What You Need to Know for Festival Camping

Photo by Thomas Rousing via Flickr
Photo by Thomas Rousing via Flickr

You’ve watched  the after-movies from last year’s music and cultural festivals and, well, it definitely triggered something inside there. I know the feeling; I just watched one before I started writing the intro to this blog. Ask anyone what they feel after going to a festival and they would say that they ‘feel more alive’. Thinking about the heart-pounding music, the epic surrounds and wonderfully cheerful crowd, the seemingly endless days and nights and the overall high-voltage vibe just wanna makes you to jump out of your seat and head onto the next big festival out there.

While undoubtedly enjoyable, after gathering some of the best and most useful intel about festival camping we came up with the ten things you need to know and do before you go scrambling away to get that ticket.

Here’s what you need to know for festival camping:

Read the Rules

Similar to travelling, you should do your homework and research what everyone has been saying about the event through blogs, forums and the social media pages. While this list is definitely this cheat sheet is what you need for a kickstart, reading the rules and information from the official websites will save you a lot time and effort. There are some who would not allow bringing selfie sticks or elaborate cameras so it’s best you if you knew that beforehand.

What You Need (and Want)

While we’re on the subject of things that might not be allowed, you should not, in any case, bring things that are too valuable. Meanwhile, aside from the tons of clothes that you need to pack, here are a few things and trinkets that will help you survive any festival:

  • Fanny pack. Just because other people say they’re out of style doesn’t mean they’re not useful. Things could get pretty wild so you must have everything handy and close to you. Putting all your things (cellphone, money, sunscreen etc.) in a secure bag will help you not lose things.

  • Waterproof cellphone cases. There is 99.9% chance that the organisers are going to shower you with cold water courtesy of their friends from the fire department. Trust me, you do not want your stuff your to be swimming in those puddles. To protect your things, especially your phones, you can insert them in a waterproof case.

  • First aid kit. Just in case you get hurt, add this to your priority list. Enough said.

  • Instant spray shampoo. If you’re always on-the-go (and you will be), you might not have time to take a proper shower so we thank the heavens for gifting us with one of the best hair products there is.

  • Portable phone chargers. You can’t really expect your phone to be running with enough battery power all the time what with all the memories you want to capture in photo and video. Get one of those handy chargers that you can take anywhere.

Photo by sputnik mi amor_ via Flickr

Study the maps and the set lists

Step one involves going to the festival’s official website or social media and looking for the venue map. Step two involves actually studying it and planning where to park your campervan or mount your tent. You’ll want a spot that is close as possible to the festival grounds or the entrance to the camp grounds while still maintaining close proximity to the comfort rooms (not too close though; we all know how the loo can stink and having multiple ones beside you don’t help either).

Then, if they’re available, have a look at the set lists and lineups to plan which bands and artists you’ll watch. There would be times when your favourites will play at the same you’ll have to make a (heartbreaking) decision.

Be the Early Bird

Being the early bird doesn’t only mean getting the tickets when they’re fresh out of the oven. There are some organisers that don’t allow reservations for spaces in the camp grounds. You can always arrive at the festival venue earlier than everyone else to get the space for your campervan you want.

Stock Up on Food

Everyone knows that when the demand is high, the prices of commodities skyrocket. It’s the basic law of supply and demand. But enough talk about economics, we’re here to talk about food. Make sure you pack enough food (and water) to last the days you’ll be spending in the festival and buy them ahead of time. Worse comes to worst, if you find yourself with the need to buy from the food stalls, go when they are about to close so you can get discounts.

Campervan Friendly?

Not all festivals are able to accommodate campervans or motorhomes; to some, only camping in a tent is allowed so it’s advisable to check the organising committee or check the FAQ pages if the venues are conducive for campervans. Why do we so insist? Well, with a motorhome in a festival, you’ll be able to enjoy a secure living environment, have your car with you all the time, get a better night’s sleep not to mention the savings!

Photo by Eva Rinaldi via Flickr
Photo by Eva Rinaldi via Flickr

Make a Camper Checklist

One other tiny thing you should consider on a campervan for rent is if it has just what you need. Imagine getting an RV only to realise that the space isn’t enough to make for a comfortable sleeping area. Get one that will suit your style and give you  it is you are looking for. Thankfully, with Salamanda Travel, you can choose from our wide variety of vehicles from 2-berth campers to large family-friendly RVs or even cars.

Check the weather conditions

This is one thing that most people don’t think about often but is one of the things you should never forget. By knowing what weather it is you are in for, you can be prepared with the things you should pack, what to wear and how you can fight back. The festivals will most likely keep running whatever happens so you’re the one to adjust. The sun is shining a little too brightly? Wear sunscreen. You don’t roast all that easily? Wear sunscreen, still.

Gear your Gadgets

With all the hubbub that is bound to happen, you might momentarily lose your friends in the crowd. Electronics are mostly a no in festivals but they can also help you keep track of your friends’ whereabouts. To prevent getting lost (and being eaten alive by the crowd) stick to your buddies through apps like Find My Friends. Some other apps you should have on your arsenals Lyft, Shazam and, of course, the official app of the festival you are going to.

Stay Gold!

We cannot emphasise this enough: have fun! Don’t sweat over the small stuff. These tips are here not to make you scratch your heads, we’re only here to help you have grand time! Just keep on partying (responsibly, of course).

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Top Five Reasons Why You Should Travel to Western Australia

Top Five Reasons Why You Should Travel to Western Australia
Top Five Reasons Why You Should Travel to Western Australia

When people say Australia, some of the first things that come to mind are the Sydney Opera House and the Great Barrier Reef—both are world renowned, iconic even, and located in the country’s east. There’s no denying that the east coast pretty much sums up everything a tourist would want to experience on a trip to the Land Down Under. The brilliant beaches and stunning coastlines, dynamic urban hubs like Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney and all things bright and beautiful are there so why do we even bother to go to the other side?

Perhaps the grass is greener, after all? Here are five reasons (among many others) to visit Western Australia.

The Parade of Parks

Beautiful rock formations in The Kalbarri National Park
Beautiful rock formations in The Kalbarri National Park

Some of Western Australia’s beauty lies in its natural charm; and when natural wonders are cultivated and protected, they bloom to be magisterial destinations that everyone can enjoy. More than 700 kilometres north of Perth, the Kalbarri National Park’s otherworldly gorges and stunning rock formations are a sight to behold. In Cape Range National Park, located in the west side of the North West Cape and a mere 40 kilometres from Exmouth, the scenic yet deep canyons make way for stunning vistas and homes for teeming wildlife. One that doesn’t fall short on being breathtaking is the William Bay National Park with its Elephant Rocks and Greens Pool.

The Elephant Rocks in William Bay National Park
The Elephant Rocks in William Bay National Park

Festivals and Fun

Celebrations at the Future Music Festival
Celebrations at the Future Music Festival

Just when you thought that West Australia’s vast landscape contains nothing but equally wide stretches of nothing, these game changing destinations will make you think twice. The Adventure World is an amusement park known for its eclectic mix of rides and attractions—from family and children friendly to more thrilling, heart-pounding and scream-prompting. The Aquarium of Western Australia takes you deep down under to see marine biology without having to take a plunge in the water. Meanwhile, the Perth Arena makes for a sophisticated venue for events. Speaking of events, join in on the celebrations with festivals like A Taste of Broome, Perth International Burlesque Festival or the North West Festival.

The Body of Beaches

The stunning sunset at Cable Beach in Broome
The stunning sunset at Cable Beach in Broome

Western Australia’s seaboard spans up to 28,000 kilometres long so it comes to no surprise that the region is also gifted with pristine beaches to rival those of its eastern counterparts. It is a known fact that the beaches here are less travelled by tourists but that only means they are unspoilt, untouched and perfect for relaxation. Cable Beach in Broome particularly piques the interests of many because of the spectacular sunsets here. Plus, you can ride camels or drive a 4WD by the shore! Shark Bay’s Shell Beach’s snowy shell laden shore is a wonderful curiosity; large deposits of shells from the Cardiidae Cockle specie. Meanwhile, head on to the Yallingup Beach after your wine expedition in Margaret River for some time under the sun.

The immaculately white Shell Beach in Shark's Bay
The immaculately white Shell Beach in Shark’s Bay

The Water Works

If you’re looking to have even more water adventures in Western Australia, then you are on the right path. First on the list is the seemingly mysterious Lake Hillier, more commonly referred to as as Pink Lake, in Kalbarri. The lake sports a glorious bubble gum pink colour and no one really knows why. Still, there are some scientists who think that it is due to the dye from bacteria that lives in the salt crusts. For a swim with whale sharks, the largest fish in the world, and other marine wildlife encounters, dive into the Ningaloo Reef, a World Heritage listed site.

A Whale Shark in Ningaloo Reef
A Whale Shark in Ningaloo Reef

The Fun and Fancy Food

For all culinary connoisseurs, fret not because food is something that’s taken seriously in Western Australia. Due to its size, the region has had one of the most diverse gastronomies in the country. It’s proximity to the water, meanwhile, makes it a hub for seafood that’s always fresh especially in Perth in hotspots like Fremantle, Scarborough and Claremont, among others. The Margaret River and Swan Valley are the prime spots for some of the best tasting wine not only in WA but in the entire country. Ready to satisfy that tummy?

Food and Wine in Western Australia's Margaret River
Food and Wine in Western Australia’s Margaret River

It’s about time we flip the page and explore what the lesser known side has to offer! Journey through all of Western Australia’s top destinations with a campervan hire courtesy of Salamanda Travel. Wherever you are at the moment, we’ll help you find a vehicle to suit your style, your budget and your travel itinerary. Keep following our blog for more travel hacks, tips and tricks. Like our Facebook and follow us on Twitter to stay connected wherever and whenever.

Top Five Reasons Why You Should Travel to Western Australia

Top Five Reasons Why You Should Travel to Western Australia
Top Five Reasons Why You Should Travel to Western Australia

When people say Australia, some of the first things that come to mind are the Sydney Opera House and the Great Barrier Reef—both are world renowned, iconic even, and located in the country’s east. There’s no denying that the east coast pretty much sums up everything a tourist would want to experience on a trip to the Land Down Under. The brilliant beaches and stunning coastlines, dynamic urban hubs like Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney and all things bright and beautiful are there so why do we even bother to go to the other side?

Perhaps the grass is greener, after all? Here are five reasons (among many others) to visit Western Australia.

The Parade of Parks

Beautiful rock formations in The Kalbarri National Park
Beautiful rock formations in The Kalbarri National Park

Some of Western Australia’s beauty lies in its natural charm; and when natural wonders are cultivated and protected, they bloom to be magisterial destinations that everyone can enjoy. More than 700 kilometres north of Perth, the Kalbarri National Park’s otherworldly gorges and stunning rock formations are a sight to behold. In Cape Range National Park, located in the west side of the North West Cape and a mere 40 kilometres from Exmouth, the scenic yet deep canyons make way for stunning vistas and homes for teeming wildlife. One that doesn’t fall short on being breathtaking is the William Bay National Park with its Elephant Rocks and Greens Pool.

The Elephant Rocks in William Bay National Park
The Elephant Rocks in William Bay National Park

Festivals and Fun

Celebrations at the Future Music Festival
Celebrations at the Future Music Festival

Just when you thought that West Australia’s vast landscape contains nothing but equally wide stretches of nothing, these game changing destinations will make you think twice. The Adventure World is an amusement park known for its eclectic mix of rides and attractions—from family and children friendly to more thrilling, heart-pounding and scream-prompting. The Aquarium of Western Australia takes you deep down under to see marine biology without having to take a plunge in the water. Meanwhile, the Perth Arena makes for a sophisticated venue for events. Speaking of events, join in on the celebrations with festivals like A Taste of Broome, Perth International Burlesque Festival or the North West Festival.

The Body of Beaches

The stunning sunset at Cable Beach in Broome
The stunning sunset at Cable Beach in Broome

Western Australia’s seaboard spans up to 28,000 kilometres long so it comes to no surprise that the region is also gifted with pristine beaches to rival those of its eastern counterparts. It is a known fact that the beaches here are less travelled by tourists but that only means they are unspoilt, untouched and perfect for relaxation. Cable Beach in Broome particularly piques the interests of many because of the spectacular sunsets here. Plus, you can ride camels or drive a 4WD by the shore! Shark Bay’s Shell Beach’s snowy shell laden shore is a wonderful curiosity; large deposits of shells from the Cardiidae Cockle specie. Meanwhile, head on to the Yallingup Beach after your wine expedition in Margaret River for some time under the sun.

The immaculately white Shell Beach in Shark's Bay
The immaculately white Shell Beach in Shark’s Bay

The Water Works

If you’re looking to have even more water adventures in Western Australia, then you are on the right path. First on the list is the seemingly mysterious Lake Hillier, more commonly referred to as as Pink Lake, in Kalbarri. The lake sports a glorious bubble gum pink colour and no one really knows why. Still, there are some scientists who think that it is due to the dye from bacteria that lives in the salt crusts. For a swim with whale sharks, the largest fish in the world, and other marine wildlife encounters, dive into the Ningaloo Reef, a World Heritage listed site.

A Whale Shark in Ningaloo Reef
A Whale Shark in Ningaloo Reef

The Fun and Fancy Food

For all culinary connoisseurs, fret not because food is something that’s taken seriously in Western Australia. Due to its size, the region has had one of the most diverse gastronomies in the country. It’s proximity to the water, meanwhile, makes it a hub for seafood that’s always fresh especially in Perth in hotspots like Fremantle, Scarborough and Claremont, among others. The Margaret River and Swan Valley are the prime spots for some of the best tasting wine not only in WA but in the entire country. Ready to satisfy that tummy?

Food and Wine in Western Australia's Margaret River
Food and Wine in Western Australia’s Margaret River

It’s about time we flip the page and explore what the lesser known side has to offer! Journey through all of Western Australia’s top destinations with a campervan hire courtesy of Salamanda Travel. Wherever you are at the moment, we’ll help you find a vehicle to suit your style, your budget and your travel itinerary. Keep following our blog for more travel hacks, tips and tricks. Like our Facebook and follow us on Twitter to stay connected wherever and whenever.

Healthy Food For Travelling in Australia

Healthy Food to Keep Fit While Travelling - FoodIn this era of quick fixes, it’s can be difficult to keep track of what we’re eating especially while we’re travelling. Time and time again, we’ve proven how easy it is to “forget” that we are on a diet—opting for a quick drive through a fast food chain for some greasy cheesy burgers. Road trips and travels can be tempting what with all the glorious delicacies to try, the char-grilled barbecue nights, or munching on those oh-so-delicious crisps while idly making conversation inside a campervan.

We’re not saying you should miss out on any of that great food; we just want you to keep it balanced. If you don’t want to stare at a muffin top scare when you get back home, here are some food, drinks and tips to keep fit while on a campervan adventure!

Healthy Food For Travelling

Detox Drinks

Nothing beats hunger like buffets and we all love to give in to all the selections from appetizers to desserts. When, you’ve had your fill of everything from the table, that’s when you noticed a bulge in your tummy that was definitely not there two hours ago. Get  help in flushing away all the junk with detoxifying juice drinks like:

  • Carrot and mint juice

  • Cucumber, lemon, and mint-infused water

  • Banana, pineapple and apple shake

  • Ginger, apple, lemon and apple juice

Also, don’t forget to stay hydrated while on the road or ticking off tourist attractions from your checklist; always keep a bottle of water within reach.

Energy Everyday

Aside from the regular breakfast, lunch and dinner, snacks are the bridges to keep us fueled all day. It’s okay to give in to snacks without getting all guilty and sad. Some food are simply a gift from the fit gods helping us stay in shape when all seems futile. Pack in some homemade bran bars  or trail mixes with cereals, nuts, seeds and dried fruit. These food choices are full of protein, vitamins and quickly metabolizing carbohydrates. These will give you the energy you need for all the walking, touring and driving.

Fruit Fusion

If you think all this talk of health is keeping you from having fun with food, then worry not. Turn the frown upside down with fruits to make the diet a little less like a chore and more colourful. Adding fruits to your diet will help in fighting all sorts of bad bacteria you might get from your travels. Meanwhile, there’s also no need to worry about fast spoilage because you can always purchase them fresh from fruit stands and green groceries. Make sure you have some bananas, citrus fruits, mangoes and apples, blueberries and even sugar snap peas on your list.

Stopover Search

There are probably two ways your diet can go: it can get lost while stumbling upon restaurant upon restaurant for all your meals or you can plan ahead and prepare meals and eat clean. There is absolutely no way we can stop you on doing the former but if we can offer some sound unsolicited advice: don’t make restaurant trips a habit. What actually happens is all your money (that’s supposedly for experiences) goes straight to your belly!

Another tip? Go to the grocery store after a meal and never before. This will help you stay within your needs and not buy unnecessary stuff that are only within your whims.

Don’t forget to have fun! You still deserve to have what you want as long as you keep ‘em moderated. Tell us what you think by commenting below and keep following our blog for more travel tips and updates. Like our page on Facebook and follow us on Twitter too!

Ten Travel Workouts You Can Do While On-The-Go

5 Travel WorkoutsIt’s easy to fall into a routine when everything is set out and fits into place. You sleepily punch the snooze button of your alarm clock in the mornings, punch in the time clock for work at the same time daily. After work, you wear your gloves and, again, punch that boxing bag all the while feeling like a superhero. Then, you head home to the perfect meal paired with the good old telly.

We really are comfortable with the daily regimen but we also love to travel. While sometimes the point of the latter is to break the former, here are some things we just couldn’t leave home without and to some, that is to keep fitness in check.

The good news? There is absolutely no need to compromise

Forget for a moment that you are away. Just because you’re travelling for a few days (or even the entire year) doesn’t mean you have to leave everything behind. Stay in shape without having to worry about carrying all the gym equipment; all you need is your body weight. We’ve come up with a list of simple travel workouts you can do while travelling even if you are a beginner.

Travel Workouts

Push-ups

Assume a facedown position with your palms facing the floor. Raise and lower yourself using your arms making sure that your entire body is straight as a plank. Also, while doing the routine, it’s best to keep your elbows close to your body.  When done correctly, the push-up strengthens the upper body and chisels your chest and your arms.

Burpees

There are the regular ones and the side-to-side variant. For the first one, stand with your feet wide apart and your arms down on your side. Lower down on a push-up position lowering your chest to the floor. Push your arms up, go back up to a squat position, jump up, raise both hands in the air and keep repeating. The burpee is a great way to exercise your whole body!

High knees and butt kicks

For more cardio, do both of these simple workouts. The high knees require you to stand straight with your feet hip-wide apart, jump in place using one foot after the other—lifting your knees as high as possible. For the butt kicks, stand straight, run in place with your legs alternately touching your glute. The faster, the better!

Squats

Squats are a good way to exercise your lower body and avoid the chicken legs you definitely do not want. Many people do it the wrong way but the secret to the right path lies in the form. Stand with your feet hip-wide apart, lower your upper back by pushing your hips back and bending your knees. While doing so, raise your arms out for balance. Take a pause and then lift yourself back up and repeat the process.

Crunches and obliques crunches

Now let’s not forget the core. Many dream of having abs but only a select few want to endure all the hard work (and initial pain). To do a crunch, simply lie back and bend your knees. Place your arms across your chest and lift your upper body until you get a 45 degree angle. Slowly lower yourself and repeat the workout. For the obliques crunches, while in the same position, place your left foot (or right depending on which area you want to start with) on top of your alternate knee. When lifting yourself up, make your right elbow meet your left knee. Do the same with the alternates.

Even when you are a little bit worn out from driving, the workouts will be easy enough to do. Now there’s no excuse—not even time. With these quick routines, you’ll stay light as a feather even while you’re out travelling. To make everything less worrisome, have the workouts printed out or save them on your phone. And don’t forget about food, you’ll need it I am sure!

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