I visited the first two festivals, Strawberry Festival in Florida Plant City and the Winter Party Festival in Miami Beach all by myself. Just me, the locals and my camera. That’s why I was doubly happy to be out and about with Contiki for St Patrick’s Day.
Not walking around by myself, seeing all the highlights and sights of a city on guided tours, but still having enough freedom to do my own thing. A festival is so much more than dancing in a field and drinking beer. That’s what I learnt in Dublin – new city, different culture and different breakfast habits. I’ve already told you about the Irish breakfast. Contiki is a tour company for young people between 18 and 35 years old. Contiki tours covers 40 countries in 5 continents. It provides a great opportunity to meet new people and have a lot fun. For three days I was entertained by Shannon and Kerrie, my two Irish guides who introduced me to Irish culture. Obviously we started by drinking beer at the Guinness Brewery. We built up enough guinness courage to scare people passing with battle cries on the Viking tour of the city.
Generally I like travelling by myself, but I realised how nice it is to relax and have someone else organise everything. And how lovely it was to be able to share experiences and do things that I’d never have discovered by myself – like the Irish folk music night.
Recently it seems to be becoming popular to dine to irish folk music and riverdance-style tap music. I must admit, having bagpipes accompany my fish and chips experience really impressed me.
But the best bit of group travel is to have people make sure that you make it home into your own bed safely after a long pub crawl. This was definitely not my last festival trip with Contiki tours. I heard they also go to Bilbao BBK Live in Spain, Edinburgh Festival and the Ascot races. Let’s see which tour I end up joining….