It’s pretty heartbreaking seeing people posting about their amazing cultural experiences while you’re in your PJs watching reruns of Friends while eating microwave lasagne.
But it doesn’t have to be that way! With a bit of planning and saving, you can jet off to experience the best global festivals on offer! We’ve handpicked seven you need to consider.
Pingxi Lantern Festival
If you’ve seen Tangled (best movie everrrrrr, just sayin’) then you would’ve swooned over FLOATING LANTERNS. Well, you can do that FOR REALZ at the Pingxi Lantern Festival in Taiwan! You buy a lantern, write your ambitions on it and send it into the sky. You’ll see the sky filled with beautiful lights while you watch yours drift away. Breathtaking!
Where: Pingxi District, Taiwan
If you’ve ever wanted to participate in a food fight, head to La Tomatina where you throw over-ripe tomatoes at people! Known as the World’s Biggest Food Fight, 100 metric tonnes of tomatoes are used between the 20,000 people that participate! Pack your old rags because things are about to get REALLY messy!
Where: Bunol, Spain
What if you could celebrate one of the biggest festivals in the world without leaving Brisbane? We play host to one of the top 10 Oktoberfests outside Germany and the BIGGEST Oktoberfest event in Australia. Embrace delicious schnitzels, pork knuckle, German beer, schnaps and more! There’s also stacks of entertainment on offer, so you know it’ll be a worthwhile day out. Don’t forget your costume!
When: October 7-9 & 14-16
Where: Brisbane, Australia
Cheese Rolling Festival
This is a cheese-lover’s dream! You get to run after a giant wheel of cheese and no one thinks it’s weird! The competition is held annually on Coopers Hill in Gloucestershire, where the first person to cross the finish line at the bottom of the hill wins the nine-pound wheel of cheesy goodness. It’s too insane to miss!
Where: Gloucestershire, UK
Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta
Take a trip to Albuquerque for the world’s largest hot air ballooning event! The festival spans over nine days and includes balloon rides, live music performances and much more. Look forward to witnessing more than 500 hot air balloons take to the sky in this unmissable yearly event!
Where: Albuquerque, USA
One of the biggest electronic music festivals in the world, people from all over flock to it! You can see your favourite DJs and artists take to one of the 15 huge stages with amazing decorations while you dance away. Just make sure you get on the waiting list for tickets - they sell out super fast!
Where: Boom, Belgium
Harbin Ice Festival
Harbin is the biggest snow and ice festival in the world and is held for a whole month. Watch and admire extravagant ice sculptures as they light up in beautiful colours, and enjoy fireworks, skiing, sledding, winter swimming, getting up close and personal with Siberian tigers and much more! Rug up and get lost in the illuminated life-sized ice buildings.
When: January to February
Where: Harbin, China