My first cross-country rave road trip was last year after EDC; two of my friends and I raged for three days at EDC, packed the backseat of my car to the roof, leaving little room for the backseat passenger, and took off in my little Chevrolet Cobalt on our 1,936 mile journey to Electric Forest (yes, we REALLY did this.)
As you can imagine, 35 consecutive hours in the car with your rave fam is a bonding experience like no other. It’s just music, stories, and a little sight-seeing the whole way, and it is a glorious experience. The road trip is one of the best parts about traveling to a festival.
A stop for gas in Utah
For my second adventure, I flew to Chicago for Freaky Deaky on Halloween. What made this trip so special was that I met up with my Michigan rave fam (that I met at Electric Forest) in Chicago so we could be reunited again before Forest came back around; I could not possibly wait another year to see these beautiful people who have honestly changed my life.
If I didn’t decide to take the plunge and make a cross-country rave road trip, I would have never met my Michigan family, and I cannot imagine life without them today. The rave scene is truly beautiful in the sense that we can all share such a close bond, despite being almost 2,000 miles apart.
This year, I will be back in the Forest with my Forest family, and I also plan to make a trip over to Mysteryland.
For all of you veteran ravers out there, I ask you one question: when was the last time you traveled to a different state for a rave or a festival? If you answered never, I challenge you to venture out not only to a different state, but to a different time zone. I challenge you to make a cross-country trip for a festival because I will promise you now it will be an unforgettable experience.
The silent disco at Electric Forest with my Michigan fam