Ted's Smart Travel Notebook: Austin ??

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Austin, Texas hosts this weekend's Formula One Grand Prix. As the teams head to the Lone Star State, we catch up with Ted Kravitz of Sky Sports F1® again for another instalment of his Smart Travel Notebook.

In this installment, Ted walks the streets of Austin giving his smart travel tips on the best places to eat and drink, and the flight options on offer from the UK.

Check out the video below for Ted's smart travel tips.


F1 returned to the USA in 2012 and since then the Circuit of The Americas (COTA) has become a favourite with both drivers and fans, drawing in a large audience and taking inspiration from some of the best F1 tracks in the world.

The city of Austin itself is weird and wonderful. The capital of Texas offers some of the finest BBQ food in the country, and some of the best live country-music bars too. Austin is a diverse and growing city with lots to do for everyone.

Take a tour of the Texas State Capitol and discover the largest state capitol in the US. The building is an architectural gem and the beautiful grounds have statues and monuments scattered throughout them.

Or, experience a rather unusual tourist attraction on Congress Avenue Bridge. Every year over a million Mexican free-tailed bats migrate to Austin and set up home under the bridge. As the sun sets, you can watch the bats take flight to feed on the insects flying over Lady Bird Lake. Unfortunately you might not be able to spot this spectacle over Grand Prix weekend as it's usually between March and September that the bats nest there...but it's certainly worth checking out if you're in Austin for the summer months.

As well as Ted's tips, make sure you check out the videos from our F1 Smart Series. Some of the brightest people in F1 tell us about the smart moves that are made on and off the track. Hear about everything from smart travel to smart business in the FairFX F1 Smart Series. Watch the videos here and subscribe to our YouTube Channel to stay up to date with the latest videos.


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