Keepin’ Austin Weird at SXSW

Well, I’m happy to say we all made it back from SXSW, with only one close call.

If you haven’t been to Austin, TX, you should definitely consider a trip to this charming, southern city. Living by the motto “Keep Austin Weird,” the city celebrates each unique dynamic within its limits. Walking through downtown, you’ll easily get glimpses into the burgeoning tech scene, cool indie music culture, active and athletic running groups, and wafts of authentic BBQ.

The Hipmunk hit those same streets and attended many a SXSW party. We began with the Institute of Higher Awesome Studies party, and after surprising party-goers and generating a lot of “Awws,” the Hipmunk enjoyed a spicy Bloody Mary (yes, at noon!) and crashed the Grubwithus photo booth.

We were overwhelmed with the number of kids, adults, fans, and Hipmunk first-timers that flocked to take pics, tell us about the travels they booked through us, and share the Hipmunk love. It was amazing to finally meet some of the folks we’ve been tweeting with for over a year and put real faces to those 140 character messages.

We moved about three steps every 15 minutes and handed out loads of luggage tags, t-shirts, hoodies, and stickers. 

And can you believe someone actually let the ‘munk borrow their bike??

We even got stopped by the local Austin police! The citation? Being too cute, of course.

But after a little sweet talk from Russell, we avoided the cuffs, and it all turned out alright.

We definitely did our part to Keep Austin Weird over the course of four days, and it was a blast.

We mingled with lots of other cool startups including folks from SeatGeek, Highlight, HotelTonight, Liftopia, and Twilio, got interviewed live on-set by TechCrunchTV, ate at some amazing places like Jeffrey’s, had Salt Lick BBQ at Six Lounge, and visited the supposedly haunted Driskill (no sightings, though) for some old timey cocktails.

Stay tuned for our Austin destination guide, and keep an eye out at the next SXSW for the Hipmunk!

— Jacqueline

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