Festival season may be winding down in the UK, but across the world there are festivals that you can make the most of all year round, both indoors and outdoors, and after a summer of fun, there’s plenty to be learned when it comes to maximising what you do at one.

For most, the experience is very simple – drink, drink, watch music, take drugs, drink, drink, sleep. However, is that really a way to fully embrace what a festival has to offer?

We’d argue not. In fact, by the start of the final day it can leave you feeling pretty rotten and ready for going home. Then by the time you get home, you’ll be feeling – “what did I actually do there?”

It doesn’t have to be that way though and there are plenty of ways that you can have the best possible weekend without getting paralytic. So, how do you maximise your stay at a festival and make the most of it?

Firstly, moderation or sobriety

Thousands of people’s festivals are ruined every year due to excess. In fact, every year we see deaths because of it. You wouldn’t drink in such a way in the real world, so why is it a right of passage to do it at a festival?

Sure, a beer watching your favourite band is great, but it doesn’t have to be from the moment you wake up to the moment you go to sleep. When alcohol becomes the main priority at a festival you not only miss out on so much, you become slower, more fatigued and are unable to enjoy certain elements as much as you would if you were sober.

Staying sober at a festival is easier than ever before, while they are even becoming more manageable places for those who have been through alcohol rehab and are recovering from addiction, with safe spaces, dedicated camping and some great alternatives all enabling a fun festival – just alcohol and drug free.

Expand your horizons

Everyone has a particular music taste and particular comfort zones when it comes to everything. However, festivals are the perfect chance to step out of your comfort zone and explore something you’ve never seen or done before. That might be going to check out a new genre of music, experiencing the circus, or even taking part in class that you perhaps wouldn’t usually.

A crowded concert hall with scene stage lights, rock show performance, with people silhouette, colourful confetti explosion fired on dance floor during a concert festival

There are always fun sessions to take part in, whether it be crafty, more meditation and yoga based, or indeed so many other things. You never know, it may turn into a regular hobby!

Enjoy the food

When bingeing on booze and drugs you’re more inclined to seek out fatty and salty foods, but over the last few years there’s definitely become more to festivals than fatty foods. You’ll find all manner of food stalls offering healthier options as well as cuisine from all around the world.

As well as a musical experience, ditch the burger and chips and go on a culinary one too!

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