Episode 44: FOMO at SXSW?

March 8, 2018
SXSW Interactive and Film Festival attendees in Austin, Texas.(AP Photo/Jack Plunkett)

FOMO at SXSW? Fear of missing out at the annual South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas, can be a problem for attendees overwhelmed by the massive event.

In this episode of The Associated Press podcast “Get Outta Here,” AP Travel editor Beth Harpaz talks to AP reporter Paul Weber, who covers the festival each year, for tips on how to get the most out of SXSW. The festival started more than 30 years ago as a grassroots talent incubator but it’s become a phenomenon. Some 400,000 people now attend, jockeying for entree into thousands of performances, speeches and other events.


New episodes of “Get Outta Here!” are published every Wednesday. Host Beth Harpaz is travel editor for The Associated Press, a volunteer Big Apple Greeter and a licensed tour guide in her native New York City. She recently completed a quest to visit all 50 states.

Before becoming travel editor, where most of the news - thank goodness - is about happy people going on nice vacations, Beth covered politics, disasters and all manner of mayhem for the AP. And not to reveal her age, but she also worked for several newspapers way back in the 20th century and even wrote three books.

She does not own wheeled luggage but instead carries her belongings around in an ancient backpack and various tote bags.


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