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5 Best Music Festivals around the World in 2020 (July 2019)

Oh no…another excuse to travel.

We all know Coachella as one of the most epic music festivals of all time. Now, what would Coachella be like in another country? Exotic in Costa Rica? Wild in Australia? Spiritual in Bali? Yes, yes, and yes.

Now is the time to start planning your big international festival trip for 2020. That mean’s you’ve got time to save cash, time to collect the crew, and time to book your music festival hotels.

These 5 Best Music Festivals around the World in 2020 are approved for solo female trips and solo travel destinations!

Scared of traveling alone? A music festival is one of the best trips for single women and solo travelers who want to meet people on their international adventure! Shit, the whole purpose of a music festival is to connect with new people and make new friends. You will be welcomed with open arms, my love!

So, get your passport ready for the 5 best international music festivals in 2020.
(Don’t worry. Fyre Festivals not Included).

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#1 – Jai Thep Festival, Thailand

Pack your bags for 3-days of DJs, workshops, and live bands in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

Musicians and festival goers from all over the world will gather in Northern Thailand for Jai Thep‘s 5th annual music festival with an artsy twist. Alongside bands & DJs covering everything genre from Indie to Thai Molam – Jai Thep also offers workshops to help you tap into a deeper level of self.

The immersive festival includes interactive 3D installations and places to create art or collaborate with other amateur or professional artists. Listless wanderers who roam around the festival’s property are promised magical surprises, wondrous art and good-vibes music that speak to the traveler spirit.

Ps. Thailand is one of the best destinations for solo female travel!

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Where:  Chiang Mai, Thailand
When:  31 January – 2 February 2020
Prices:  1,800 THB ($58 USD); discounts for students at 1,600 THB ($51 USD)
Accommodation:  1,000 – 2,600 TBH ($32 – 83 USD) for basic 1 or 2 person camping, or deluxe 2 person camping.

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#2 – Envision Festival, Costa Rica

Mind-opening. Surreal. Sexy. Under the motto “The Original Jungle Festival”, Envision Festival is the OG of music festival meets nature.

On the Costa Rican coast where ocean waves gently kiss the jungle’s very end, you’ll experience ecstatic music vibes across diverse music genres!

Envision’s pledge is to act according to fundamental principles as permaculture, health, movement, acceptance, and community, and conduct the event in line with its eco-initiatives. So, beyond the music, prepare to be submerged in more than just music while connecting with traveler souls from around the world.

Where:  Uvita, Costa Rica
When:  17 – 24 February 2020 for a full 7-day experience
Prices:  From $319 USD (without accommodation) to $2,099 USD for a VIP ticket for the event + accommodation in a private bamboo suite. There are also several packages – festival admission ticket + accommodation to choose from
Accommodation:  Tent rentals (from 250USD per person); bungalows (from 1,300 USD per person); bamboo suites (from 1,500 USD per person); VIP tree house (3,497 USD).

#3 – BaliSpirit Festival, Bali

BaliSpirit Festival is the ultimate music, yoga, and inner work festival. You will undergo a week of transformation through the realignment of your harmonious self and healing practices to make you feel the best and most energized version of yourself…with music as your medicine.

You will be invited to forgo your digital alter-ego and make new acquaintances, embrace novelty ideas, reconnect with nature, and restore your inner balance. Through meditation, movement, music, and various classes you will fully experience the stretching of your mind and soul, and expand your wisdom to face the challenges and surprises the world has in store for you.

You can stop by the lively daytime music stage with a mind-boggling range of musical and dance performances; alternatively you can book a private session with a practitioner in alternative medicine, personal growth, or spiritual well-being in one of the healing huts; or visit the Community Pavilion for invigorating morning yoga, seminars, or movement workshops.

Bali is one of the safest countries to travel alone! Come solo, leave part of something bigger than you.

Where:  Ubud, Bali
When:  24 – 31 March 2020
Prices:  $30 for 1 night / $150 for an 8-day pass
Accommodation:  Not included. Check out my best recommended Ubud hotels in The Solo Girl’s Travel Guide: Bali.

 

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#4 – Wide Open Space, Australia

A music festival in the desert certainly has an adventurous ring to it, right? Well, the place is the MacDonnell ranges in Australia, the time is early summer, and the event is Wide Open Space Festival.

Wide Open Space pays homage to the Arrernte people – long-time natives and custodians of these parts of Central Australia.

You will experience 3 unforgettable days with music performances across 3 stages, a juicy number of workshops, dedicated space for children and Market Place offering a variety of food, crafts, and all sorts of delights…plus, Australian Accents!

Truly one of the best and most vibrant music festivals in Australia for solo travelers. Just pack sunscreen, please!

Where:  Ross River Resort, Central Australia
When:  Early May 2020
Prices:  To be announced soon! Check here
Accommodation:  Camping on the festival side of the river (if you don’t mind a louder environment while there’s action on the stages); quieter camping option on the resort side of the river; private cabins; or camping in Trephina Gorge National Park campground 15 km away from the festival site.

* Warning from the sponsors:  “May in Central Australia is the perfect time to experience the extremes of desert weather. Days can range from dry-warm to quite hot, while nights can be really fricken cold. Pack accordingly…”

 

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#5 – SXM Festival

Only 4 years old, SXM Festival has already gained fame as one of the best events for electronic music worldwide. The festival spreads across an inventive variety of stages – beaches, villas, boats, and nightclubs.

The venues are handcrafted stunning pieces of art made out of 90% recycled materials. The performers are established electronic, house, and techno artists, as well as rising stars ready to conquer the music scene.

The island of St. Martin itself is a tasty piece of paradise, popular with its tropical beauty, lush jungles, fusion food, and electrifying nightlife. Night pool parties till dawn, or sunrise cocktail parties till noon – the choice is yours.

If you’re still not convinced, take a look at that SXM 2019 Aftermovie.

Where:  Saint Martin, The Caribbean
When:  11 – 15 March 2020
Prices:  295 – 595 EUR; you can additionally buy a 5-day transportation pass for 97.03 EUR which offers unlimited travels between the festival’s main venues and selected hotels during the whole festival.
Accommodation:  Not included. Find the best festival hotels near SXM Festival on Booking.com

 

Conclusion

Travel is possible, even on a budget. The key is to set a financial goal ahead of time – like these festivals. Pick your festival, see how many months you have until you travel, and start your cash fund by setting aside a cash goal every month. Start racking up your travel points with travel credit cards, too.

And maybe this speaks to you: Music festivals are the best trips for single women and men. Just sayin’.

 

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The 3 Best Yoga Retreats in Bali (End of 2019)

I used to think that “balancing your chakras” was only a thing for vegan hippie princesses.

 

And then I moved to Bali.

 

From the moment I settled into my Ubud neighborhood, I was surrounded with conversations about things like

  • Energy Work
  • Balancing Chakras
  • Spiritual Journeys

And I thought, what the hell.

I opened myself up to the world of yoga retreats, energy healers, reiki massage, and…yes, balancing my chakras.

My life began filling up with people who inspired me, motivated me, and encouraged me.

 

And then, my body changed.

I don’t just mean my weight (although, my waist has definitely shrunk), I mean my anxiety is gone, my negative thought patterns have disappeared, and my sleep cycle is so damn deep.

 

And then, my life changed.

Along my spiritual journey (yes, I have one of those now) in Bali,

I have healed sexual abuse trauma from my past.

I have finally truly cut emotional ties to toxic people.

I have found harmony between my body and my mind.

 

For the first time in my life, I actually know who I am.

So even if you’re not a vegan hippie princess, I encourage you to come to Bali and let life take the lead.

Immerse yourself in a yoga retreat that will surround you with the right people, push you to get back in touch with your body, and set yourself on a path to living your best life.

 

Here are the 3 best yoga retreats in Bali for 2019…that you still have time to book.

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#1 – A Live Your Journey Retreat, August 11 – 18

 

Specially designed to revitalize and align your chakras, this retreat would provide a blueprint to your inner energy system. Our nature is often trapped in dividedness, and broken harmony – thus separating us from our internal divine integrity. Did you follow all that?

In other words…the chakra system is a master key to unlocking your spiritual power – by allowing you to align your body, mind, and soul in harmony.

It’s this harmony that people refer to as “enlightenment” aka living your life without painful baggage and finally meeting your authentic self.

Best For: Energy Alignment

City Location: Ubud

Name of the retreat resort: Naya Resort

Price: Starting from $2.200

About the retreat leader: Allie used to be a 9-to-5 girl who shifted her life’s direction and is now a devoted yoga teacher. The only way she knows how to do things is whole-heartedly – and you’ll feel that as she guides you through your yoga journey.

Where: Ubud

What’s included:

  • 7-Night Stay
  • Daily Yoga
  • Plant-Based Meals
  • Epic Excursions
  • Airport Pickup

Resort Amenities:

Your own luxury villa with private pool and views of the bright green rice paddies is the perfect place to unwind and recenter after a healing yoga session. There are villas for solo travelers and also villas that you can share with a friend who might want to join you on this journey!

  • Private villa or shared room
  • Wi-Fi
  • Air Conditioning
  • Rice Paddy Views
  • Rainfall Shower 

Contact Info: NayaUbud.com

 

#2 – A Complete Wellness Journey, October 12 – 19

 

If morning vinyasa flows and evening yin relaxation sounds like your thing, choose SoulShine. Here, you’ll experience a holistic approach to inner peace with lessons about superfoods and herbs. Its believed that this clean and holistic lifestyle is the key to success in meditation, breathing practices, and self-care. By the end of this retreat, you’ll understand how differently your body feels depending on your diet…and also how differently your mind behaves.

Best For: Whole Body Reboot

City Location: Ubud

Name of the retreat resort: Soulshine Bali

Price: Starting from $2.100

About the retreat leader: Karla Tafra is a Croatian yoga teacher, nutritionist, and overall wellness coach who currently resides in the USA. Yoga transformed her life and she is now deeply passionate about sharing the knowledge of body and soul restoration with others. Karla has worked with all kinds of people – from athletes to pregnant women, so she’ll be more than capable of finding the right approach for you, no matter your (percieved) level.

Where: Ubud

What’s included:

  • Airport Transfers
  • Soul Sessions DJ or Ecstatic Dance
  • Water Temple Blessing Tour
  • Ubud Monkey Forest/Shopping
  • Sound Healing

Resort Amenities:

Choose luxurious suites or shared rooms with Indian ashram inspired interior – with tropical gardens or jungle views to complete your heavenly escape. Both options provide tranquil sanctuaries that you’ll look forward to returning to by the end of your day.

  • Private suites or shared/single rooms
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Air Conditioning
  • In-room safe
  • Natural Bath Amenities

Contact Info: Soulshinebali.com

#3 –  7-Day Dharma Healing Fasting Retreat, December 1 – 8

 

Have you noticed that in 2019, fresh air, pure food, and clean water are becoming more of a luxury than a natural right? In the western world, our body is exposed to so much pollution – both in the air and in our food – that a total body cleanse is dire!

Come detox at this fasting retreat where you’ll be guided through Buddha Dharma’s principles, helping you detect the Karmic obstacles holding you back from your happiness and vitality. You will learn about the aspects of Bio-Spiritual Nutrition, aka which food groups enhance your spiritual development, the functions of your gut and organs, and the cleansing process.

Supplemented with lessons of mindfulness, intermittent fasting, and how to stimulate your metabolism, here is where you come to be reborn in the jungle.

Best For: Spiritual Reincarnation

City Location: Ubud

Name of the retreat resort: The Yoga Barn

Price: Starting from $1,375 without accommodation/$1,870 with accommodation

About the retreat leader: Hillary Hitt is a teacher in alternative health practices and in her classes she applies Bodhisattva Dharma, Bio-Spiritual Nutrition, and methods like Reiki, colonic irrigation, and acupressure. Hillary is a follower and counselor in fasting as a healthy choice of life and can walk you through the thorny path of spiritual and physical cleansing with ease.

Where: Ubud

What’s included:

  • Daily coconut water, herbal tea, and mineral broth soup; fresh, cold-pressed juices
  • Homemade supplements
  • Daily lectures on Bio-Spiritual Nutrition, fasting, eating healthy and more
  • Daily yoga, meditation and sound healing experiences
  • 4-hour workshop on breaking your fast
  • Dharma Healing Fasting Handbook
  • Sauna sessions, foot reflexology and more

Resort Amenities:

You’ll be comfortably accommodated in a single room among lush greenery and this Indian + Indonesian influenced boutique ambiance. You’ll be able to wander freely in the gardens or surrender to the meditative stillness of your room broken only by Nature’s sounds.

  • Single occupancy rooms
  • Air conditioning
  • Daily breakfast at The Garden Kafe

Contact Info: Theyogabarn.com

 

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Something to Recognize:

We live in a hectic, buzzing, and flashy world which is in the habit of demanding more of our attention than we are capable of giving.

We’re in a constant hurry to get things done that seem to have no end to them, taking pride in our productivity rate, while in fact we’re quite often just shuffling errands around.

We are also in the business of forgetting to take care of the most important asset we’ll ever own – our souls.

We seem to mistake perpetual stress and always saying “yes” to every request with altruism – and that’s just a shortcut to robbing ourselves of… ourselves.

We can’t go on forever like this. Or we will burn out.

It’s time to restart and refresh, don’t you think?

 

 

Ps. I don’t have any affiliation to these retreats…I just sincerely recommend them!