Wander Talks: Episode 12 – Brian Thomas
In this week’s episode of Wander Talks, I was lucky enough to sit with Brian Thomas and talk about his rapidly-growing company, Musical Festival Trips. This awesome idea was conjured up by Brian a couple years ago, and has become every festival goers dream means of transportation. Not only are you signing up to attend some of the biggest festivals in the country, but you’re also getting to travel there with a big group of music lovers just like you. In addition, all those stresses of having to find rides, book hotels, and find food are all taken care of you. Sounds more like a fantasy, doesn’t it?
The way this works is simple: pick out a travel package for the chosen festival and RSVP. Once all of that is complete, you are all set. All you have to do is pack up, check in on the designated day, and hop aboard the bus. Once on the bus, the festival fun starts then: music is blasted, you can drink as long as you’re 21, and positive vibes are spread throughout the cabin. Then once you arrive at your destination, unloading and enjoying the music are all you have to worry about.
Most of the buses depart in different locations throughout Florida, since it is a Florida based company, but that doesn’t limit how far MFT will go to attend a festival. Past festivals include Magnetic Music Festival, Basslights, Life In Color Miami, Electric Daisy Carnival, and the whimsical Electric Forest. Brian hinted at possible ideas for growth in travel, such as flight plans to travel overseas to Belgium’s Tomorrowland, and I have no doubt that this will happen in the next few years.
Talking with Brian only got me more excited and willing to venture back into the festival world, and definitely hop onto one of the MFT buses. Based on my past experiences, the most stressful part of going to concerts was finding ways to get to them. I’ve had the displeasure of driving endless hours, booking hotels only to find out I couldn’t check in because I was under 21, and experiencing unforeseen travel expenses. No matter how hard you try to plan a trip, the likelihood of something not working out or someone backing out is still pretty high.
What I love about MFT is that everything is taken care of for you. Everything that you pay for is ALL that you will pay for. You don’t have to worry about not having a ride back, not knowing where to stay, or not having a set meet-up spot. You don’t even have to feel 100% responsible for having to make sure your group is all together. By traveling with MFT, all you have to worry about is yourself, the music, and making memories with your MFT travel family.
I can’t wait to see where MFT goes in the future. Brian and his team are working hard to keep it running and growing, and are doing a fabulous job. The latest trip for MFT actually departed about 8 hours after this podcast was recorded. They journeyed off to Buku Music and Art Project in New Orleans. Upcoming events for MFT include: Spring Weekend, Counterpoint, and Electric Forest.
For more information, check out the Music Festival Trip website!