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Planning Now for International Travel to Attend a Music Festival

Andy Robertson

As many music festival organisers around the world announce that they plan to go ahead with music festivals in the summer of 2021 what are the realistic chances for the intrepid traveller looking to travel internationally combining a holiday with attending a music festival in another country?


The year of 2020 has been dominated by the impact of coronavirus on the world and with the majority of people confined to lockdowns and primarily their own countries there is pent up demand for international travel. For music festival fans there is surely a desire to get away to warmer climes and take in a music festival too. However, what is the reality of international travel in 2021 and how would event goers go about on checking travel plans for the summer of 2021?

Vaccines, Quarantine and other Restrictions. 
Although there is currently a lot of hype about the availability and roll out of coronavirus vaccines the reality is that for most countries if is going to take years to inoculate their entire population. However, there is always the possibility that a vaccine can be obtained quickly for those prepared to pay. Anyone thinking of travelling should certainly check the likelihood of border restrictions and quarantine remaining in place through 2021 for their desired destination.

International Flights. 
The airline business sector has suffered dramatically in 2020 and many operators say that it will take years for frequency of schedules to recover. With airlines like Qantas recently announcing that anyone intending to travel internationally will need to show evidence of having had a vaccine expect this to be the norm for 2021. In addition, the impact on airlines has resulted in higher prices so expect flights to get fully booked early.

Accommodation. 
Many hotels have been suffering reduced visitor numbers and as a result have introduced some great deals. This presents an alternative option to onsite festival accommodation that may have been fully booked some time ago.

Insurance. 
It goes without saying that anyone thinking of travelling in 2021 should get themselves fully insured to cover eventualities like cancelled flights or travel disruption caused for impromptu border closures, lockdowns and unexpected quarantine for example.

For those prepared to take a risk on getting away to attend a festival overseas they should make travel arrangements now, not necessarily because the prices are lower but availability may be restricted in the future. They should opt for countries that have some kind of control over the spread of coronavirus however bear in mind that many of these countries have no intention of opening up their border any time soon. With these potential logistical issues it may well be better to opt for a music festival and holiday in-country and put off international travel altogether in 2021. It makes sense to research and keep up to date with festival organiser’s announcements and current travel
restrictions for each country. 

For
music festival organisers planning their events for 2021 using a software management platform like Festival Pro gives them all the functionality they need to plan for varying eventualities. The guys who are responsible for this software have been in the front line of event management for many years and the features are built from that experience and are performance artists themselves. The Festival Pro platform is easy to use and has comprehensive features with specific modules for managing artists, vendors, contractors, volunteers, guestlists and contactless ordering plus a complete ticketing solution.  

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Andy Robertson
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