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Spain in October: What to see and do

1 Oct
Seville

Seville

You can now search and book tens of thousands of bus tickets in Spain directly on Busbud.com. To celebrate, we’ve made Spain our Country of the Month! We’re also giving one lucky winner and a friend unlimited bus tickets to the Iberian Peninsula for one month via our giveaway with Backpacker Travel. Click here to enter!

Wondering if October is an ideal time to visit Spain? If popular attractions that aren’t swarming with tourists and cheap prices that appear just as summer ends are your thing, then yes! Need more convincing? In some places further south, unfathomable hot temperatures have cooled down, so you can still enjoy the beach. If you’re a fan of autumn, not to worry – head north for crisper, sweater weather. So, if you’re thinking of spending fall in Spain, we’ve compiled a list of must-do activities and events during the month of October.

1. Grape Stomping
Now that summer has come to a close, it’s wine season. Did you know that squishing grapes with your feet dates back to the Roman era? Its traditional roots are still etched in Spaniards, who partake in the event year after year – even if wine is now mass-produced. Occurring in mid-October in vineyards across the country after the grapes have been harvested, Wine Tourism Spain organizes a grape stomping event followed by a wine tasting. So kick off your shoes and get stomping – the reward, after all, is a glass of wine!

2. Rose of Saffron Festival
During the final weekend of October, Spain’s town of Consuegra in Castilla-La Mancha is immersed in fields of purple amid a backdrop of windmills. Lose yourself at the sight of farmers gathering saffron while plenty of activities and competitions occur around the harvesting. Don’t forget to purchase your own bag of saffron from local harvesters or head to a nearby restaurant to enjoy paella, which, of course, is known for featuring the spice as it gives it its unique color. This year’s Rose of Saffron Festival happens between October 24th and 26th.

3. Madrid’s World Press Photo Exhibition
This yearly fall exhibition is scheduled to take place until October 12th in the country’s capital. Featuring powerful, award-winning photographs from around the globe, Madrid’s edition of this photojournalism exhibition is housed in the Circulo de Bellas Artes.

4. Film Festivals
October is film festival month in Spain. From the Marbella Film Festival, to the Valladolid International Film Festival, Barcelona’s International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, and the Horror and Fantasy Film Festival in San Sebastian, the options are endless!

5. Bienal de Flamenco
One of the quintessential events to partake in when visiting Spain, Flamenco is a big deal – so much so that it deserves its own festival. Seville’s Bienal de Flamenco dates back to the eighties and occurs in various theatres throughout the city. From dancers, to vocalists, to musicians, the list of performances is sure to please all lovers of the craft.

6. Barcelona Jazz Festival
Music lovers will rejoice as they immerse themselves in the sounds of jazz at Barcelona’s annual Jazz Festival. Performances from a host of musical acts will take place in venues all over the city starting October 17th. Be sure to keep an eye out for the line-up and get your tickets in advance before they sell out!

7. San Lucas Festival
This festival takes place in Jaen – the world’s biggest olive growing capital – between October 11th and 19th in honour of the patron Saint, San Lucas. The festivities include a street fair, fireworks, sports, bullfighting, and plenty of other cultural events and fun activities for the entire family.

Are you headed to Spain this October? Let us know which events you’re most excited about!

Upcoming Busbud SkillCamp: How to turn customer service into a competitive advantage

16 Sep

Busbud Skill Camp

At Busbud, we pride ourselves on delivering a top notch service, be it to a loyal customer shuttling between New York and Washington DC or a first time Busbud user researching a complex bus journey across South America.

Experts from Facebook, Cirque du Soleil, Frank & Oak, Vidéotron

That’s why we’re excited to be leading a panel discussion with Facebook, Cirque du Soleil, Frank & Oak, and Vidéotron in which we’ll explore the key elements and trends of customer service, and how to gain a competitive advantage by building an outstanding customer experience.

This event, the second in the Busbud SkillCamp series, will take place on October 1st, from 6 to 8pm at Notman House, 51 Sherbrooke Street West, in Montreal. The panel discussion will be followed by networking, and food and drinks will be provided. Click here to sign up and purchase your ticket!

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Busbud CEO LP Maurice Selected for PhoCusWright “Class of 35″

27 Aug

We’re excited to announce that Busbud CEO LP Maurice has been selected for The PhoCusWright Conference’s 2014 “Class of 35″ Young Leaders Summit, uniting the brightest young stars in the travel industry who “have demonstrated the desire & passion to move the industry forward” this fall in downtown Los Angeles.

View the 2014 list of leaders here. Previous participants in the program have included senior executives from TripAdvisor, Priceline, Expedia, Google, Kayak, Amadeus, SilverRail, and Starwood Hotels, as well as the founders of leading travel startups Hipmunk, Rome2Rio, Ostrovok, Liftopia, and Tripping.

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Young Leaders Meet To Talk Travel Tech Innovation

The PhoCusWright Conference is the leading travel and technology convention focused on innovation in travel, tourism, and hospitality.

As part of the Class of 35 Young Leaders Summit, LP will get the opportunity to share and learn from like-minded entrepreneurs, discuss common challenges, and spread the Busbud vision.

This year’s edition of the PhoCusWright Conference, takes place between November 11th and 13th, 2014 in Los Angeles at the JW Marriott.

See you there!

Phocuswright LogoPhoto Credit: The PhoCusWright Conference

6 Events to Attend in Europe This August

1 Aug
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Edinburgh International Festival

August is the time of year where most of Europe is on holiday. While city dwellers head to the coast in search of a sunny beach, these festivals keep cities alive during summer months by drawing in both locals and tourists alike. If you’re headed to Europe – or are already there – here are six events to attend during the month of August.

1. The International Beer Festival in Berlin, Germany
Held between August 1st and 3rd on Karl-Marx-Allee, Berlin’s International Beer Festival doubles as a folk festival with various musical acts taking one of the many stages. Also known as “Beer Mile” (it spans 2 kilometers!), the event gets over one million visitors per year. This festival will satisfy beer aficionados, as it features both local and international craft beers and microbrews. This year, you’ll be able to sample a variety of 2,000 brews from 86 countries.

2. La Tomatina in Buñol, Spain
Be ready to get messy and paint the town red at La Tomatina! This traditional event takes place in Valencia’s Buñol on the last Wednesday of August each year and draws crowds from all over the world. The tradition caught on in the mid-forties after a local food fight erupted and has since stuck. The premise is simple: People gather the streets, wait until the first canon is fired at around 10am, and start throwing tomatoes! The second canon signals the end of the tomato fight. If you’re ambitious, take a shot at trying to climb the wooden pole to get to the ham (another tradition).

La Tomatina - © Instituto de Turismo de España (TURESPAÑA)

La Tomatina – © Instituto de Turismo de España (TURESPAÑA)

3. The Edinburgh Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland
Head to the Scottish capital to enjoy a display of art and culture at one of the largest festivals in Europe. Created in 1947 after the Second World War, its mission has always been to provide a platform for human growth through art. An umbrella term for the many events that makeup The Edinburgh Festival, it spans over three weeks and includes everything from performances, to music & comedy shows, and art exhibitions.

4. The International Street Art Festival in Waterford City, Ireland
From August 1st to the 3rd, this medieval city’s free, urban International Street Art Festival encompasses all the best in street music, theatre, and art. Also called “Spraoi,” the three-day event marks the beginning of the August Bank Holiday for UK residents. The festival focuses on both Irish and international art and exhibitions range from installations, to music, workshops, and more. Be sure not to miss the festival parade!

5. Amsterdam Gay Pride in Amsterdam, Netherlands
Held during the first few days of August, Amsterdam Gay Pride is it one of the largest pride celebrations in the world. It’s also one of the busiest weekends in Amsterdam during summer as thousands of people from across the globe gather to celebrate the festivities. The event hosts a number of parties, concerts, activities, and more, including the famous canal parade on the first Saturday of August.

Rock en Seine - © Victor Picon

Rock en Seine – © Victor Picon

6. Rock en Seine near Paris, France
From August 22nd to the 24th, Parisians and Europeans will head to the Domaine National de Saint-Cloud just west of Paris to enjoy their favorite bands perform at Rock en Seine. Hailed as one of the largest music festivals in France, it comprises four open-air stages, along with a campsite for those who wish to stay the weekend. This year’s line-up includes Lana Del Rey, Arctic Monkeys, Queens of the Stone Age, and Blondie, along with many other coveted acts.

Are you headed to Europe this August? Let us know in the comments below!

Images courtesy of Tourspain, Victor Picon, and Wonge Bergmann

La Tournée des Entrepreneurs – Promoting Entrepreneurship In Quebec

30 Jul

La Tournee des entrepreneurs group photo Charlevoix 2014

This past weekend, Busbud CEO LP Maurice embarked on the first of three roadtrips across the province of Quebec as part of La Tournée des entrepreneurs.

Watch the video recap of the weekend in Baie-St-Paul, Charlevoix.

 

Connecting with local entrepreneurs

The tour brought together entrepreneurs from different regions of the province in order to learn, share experiences and inspire. Topics discussed included prototyping, how to sell online, fundraising, web analytics, innovative business models and social entrepreneurship.

Montreal entrepreneurs participating at this first event: Caithrin Rintoul (Provender), Sophie Boulanger (BonLook), Christine Renaud (E-180), Francis Gosselin (f&co), Raff Paquin (AlveoLabs and formerly Frank & Oak) and Fabrice Vil (Pour 3 Points).

Next stops, Gaspé and Rouyn-Noranda!

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Brazil Bus Finder – Follow your World Cup team with Busbud

11 Jun

In Brazil for the World Cup? Book the right bus ticket to the next match using Busbud.com’s Brazil Bus Finder. Screenshot Busbud Brazil Bus Finder World Cup 2014 To celebrate the 2014 FIFA World Cup™, we’ve created a microsite dedicated to help soccer fans easily book their bus trips between the host cities across Brazil. On www.busbud.com/worldcup, you can filter bus routes and schedules by team or city, and book bus tickets for various companies online, directly on Busbud. Routes will be updated continuously based on the evolving World Cup match results.

Busbud Mobile - Brazil Bus Finder for World Cup 2014

In Brazil, buses are the main mode of long-distance transportation: they are clean, comfortable, run on time, and the main routes — between Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, for example — are typically served many times a day. The thing is, finding the right bus online is often cumbersome, especially for international travellers. That’s why a few of us at Busbud got togetherand created a tool that simplifies the process of finding and booking city to city bus tickets. We hope it saves our fellow travellers and football fans a bit of time — and the extra trip to the bus station.

Ready? Search. Click. Gooooooooooooaaaaaaal! busbud-brazil-bus-finder-worldcup-2014

Come meet Busbud at C2MTL 2014

21 May
C2-MTL 2014

A workshop in progress at C2-MTL!

Busbud is really excited about the C2MTL conference happening in Montreal next week from May 27-29th.

Described as a cross between Ted and Burning Man, the C2MTL conference on commerce and creativity is organized by Sid Lee, Cirque du Soleil, Fast Company and Microsoft and will feature an inspiring list of speakers including James Cameron (director), Tony Hsieh (Zappos) and Muhammad Yunus (Nobel Peace Prize winner).

In 2013, Busbud had the chance to be a winner of the Bronfman Foundation  Emerging Entrepreneur program.

Two Chances to Connect

This year, Busbud is glad to announce we are coming back and that we’ll be involved in two different ways:

On May 27th, Busbud CEO LP Maurice will take the stage as part of the new Garage speaker series presented by Laurentian Bank. LP will be interviewed by journalist Diane Bérard of business magazine Les Affaires and will discuss creativity and innovation at Busbud. This talk will run in parallel to conferences in the Microsoft Forum.

On May 28th, Busbud will be hosting a workshop on international expansion titled “So you want to go global?”. Busbud team leaders LP Maurice, Thomas Geissmann and Pierrich Picard will share best practices from our experience developing new markets abroad. Participants will learn more about trade missions, email marketing, landing pages, SEO and more ways of connecting with potential partners worldwide. This workshop is presented as part of a series presented by our friends at PwC Canada.

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We’ll be around all week, so feel free to come meet us for questions, to exchange ideas and more!

See you at C2-MTL!

Photo:  Workshop of PwC at C2MTL 2013 with Chris Bangle, Designer of Chris Bangle Associates and former Chief of Design, BMW Group. (Courtesy of C2MTL)

Busbud SkillCamp – Mastering Sales Skills

28 Apr

SkillCamp

Everyone of us at Busbud is conscious of the importance of continuously learning and honing our skills in a startup work environment.

In the spirit of facilitating the flow of knowledge in the Montreal startup community, we are launching a series of learning events dedicated to spreading expertise in various areas.

The first SkillCamp session will take place on May 1st, at the Busbud HQ. We will focus on mastering your selling skills by introducing you to a sales technique that has been adopted by many of the world’s leading sales organizations and top Fortune 500 companies.

In this sales seminar you will learn how to:

  • Identify customer business problems and develop the needs they need met.
  • Present your offer in an impactful way, and avoid “feature dumps” and discounting.
  • Differentiate your offer from the competition’s
  • Win business without discounting.
  • Jumpstart your pipeline.

The session will be animated by Marc Lamarre. With 15 years of experience in various large organizations, Marc holds the “Certified Trainer” accreditation for a number of renowned training programs such as SPIN Selling™, Achieving Competitive Edge and Extended Learning Program.

You can purchase you ticket here.
See you at Busbud on May 1st, drinks and food will be provided!

Busbud Sugar Shack Trip 2014

25 Apr
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The Busbud family at Sugar Shack 2014!

The Busbud family just made its first trip to the sugar shack, and it was a blast! We love sharing, so here’s our simple recipe for a good sugar high:

1. Gather your teammates for an epic bus ride to a sugar shack.
2. Once there, seat them all around a table.
3. Serve them ham, meat pies, sausages, omelettes, pancakes, and more.
4. Proceed to cover everything generously with maple syrup!

Then observe:

Ladies Learning Code takes over Busbud

1 Apr

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The latest Ladies Learning Code workshop was hosted at our HQ, and it was a success! The Introduction to Mobile Web workshop aimed to familiarize attendees to the basics of Responsive Web Design, in a super laid-back atmosphere. You can check out the photos below.

We’re glad this edition counted so many Busbud employees among the mentors and attendees; with Naoufal as lead instructor on this session, and Mike, Theo and Ziad as mentors. You can see all of them here.

The Montreal chapter of Ladies Learning Code now has a Facebook page, so go and click ‘like’ to make sure you don’t miss any updates. The next event in Montreal will be held on April 12th at Studio XX.

Ladies Learning Code is a Canada wide not-for-profit organization providing women the opportunity to learn beginner-friendly computer programming and other technical skills through hands-on workshops. These events are all about showing women that learning to hack can be fun.

Thank you all for coming!

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