive as some of the mainstream festivals hence it is visited by a fewer number of like-minded people (close to 2000 – 3000) and it feels like a close knit family.

15) Many Amazing Pictures and Videos After the Festival

Don’t we all love pictures and videos?  This festival has some of the best people as the official photographers and videographers.  This results in the most beautiful pictures and videos which you can share and save to keep your memories alive forever. Drifter Planet loves the pictures by Danny Apnea Martens (Digital Thangka) and Veejay Baba.  All the pictures in this post are by them.  If you like their work, you should follow them on facebook (Digital Thangka), (Veejay Baba)  or check out Digital Thangka’s  work on flickr (click here).

Amazing Photography!

Amazing Photography!

If you’re in or are traveling to Asia, then we highly recommend you attend this festival. Check out the below links for further information:

Festival Websitehttp://theexperience-kohtao.com/

Festival FB page: https://www.facebook.com/experience.kohtao

Festival Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1383520221972198/

Image Courtesy:  Digital Thangka – https://www.facebook.com/Digital.Thangka, http://www.flickr.com/photos/digital_thangka/ and Veejay Baba https://www.facebook.com/vj.baba.1

Want more fun?  Check out the official video by Mario Chamorro Montenegro & Andi Johnen (Check me out stomping full power at 2:15):

Or this by Diogo Castro from Portugal. (San and I are at 6:02 😉 )

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The Experience Festival of Koh Tao

The Experience Festival of Koh Tao

A hippie travel writer with flowers in her hair, Sonal Kwatra Paladini should have been born in the 1960s! Bitten by the infamous travel bug, she has an itch to explore resort-free destinations, offbeat islands and small villages. Join her and her husband (Sandro) on their journey as they hop from one music festival to another and explore the beautiful world that they are in love with! Follow them on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
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