Burning Man

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So Burning Man is only a little over a week away…and I’m getting excited! I’m in scramble mode, trying to pack all the gear necessary for what will be my very first Burn. I’ve got the desert goggles, I’ve got the boots, I’ve got the costumes, the camel back, the hat, the sunscreen, the tent, the sleeping bag, the coolers, the chairs, all my food, the body and bike lights (so I don’t get run over by hippies high on hallucinogens), wet wipes, the toilet paper, the Cliff pars, the hand sanitizer and of course….an open mind. But is it enough? Will I make it through a week of camping in the harsh, inhabitable desert? Help! Holler with anymore advice if you have any….this ain’t no trip to Europe.

What the hell is Burning Man anyway? This annual week-long festival dates back to the early 80’s and has since grown into a bustling city of some 48,000+ that descend in the Black Rock Desert in Nevada, to be part of an “experimental community, which challenges its members to express themselves and rely on themselves to a degree that is not normally encountered in one’s day-to-day life.” That’s a nice way of saying it’s a complete shit show! Art installations, trippy costumes, pulsating techno music, drugs, performance art, and whatever else you can imagine – done in an eco-conscious way that promotes sharing and human bonding. At least that’s what I think it is….I’m a virgin after all, so Burning Man is all new to this expert traveler.

This year Burning Man is from Aug 30-Sep 5th. I will be out there, camping in a tent, sweat’n my balls off and having the time of my life!

Have you done Burning Man before? What advice do you have for a first timer? Feel free to leave your advice below or email me directly at julia@traveljunkiejulia.com

See you on the Playa!!