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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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Busbud’s Top Travel Apps

14 Feb

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Every traveler has specific needs when on the road, you can be sure there’s almost always one or more apps to meet every one of these needs, and make travel easier.
We decided to gather the ones we like the most here in a blog post, so here’s our little mobile toolbox to help you have an even more enjoyable journey!

Where to Sleep?
Whether you’re planning your trip in advance or need to find a place to sleep on the go, AirBNB and Hostelworld give you the possibility to find a place by city or according to your current location, to sleep at a local’s place or a hostel. Hotel Tonight is specialised in last minute bookings, it’s a good way to enjoy the comfort of a hotel at a very competitive price.

Where to eat?
Use Urbanspoon for an almost exhaustive list of restaurants in a specific city, or if you’re reeeaally super hungry right now, try Foodspotting, a visual guide that shows you good food around you. Finally, if you just wanna book for dinner, use OpenTable, a real-time restaurant-reservation service.

How to fly there?
In terms of booking, Kayak, Expedia, and Hipmunk give you loads of options and help you compare prices. Flightfox pushes the booking a bit further by matching you with an expert that does all the research job for you and offers personalised service.

Ground transportation
When in need for a taxi, use Uber, which connects passengers with taxi drivers. To move from city to city use Busbud (of course!) to search, compare and book bus tickets. If you are more into driving, Getaround, a peer-to-peer car sharing and local car rental is a good option.

Explore
Before getting there, Fotopedia gives you access to thousands of travel pics, perfect if you’re looking for the most stunning places. After having a look at users recommendations on TripAdvisor, use Triposo to access a worldwide mobile travel guide. Then Gogobot will suit you if you’re looking for recommendations from friends or people who travel like you.

Planning your trip
Tripomatic helps you find out what to see and what to do in your destination and create itineraries.  For travel planning, and to make sure you keep your plans in one place, use Tripit and WorldMate.

Language
Understanding and getting understood can get tricky when you travel to foreign places. To read and translate signs, menus and other written information, use Wordlens. Then, no need to describe the must have Google translate. To get how to pronounce, use Translator with Speech.

Communication
When travelling, keeping in touch with friends and family is made easy and way less expensive by Whatsapp, Viber and Skype, with which you can text and call around the world with a wi-fi connection.
If you want to keep a little traditional touch, use Postagram to send postcards from your instagram pics.

Get around
To get from A to B use Google maps and Scout, a navigator that gets you around traffic. If you don’t want to worry about the expensive data issue, City Maps to go will give you detailed offline maps, travel content and insider tips.

Busbud Launches iPhone App

31 Jan

Busbud iPhone app

Today, we are very pleased to announce the launch of our new iPhone app aimed at giving travellers easy access to intercity bus travel information on the go.

Available for free for iPhone and iPad users, Busbud is your ideal bus travel companion, gathering together intercity bus schedules for 4000+ cities in 60+ countries.

At Busbud, we are uniquely focused on the problem of intercity bus travel, especially making the process of finding a bus schedule and buying a ticket as easy as possible.

With the launch of our mobile app, travellers can now:

  • Instantly access bus schedules on the go.
  • Sort by the best price, shortest duration and departure time.
  • View schedules in 10 languages and see prices in 15 currencies.
  • Auto-detect their current city and easily view top destination suggestions for that city.

Search

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Results

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In the example above, if a traveller searches for buses from Montreal to Toronto around noon, the Busbud app will display the next departure (13:00) closest to the current time for each company. This gives travellers a helpful at-a-glance comparison of multiple options, allowing them to find the right bus for their trip faster.

Get it from the iTunes app store here.

Be Awesome, Contribute a Schedule

9 Jan

The Mont Tremblant ski resort, 2 hours from Montreal, Canada. You can get there by bus.

Did you find a useful schedule for a bus route? Whether you’re in a bus station or in front of your computer doing research for an upcoming trip, you can help out fellow travelers looking for that same info by submitting schedule information to Busbud. You can submit either the specific bus schedule itself or simply the name of a bus company operating on that route.

There are a few different ways to contribute. The simplest way is to find to the Add button, which is present on every route page on Busbud under the Contribute header.

Add button on Route pages

Let’s say you want to add a schedule for the Montreal to Mont-Tremblant route. With the start of the ski season under way in Canada, that information would surely be quite practical!

Clicking on the Add button will open a dialog box where you can very rapidly submit the information. The first step is to fill in the name of the bus company, as below. After that, you have the choice of either entering a URL or typing out the schedule yourself. Pick whichever is easiest for you. For the URL option, simply copy-paste a link to the relevant schedule information. For the manual input option, you can type the schedule in the text box following the instructions available by clicking “View instructions”. It’s as easy as that.

Contribute a schedule

On your smartphone? That’s OK too, it’s easy to contribute while you’re on-the-go! Simply take a snapshot of a schedule you’ve found while traveling and email us the photo directly at contribute@busbud.com

Photo of the bus schedule taken with your smartphone

You can leave us your contact information if you’d like to be notified when we publish your schedule.

Leave us your coordinates if you want to credited/contacted

We review all schedules, links and photos submitted in order to make sure the information is as accurate as possible for travelers.

Once we approve and publish the information, we’ll add your name in the Contribute section (first initial and last name only, along with your city of origin and country flag) on that route page to credit and thank you for your contribution to Busbud on behalf of the travel community.

Your name will appear in the Contribute section!

Don’t worry, you don’t need to have your name appear on the site. You can contribute schedules anonymously! It’s completely optional to leave us your coordinates. That said, if you do, we’ll be sure to give you credit and also notify you when your contribution has been published on the site.

Busbud is a community built for travelers by travelers. We try our best to keep the schedule information accurate and up-to-date for you. Maintaining schedules for the most routes possible is a major undertaking, and that’s why we need your help! We’d ideally like you to always find the route you are looking for, no matter how off-the-beaten-path it is!

Want to try it out? You can submit a schedule by clicking on Add on our any route page currently available or email us the schedule information at contribute@busbud.com. If the route page for which you want to submit a schedule is not currently available, let us know.

If you have any suggestions on how we can improve the contribution process, you can also drop us a line at info@busbud.com.

Photo by: Andrea Black

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