To road trip or to fly?
The squads picked, tickets are purchased excitement is coursing violently through the blood stream; everything is in place for Splendour to be the weekend of the year. Although one thing is still undecided, how the hell are you getting there? Whether your group is split with different opinions, you’re too indecisive to make one, or your free spirit is in overload and waiting for karma to show you the way - figuring out your way to Byron Bay is often the last piece of the puzzle to be put into place. In my younger years, it was never a question, a road trip was the only option because why have a weekend of madness and misunderstood deviant behaviour when you can have a whole week? But, as I have aged like a fine wine, flying directly into Byron with no fuss has become apparently more appealing. This leads my attention to the great dilemma many people face when trying to decide on which option allows for a better Splendour experience. Well just like anything, it’s a matter of opinion, but to help you form that opinion I’ve culminated a good old fashion pros and cons list for your decision-making pleasure.
POSTULATE THEM PRO’S
Perhaps a very enticing aspect to the popular road trip option is the versatility it gives you. You choose when to leave, when to stop, how big your vehicle is and how long it takes you. All the decisions are in your hands and you aren’t ruled or controlled by someone else’s or some airlines strict schedule. Notice I said how big your vehicle is… because its size determines the amount of cargo will fit in it. Yep, there's no 7kg carry on allowance when you’re behind the wheel of your car, which means screw packing for a weekend. Pack for a week, pack for a month,pack for a year, no one can tell you otherwise as long as it fits in your boot space. When you road trip the key word seems to be more; more freedom, more space, more options, more time for adventure. Let’s not forget driving yourself there means you can stock up with all your favourite alcoholic beverages without getting slammed with the Splendour induced prices of Byron Bay.
C’MON WITH THE CON’S
Well as you can assume the big con for this one is pretty obvious and it’s that painful drive home on the back end of the festival. No one wants to drive or no one feels like they can and every hour is just a checkpoint until you’re home, showered and tucked into your own bed for the post-Splendour recovery blues. But the cons sneak their way into your journey to the festival as well, because the struggle of reality and responsibility can hit you hard when you’re behind the wheel and all your excitement wants you to do is dance your heart away in Tipi Forest.
P-P-P-P-PLEASE SIR CAN I HAVE SOME PRO’S
Where the road trips keyword was more, choosing to fly's would be less. Less travel time, less hassle, less concentration, less responsibility and most importantly less chance of burning out before the festival is over. Plain and simply it's damn convenient. Everything is basically taken care of for you, all you need to do is show up... well show up on time.
CALLING OUT ALL CON'S
The big bad baggage restrictions, this one hurts, either way, you look at it. So you opt for carry on but then you're constrained to a pesky little luggage size that in no way, shape or form is going to fit all your Splendour wardrobe, plus the must-have essentials (yes we mean beer bong). Or you’ve gotten suckered into upgrading checked baggage, how great does that extra bundle of dollars signs look next to your already pricey plane ticket. Cries. Then you have that little inconvenience of not being able to transport yourself anywhere once you get to Byron because the airline wouldn’t let you check your car in at the terminal.
Look at your travel buddies, assess your wants and needs from this experience and see what works best with your timetable. You’re in for one adventurous weekend so be sure to keep an open mind and one eye always on having a good time. The transport you choose is just a means to an end, but that’s not to say you can’t enjoy it to its full potential. Choose wisely, travel safe and be sure to keep an eye out for Part 3 of our Splendour In The Grass series.
Written By Ilana Porretta