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We’re now officially in the heart of festival season, and we hope that you’ve saved up during the winter because there’s another incredible line-up of artists set to dominate the summer. South by Southwest has already wrapped up and Coachella is halfway done, but there are plenty more locations and massive parties waiting to be experienced. Of course, it can often be difficult to see them all with expensive passes and locations spread around the world. Here are a few ways to make the process more affordable so that you can make the most of the summer and see all of your favorite artists.
Depending on your festival of choice, this may or may not be an option. But if it is, you should definitely consider it. And it may be a good idea to stake your claim and have your own home base on the festival grounds if you can do that, too. It can be a great way to be right in the heart of the action, make new friends, and have a unique festival experience. Just be prepared, follow the basic tips for camping at a festival, and you should be ready to have a great time while also saving a lot of money. Also, make sure you have a good tent that’s rain-proof. You never know what might happen, but always prepare for the worst.
Play the Lottery
This might not be the most sure-fire method for funding your own summer of love, but we’ve seen crazier ideas. Trying to hit more than a few major festivals in the same season can often be quite the undertaking. Even if you camp for most of them, travel alone can cost thousands of dollars. And that’s not even mentioning ticket prices that seem to get higher every year. You might as well try tossing a few extra bucks on the lotto and pray you get lucky. America is home to two of the biggest lotteries, and while it’s attractive to dream of a life of luxury with millions of dollars, you might be better off buying a few scratch-offs and hoping for a couple hundred bucks for a little extra summer spending money. The odds aren’t as bad as you might think, and it can provide a little extra entertainment when you stop for gas while on your road trip.
Three Words: Frequent Flyer Miles
The life of the festival devotee is one of jet-setting adventure, and all those flights can add up quickly. If you, a friend, or a parent have a bunch of rewards miles saved up that aren’t getting put to good use, this is the perfect time to take advantage of them. One festival-goer mentioned how they used their miles for a trip and ended up paying less than $20 for the airfare. Save on a plane ticket and use that money on a good hotel room, a nice meal, or spend it on tickets for the next festival. While festival season is fun, it can be even better by planning ahead and making sure you get the best deals.
Buy Tickets Early
If you know that you want to go to a certain festival each year, it’s probably not a bad idea to buy your tickets early. Coachella sells out incredibly quick every time, and if you aren’t one of the first people to purchase your tickets, you’ll probably find yourself out of luck. Many festivals will put passes up for sale before even announcing their line-ups, but if you have faith in the festival organizers, you’ll be rewarded with a pass. Getting in early can not only ensure you a spot at the upcoming festival, it can also help you potentially save a few hundred dollars. Plus, if you already know you’re going, there’s no point in waiting, and it’s an added bonus when the line-up turns out to be amazing.