I went to Tomorrowland 2014 completely solo. Best thing I could have possibly done in Europe.
On the first shuttle bus I met the two dudes who I would be hanging out with for the majority of the festival. I was lucky, because there are three reasons to go to Tomorrowland: Drugs, Sex, or Music. They were there for the music, like I was.
Smuggle in some food if you can… the food there is horrendously expensive. I took raw potatoes and carrots and just ate them like that rather than pay their nasty food prices all day.
you can bring a water bottle in. Do that. Make sure it’s empty and hide the cap in your bra or whatever. They don’t pat you down, they just check backpacks/purses.
I paid more for my ticket because the hotel and flight packages don’t sell out as fast as the cheaper ones that go on sale later. I remember being poised above the mouse (should I get it? Should I wait?) I clicked “confirm”, and I have never regretted it. Probably the best experience of my life. I could pay twice that price and it would still be worth it. Going solo was easy… at least as a woman, you will make friends easily.
The two dudes who I was hanging out with took SO many pictures and videos that I felt like I needed to be constantly documenting the experience as well. The third night I lost them in the crowd and hung out with someone from Jordon who doesn’t even bring his phone in to festivals. He got me to put my phone away and just live it. I gotta say that’s the best way to do it. It’s too stressful to be constantly looking around trying to get a good click. He also offered me drugs, to which my standard “nah man” sufficed as a refusal.
One of the dozen or so stages…
Love the information desk.
If you have to make a choice between doing something and not doing something, always ALWAYS do it. I’ve never regretted seizing an experience, even if it cost me something. It’s good for you to be nervous, and overcome it. You don’t have to wait to do something until your friends will do it with you.
Live music is always worth the money. Experiencing a wholly different country than the one you were brought up in is always worth the money.
This doesn’t count when you’re buying material objects, clothing, a new blender, Persian rugs. If you’re not sure if you want it or not, it means you don’t.
This is how I saved enough money to travel Europe for two months (solo for one month), and to make sure I enjoyed my time there to the fullest.
It’s our one year anniversary today. Heading to India in a few months to see him. Can’t believe I managed to make it to a year with anyone actually, especially given we’ve been apart more than we’ve been together. It helps that he doesn’t try to keep me on a leash. Encouraged me to travel to Europe, encourages me to go out dancing because he knows that’s what makes me happy. I’m so lucky to have him.
Heard this song in Serbia. Vance Joy – Riptide. His debut album (available this September) is called “God Loves You When You’re Dancing”, which I personally think is a remarkably relevant title.
So I’ve been in about… 8 countries since I’ve written last. Learning a lot. Constantly on my toes. Will give you a country by country rundown soon…