For all the music lovers and festival enthusiasts studying abroad this semester, the time has finally come to forget your inhibitions and immerse yourselves in the good vibes of Barcelona’s Abroadfest. Whether this is your first experience with a music festival or whether you’re a pro at this kind of stuff back in the States, you’ll want to check out this list of tips for attending a festival abroad:
- Know the Line Up: The key component to a music festival is, of course, the music. Abroadfest will be held in Razzmatazz and Shôko, so make sure you’re ahead of the game and know where to be at what times by looking up the Abroadfest Line Up now. In order to ensure that you are up front for your favorite bands, plan out your strategy ahead of time and know which stages you want to post up at and which times you’ll need to be there. While you’re checking out the lineup, if you find some bands you haven’t heard of, take the time to make a dope playlist and learn some new music. You’ll be glad you did when you get to experience these bands live.
- Bring the Right Equipment: The last thing you want is to be at a music festival without the essentials. The second to last thing you want is to be overwhelmed with stuff while you’re trying to rage to your favorite bands. The happy-medium here is to bring the essentials and pack lightly. Make sure you are packing everything in a secure, light bag; a bag that zips is preferable for security reasons – fanny packs are your friends. My recommendations for must-have items are: an external battery for your phone, an extra protein bar for energy, a hard copy of notes you’ve made regarding which stages to be at which times in case your phone does die, whatever form of money you decide is best for you (make sure you check out our safety tips blog post when planning this out), and a water bottle. Anything else is just extra – except good vibes, of course.
- Stay Hydrated and Nourished: As mentioned above, I always recommend bringing a protein bar and water bottle. Some festivals restrict liquids and foods being brought in, so make sure you keep this in mind. Staying hydrated is key, especially when surrounded by hundreds of people jumping around in a tightly-packed setting. You’re going to sweat – a lot. Your body will thank you for focusing on getting enough water in your system.
- Prioritize Safety: Safety abroad is always a priority, and this becomes even more important at a music festival. For a full list of ways to protect yourself (and your bank account), check out our blog on How to Stay Safe While Abroad.
- Live in the Moment: The best part of a music festival is the positive and contagious vibes. Focusing on living in the moment while abroad is always something I’ve found to be important, but this is even more of a necessity at a music festival. You’re surrounded by great music, creative visuals, and interesting people. Focus less on capturing the perfect Snapchat Mystory and more on engraving every detail you can into your memory. Send out good vibes and you’ll find that even more come your way. Soak in every moment, because you’ll never encounter as much kindness as you will at a music festival.
Austria has everything to offer curious minds from the cultural epicenter of art, music, and history that is Vienna to beautiful baroque towns set against the backdrop of the awe-inspiring Austrian Alps like Salzburg.
1.) Warm up your vocal cords for a sing-a-long. “The Sound of Music” was filmed in and around Salzburg and there is even a tour you can take to see all of the music popular sights seen in the film.
2.) Famous for its performing arts history, classical composers, including Mozart, Beethoven, Strauss, Schubert and Brahms have all lived, performed and created many of their masterpieces in Vienna.
3.) Viennese enjoy one of the highest qualities of life in the European Union.
4.)You can try the world famous and Original Sachertorte that Austrian Franz Sacher made in 1832 for Prince Wenzel von Metternich in Vienna, Austria. One of the most well known Viennese treats, this chocolate cake is sweetened with layers of apricot jam.
5.) You can tour the Schnaps museum in Vienna and sample the local liquors. Schnaps is derived from a word that means swallow in “low” German and now refers to any kind of strong alcoholic beverage.
6.) Vienna was the capital of the Austrian empire and remnants of the royal Hapsburgs can be found around including the Hofburg palace and their summer home (Schonbrunn palace) that is rivaled only by the Palace of Versailles outside of Paris.
7.) Vienna is referred to as “The City of Dreams” as it was home to the world’s first psycho-analyst – Sigmund Freud.
8.) Coffee houses are famous in Vienna and is customary and popular for the Viennese to hang out all day in a cafe drinking coffee and water and sampling desserts.
9.) Salzburg’s “Old Town” is one of the best-preserved city centres north of the Alps and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
10.) Salzburg was the birthplace of 18th-century composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
This upcoming weekend is our last for our Summer trips as we wrap up another amazing fall in Croatia, the French Riviera, and the Amalfi Coast. Keep it light, keep it airy, and most of all don’t let the end of Summer get you down. It just means you get this sweet playlist and it also means you have a new set of trips to look forward to! So here it is- The Bus2alps End of Summer Playlist:
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You waited last minute and have not planned a Fall Break, or maybe are dying to get a weekend trip to Greece in…
Bus2alps has your back. Tonight, Wednesday, October 2 starting at 5:00pm CET, we will be putting multibookings on sale.
2 SEPARATE trips booked in the same package= 15% discount.
Book with a staff 5% giftcode and receive a 20% discount off the total package.
If you are busy at 5:00pm CET, don’t worry, we will be holding the sale every hour on the hour for 20 minutes until 9:00pm CET. That’s right, you will have 4 chances to save!
Surrender yourself to Barcelona, home to eclectic culture where passionate nightlife, unique architecture, and delicious tapas all come together. Culturally diverse with works of art by Gaudi, Picasso, and Dali, Barcelona is also a modern metropolis with performances by Tiesto, Guetta, and Van Buuren. Whether relaxing on the beach or getting caught up in the bustling city life, you’ll never forget Barcelona’s rare blend of modernity, old Spanish tradtion, and Catalan roots.
1) The Picasso museum in Barcelona owns the largest and most extensive collection of Picasso’s artwork
2) The Sagrada Familia isn’t completed yet, and won’t be for another 20 years.
3) The predominant language of Barcelona isn’t Spanish, its Catalan. This is basically a mixture between French and Spanish.
4) The typical dinner time for a citizen of Barcelona is 10pm. So don’t try to hit up a restaurant before then, or you will be known as a tourist.
5) On that note, Barcelona night life doesn’t even start until 1am, so make sure to drink coffee.
6) Tired of espresso? Try a cortado, a typical barcelona coffee drink.
7) La Boqueria, one of the city’s largest food markets, has been around since the 1200s.
8) The Barcelona metro system is one of the cleanest and easiest to navigate in all of Europe. This is largely due to the city’s renovations for the 1992 Olympics
9) The best beach of Barcelona isn’t the most obvious one, even though that one can be fun. The best ones are those slightly outside the city. Try out Sitges for a day, its about an hour train ride, but totally worth it.
10) Trying to order a round of shots for your friends? “CHUPITOS” is what you gotta say!