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April 6, 2017 Insurance No Comments Email Email

Festivals have quickly become a popular pastime for travellers around the world, and with so many on offer, it can be difficult to decide which ones to attend.

Online travel insurance provider InsureandGo has uncovered the five must-see festivals around the world to make decisions that much easier for those looking to try something new in 2017.

“One of the best things about Australians is the fact that they love to explore and learn new things, not only from their own culture but from other countries as well. Festivals are a great way to immerse yourself in another country’s culture, be it rocking out to Radiohead at Coachella, or dancing in the street at Barbados’ Carnival Festival,” said Jonathan Etkind, Commercial Manager of InsureandGo.

“We encourage all ‘festive’ travellers to do their research and find a policy that suits their needs. For example, some basic policies won’t cover for lost or stolen belongings or medical costs. We want travellers to have the freedom to explore and experience adventure, and know that if something goes wrong they can be covered,” concluded Mr Etkind.

For those looking to get in on the festival action, InsureandGo has picked out the five most unmissable festivals to attend in 2017.

1.       Coachella (14 to 23 April – Indio, United States of America)

If you’re a fan of big music festivals, then look no further than Coachella. This iconic American three-week extravaganza has become a staple for festival-goers, boasting a range of acts from genres including dance, rock and hip-hop. This is more than a music festival; it’s an all in one cultural experience known for its delicious food from around the world. 

2.       Sydney Film Festival (7 to 18 June – Sydney, Australia)

The Sydney Film Festival brings together the best in local and international movies to one city for a week of creativity. Australians are known for their world-class movies – just think of this year’s hit Lion. This festival also gives attendees the chance to get up close and personal with some of the world’s biggest stars. 

3.       Boryeong Mud Festival (14 to 23 July – Boryeong, South Korea)

If you like getting down and dirty, then the Boryeong Mud Festival is the event for you, complete with mud wrestling and mud sliding. The festival attracts around two to three million people each year, and will see you leave with cleansed and fresh skin! 

4.       Barbados’ Carnival Festival (7 August – Bridgetown, Barbados)

This festival has become best known in recent years for the attendance of Barbadian pop superstar Rihanna. There’s more to this week than just Rihanna, as it celebrates Barbados’ rich history and its diverse culture. This carnival is a week of live music, dancing and colourful costumes unlike any other in the world. 

5.       Monkey Buffet Festival (November – Lopburi, Thailand)

Looking or something a bit different? Try the Monkey Buffet Festival in Thailand which sees over 4,000 kilograms of fruits, vegetables, cakes and lollies laid out for thousands of monkeys in the region. This festival is unique to Thailand and has gone on to become a much-loved event for locals and tourists alike.

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