COVID Can’t Cancel Our Virtual Music Festival

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Many aspects of normal life have been put on hold this year, as we attempt to navigate an unprecedented pandemic. As we head into summer, this unfortunately also means canceled vacations, which for my music-fanatic friends and I translates to no concerts or festivals.

Though bummed at first, we were inspired by a new innovative trend of “virtual concerts.” So, we discovered an alternative, which would still satisfy our music cravings and would also help us avoid long-distance travel and festival prices, a major bonus as we are all on a budget and just one or two years out of college.

For our alternative adventure, we decided a small change of scenery was still possible, and we landed on Hocking Hills, a state park about one hour outside of our homes in Columbus, Ohio. We plan to rent a cabin with a pool, splitting the fees and food costs equally, and we will set up camp for a long weekend.

Our days will consist of streaming a virtual music festival or various videos from previous shows and singing along to all our favorite artists. When we’re ready for a music break, we also anticipate hiking some of the park’s trails, getting some sun outside, or simply playing games and reconnecting after a few months apart.

If all goes well, I hope to incorporate trips such as this into future plans, as it’s an inexpensive vacation and available at any time of the year. Right now in particular, it will also help us save up money for next year’s travel, when activities and events are, hopefully, put back into motion.

Because music has become such a big part of our lives, I am glad we landed on this solution and will be able to bring just a small taste of normalcy back into the summer. Now more than ever, it’s important to stay in touch with both our passions and the people we share them with.

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