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Austin

Throughout the pandemic, we'll keep publishing news to help you navigate the state of travel today (like whether travel insurance covers the coronavirus), as well as stories about places for you to put on your bucket list once it's safe to start going more far-flung.

Your survival plan for South by Southwest, the annual film-and-music bonanza taking place this month:
(1) MAKE A PLAN. With hundreds of bands playing over five nights, picking your spots can be tough. Big names reliably play Stubb's Bar-B-Que (stubbsaustin.com), and be sure to check out the roots scene at the Continental Club (continentalclub.com). Schedules are released in early February; information available at sxsw.com.

(2) FIND A HIDEOUT. The three-month-old Hotel Saint Cecilia is the latest from local hotelier Liz Lambert. Handmade Swedish beds and in-room turntables almost justify the rock-star prices (doubles from $315; hotelsaintcecilia.com).

(3) GRAB A BITE. Think Texas, think barbecue. Our pick: Ruby's, for the oak-smoked brisket (rubysbbq.com).

(4) RIDE AWAY. That Austin has some of the best mountain biking in the Southwest is an open secret. One top trail is the Barton Creek Greenbelt, a 7.5-mile limestone-riddled roller coaster. Find rentals and trail info at Bicycle Sport Shop ($30 per day; bicyclesportshop.com).