Leaving on a Jet Plane

Can you believe that Blogger Interactive is only 5 weeks away? We’ve been so focused on putting the finishing touches on it that we didn’t realize how quickly it was sneaking up on us. We’re really excited to meet everyone, and leave our stamp on the Lone Star State.

Word on the street is that some of you would love to go, but aren’t sure if you can afford it. We don’t want that to prevent any of you from going to the Greatest Conference on Earthâ„¢. This is why we’ve put together the following list of sites for traveling on the cheap. We want to change all of you maybes to yeses.

Airfare & Hotel

Southwest Airlines – They always have specials, and your bags fly for free!

Kayak – Search hundred of travel sites and book flights, hotels, vacations and rental cars

Booking Buddy – Similar to Kayak, Booking Buddy lets you price comparison shop

Hotwire – One of the original discount travel sites

Booking.com – Killer deals on hotels that are unpublished anywhere else

Yahoo! Travel – Searches multiple airlines, and often offers competitive rates

Airbnb – Vacation rentals, often times for much less than what you’d pay at a hotel.

Couchsurfing– Feeling adventurous? Stay on a stranger’s couch!

Airport Transportation

You don’t even need a car! Austin Metro picks people up at the airport, and has stops all over the downtown area. The best part? It’s ony $1! Check it out: Austin Public Transit.

Sightseeing

There are a myriad of free and cheap things to do in Austin:

Austin on the Cheap

Free Fun in Austin

Do512

365 Things Austin

Good ‘ol Groupon and LivingSocial

Still unsure if you want to make it out? Why not join our Facebook Group and familiarize yourself with some of the attendees. Stop by, introduce yourself, and then RSVP ‘yes’ here.

We look forward to seeing you in a few weeks!

Blogger Interactive Merchandise Now Available

Things you already know about Blogger Interactive:

What you don’t already know about Blogger Interactive is that we now have a CafePress store! We realized that people buy customiz gear to remember certain events: rock concerts, marathons, elections, sports playoffs. These occasions are so special that we must walk away with a piece of memorabilia. Blogger Interactive won’t be any different.

Attendees: what better way to commemorate mingling awkwardly with other bloggers than with a BI t-shirt, or keychain? For those not attending: what better way to commemorate not having to mingle awkwardly with other bloggers than with a BI mousepad, or notebook?

You can visit the store here: http://www.cafepress.com/bloggerinteractive

Have a lookie loo around the store, and if you don’t see what you need, shoot us an e-mail. We’ll get it up there in a jiffy. We’re trying to start a Blogger Interactive revolution one t-shirt at a time.

Like what you see in the store, but don’t want to part with your hard earned cash just yet? You’re in luck because Becca is holding a Blogger Interactive sharing contest, and one of the prizes is swag from our new store! Who doesn’t love free stuff? Head on over to her contest post for details. There are some other really great prizes so this contest isn’t to be missed.

Lastly, a few friendly reminders:

Until next time…

Event Itinerary Now Available

We’re amazed how far we’ve come in the few months we’ve been planning Blogger Interactive. What started out as a small group of people hanging out has since turned into an event that will be both fun and educational.

While we had many of the major details figured out early on, there were still a few lingering items we needed to check off our list. The question we’ve been asked most as of recently is, “We know it’s in Austin, but where?” We’re happy to announce that we finally have a schedule of events for you.

Drumroll please…

Meet and Greet

Location: 508 Tequila Bar

Address: 508 East 8th Street, Austin, TX 78701

Date: October 25th

Time: 8pm-10pm

Featured Guest Speaker Sessions

Meet the speakers

Location: Faulk Central Library

Address: 800 Guadalupe Street, Austin, TX 78701

Date: October 26th

Time: 11am-1pm

Send Off Party

Location: HANGAR Lounge

Address: 318 Colorado St, Austin, TX 78701

Date: October 26th

Time: 7pm-10pm

The map below shows the location of each venue. Click on it to be taken to the interactive version.

BIMap

For the future, you can visit our Itinerary page (located under Event Details in the menu) which also contains the event schedule.

Need help planning your trip? Our Plan Your Trip page (located under Event Details in the menu) has information on where to stay, where to play and how to save a few bucks while doing it.

Still haven’t RSVP’d? What are you waiting for? Do that here.

We’ll continue to update all of you the closer we get to the date, but if you have any questions in the meantime, please free to contact us.