Keep Austin Weird!

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For me, Austin is one of the best cities in the United States, my last time in the city, I said to myself I would come back. Yes, Austin is  a mix between cowboys and country, but the city and its citiziens have an aternative and liberal behaviour! Austin has something special, has a perfect mix and I recomend y’all visiting it !!

Austin is the capital of Texas, one of the southern states from the United States of America and also one of the biggest ones (after Alaska), also called the Lone Star State

Families, kids, professors, students, immigrants, politicians, musicians, state employees, high-tech workers, a large gay community and hippies are living in this city and all of them are sharing the mentality of the slogan “Keep Austin Weird“, this slogan refers to the eclectic and liberal lifestyle of many Austin residents but is also the slogan for a campaign to preserve smaller local businesses to keep them safe against the big corporations.

My favourite place is the SoCo,  an amazing district stretching down South Congress Avenue from Downtown. This area is the home to coffee shops, eccentric and old stores, restaurants and festivals.  First Thrusdays (every month) are the best days to go and enjoy life music on the streets.

Austin City Limits is also an amazing opportunity to enjoy the music in one of the biggest music festivals in the US, ACL Festival brings together more than 130 acts from all over the world to play rock, indie, country, folk, electronic and more on eight different stages. Thousands of people attend the festival each day.

There are so many things to visit and do in Austin, dartying near or 4th street, visiting the capitol, walking along the river… so many things to do and now SXSW festival is held over there (South By Southwest Music & Media Conference) (another recomendation you guys should attend if you can). As Lonely Planet is on everything, they offer Austin city guide for free as they did during the mobile web congress in Barcelona or the free city guide promotion,

So, don’t forget to download here the city guide to enjoy one of the best cities of the USA 😉 you will enjoy tips from Lonely Planet authors, offline maps, and everything you need to navigate Austin and find your way to a good time (for example a nice big breakfast after you had a bit too much of a good time the night before).

Enjoy it and hurry up! it’s available until March 15th!!!


Deals in Barcelona during the GSMA Mobile Congress

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The way to discover a city can vary depending on how many days you are visiting, what is the purpose of the trip…whatever it is, taking the most advantage of the trip with previous information, but..what happen when the city you are visitng offers  really good deals!!

Hurry up because  Barcelona has deals for you!! ans some of them are finishing soon.

So, if you are in Barcelona during this week for the GSMA Mobile World Congress or just visiting the city, don’t forget to download the free Barcelona Lonely planet application. Lonely planet tweeted it today and it will be available until midnight Thrusday the 17th. During that days, you can also have free wifi acces to Skype Acces-enabled Wifi hotsports in cafés, hotels and airports across Spain.

But Barcelona doesn’t offer only this city guide for free, with your mobile device you can get some discounts with Facebook places. You only have to log in on Facebook places, and check in at:

  • Starbucks and you will get a Free TALL hot beverage (until the end of the month)
  • El corte Inglés 50% off onall their products. (Also until the end of the month)
  • H&M: 20% off on whatever you buy until today
  • Futbol Club Barcelona store: You get a 2X1 when you buy a ticket for a soccer game. (Also until the end of the month)
  • Sol Melià hotels: 50% off in the restaurants, breakfast buffet and Spa of this hotel chaine
  • BBVA: if you check in any ATM or office, they give Red Cross 2€
  • United Colours of Benetton: if you checkin in a store,they give Architecture for Humanity 2€

Good luck!!!

City guides with your smartphone for free

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Before going to travel to a city, you have different options to get the information for a better exploration of the new place you are. That options are infinitive, depending on your relationship with locals (a lot of people have a lot of contacts everywhere in the world, or use sites like couchsurfing or hospitality club), or forums online, libraries,  bookstores for a Lonely Planet (my favourite guide) …so many places to get that information for really cheap and just  to take the best for their days in the new city.

But today, there’s another option also for free for having the information on your mobile device!

If you have a smartphone and want to travel to the major cities in the United States and Canada, this is the perfect time to download for free the 13 Lonely Planet city guides! The apps are available for free until tomorrow, February 4th (they are usually 5,99 USD) and they include: Hundreds of places to explore and points of interest of real interest, the maps work offline and all the information is in detail of the following cities:

Also available the Beaches of Fort Myers and Sanibel

Yes, as you can see, they are only available for iPhone, iPad, and iPod, and I’m an android user 😦 !!

Tip: they are almost 20MG, so download from the Itunes or with a Wifi connection, the 3G connection can take forever!

How to travel for free participating in contests

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I guess summer time it’s when people are more creative, have more ideas and want to do more things… and it’s true because branches, mostly drink branches, are organizing  contests to get the best and amazing idea from people.

Branches are getting free marketing campaigns by consumers or not consumers, basically people that want to get a really interesting price. I wrote about the Aussie Roadtrip Adventure before and mentioned other opportunities like this, but now there are so many contest going on and i’ll post the most interesting for me. I’m participating in one of the so I ask you for your votes if you like.

  • Robertus fanta: the one I’m participating in and the one I need vVOTES. You can join the page on facebook: Yo tambien pasé la Fanta and show me your support me sign in up and hitting the little stars on the web.(follow the rules here) It’s a 10 day course in San Francisco in August. I’m really looking forward to go and learn about community managing and visit this amazing city.The only problem: it’s only for spanish people or residents in Spain. But feel free to spread the word/video because it’s another interesting contest to get a free trip somewhere.
  • Expedition 206. Another contest by Cocacola (PasaLaFanta is a coke branch too) and consist in a free trip along the 206 countries where CocaCola is sold and with just one mission: spread the cocacola feeling and happinees.

We can follow the winners of all of these contests throught their websites and that is making you want to participate too. It’s a good marketing campaing though. Good WOM 🙂

PD: Don’t forget to stop by the PasaLaFanta video 😉

Road Trip a Continent

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There are a lof of ways to get good deals when you travel, but this one I found it’s completely wild. How many days will take you to drive you over a continent? a what about if that continent is Australia?

Yes guys, if you have 6 weeks off and wanna travel through a part of that 7,686,850 km2 you should start thinking that maybe it’s your turn to apply for the Aussie Roadtrip Adventure.
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The Van-Tastic Adventure offers the opportunity (if you got selected) that seven pairs of travellers, will:

  • Fly (you and your team) from anywhere in the world to Australia
  • Drive all the way to the selected area the organization tell you with a
  • Have free acces to the main statet’s top attractions
  • With money for gas
  • A digital video camera and laptop
And you only have to tell the organizators the best places you visit with a mini-documentary.
An initiative from the Tourism’s department of different city councils that can be the perfect excuse to visit the country with a really low budgetI don’t know if this type of promotion works, but what I’m really sure is that this type of experience can be something that can change your life, like it did it in

And you only have to tell the organizators the best places you visit with a mini-documentary.

An initiative from the Tourism’s department of different city councils that can be the perfect excuse to visit the country with a really low budget. I don’t know if this type of promotion works, but what I’m really sure is that this type of experience can be something that can change your life, like it did it in

Some of you will think like me, I don’t know if this type of promotion works, but what I’m really sure is that if you are selected: it’s destiny and good luck, this type of experience can be something that can change your life, like it did it to other participants before and other initiatives like this, for example the Bacardi Freedom Route, from Istambul, Turkey to Essaouira, Morocco with only one purpose: finding the best summer sunset.

Good luck if you apply!


Airport Amenities

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Amenities in the airportMy travel category on my google reader always shows me new places to discover, or different tips about every city/country….I follow different types of blogs in diferent languages and during the last few months they have been talking about the airports around the world. Yes, I’m a world traveler and when I get to any airport I’d like to have the better facilities to get to the gate or relax before your next flight connection.

I remember reading a post about the best airports in the world in 2008,  and checking the best airports in 2009, and i’ve been really surprised on how WIFI is not one of the main reason for grading the airports. There are few airports around the world where you can have wireless for free, and I don’t know why Oporto is not in the list, where I could find internet for free,  and it has a low cost fares flight partnership.

Last weekend I was really delighted by the Francisco Sá Carneiro Airport because of, not only the modern architecture, amenities that offer to the passengers. I believe that waiting times in the airport and no lost luggage are reasons to rank an airport, but also there are a lot of little things in the airport can make the waiting time shorter. Who was not stuck in an airport? Iwouldn’t care being stuck in an airport likeOporto, also considered one of the best regional airports in europe by the Airport Council International with the 3d position in 2007.

I knew that some bus stations around the world have showers for the travelers, but never heard about an airport with showers for free before and that clean, confortable couches to sleep on,  and the best if you travel with kids or teens: playgrounds and foosball!! and of course,  a really modern metro/tramway that stops into the city in 22 minutes….

Suggestion: If you are preparing an escape to Oporto, enjoy all the day in the beach of Gaia and take the metro to the airport to take shower and rest a little bit before your fight 🙂 . More airports like this one??