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5 fail-safe cures for your Glastonbury FOMO


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All together, inclusive of a ticket, travel, a tent, a sleeping bag and spending money, you’d be looking at a whopping £600 to go to Glastonbury.

So here are five great alternative holidays and activities you could bag yourself for the same price (and less!) as the infamous Glasto ticket.

1. Fly through a Welsh Quarry

Instead of screaming at your favourite artists at Glasto, you can get your adrenaline fix at Zip World in Penryhn Quarry, Bethesda.

Velocity is the fastest zip line in the world, reaching speeds of more than 100mph, and the longest in Europe.

The zip gives you stunning views of surrounding Snowdonia and maybe even the Isle of Man on a clear day!

Prices for Velocity start at £60 per person, with many other cheaper (and slower!) options starting from £15 for adults and £7.50 for children.

Closest towns to Zip World are Bethesda and Blaenau Ffestiniog, which offer some of the cosiest campsites and pubs for prices as slow as £6 per person, per night.

Read our Top Destinations for 2017: Wales guide here.

2. Be on your Wurst behaviour in Munich

Glastonbury might be a huge party, but nothing can beat the biggest party in the world: Oktoberfest.

The festival attracts crowds as big as 7 million, all joining together for a celebration of amazing beer and giant pretzels.

Flights to Munich from most UK airports start from as little as £25, with many travel sites offering tour packages including camping accommodation and food with prices as low as £140.

That leaves you with a lot of money to spend on bratwurst. A lot.

3. Soak up the sun on the Wye

It’s bound to rain during Glastonbury, right? So we recommend taking advantage of your free time (sorry, it’s still raw) and popping down to Monmouthshire for a few days of sun, cider and kayaking!

The River Wye offers kayakers and nature lovers the perfect balance of adventure and calm waters.

Local kayak hire centres offer activity packages including guided hiking, kayaking, mountain biking and even tasting sessions at local cider farms.

Prices range depending on the hire centre, but you’re looking at roughly £130 per person including the tours, accommodation and decent grub.  

4. Wine and Dine in York

Forget the damp three day old clothes caked in mud, and get your glad rags out for a weekend of fine wining and dining in York.

The stunning walled city is only a train ride away from London, with single tickets booked in advance starting from as little as £13.

Bettys Café Tea Rooms is renowned for its beautiful afternoon tea packages, which include endless cups of tea and miniature cakes and sarnies, for prices ranging from £30.

If you manage to roll yourself out of the tea rooms for an afternoon stroll, take a look at York Minster.

Combined student prices to see the Minster and the tower are only £14, leaving you plenty of cash for *more* cake.

5. Get Gnarly in Cornwall

If your mates missed out on Glasto tickets as well, get them together for a weekend surfing holiday in one of the best spots in the UK.

Cornwall is home to hundreds of beautiful beaches offering amazing surf, and of course, amazing surf schools.

O’neills Surf Academy offers group packages for 10 or more people with prices dependent on how many days you’re ready to slather sun cream on your nose.

For one full group day of surfing lessons it costs £42 per person, going up to £80 per person for two days and so on.

If you want to keep costs down, take a tent and pitch up on a campsite where prices will range. Alternatively, hire out a small cottage or space in a b&b for the group and enjoy a glass of red by the fire after a long day’s work.

So yes, you may be heartbroken over missing out on Glasto tickets, but take our advice and head out on a different adventure. There’s plenty out there!

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