You’ve got your tickets to the hottest festival around and now it’s time to plan your itinerary. Don’t think that you’ll just show up to the show and that’s it. There’s a lot of planning to do, especially if you’re traveling to an out-of-state/out-of-country music festival. Here are some useful tips on how to plan it all so that it turns into a trip of a lifetime.

Where To Stay

After you score your tickets, it’s time to look for places to stay. Unless you opt to do a festival’s camping option (think Coachella), you’re going to have to research hotels, motels and any other places to crash at. If you have the cash or will have enough time to save up some extra money, research the hottest hotels in the area where the festival is taking place and check for availability (but do this fast because rooms book fast!).  A huge benefit about this places is that it’s super close to the venue and there might even be cool pre or after parties at the hotel where you can continue the party. Even check out places to rent on Airbnb and see if you can rent get a place for cheap. If you have a lot of friends going, it’s a great way to find lodging for a large party. And the great thing about Airbnb is that you can find a place anywhere in the world!


Festival Apps

Before you step foot at the festival, it’s time to plan ahead and schedule what bands you want to see, where you’ll meet friends and more. The best way to do that is save it all on your phone. To start, you should first check to see if the festival you’re attending has a dedicated app that provides maps of the venue, schedules, food options, and more. If not, just make a schedule of bands you want to see and other information using you phone’s notes app. Also download any weather apps so that you’re prepared for any rain or heat. Another great app is Packing Pro, which breaks down what you’ll need to pack based on how many days you’ll be gone via its sample lists, which is a great thing to have for any trip you take.

What To Do

Most likely the festival will go on for a few days and that’s where you’ll be for the duration of the event. But when the festival is over and you’re in another country or city, it’s time to explore and take in the sights! To maximize your extra time in wherever you’re at, write down all the things you’d like to see and do and then use a site like TripAdvisor to see what map out any sightseeing, shopping and extra activities that will make your festival trip even that much more memorable.