I’ve been to a lot of music festivals over the years. That said, I’ve also learned that it’s important not to spend all your money while traveling to and from these events—especially if you’re going solo! So here are some tips for making sure you have money left over once you get back home:
1. Get a hotel room instead of camping
Camping is a great way to save money and live in the moment, but if you’re looking to go big with your festivals this summer then it may be worth splurging on a hotel room.
In general, hotels are more expensive than camping sites–but not by much! According to Hotels.com’s data from last year’s Coachella (the most popular music festival in America), hotel rooms cost about $100 per night while camping passes ran around $70 each day. That means if you were planning on going every day for four days straight without any friends coming along for the ride, then it would actually be cheaper for them all just get their own tent instead of sharing one big one between four people like they would have done if they’d gone camping together instead..
2. Bring snacks
- Bring snacks.
- Snacks are important because they can keep you energized, and they can also help you avoid overspending on food. If you’re going to be out in the sun all day without access to a lot of water, having some protein bars or trail mix will help keep your energy up so that you can enjoy the festival as much as possible–and not spend all day waiting in line for food!
3. Don’t wait in line for food
Don’t wait in line for food.
If you’re at a festival and really want to eat, you have three options: 1) order from a vendor and have it delivered to your seat; 2) order from a vendor and have it delivered to your hotel room; 3) get food delivered directly to your hotel room if you don’t want to leave the comfort of your own space (and possibly miss out on some good music).
4. Check out your options for food from vendors near the festival grounds
When you’re at a festival, there are so many things to do and see that it can be easy to forget about the most important part of any trip: food. But your body needs fuel if it’s going to keep functioning properly! If you don’t plan ahead, then your options are limited–and expensive (or both).
Fortunately, there are plenty of ways around this problem. Here are some tips for finding cheap eats near your favorite music festivals:
- Check out local restaurants and hotels before heading out on Friday morning. These places will often offer deals during weekends when they’re busy with tourists; just ask them what kinds of discounts they offer! You might even find coupons online beforehand if there’s something specific about their establishment (like “best burgers in town”) that interests you enough for research purposes.*
- Grocery stores sometimes sell snacks specifically designed for road trips or outdoor activities like hiking or camping; these could include trail mix or dried fruit bars.* Conveneience stores often sell prepackaged sandwiches along with chips and soda bottles which may contain caffeine (which helps keep people awake when driving long distances). If these aren’t available locally then try searching online because sometimes supermarkets send flyers out via email instead so look through those emails every day before leaving home base just incase something pops up unexpectedly.”
5. Take advantage of free events in the surrounding areas of the festival grounds
- Take advantage of free events in the surrounding areas of the festival grounds
If you’re planning on going to a music festival, there’s probably no shortage of things to do and see while you’re there. But what about before or after? Festivals have become so popular that many cities host their own annual festivals with lineups that rival those at Coachella and Bonnaroo. These events are often free, giving attendees another reason not to spend too much money during their stay–and making them even more memorable than they already would be!
In addition to being able to meet new people from all over (and potentially make some long-lasting friendships), taking advantage of these opportunities can also help give you an idea of what life is like outside the festival grounds where you’ll be spending most of your time during those three days/nights/whatever it takes for all those bands’ sets…
6. Don’t forget about the other sights in town
One of the best parts about festivals is getting to see other people from all over the world. But if you’re not careful, it can be easy to forget that there are other sights in town!
There are usually plenty of things happening around your festival grounds that aren’t included in your ticket price–and often these free activities are just as fun as going into town or exploring new places. Some festivals have camping and camping isn’t just for sleeping; there could be games or music at night or even a place where you can go swimming during the day (if it’s hot). There may also be local events happening near your festival grounds that aren’t related to the actual event but still provide entertainment and make great conversation starters (for example: What was your favorite part?). Lastly, don’t forget about seeing what else is available outside of your immediate area because sometimes those experiences end up being some of our favorites!
7. Plan for larger crowds by ordering tickets early and making sure you have cash on hand to avoid fees at ATMs during busy times
- Plan for larger crowds by ordering tickets early and making sure you have cash on hand to avoid fees at ATMs during busy times.
If you’re going to a festival with a lot of people, it’s best to get your tickets as soon as possible so that you can avoid the rush when they go on sale. You should also have cash on hand in case there are long lines at ATMs during busy times or if they run out of money altogether (which happens surprisingly often).
8. Invest in good shoes that won’t hurt your feet or cause blisters, even if you’re not going to be walking a lot at the festival itself
- Invest in good shoes that won’t hurt your feet or cause blisters, even if you’re not going to be walking a lot at the festival itself
As someone who has made the mistake of wearing cheap shoes to festivals and ended up limping around on blistered feet for days afterwards, I can tell you firsthand that it’s not worth it. You want to be able to enjoy yourself at these events–and that means being able to walk around without pain! If you have any extra money after buying all of your other necessities (or if some of those “necessities” are actually just things that make life easier), spending some cash on quality footwear is a great idea. Good boots will last longer than cheaper ones and won’t rub against sensitive areas like ankles or heels when worn throughout an entire weekend of activity (and dancing).
9. Take advantage of free Wi-Fi spots around town to save data on your phone so you can use it more freely while traveling to and from the festival grounds as well as inside them
- Take advantage of free Wi-Fi spots around town to save data on your phone so you can use it more freely while traveling to and from the festival grounds as well as inside them.
If you’re not careful, your cell phone bill will be higher than the price of admission itself! Use a free Wi-Fi spot in town (there are plenty) before heading out for an Uber or Lyft ride, or download Google Maps directions so that when you arrive at that location, there won’t be any surprises about how much longer it’ll take for them to get there.
We hope these tips have been helpful to you. We know that traveling can be expensive and stressful, but it doesn’t have to be! If you follow our advice, we’re sure that your next festival experience will be as fun and stress-free as possible.