By DANIELLA CAMPUZANO
The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival is definitely worth attending.
I was fortunate enough to finally check out the famous festival for the first time in April 2016 with an amazing group of newbie-Chella friends.
Each year, Coachella organizers bring new and incredible artists from all over the world to the remote desert of Indio, California. The lineup is always on top of its game.
Coachella has seven stages and more than 150 artists who perform during the three-day festival.
I saw most of my favorite artists up close and personal, including The 1975, Sia, Disclosure, M83, Flume and Borns.
The cost of the music festival is outrageous, but the number of groups you get to see makes it a seriously good deal.
Tickets start at $375 for three days. I paid twice that and I still don’t regret it.
Buying a ticket does create stress and anxiety. When tickets went on sale the first week of January, I had exactly 10 minutes to log on to the website and buy a ticket.
Unfortunately, the portal kicked me out three times because so many people around the world were also trying to buy tickets. Logging back in multiple times made the process the most stressful thing I have ever had to do.
Attending the festival also marked the first time camping for me and my friends. It was weirdly enjoyable, even though we were not prepared whatsoever.
The 2017 festival takes place April 14-23, but tickets have already sold out. If you want to go next year, start planning and saving money for 2018.
Coachella was definitely worth all the money and stress. It’s a chance of a lifetime and I recommend that everyone attend Coachella at least once. It was an experience I will never forget. It was Coac’hella’ fun!
Musicians perform onstage at the 2016 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, California. (Photo by Daniella Campuzano, 2016)
By TANISHA KNUTZEN
We tend to get caught up in a world encompassed by cellphone screens, directing all of our attention toward the latest social media drama.
If we took a moment to look around, we would realize there’s so much to see and experience in life beyond what’s in front of us.
Traveling is the most beneficial way to spend your time and money. With so many different places in the world, I constantly wonder why more people don’t travel.
Not only do you get to experience different cultures, lifestyles and ways of life, you get a chance to step beyond the bright screens of technology and into an adventure far more exhilarating than any Tweet.
There is something so incredibly breathtaking and majestic about being immersed in a place where nothing is familiar. With every blink of the eye, something new presents itself.
I firmly believe that traveling can only benefit your life in an utmost and positive way. It gives you the chance to gain a new and positive perspective on life, all while recharging your batteries.
If more people took time to travel beyond their familiarities, life would be a less stressful place filled with peace, knowledge and understanding of others. Even the briefest moment spent in someone else’s shoes can truly open your eyes to a lifetime of experiences.
TLC’s popular ‘90s song said, “Don’t go chasing waterfalls, please stick to the rivers and streams that you’re used to.”
I think you should chase those waterfalls. Go beyond the rivers and streams of your life. If you keep your feet in one place forever, you’ll never truly experience the many wonders life has to offer.
Anyone who knows me realizes I’ve never been good at keeping my feet on the ground. When I look around, I can’t help but think about the endless possibilities of places that need to be seen.
I crave what I don’t know and what I haven’t seen, and have an unshakable desire to be introduced to people I have never met.
For me, traveling is the key to opening these kinds of doors and I will always chase the waterfalls of my life. There are far too many mountains that need to be climbed, oceans that need to be swam in and unpaved roads that need footprints.
Traveling is my drug.
Given the chance, I would never think twice about overdosing.
Knutzen hopes everyone gets a chance to travel to all corners of the world, without a thought or worry about anything other than what’s around them.