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NeighborGoods Allows Travelers To Borrow From Locals

Aug 9th, 2013 at 10:45AM: Gone are the days when travelers have to pack bulky items. Now they can just borrow instead. NeighborGoods is changing the face of consumption, facilitating a borrowing and lending culture within neighborhoods. This is great for people who want to meet their neighbors and spend less, but it's also great for travelers who want to meet locals and borrow items they didn't want to bring along...

Urban Camping: Pitch A Tent In Central Park

Urban Camping: Pitch A Tent In Central Park Jul 24th, 2013 at 2:30PM: Flickr, Sarah Ackerman High Manhattan hotel prices ruining your summer travel plans? If you'd like to try urban camping -- sleeping under the skyscrapers of New York City -- you can try your luck for a spot at one of the city's summer Family Camping sessions. The Urban Park Rangers lead programs in more than a dozen city parks in all five boroughs, including Manhattan's Central Park (August 24)...

Grumpy Cat Steals Show At SXSW

Mar 12th, 2013 at 4:00PM: Music, film, expos, tech. Yadda, yadda. The real star of this year's SXSW is Grumpy Cat (actual name: Tardar Sauce), says CNN. For the uninitiated – all 10 of you – Grumpy Cat became a viral obsession last fall, after her owner's brother posted her photo to Reddit. The 11-month-old, Arizona-based feline is of curious ancestry (she's believed to be part Ragdoll breed, and her...

Adventure Guide 2013: Austin

Adventure Guide 2013: Austin Feb 8th, 2013 at 11:00AM: Because Austin is growing so quickly, 2013 is the year to explore all that Austin offers – before the trails are as crowded as the flagship Whole Foods downtown. For nearly a decade, the city itself has been attracting more people than it can seem to keep up with. Austin ranked first on Forbes' list of America's Fastest-Growing Cities for the second year in a row in 2012. But while the...

New York City: Getting Back To Where You Once Belonged

New York City: Getting Back To Where You Once Belonged Oct 25th, 2012 at 11:00AM: The city of New York City exists strongly. Within New York, the smallest sounds are amplified as they break through the barriers of thin drywall. The coastal weather can be bitter, biting and unforgiving and still, the easiest way to get around New York is by foot and, in effect, immersed in the unchangeable climate. Even the most basic interactions occur more frequently in New York and...

Photo Of The Day: Austin Graffiti

Photo Of The Day: Austin Graffiti Sep 5th, 2012 at 6:00PM: This photo of Austin's East Side captures several things I love about Austin all at once. This photo captures the train rushing by, reflecting the graffiti in its windows. The vibrant graffiti to the left is the kind of graffiti dispersed all over East Austin, but this East 5th building is a graffiti staple. The glow of sunset is saturating everything within the photograph, the same way it...

Final Season of Anthony Bourdain's 'No Reservations' Debuts Labor Day On Travel Channel

Aug 27th, 2012 at 9:00AM: You know the old saying; it's always best to leave the party when you're having a great time. So it is with Anthony Bourdain, chef/author/keen observationist of the absurd/master of the pithy sentiment, and dark lord of the filthy, matted belly of the culinary underworld. On Labor Day, the Travel Channel will premiere the ninth and final season of its Emmy Award®-winning series, "No...

Look Up: The Perseid From Texas

Look Up: The Perseid From Texas Aug 14th, 2012 at 9:00AM: I'm moving out of Austin and back to New York just before what would have marked two years in Texas. I only have four weeks left until I pack the POD and I have an expanding bucket list to make good with before I go. One of my incentives for leaving NYC in the first place was the sky. I wanted to see it. I wanted to observe its expansive breadth and color during sunrise and sunset. I wanted to...

Breakfast And Botox: Hotel Offers Cosmetic Procedures After Your Meal

Breakfast And Botox: Hotel Offers Cosmetic Procedures After Your Meal Aug 1st, 2012 at 2:00PM: Want to come back from your vacation more beautiful than when you left? Guests of the Four Seasons in downtown Austin, Texas, can now take advantage of a unique hotel package that allows them to get cosmetically enhanced after breakfast. This week, Westlake Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery opened on the main floor of the Four Seasons Residences Austin, which is located on the same property as...

Airline Fees: You Get What You Pay For Or Weapons In Travel Class Warfare?

Airline Fees: You Get What You Pay For Or Weapons In Travel Class Warfare? Jun 29th, 2012 at 1:00PM: Last month, the media was abuzz over increased airline fees for pre-assigned seating, with many concerned that it would especially affect families who want to sit together for no additional cost. Even New York Senator Chuck Schumer got involved, asking airlines to waive fees for families traveling with children. Rather than look for victims or call airlines "anti-family," however, look at the...

Blogger Rants About Austin In Post And Austinist Strikes Back

Blogger Rants About Austin In Post And Austinist Strikes Back Apr 13th, 2012 at 2:30PM: When I was living in New York, I regularly read Gothamist. When I moved to Austin, I began reading Austinist. Covering a good mix of national and local news, I try to check in when I can. Blogger Michael Corcoran recently penned what appears to be a hate letter to the city of Austin on his blog. Unfortunately, any valid points lurking within the post were discounted, if not negated, by a slew of...

Spotsi App Helps Travelers Find Local Spots

Spotsi App Helps Travelers Find Local Spots Apr 8th, 2012 at 11:00AM: Maybe you're in Brooklyn and you want to find a great local bar. Or perhaps you've landed in Portland and are in desperate need of a cup of coffee but want to mingle with the locals (and try a locally-made roast while you're at it). Let Spotsi, a new user-generated mobile app, help There are lots of apps that help you explore like a local, but Spotsi is a little different. Locals use...

Budget Travel Zen: 10 Free/Donation-Based Yoga Studios In The US

Budget Travel Zen: 10 Free/Donation-Based Yoga Studios In The US Apr 4th, 2012 at 11:00AM: Knotted shoulders... stiff necks... flight delay anxiety... pent-up aggression toward the armrest-hogger seated next to you on the plane. Travel certainly has its ways of winding you up, and there's nothing like a great yoga class to wind back down. But with trendy studios charging upwards of $25 per class, it can be difficult to find a practice that doesn't exceed your daily travel budget....

Journey To Secret Beach in Austin, Texas

Journey To Secret Beach in Austin, Texas Apr 3rd, 2012 at 11:00AM: I walk through the open gate and into a dusty backyard BBQ party. I offer the contents of a grocery bag to the men manning the grill. The afternoon sun on July 4 in Texas isn't subtle. Dozens of friends are gathered here and sweating in unison. I find a place to relax in the shade -- a slice of watermelon in one hand and a cold beer in the other. I think of my puppy, Fiona, at home. I've just...

SXSW: from NYC to Austin, a local musician's perspective and photo gallery

SXSW: from NYC to Austin, a local musician's perspective and photo gallery Mar 21st, 2012 at 10:00AM: When I initially began weighing my options for relocation, I was still living in New York. Austin, a purported 'oasis' in Texas, had only entered my mind during this process because of clamoring friends eager to direct me as I prepared for and soon voyaged away from New York. It was not easy to leave the city that had shaped me. Immediately following high school graduation, I had set off for...

Photo of the Day: Austin's Zilker Park Kite Festival

Photo of the Day: Austin's Zilker Park Kite Festival Mar 14th, 2012 at 6:30PM: On March 4, Austin's Zilker Park held the Zilker Park Kite Festival. It was a beautiful day -- the sort that made lounging folks enjoying their Saturday want to go fly a kite. Preceding SXSW isn't an easy task for an event, but the Zilker Park Kite Festival is a staple engrained in Austin culture. The kite festival is the oldest one in the US. It's a free event that, on top of producing fun,...

A record exec's guide to South by Southwest (SXSW)

A record exec's guide to South by Southwest (SXSW) Mar 8th, 2012 at 10:00AM: Tens of thousands of hipsters and wannabe hipsters from around the world will be converging on Austin this week for the annual South by Southwest (SXSW) music, film and technology festival, now in its 26th year. What started as a music showcase for some 172, mostly regional, bands in 1987 has gradually expanded into the global colossus that SXSW has become. Last year the festival featured more...

How to find a last-minute room in Austin for SXSW

How to find a last-minute room in Austin for SXSW Mar 4th, 2012 at 10:00AM: Over the past several years, the annual South by Southwest (SXSW) Music, Film and Interactive Conference & Festival in Austin, Texas, has topped the event calendar for industry insiders, along with anyone eager to discover the Next Big Thing. This year's festival, which runs from March 9 to 18, promises to be the most intense yet, with hundreds of panels, workshops, concerts and events on the...

Austin Marathon: why run a marathon?

Feb 22nd, 2012 at 3:00PM: The Austin Marathon from The Daily Texan on Vimeo. The Austin Marathon took over the streets of Austin, Texas this past weekend. Established in 1992, the Austin Marathon began just a few blocks north of the Texas State Capitol. The marathon's course took runners through several other Austin landmarks, as well. The Colorado River, the downtown area, Hyde Park, UT, and Memorial Stadium were all...

Abandoned Austin: photos of neglected structures in the city of Austin

Abandoned Austin: photos of neglected structures in the city of Austin Jan 26th, 2012 at 9:00AM: Life might sway to a slower beat in the South, but, compared to other cities in the United States, Austin, Texas' growth over the span of the last decade or so hasn't been slow at all. Steady job growth and population growth have worked together in Austin to create a sort of surreal union between urbanity and rurality. A succinct but steadfast downtown area in Austin is only a couple of miles...

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