Burning Man Travel Deals
July 12th, 2011
One of the rites of passage for many travelers is going to the famous Burning Man party in the Nevada desert at least once in their lives. The event is one part community building, one part performance art, and one part off-the-grid living – and although there are often musical or other artistic performances, the only scheduled event is the burning of the giant wooden statue that gives the annual party its name.
For the uninitiated, however, the first problem of planning a trip to Burning Man is how to actually plan your trip. It takes place in the middle of the Nevada desert, there’s no official transportation organized from any nearby airports, and since one of the themes of Burning Man tends to be “self-reliance” it’s not always easy to figure out how to travel to Burning Man.
In this series of articles, you’ll find some information to help you plan your Burning Man trip – from how to find cheap airfare to Burning Man, what airports are close by, and how to get to the Burning Man site from where you are.
>> When is Burning Man? In 2012 it runs from August 29-September 5.
Even though the last leg of your arrival at the Burning Man site will likely be in a car, if you’re coming from far enough away then you’ll probably be flying at least part of the way first. Burning Man takes place over a major US holiday weekend, so being aware of the best ways to find cheap airfare is a good thing if you’re not made of money. These tips will also serve you well no matter when or where you’re traveling.
>> Read more about finding cheap airfare to Burning Man
As mentioned, you’ll need to drive at least the last bit of the trip to Burning Man, but you have a few options for getting to nearby meeting points if you’re joining a carpool. Flying is probably the quickest way to get to the area, but if you’ve got more time than cash you might consider taking the train or even the bus.
>> Read more about getting to Burning Man
If you’re flying to the area to get to Burning Man, you might want to know that there are few airports you can look at for cheap fares. Reno is the closest major airport to the festival site, but there are larger airports within a day’s drive that might offer more options for cheap flights. This article has all the nearby airports you might want to consider.
>> Read more about what airports to use for Burning Man
>> And don’t forget to read through the Burning Man survival guide – the event might be about self-expression, but there are rules. If you can’t follow them, you’ll be turned away at the entrance. Don’t let that happen to you – especially if you’ve traveled to get there.
>> This great post on the Burning Man blog about the confusions of trying to explain Burning Man – and how that confusion is sort of what the whole thing is about, anyway – is excellent (and quite funny).
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