Hipmunk Haiku, the latest from our Awesome Fans Department

Hipmunkhaikus Since launching last August, we’ve been astounded by all the fabulous fan art we’ve received. It’s not enough for hipmunks to enjoy their travel search for the first time, so many of them are so happy they’re sending us digital awesomeness. In fact, we’ve got a recent collection of haiku (and even a sonnet!) we thought we ought to share with you.

Thanks to all who of you who sent something in!

Hipmunk, the only,
To take the suckage out of
Flying to New York.

— Craig Rodrigues (@CraigRodrigues)

Need rest from conference
Painless quick flight from the ‘munk
Beautiful beaches

— Michael Kwan (@kwogger)

A Monk

He wants to fly, so
meditates of a munk, a
very hip one too.

— Janny Ke (

Hipmunk is awesome!
I would love to work there, but
No support roles free.

— Charles Liu

Shall I compare Hipmunk to a summer’s day? 
Hipmunk art more lovely and more temperate:
Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,
And summer’s lease hath all too short a date: 
Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines,
And often is Hipmunk’s gold complexion dimm’d; 
And every fair from fair sometime declines,
By chance or nature’s changing course untrimm’d;
But Hipmunk eternal summer shall not fade
Nor lose possession of that fair Hipmunk owest;
Nor shall Death brag Hipmunk wander’st in his shade,
When in eternal lines to time Hipmunk growest: 
So long as men can breathe or eyes can see,
So long lives this and this gives life to Hipmunk.

— Terence Chu (@terepod)

Already like creating art about small rodents who love to travel? You’re halfway there! Throw some aviator goggles and a scarf on it and send it in. We love seeing what you all come up with. And it gives us stuff to put on our walls at the office.

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We Have Awesome Fans – Here’s video proof from one of them

Hipmunks, you rock our world on a daily basis. Between feedback emails, tweets, and Facebook messages, we see all the joy our travel search brings you and it couldn’t make us happier.

Some send in fan art, while others make fabulous animations.

I had a twitter exchange with one particularly happy hipmunk, Julie Zhou (@jyzhou), and asked if she’d be so kind as to record a video detailing how hipmunk took the agony out of a particularly agonizing flight search. Boy did she come through with something awesome. Watch it below. Then visit her website, and let her know the hipmunk sent you!


Thanks again, Julie!

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Adorable Fan Art from Havana Nguyen!

We recently got this fabulous email from a hipmunk named Havana Nguyen. She’s a designer/illustrator with a nifty website you should all check out, especially when you see what she sent us!

I’m consistently blown away by the adoration for our chipmunk mascot. We got the first piece of fan art from Ryan FREAKING Estrada just a week after launching. Not to mention this rad 3d render by Charles Saternos. You all absolutely rock our world. Thank you.

I didn’t see reddit alien fan art for months. Maybe it’s the aviator goggles. Or more likely, it’s that when people do their first hipmunk search, they get a special “Ah-ha!” moment upon seeing hipmunk’s beautifully displayed results, which connects to the personable brand with the blue scarf? That’s what I’m going to go with.

Thank you for the kind words of encouragement, Havana. I’m looking forward to our coffee here in NY! (Maybe we’ll do another interview).

Hi Adam, hi Steve!

I’m Havana and wanted to let you guys know how absolutely thrilled I am to have found Hipmunk. My fiance of 5 years and I have been total book nerds our entire lives, hungry to learn about the world and the different cultures out there. My parents are Vietnamese, I have a Cuban name (for whatever reason …), his parents are Jamaican and Namibian, and I am an International Affairs major.

Somehow, we have been to a grand total of three states.

It broke my heart that my experiences have been so limited. I was always so intimidated by trying to find flights and navigating my way around travel sites— the information was so cluttered, confusing, and honestly, I had just wished there was a site that just tracked flight prices in a simple, no-BS format. I hated always saying, “Oh, I wish I could get out and see the world!” simply because I just couldn’t figure out these sites.

You guys are just fuckin’ awesome for building this site. I’m almost crying of joy that we will be able to travel a lot more and share so many new experiences together. THIS is the beauty of Hipmunk: it opens up the opportunity to explore the world.

I’m glad SOMEONE thought of it. :)

I also love the little Hipmunk mascot! I started my illustration and design business 2 years ago and my favorite part of what I do is creating for other creative, innovative people. I loved the idea of Hipmunk so much that I decided to do my own little illustration of the Hipmunk, keeping the basic design and maintaining the simple shapes and lines of Alexis’s original design but pumping it up a notch. I would love to get your feedback and see what you two think of it! I’d like to donate it to you two in case you would like to use it in a future webdesign for Hipmunk. (Though if you DO use it, I’d greatly appreciate a small credit!)

Anyways, keep up the fantastic work with Hipmunk! Wishing you two lots and lots of success,

We’re so happy for the chance to work on a website our users care so passionately about. Especially when they also send us such awesome artwork. Follow her on twitter @HavanaTweets!


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