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A Romantic Holiday Getaway in Europe…and not just for Valentine’s

February 14th this year falls mid-week, which isn’t great for those hoping to save their precious leave days. Thankfully there is good news for anyone planning to steal their loved one away this year, as you can actually enjoy cheaper holidays after Valentine’s rush is over.

‘Off-peak’ season in Europe runs from November – March each year (during Winter/Spring) and it’s during this time that you’re likely to get a steal on everything from flights to all-inclusive packages. Sites like Skyscanner.net allow you to search for flights to ‘any destination’ and give you an overview of the most cost-effective holiday destinations to suit any budget. If you’re quick off the mark you can even book return flights to Europe (from the U.S.) for less than $400 on sites like Lastminute.com!

Europe is overflowing with romantic destinations, so much so, that close to 60% of Nat Geo’s ‘Most Romantic Destinations’ in the world 2017 are located there. From the unspoilt and jarring beauty of the Isle of Skye in Scotland to the undying elegance of Venice’s waterways, there is plenty to choose from, to (re)ignite the spark in your romance.

Here is our pick of the 7 best romantic holiday getaways in Europe for 2017:

7. Bruges, Belgium

If the way to your lover’s heart is through chocolate then Bruges is a must. Known as one of the best places to delight your taste buds in the finest cocoa-based products, Bruges is also filled with fun activities that are perfect for two. If you want to get your hands dirty why not try making some chocolate at The Chocolate Museum or if you’d like a dynamic romantic setting to spend the evening with your beau, a hot air balloon ride over the impressive Bruges skyline is highly recommended.

6. Isle of Skye, Scotland

Scotland is renowned worldwide for many things, single malt whiskies, haggis and bagpipes to name but a few of the stereotypes. But unbeknown to most, Scotland hides some stunning locations for the ultimate romantic countryside hideaway. Skye, located on the north-western coast of Scotland is “a 50-mile-long patchwork of velvet moors, jagged mountains, sparkling lochs and towering sea cliffs” and is a great escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. If you and your partner are big on long walks, visiting medieval castles, dining in cozy pubs and cuddling up next to an open fire with a glass of wine (or whisky) then Skye is the place to go.

5. Sintra, Portugal

Sintra is a fairytale town set amongst rolling hills and majestic palaces and is a getaway fit for royalty. Also known as the ‘Capital of Romanticism’ in Portugal, Sintra is exploding with inspiring architecture, breathtaking botanical gardens and World Heritage sites. The Royal Palaces of Pena, Queluz, Sintra and Regaleira are architectural triumphs that once housed Portuguese kings and queens, and are amongst the top romantic attractions in Sintra. In keeping with the regal vibe, we would recommend trying a wine tasting for two with the region’s unique Ramisco grape variety.

4. Amalfi Coast, Italy

Geographically blessed with impeccable Mediterranean coastlines, dramatic crags, picturesque fishing villages and impressive mountains, the Amalfi Coast doesn’t disappoint. In fact, there are so many picture perfect spots that there is an entire blog post dedicated to all the places you can propose. The vertical seaside towns of Positano and Amalfi are our favorite picks, where you’ll be guaranteed first-class dining (especially seafood), beautiful Moorish architecture and uninterrupted views of the sea.

3. Budapest, Hungary

Budapest is an extraordinary European city and a match made in heaven for couples looking for a holiday that features romantic scenery, architecture, great food and plenty of spas. It’s arguably one of the most romantic cities in Europe and for very good reason! Straddling the Danube River, the two hearts of Budapest are both charming and infinitely explorable. You can tantalize your taste buds in the delightful cuisine, travel the river on a cruise for two, take a dip in one of the many thermal baths, or enjoy the artistic side of the city with a live concert at the Budapest Palace of Arts.

2. Santorini, Greece

The ‘supermodel’ of the Greek Islands, Santorini, exudes a rugged beauty that is sure to encapsulate you and your partner, no matter the time of year. Packed with endless panoramic views of the Mediterranean (and the famous caldera), multi-colored volcanic terrain and whitewashed cliff side villages, the island packs all the right ingredients to help you relax, unwind and fall in love all over again. Our top picks for couples visiting Santorini include taking a dip in the hot springs and sulfur-rich mud baths of Palaia Kameni island, staying in your very own ‘cave hotel’, swimming at Red beach and exploring Santorini’s vineyards (with a bottle of wine for two).

1. Venice, Italy

Venice has a timeless elegance that continues to attract thousands of lovebirds every year – which is why it’s listed as our number one romantic getaway. The iconic waterways, lined with gondolas and stunning Venetian architecture (and hotels that look like they just might sink), are the ultimate place to take your loved one. There’s a reason celebrity couples choose Venice as their go-to wedding venue, with attractions such as St. Mark’s Basilica, Piazza San Marco, Laguna di Venezia and Doges’ Palace, the Kodak moments are endless. Our top picks for the ideal Venetian holiday include, sipping wine at the Do Spade bar (where Casanova is said to have frequented), watching the sunset in St. Mark’s square, exploring the delights of Venetian cuisine at a local bacaroexploring the narrow streets of Dorsoduro and of course a quintessential gondola ride!

When planning your romantic escape to Europe don’t forget to look into the basics. You’ll need to buy travel money, comprehensive insurance and also ensure you’ve switched both your mobiles off data roaming in advance – to avoid a phone bill that could cause shockwaves in your home.

For the perfect, worry-free romantic break, invest in a Tep portable wifi device. The device gives you unlimited access to the internet on-the-go and costs just $9.95 per day. Plus, you and your loved one can use it at the same time (you can connect up to 5 devices simultaneously) and both be browsing the internet, reading reviews or even streaming movies for a quiet night in after a long day of sightseeing! To buy or rent a Tep portable device visit us here.

The EU Roaming Charges Ban – Will it actually save you money on your data usage abroad?

Last year Tep released a post on everything you need to know about the EU’s planned roaming surcharge ban. In case you missed the news, the European Commission has decided to abolish additional charges on calls, texts and data for Europeans travelling within the EU. Hail the end of shock data roaming bills – or is it?

For anyone who’s hoping to capitalize on cheap data roaming this summer, we’d strongly recommend you fully read and understand the fine print, which is regrettably rather complicated. Alternatively, you could just read on and let us do the hard work for you.

In December, the European Commission released another statement following a vote by Member States’ representatives, which clarified that:

…the EU will put an end to extra charges when all travellers are calling, texting and surfing abroad from their mobile phones and devices, while ensuring that the most competitive domestic offers remain attractive.

What does it mean?

Now that it’s official, the ban on extra charges will come into effect from June 15th (2017) and will allow EU citizens to pay similar rates to what they would at home, plus there’s already a cap on data, call and text charges until the ban comes into effect (which you can read about in a previous post here).

The good news

‘Roam like at Home’ is the new initiative that will be adopted by EU countries from this summer, which will allow you to enjoy the same call and text rates as you would at home. Great news if you’re on an unlimited calls and texts package, as you won’t be charged a cent extra. There is however, a fair usage policy on the initiative, one that requires you to remain in your home country more than you’re travelling for, in any 4-month billing period. If you’re planning to escape to the continent or go backpacking for a few months then it’s more than likely that you won’t be eligible for these rates.

Another plus point, you’ll be able to use your home mobile network provider in over 30 countries (full list of countries here) – including the UK (for now!).

The not so good news

Unfortunately, the changes aren’t good news for everyone, especially data hungry users on unlimited data plans at home (cough, millennials, cough). ‘Roam like at Home’ works differently for data usage and depends on whether you are a prepaid or monthly postpaid subscriber. If you recharge your phone with credit, you’ll be entitled to use data up to the amount of credit you have remaining, charged at the wholesale roaming data price. So to use the Commission’s example, if you have €13 of credit when you go on holiday you will be charged 0.85 cent/MB (the wholesale cap) which gives you approximately 1.5GB of data to use. This essentially works out to €8-€9 per GB of data – on the pretty expensive side.

If you’re on a monthly contract you’ll receive twice the amount of data “equivalent to your monthly contract in wholesale roaming data price caps”. To translate the EU’s jargon, that means you will be charged the wholesale cap of 0.85 cent/MB and can use up to two times the amount you pay each month. To use the Commission’s example again, if you have an unlimited calls, text and data package for €70 per month, you will be entitled to €140 worth of data charged at the wholesale rate, which in this case would equate to 16.4 GB of data. In practice this will mean you’ll be forking up just over €4 per GB of data you use – which is still pretty hefty, especially when you consider streaming Netflix in HD uses 3GB of data per hour!

Another downside to the ban is that it won’t include a few European holiday hotspots including Croatia, Switzerland and soon will not include the UK (pending their official removal from the EU). For the complete list of excluded countries check here.

How to avoid getting charged too much for using data abroad?

Thankfully Tep’s on hand to give you the best value for money when it comes to data usage abroad. Unlike your home network provider, Tep’s wireless device is not restricted by the EU’s new guidelines. You can use your Tep device in over 80 countries worldwide, including the seven EU countries excluded by the new laws. The device also gives you UNLIMITED internet for up to 5 users simultaneously and is super duper portable – it can fit in a pocket or handbag and you won’t even notice it’s there. That means you can browse the web, make video calls or stream movies to your heart’s content without ever fearing a horror bill when you return home.

And the best bit – there’s no hidden charges, the device costs of €8.95 per day, meaning you’re almost guaranteed to save money and don’t ever have to fuss over the EU’s tricky and complicated fine print.

THE RISE OF THE DIGITAL NOMAD – HOW WORKING ON THE BEACH WENT FROM DISTANT DREAM TO SPARKLING REALITY

If working from anywhere in the world, at a time of your choosing, sounds like your idea of heaven you are not alone. With millennials being hailed as an ‘asset-light’ generation increasingly looking to fill their virtual possession portfolio with life experiences rather than accumulating material wealth, the term digital nomad has never had more relevance.

Savvy citizens are moving away from traditional forms of employment where they are limited to an office space and ‘Groundhog Day’ desk between 9am and 5pm five days a week. The working population are both seeing and seeking the opportunities out there and engaging in a more free-spirited approach to work, where earning potential seeks to become a life experience embedded in your personal life rather than a separate entity that you have to endure in order to survive.

A CHANGING REALITY

Increased connectivity around the world has disrupted the traditional linear model of how the world works – people are thinking outside the box and making decisions to suit themselves rather than follow a generational dogma of the predictable path to success. Success is no longer simply about having a four-bedroomed house, 2.4 kids, a dog and a fabulous car. It is about living a life of freedom crammed full of extraordinary experiences with extraordinary people and digital nomads are those who are embracing this enlightened reality and possibility for a life less ordinary.

Digital hot spots, portable tablets and laptops, a plethora of marketing options through social media, and an increased desire for freedom, have all conspired to make this market grow exponentially. Millennials are embracing an opportunity denied to their grandparents of a work-life balance like no other. The digital nomad lifestyle encompasses flexibility, variety and crucially adaptability. It’s moving away from the job-for-life mentality and working to an assumption that people are now more self-reliant than ever and if anything, they are loving it rather than fearing it. In fact, from being seen as something exotic and obtainable to only the fortunate few, the digital nomad lifestyle is integrating into the mainstream with this year seeing the first Digital Nomad conference taking place in Berlin.

SO WHAT’S THE MAIN REASON TO BECOME A DIGITAL NOMAD?

It’s a low-maintenance, low-cost entry to business that appeals on so many levels – it’s lightweight and portable and eliminates many of the stresses associated with a more traditional lifestyle such as rent or mortgage, furniture and household goods, endless bills, mounting car costs ad infinitum.

The joy of the digital nomad lifestyle is that it creates flexibility meaning you can work abroad if you so choose, or simply hang out in your local café with your favourite work buddies. It’s all about the life that you want to create and your reasons for it, including the vision you have of that world. With technology literally at our fingertips, we can communicate around the world, 24 hours a day, seven days a week and anyone with access to a computer, tablet or cell phone could be a potential customer or client of the digital nomad. And we here at Tep  – being passionate arbiters of travel and connection – embrace this reality wholeheartedly and want to keep you in touch when you need to be and most importantly when you choose to be.

It’s not even particularly difficult to start out working life as a digital nomad. As long as you have access to a laptop/tablet/cell phone and a WiFi signal, you are almost good to go. You can choose to start by buying an existing online business (albeit if you have a little capital to invest); going freelance – for example being a writer, take a course in online digital marketing, becoming an online trainer or mentor in your area of expertise, sell on eBay or train to become an expert in social media posting, promoting your lifestyle and actually making money out of it – you might not even need training for this if you are a millennial who was born without a silver spoon but instead a tablet on tap – you may have mastered the minutiae of social media etiquette and be able to create your own social media brand with very little expenditure required. The truth is there are numerous ways to get started if workplace autonomy is what you require.

We live on a planet containing approximately 7.4 billion people and counting and around 40 per cent have regular access to the internet. The fabric of the internet is woven securely into our daily lives and we purchase and research on an increasingly frequent basis. We want answers – it’s out there at the click of a mouse or touch of a phone screen. And so the creative digital nomad taps into this massive market and seeks out his or her niche in this teeming sea. Technology has made this market super easy to access and the only thing possibly standing in your way is a dodgy internet connection! And that’s where Tep has got it covered. With a handheld device that creates your very own wifi hotspot, it has to be the digital nomad’s ideal travelling companion.

EMBRACING THE LIFESTYLE

To embrace the digital nomad lifestyle, the essential component (after your laptop/tablet) is an uninterrupted wifi connection, which is what makes Tep Wireless a match made in heaven for the digital nomad. Teps’ pocket WiFi is a wireless modem that connects any wifi device to 3G internet. The beauty lies in the fact it requires no installation, cables or software and you can, if necessary, connect up to five devices at any one time. And, critically, you can enjoy up to eight hours of uninterrupted work time before recharging – giving you the length of an average office day to do your thing but most brilliantly at the time of your choosing – so if burning the midnight oil is your thing in far-flung places, digital nomad-ing with Tep is no problem. To find out more about how Tep could be part of your digital nomad lifestyle click here.

Tep offers you the safest, securest and most cost effective way of accessing the internet when you’re away. For one fixed daily cost of just $9.50, you can enjoy truly unlimited data for up to 5 devices on the go (the device is pocket sized and works in over 80 countries worldwide). With Tep you’ll never have to worry about returning to a shock bill or being stranded without access to the web – so you can leave the drama to the writers!

How to Fall Asleep on a Flight

The last thing you want to be doing on your holiday after a long flight is recovering from it for the first few days of your long-awaited holiday, so getting those precious hours of shuteye during the flight is essential.

Unfortunately getting to sleep mid-flight can be next to impossible for some people. From research and personal experience this article has been created to help you find the easiest way to get to sleep.

What to Bring on Board:

Pre-Flight

Routine is King

The excitement and distraction of having to go to an airport and get on a flight can upset your sleeping patterns.

To avoid that you need to stick to routine. Sure, you may be in an airport or taxi when you should being doing a specific activity but if you’re able to maintain the motions, chances are you’re going to trick your body into going to sleep on the flight just through muscle memory of your routines.

Other routines to consider include – brushing your teeth, reading a book, having a herbal tea etc. Anything that you normally associated with your bedtime routine should be worked into your flight schedule.

Dress Smart

There’s plenty of debate out there as to how you should dress for your flight. Some say you should always be presentable – suits for business etc – as flights provide plenty of opportunities to mix and mingle with others.

However when you’re on a red-eye flight and all you’re thinking about is getting some shut-eye, a suit is the last piece of clothing you’d want to wear. So sticking with loose fitting, comfortable and breathable clothing such as sportswear or sweatpants will be enough to make you feel comfortable enough to fall asleep.

Look to add a snug fit around your calves or purchase some compression stockings to help avoid deep vein thrombosis (DVT), which is caused by restriced blood flow.

Get Tired

A quick trick is to avoid your recommended 8 hours of sleep and instead go for 4 – 5 hours. This will undoubtly make you grumpy and unpleasent to be around for the majority of the day, but it’ll provide you with an easy sleep during your flight.

Another option would be to have an intense workout in the morning. Not only do you get the endorphins of the workout, you also get tired making it incredibly easy to fall asleep, opt for a small high-carb meal to make you that extra bit sleepy.

Stretch it Out

We all get that nagging feeling when we just need to get up an stretch. A simple stretch or yoga session before your flight will be enough to make you feel amazing but also minimises any pains or aches you may have.

In-Flight

Swap Neck Pillow Positioning

Flip the script with this one! Live life on the edge of conformity and experience another dimension – place your neck pillow below your chin. This simple sleeping hack will save you a flight of head rocking and a disturbed sleep.

Make a Foot Rest

Your leg and foot positioning in-flight should be of maximum concern on any flight. There’s a lot of difference in comfort when it comes to the positioning of your feet, you can help yourself by simply using your hand luggage as your footrest.

You’ll find that playing with different angles of elevation will make for a far more pleasant flight once your posture is perfect.

Avoid Light

Whilst in-flight movies are one of the most looked forward to parts of the journey, they can also be a massive distraction that throws you off your sleep.

By avoiding light from phones, tablets and laptops etc. you’ll find that your sleep is far less distracted.

White Noise

There’s nothing enjoyable about the roaring engines keeping you away from your precious sleep. The best and most pleasurable solution (it’s my personal favorite) is to play white noise through noise cancelling headphones.

Studies have found that white noise, raindrops or the crashing ocean waves for example, can also aid with better sleep.

Avoid the Snack Cart

High sugar, salt or alcohol intake before a flight can really wreak havoc on your sleeping patterns. Unfortunately, that means you need avoid most of the snack cart.

However, by having a high carb based meal before your flight, something to make you feel a little sleepy, you will find that dozing off almost becomes second nature. Think of that big meal you have and instantly need to sleep straight after!

Bonus – Staying Connected

Just because you’re having some down time during your flight it, unfortunately, doesn’t mean the rest of the world is on the same wavelength as you.

Once you’ve landed you will need to orientate yourself, check latest updates and so on. Tep Wireless provides that consistent Wi-Fi delivery that we all struggle with then abroad.

With Tep, you can land, connect your phone and start to orientate yourself with the new surroundings instantly. Making calling an Uber incredibly efficient!

The Top 5 European Road Trip Routes

The beauty of taking a road trip is that you’re in complete control of your holiday. You can take any route you wish, spontaneously divert from the plan or even decide to rough it out for a few nights and sleep in your car (if you’re on a budget!). Europe is an extremely popular continent to road trip around, and for good reason. It’s relatively small geographical size means you could hypothetically cover all of the major cities/attractions it has to offer in just two weeks (bear in mind that this would be non-stop driving). Although, if you’re calling the shots, you may just want to stay clear of the tourist sites and venture off the beaten path. Away from the bigger cities, you will find hundreds of hidden gems like scenic mountain routes, winding sun-soaked coastal roads and narrow cobbled streets of sleepy villages.

Due to the endlessly customizable nature of road trips it’s a good idea to have some ‘must-see’ places in mind so you can figure out where you want to start and end. If you’re planning to visit another continent it’s worthwhile doing some research on renting/buying a car for your journey. Most of Europe is right-hand drive (except for U.K., Malta and Cyprus) so be aware of that you may be driving on the other side of the road.

In this post we’ve given you a brief overview of 5 of our top European road trips routes, but obviously you could chop and change these as you desire.

High-speed German Mountains

Germany is well known for its Autobahn (the highway with no speed limit) with 13,000 km of concrete road juxtaposed against the stunning Bavarian Alps. To fully absorb the high-altitude meadows and crystal clear lakes that the region has to offer, we recommend starting you drive in Lindau, which borders Obersee Lake, and start heading east towards the fairy tale Neuschwanstein Castle – that apparently inspired Walt Disney. If you feel like getting in some skiing, check out Garmisch Partenkirchen on route, or if you want big city lights head straight to Munich.

Eastern European Exploration

Eastern Europe is a definitely on our top list of destinations to visit for its mix of natural beauty, ancient architecture and iconic cities. We recommend starting in Bucharest and heading northwest to finish up in Bratislava. This route should take you past the incredible Carpathian Mountains, Bran Castle (commonly known as the home of Dracula) and the bustling city on the river Danube, Budapest.

Basking in Iberian Sun

Portugal lies on the westernmost fringes of Europe and is blessed with amazing weather most of the year. For travellers wishing to take in sun, beach and coastal views simultaneously, Braga, on Portugal’s northern tip, is a fantastic place to start your journey. You can then follow the coast and pass through Porto to take a compulsory sip of some authentic port wine (check out Garrafeira do Campo shop if you want to try or buy), head on to the capital Lisbon for your dose of city buzz and finish off in dreamy Faro for some relaxation on the beach.

The French Riviera

Along the Cote d’Azur you’ll find some of the most breath-taking views across the Mediterranean. The Three Corniches (Les Corniches) are world famous roads that run along the coast and take you from dizzying mountains to idyllic coast. The Grande Corniche road begins in Nice and was carved out of the mountain by the Romans. This winding road starts at 500m above sea level and gives impressive views out into the sea as you wind through pine-trees and rustic villas – you should definitely take a pit-stop at La Turbie to take in the views. The Moyenne Corniche takes you slightly closer to the sea and is also busier than the Grand Corniche road, so be prepared for traffic in the summer months; the must see place is Eze, a stunning medieval hill town that has plenty of picture perfect spots. Finally the coastal road, Basse Corniche will take you past the seaside resorts and imposing 19th Century Villas of Villefranche-sur-Mer, Beaulieu-sur-Mer, Eze-Bord-de-Mer and of course the glamorous Monaco.

The Ultimate European Road Trip

This is the mother of all road trips and was designed by PHD student to take in 45 stops over a minimum of a 3-month period. The trip covers all of the major cities in Europe including Paris, Berlin, London and Rome and spans over 16,000 miles. The starting point is Krakow with the route winding roughly anti-clockwise around the continent to end up on the tip of the Mediterranean in Malta. If you have a significant amount of time (and resources) available we would highly recommend this road trip, as you will quite literally cover all the best bits that Europe has to offer at once. We also suggest you go along with at least one other person with whom you can share the load – as there is a lot of driving involved! Check out this post on the top 10 cities to visit in Europe, which will give you a taster of the very best European destinations and help you plan this mammoth trip!

You will most definitely want to have your mobile with you in case you break down in the middle of the French Alps but be very careful to check with your network provider before you depart as roaming charges are notoriously hefty! With smart phones allowing you to make calls and send messages over the internet we would highly recommend you take a portable wifi device with you, instead of risking a nasty surprise bill when you return home from your Euro trip. Our pocket-sized wifi device gives you access to unlimited internet and is perfect for multi-stop trips, as you’ll never have to worry about changing SIM cards or finding a wifi hotspot (which are non-existent when you’re on the road). The device costs just $9.95 and can be used by 5 people (or up to 5 devices) simultaneously, meaning if you’re planning a family road trip along the French Riviera, you can keep everyone happy – and (hopefully) avoid being asked the dreaded “are we there yet?” every 5 minutes.

The Top 7 Summer Music Festivals in Europe

With summer fast approaching what better way to spend the extra daylight hours than at one of the many music festivals on offer. Festivals are the perfect way to combine wanderlust with a host of world-class musicians in what’s usually a weekend of sunshine, dancing and madness!

Europe has become one of the go-to destinations for festivals, with quite literally hundreds of options to choose from. From indie and house, to jazz, rock and pop, you’re guaranteed to find a sound to suit your tastes somewhere on the continent. In fact, many of the larger festivals will have multiple stages that are dedicated to different genres. In this post we’ve painstakingly narrowed it down to a list of our 7 favorites that are guaranteed to give you the experience of a lifetime:

7. A Summer’s Tale, Germany

This festival is relatively new on the scene but is highly recommended for its unique, super relaxed and family friendly atmosphere. You’ll find a great mix of folk, pop and rock music against the enchanting backdrop of the leafy green German countryside. In addition to the amazing music, you’ll also be able to enjoy an unparalleled program of performing arts shows, workshops and activities. This year’s’ highlights include music by Sigur Rós, Parov Stelar and Amy Macdonald as well as circus performances, family yoga sessions, Japanese tea tasting and even a didgeridoo workshop!

Dates: August 10th-15th

Tickets: Four-day pass with camping $190, for more info visit asummerstale.de

6. Primavera Sound, Spain

Primavera Sound is the biggest indie festival in the world and was voted the number 1 festival in the world by Timeout. The festival is held in the heart of magical Barcelona and perfectly blends the amazing weather, food and culture of the city with some of the best indie and alternative artists from across the globe. The city completely transforms during the festival, with plenty of shows and extra stages hidden away that are completely free to enjoy. Make sure you get your tickets quickly though, as they sell out fast and early bird tickets could save you as much as $50!

Dates: June 1st – 5th

Tickets: Day tickets start from $90 and Week Tickets $220 – For more info visit primaverasound.es

5. Boom, Portugal

Dubbed as Europe’s version of Burning Man, Boom festival is all about the love of art, music and being at one with nature. The festival is held in Portugal next to Idanha-a-nova Lake, which is about 4 hours drive from Lisbon. Apart from the mind-altering sounds of psychedelic trance you’ll also have the opportunity to take part in workshops, yoga classes and listen to talks. Whilst you won’t find yourself stuck in the desert for a week cut off from all humanity, you will be exposed to the elements – so do pack plenty of sunscreen.

Dates: August 11th-18th

Tickets: From $145 for Week Ticket, for more info visit: boomfestival.org

4. Exit Festival, Serbia

This is truly a festival with a difference – it’s one of the only places in the world where you can party in an 18th century fortress (the Petrovaradin in Novi Sad). The festival was originally started by a student movement to help the youth of a once war-torn country but is now consistently voted one of the most popular music festivals in Europe – which draws in more that 200,000 party-goers every year. You’ll find an impressive mix of pop, rock, hip-hop and EDM artists on show at Exit with headliners this year including the Prodigy, Ellie Goulding and David Guetta.

Dates: July 7th-10th

Tickets: Four-day pass from $115, plus camping $36 exitfest.org

3. Secret Solstice, Iceland

Each summer, festivalgoers seek out the unusual combination of stunning natural beauty and eclectic music that is on offer at Secret Solstice. The festival which is hosted in Reykjavik is positioned ideally for maximizing daylight hours during the summer and enjoying the northern lights in winter. During Secret Solstice you can expect to enjoy 20+ hours of sun per day, so whilst you’re body may be tired from all the dancing it definitely won’t be short of vitamin D. If you’re really adventurous you could try listening to live music inside a volcano. If on the off chance that’s on your bucket list we highly recommend it – but with a price tag $2,000 a ticket, maybe just stick to cheaper thrills like their beer glass hot tubs or a midnight sun boat ride – where you can literally witness the sun touching the horizon.

Dates: June 16th-19th

Tickets: Weekend pass $300 for more info secretsolstice.is

2. Glastonbury, UK

Glastonbury is one of the UK’s most iconic festivals and also one of the largest greenfield music and performing arts festivals worldwide! There’s an amazing mix of artists from around the world and tickets are extremely hard to come by (they usually sell out in minutes). The Festival is hosted in picture perfect Somerset but don’t be fooled it’s quaint appearance – the town of Glastonbury descends into musical chaos once a year by over a hundred thousand people. Due to the UK’s slightly unpredictable weather, we highly recommend investing in a good pair of wellington boots (like one of these top 10 festival wellies) and some outfits that are versatile and look good with a splash of mud.

Dates: 22nd – 26th June

Tickets: From $330 for a weekend ticket – For full price list visit glastonburyfestivals.co.uk

1. Tomorrowland, Belgium

Tomorrowland is an electronic music festival of mythical proportions, which annually hosts over 180,000 people in the aptly named town of ‘Boom’ in Belgium. Boom is around 30km from Brussels, and very easily accessible via Belgium’s great train network. If you’re Belgian, tickets are slightly cheaper and are released earlier, so make sure to take advantage of this (or make friends with someone who can). The festival has become so popular that it is now also held in the U.S. and Brazil. Every year world class DJs descend upon Tomorrowland and this year’s lineup is no different with David Guetta, Tiesto and Fedde Le Grand amongst the top names set to perform. There are various camping options available in ‘Dreamville’ (Tomorrowland’s campsite) from the standard bring your own tent to the luxurious (and very expensive) mansions. If you can get your hands on a pair of tickets you definitely won’t be disappointed.
Dates: July 22nd – 24th

Tickets: From $300 for a weekend ticket – For full price list visit tomorrowland.com

If you’re new to the festival scene you’ll want to make sure you plan well in advance as tickets quickly sell out for the very best events. Our top tip for increasing your chances of securing those tickets is to pre-register with the official festival organizer as early as possible and have as many friends login at the same time when tickets go on sale. This should get you notified of ticket sales before the general public and make the odds ever so slightly in your favor!

Accommodation at festivals typically consists of what you can carry on your back, which unless you’re the Hulk, will usually be a tent, some clothes and plenty of toiletries – showers are sparse at festivals so a good deodorant is a must (try this guide if you can’t live without your daily shower). Camping in a large field filled with thousands of exhausted (and probably inebriated) festival goers is all part of the experience and you’ll definitely be needing some of these survival tips from seasoned party animals. You’ll also receive specialist military grade training in how to navigate portaloos in the night, how to wash yourself with a bottle of water and how to dance for hours on end without collapsing.

We recommend you take a mobile phone with you for a number of reasons. When amongst thousands of people you’re likely to get lost once or twice (at least), so it’s helpful if you can call or message friends to let them know where you are. You’ll also find your mobile’s camera really great for snapping your favorite artists, artwork or the amazing scenery. You can find a list of the best essential mobile apps for festivalgoers here. One last thing that to remember is that festivals are usually held in very large open spaces which means internet is likely to be even sparser – unless you plan on using data roaming (which is extraordinarily expensive). So why not save money and rent Tep’s portable wifi device that could help you stay safe and take plenty of amazing pictures – even from the middle of a mosh pit! The device is just $9.95 per day for unlimited internet and can be used for up to 5 devices at the same time – meaning you and your friends can all connect once you arrive back at your tent for the after party! For more information or to rent your own portable wifi device visit tepwireless.com.