One of the things I enjoyed the most during my time at Hipmunk was Fly Club. It was a service for really cool flight deals delivered by a chatbot. The bot knew the users’ interests and home airport, and using a data model we jerry rigged together, it sniffed out upcoming flights to places that were interesting. On average, the prices were 35-60% below normal.(more…)
Today’s a new chapter: I’m finally donating my backpack to the Salvation Army. After 31 countries, 13 years and countless steps — it has been with me longer than my wife — I’m moving on to a lighter and smaller pack now.