My Coachella Experience

How often is it that you get the chance to travel with your sibling especially when you live on opposite sides of the world? So when the opportunity arose I jumped on it. After all Coachella had always been on my bucket list.

So first things first, I touched down in L.A from DXB after a 15 hour flight and jumped straight onto google maps to find the closest In & Out burger. We were waiting for our transfer to Palm Springs via coach but first we need our burger fix. Getting a cab from the airport is such a rip off so we decided to walk. About 15-20 mins later just outside the airport is a In & Out burger and it is wayyy busier than we expected. But we order and wait cause were desperate for our fix.

Feeling satisfied after In & Out, we head back to the airport where we will soon board our coach and after 26 hours of travelling I dose off into a deep sleep on en route to Palm Springs.

The next day we arrive at Coachella. At this 3 day festival has it all. Some of the worlds best talent from solo artists, to bands and DJ’s, crazy art installations, food trucks and more.

Day 1 highlights included: Azealia Banks, a bit of AC/DC and a total surprising set from Nero who absolutely killed it.

Day 2 highlights included What So Not, Alison Wonderland, Chet Faker (Australia represent!!!) and Flosstradamus which was mental.

The sunsets are amazing with this skyline and FYI, the ferris wheel is definitely worth the wait.

Drake headlined the final night and made my whole Coachella experience seeing him perform live.

On day 3 of the festival the giant sized caterpillar turned into a beautiful butterfly. The art instalments at the festival are just mind blowing.

It was my first time attending Coachella festival. It’s such a happy place with so many amazing acts to see. I’d love to return again one day even though I felt like one of the oldest people there!

Traveled April 2015

Flights: AED 5,225 economy class – You can fly non-stop from DXB to LAX with Emirates. They run a once a day service.

Accommodation: We had an all inclusive Coachella ticket and hotel package which cost us 1,275 USD per person. We stayed at the Riveria hotel. This also included daily coach transfer to and from the festival. After the festival I used Airbnb to stay in West Hollywood.

Visa: USD 14 – apply online before travelling – Esta (Certain nationalities – make sure to do your research before traveling.)

Spending: USD – Food is pretty cheap depending on where you eat and the portion sizes are huge. If you are travelling with someone you could easily share meals. The shopping is also a lot cheaper than Dubai especially for cosmetics and clothes but don’t forget tax is added at the counter.

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