How to plan a trip to Tomorrowland on a budget
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How to plan a trip to Tomorrowland on a budget

  • Highlights

  • Flying to Belgium

  • Getting tickets to Tomorrowland

  • Alternate living arrangements near Tomorrowland

  • Things to do in Belgium



Tomorrowland is undoubtedly the biggest and most popular dance music festival on the planet. Here’s how you can plan your trip to Belgium and back in under Rs.5 lakh.

Featuring globally celebrated DJs who play spectacular electronica, Tomorrowland is an experience that is on most people’s bucket list. Hosted in Belgium, this music festival features everything from fireworks timed to the music and buoyant stages in the middle of a lake to helicopters showering flowers on the crowd and Ferris wheels. First held in 2005, Tomorrowland is one of the most anticipated events for all music enthusiasts. If it’s your dream to watch the likes of Steve Aoki and John Askew perform live, a trip to Belgium is on the cards.

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If travelling all the way from India to Belgium seems extravagant, here’s how you can do it on a budget.

Make your flight tickets more affordable by planning early

Flight tickets around the time of the festival can be excruciatingly expensive. If possible, book your tickets in advance, and plan your trip in such a way that you arrive well before the festival starts and leave once the festival crowd has left Belgium.For example, if you book your tickets for next year, the round trip airfare will come up to approximately Rs.55,000 if you take a Jet Airways flight. Another trick is to book tickets through an aggregator service. This will help you book a round trip for around Rs.48,000.

Another money-saving hack is to set up price alerts for your route of choice. This will help you keep a track of airfare and help you book the cheapest flight.

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The early bird gets the worm when it comes to tickets too

With over four lakh attendants in 2017, it is no surprise that tickets for the festival get sold out almost immediately. Register yourself on the website and book as early as possible to snag early-bird discounts. For those who opt for DreamVille packages, a stay of 5 days is included in the package, along with access to certain areas and stages. Depending on your budget, you can choose a package. For example, the Cabana package will cost you approximately Rs.20,000, and comes with facilities such as a locker, power socket, 24-hour reception staff, and separate sanitary facilities. This is a cost for two people, which means that your share will be just Rs.10,000.

Look at alternate arrangements

One way of smartly financing your trip on a budget is through a personal loan. You can use it to pay for your expenses without any pressure. Also, if direct flights are out of your budget, look at making alternate arrangements. For example, see if flying to Antwerp in Belgium is cheaper or more expensive than flying to Brussels. You can travel to the cheaper destination and take a road trip or train ride to Boom, where the festival takes place. Furthermore, if DreamVille packages are too expensive, or if you have no one to share a cabana with, you can also look at accommodation in Boom. There are several hotels, lodges, hostels, and dormitories that are more affordable. Many hotels in Antwerp are just a 15–30-minute ride away from Boom. A double occupancy hotel room at hotel Queen A Antwerp will cost you around Rs.60,000 for 7 days. If you split this cost with a friend, it will drop to an affordable Rs.30,000. However, you will have to travel to the venue, so factor in that cost.

Get meals and drinks at an affordable price

Eating and drinking at Tomorrowland can be affordable if you plan your meals. The festival does offer some delicious food that you can splurge on. For example, one of their set meal experiences costs approximately Rs.2,315. Apart from that, you can peg each meal, with a drink at around Rs.1,500. If you want to save on meals further, carry your own food with you or visit the grocery stores onsite. They’re fairly priced so you can stock up on snacks and beverages that don’t need refrigeration.

Don’t miss out on a city tour

Belgium is one of the most artistic countries around the globe and has a rich cultural heritage too. Take a Brussels Grand City tour to explore the city at an affordable cost of approximately Rs.2,500. If you are more interested in the food culture, sign up for the Brussels chocolate tour that will also cost you around Rs.2,500.

On the whole, you can easily plan a budget trip to Tomorrowland for around Rs.2.5 to 5 lakh, with a margin for emergencies and impulsive shopping. If you plan in advance, you can ensure that this cost is inclusive of the event tickets, flight fares, accommodation, meal, drinks, and entertainment.

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