Have festivals always been the center of travel, or is this a recent occurrence with the ability to publicize events across the globe? While we feel that festivals and cultural events have always been great motivators for travel, the digital age has definitely been able to enhance people’s experiences. We are able to see what festivals and destinations offer, what other tourist destinations are nearby and the best travel packages ahead of time, as a result we are able to save our pennies and look forward to a fully-loaded trip.
According to Skift, several startups are attempting to build a business around this particular type of festival travel behavior, the goal is, “to turn the experience into something that goes beyond the gates of the festival grounds.”
So which startups are worth checking out? One of the sites mentioned on Skift is Everfest. Everfest gives you the option of creating an account through your Facebook which then retrieves your location and you discover new events or festivals which will be happening near you. Everfest also gives you the possibility of connecting with friends.
Similar to Everfest, there is Muzenly, also worth checking out. Muzenly’s goal is for its users to connect and make new friends, share accommodations or even carpool. In order to “connect” you must link your profile to Facebook. One of the greater advantages Muzenly seems to offer its users that Everfest does not, is the ability to book packages through its site.
While a ton of other services are being built around the evolving travel industry, Everfest and Muzenly seem to have very promising futures, especially for this festival-driven culture we now live in.