Austin Adventures

Website: http://www.austinadventures.com

The story of Austin Adventures is really about founder Dan Austin and his passion to create the world’s best active travel company. For a legacy dating back over 40 years, Dan has sharing his love of adventure with each and every guest. Austin Adventures' longtime insider's knowledge and extensive contacts in each destination they visit allow them to offer cultural and artistic experiences and encounters that give their guests a much more in-depth feel for the local people and their way of life.

Many companies may cover the world, but AA focuses solely on The Americas, Africa and Europe. They just want to be the best wherever they go. Itineraries are designed to deliver surprising luxury with an absence of pretension. They have done their research and know the best accommodations in each region to rest and recharge. Whether you dine in a 5 star restaurant or are served campfire-side, you will enjoy the finest local cuisine and wines, artfully prepared and deliciously sinful. You are a VIP with Austin Adventures and they promise to deliver on each traveler’s high standards for luxury, quality and comfort.

Activities and Destinations

BIKE / CULTURAL TOURS Asia / Pacific

    • Europe
      • Austria
      • France
      • Germany
      • Holland
      • Italy

MULTI-SPORT / CULTURAL / NATIONAL PARK TOURS

    • Africa
      • South Africa – Kruger NP
    • Central America
      • Costa Rica – Corcovado and Tortuguero NP
      • Mexico – Baja, Oaxaca and Chiapas
      • Panama
    • US & Canada - Mountain West
      • Alberta – Banff NP
      • Montana – Yellowstone  NP
      • Wyoming – Grand Teton NP
      • South Dakota – Badlands NP
    • US Pacific Coast
      • California – Yosemite NP
      • Oregon – Crater Lake NP
    • US & Canada - Northwest
      • Alaska – Glacier Bay NP & Kenai Fjords NP
      • BC – Okanagan Valley
      • BC – Vancouver Island – Pacific Rim NP
      • BC - Whistler
      • Washington – North Cascades NP
    • US Southwest
      • Arizona – Grand Canyon NP
      • New Mexico
      • Utah – Bryce & Zion NP
    • South America
      • Ecuador – Galapagos NP
      • Peru – Machu Picchu and Lake Titicaca

FAMILY MULTI-SPORT / CULTURAL TOURS

  • Alaska
  • Austria
  • Canadian Rockies
  • Costa Rica
  • France (Loire)
  • Galapagos
  • Germany (Mosel)
  • Grand Canyon (Havasu)
  • Holland
  • Panama
  • South Africa
  • Vancouver Island (BC)
  • Yellowstone National Park
  • Yosemite National Park
  • Whistler (BC)

FOOD & WINE / MULTI-SPORT / CULTURAL TOURS

  • France
  • Germany
  • Mexico (Chiapas and Oaxaca)
  • Tuscany
  • Canada (Okanagan Valley)

SAFARI / NATURAL WORLD EXPLORATIONS

  • Galapagos
  • South Africa
  • Zambia

 

 

Newly Designated Hall of Fame Trail a Highlight of Austin Adventures’ Black Hills Bike Tour

 

Six Day Adventure Includes Pedaling Scenic Section of South Dakota’s Mickelson Trail Recently Honored as One of the Nation’s Best by Rails-To-Trails Conservancy
 
BILLINGS, MT, June 7, 2010 – Guests this fall on Austin Adventures Black Hills Biking Adventure will have the chance to ride one of America’s top pathways - The George Mickelson Recreation Trail. In May, the trail was given Hall of Fame distinction by Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC), the nonprofit group that promotes turning abandoned railroad lines into recreation trails.
 
In 2007, RTC began canvassing the country to spotlight 25 of the most memorable and influential rail-trails as part of the Rail-Trail Hall of Fame. The 119-mile long Mickelson Trail was the 15th recreational right-of-way to be so named.
 
The trail follows the historic Deadwood to Edgemont Burlington northern rail line, which serviced gold country for nearly a century. The line was abandoned in 1983 and, thanks to the vision of George S. Mickelson (then Governor of South Dakota), it was converted into a recreational pathway for cyclists, hikers, cross-country skiers and equestrians.
 
On Day Two of Austin Adventures Adventure’s six-day South Dakota vacation package guests will spend a full day exploring the trail from Deadwood to the town of Custer, SD. “The route takes us south through the heart of the Black Hills,” explains Dan Austin, ALA’s co-founder and director. ”Following easy grades and gently rolling terrain we’ll cross over more than 100 historic railroad bridges and pass through four rock tunnels. We even have the option to shuttle the few uphill stretches if desired.”
 
Additional tour highlights include exploring the historic Old West gaming town of Deadwood, hiking the base of Mount Rushmore, a tour of the Crazy Horse Monument, and a visit to Wind Cave National Park. Guests enjoy nights in a series of distinctive lodges and inns and all meals, ground transportation, guides, bikes and equipment are provided.
 
The all-inclusive per person, double occupancy rate is $1,998 ($580 single supplement), representing one of ALA’s best values for the 2010 season. Packages begin and end in Rapid City with fall departures set for Sept. 5, 12 and 19. See:
 
 
For further information on Austin Adventures’ biking vacations, or to book the Black Hills adventure, contact Austin Adventures at 1-800-575-1540 or visit http://www.austinlehman.com/.
 
About Austin Adventures
Ranked number one as the “World’s Best Tour Operator” in 2009 by readers of Travel + Leisure Magazine, Austin Adventures, with a 35-year legacy, provides adventure vacations on four continents. ALA has built an international reputation for small group active travel to destinations in North, Central and South America, Europe and Africa. The company specializes in adult and family multi-sport, hiking, biking vacations that emphasize history, culture, and geography’s natural beauty. Trips are limited to 12 guests (18 on family departures) and feature excellent regional dining, distinctive accommodations and all-inclusive rates and services. In addition to scheduled group departures, ALA offers customized trip planning. ALA offers each traveler a money back satisfaction guarantee.
 
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Austin Adventures Invites Adventure Travel Enthusiasts to Help “Preserve a Park”

 

Billings, Montana, Jan 20, 2010 - Austin Adventures (ALA - http://www.austinlehman.com/), a leader in active vacations in the Americas, Europe and Africa, has selected Glacier National Park and the Glacier National Park Fund, as the beneficiary of its first annual “Preserve a Park” program for 2010, the year of the park’s celebrated 100th anniversary. 
 
“Preserve a Park”is the platform for ALA’s newly established conservation and educational initiative, an ongoing program that will be aligned with a different national park each year. The company will provide financial contributions to an organization that best supports that designated park, while featuring an educational experience for guests who book one of the tour company’s “Preserve a Park” trips. 
 
This year, ALA will donate $100 per guest from each Glacier Park vacation tour it runs to the Glacier National Park Fund (http://www.glacierfund.org/), a 501 (c)(3)organization that supports the ongoing and future preservation of Glacier National Park’s natural beauty and cultural heritage by fostering public awareness and encouraging private philanthropy.   For 2010, ALA offers three, six-day / five-night trips to Glacier Park during its centennial year as a national park: August 1-6, August 8-13, and August 15-20; price per person is $2498.
 
Collaborating with the Glacier National Park Fund and local experts on such topics as glacier activity, history and wildlife, the ALA Glacier National Park vacation will feature an educational element woven throughout the week, including an afternoon or evening with the experts from Glacier National Park Fund to enrich the trip experience.  In 1850, Glacier National Park had 150 glaciers spread over its acreage and today only 26 survive. Guests will learn from active travelers and local experts, intimately familiar with the park’s challenges and rewards and can offer special insights. 
 
A UNESCO World Heritage site and, coupled with Waterton Lakes National Park in Canada, the worlds’ first Peace Park, Glacier National Park is an adventurer’s paradise known to Native Americans as the “Backbone of the World”. It preserves over one million acres of glacier-carved terrain that encompasses old growth forest, alpine lakes, rugged mountains and sweeping meadows of wildflowers. Travelers bike, hike and raft through the Park’s less traveled trails and most famous routes, including the celebrated Going-to-the-Sun Road (one of North America’s most scenic roads and an 11-year building feat), and savor an up-close look at the park’s wildlife, natural wonders and awe-inspiring yet threatened glaciers.  
 
 
According to Dan Austin, co-founder of Austin Adventures, “Our national park vacations (http://www.austinlehman.com/pages/national_park_vacations/117.php) have been our most popular, and they also represent opportunities to express our support for safeguarding our great parks. We chose Glacier National Park to acknowledge its centennial and we are delighted to name the Glacier National Park Fund as the recipient of our donation.” 
 
For further information on Austin Adventures’ “Preserve a Park” program, or to book the Glacier National Park vacation, contact Austin Adventures at 1-800-575-1540 or visit http://www.austinlehman.com/.
 
About Austin Adventures
Ranked number one as the “World’s Best Tour Operator” in 2009 by readers of Travel and Leisure Magazine, Austin Adventures, with a 35-year legacy, provides adventure vacations on four continents.  ALA has built an international reputation for small group active travel to destinations in North, Central and South America, Europe and southern Africa. The company specializes in adult and family multi-sport, hiking, biking vacations that emphasize history, culture, and geography’s natural beauty.  Trips are limited to 12 guests (18 on family departures) and feature excellent regional dining, distinctive accommodations and all-inclusive rates and services. Founders Dan Austin and Paul Lehman believe the best way to enjoy a destination is to experience it as a local; close-up, at one’s own pace far off the usual tourist track. In addition to its scheduled group departures, ALA also offers customized trip planning for families, solo travelers and adults.  To back up its strong commitment to the highest levels of guest service, ALA offers all its travelers a money back guarantee, a rarity among adventure travel companies
 
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World’s Top Tour Operator Adds Bike and Hike-Only Programs to Award Winning Portfolio of Adventures for Adults and Families

 

BILLINGS, MT, Nov. 12, 2009 – Traditionally known for a multi-activity approach to adventure travel, Austin Adventures (http://www.austinlehman.com/) announces a mixed portfolio of domestic and international vacations that now includes single sport itineraries featuring hiking or biking as the primary activity.
 
Hike or bike destinations featured in their new 2010 catalog now available to the public include US and Canadian national parks in addition to select European and South American locations.  
 
“Our alumni guests asked for it and we responded,” explains Austin Adventures Director of Operations Dan Austin on his company’s decision to offer single activity programs. “It is this very ability for us to evolve and change with the desires of our guests that gained us the distinction of being named the World's Best Tour Operator for 2009 by the readers of Travel + Leisure magazine.”
 
The new 2010 catalog now features 17 biking vacations throughout Europe and now in the US and Canada.
 
“Cycle-only trips are not new to Austin Adventures in fact that is where we got our start. Just last year we returned to our roots when we launched a program of first-class European trips with our acquisition of Euro-Bike. What is new are the four tour itineraries we just added in North America,” Austin points out.
 
Aside from Austin Adventures’s portfolio of European bike adventures, ALA now offers these four new trips in Western US and Canada:
 
Grand Teton: Valley Floors to Jagged Peaks
 
Black Hills: The Great Plains of South Dakota
 
Utah: Canyonlands National Park
 
Canadian Rockies: Rocky Mountain Treasures
 
Austin Adventures also added two new hike-only trips for 2010:
 
Canadian Rockies: Ultimate Rocky Mountain
 
France: La Provence Complète
 
Austin Adventures, with a 35-year legacy dating back to 1974, provides “over the top” adventure vacations on four continents. ALA has built a stellar reputation on small group active travel, limited to 12 guests (18 on family departures), exceptional dining, distinctive accommodations and all-inclusive rates and services. ALA focuses solely on destinations in North, Central and South America, Europe and southern Africa. Founders Dan Austin and Paul Lehman believe the best way to enjoy the natural beauty, culture and history of a place is to experience it as a local; close-up, at one’s own pace far off the usual tourist track.
 
In addition to its scheduled group departures, ALA also offers customized trip planning for families, solo travelers and adults-only. To back up its strong commitment to the highest levels of guest service, ALA offers all its travelers a money back guarantee, a rarity among adventure travel companies. 
 
For copies of the new 2010 catalog call toll-free 1.800.575.1540, or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. To review current trips, schedules and itineraries go to: http://www.austinlehman.com/.
 
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For more information and photos on Austin Adventures or for owner interviews please contact:
 
Sara Widness / 802-234-6704 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or
Dave Wiggins / 303-554-8821 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 

National Parks Are In the Spotlight - Austin Adventures Shares Expert Advice While Planning for a Busy 2010

 

BILLINGS, MT, Sept. 30, 2009 – National Parks are Hot! With an economy that has people staying closer to home on vacation, a new Ken Burns film on PBS and an upcoming 100th birthday celebration for Glacier, “World’s Best” tour operator, Austin Adventures (ALA) is predicting a banner year.
 
“National Parks are going to be huge next year,” says Dan Austin, ALA’s co-founder and director. “Our pre-bookings are way up which mirror’s USA Today’s recent report that overall attendance is up five percent this year over the same period last year. As experts in national park adventures we are positioned well to take full advantage of the increased interest and desire.”
 
According to National Park Service spokesman Jeffrey G. Olson, “parks could see more than 288 million visitors for 2009, topping the previous records 1987 and 1999.” The new 6-part, 12-hour series "America's Best Idea," (which debuted on PBS Sept. 27) is expected to help keep interest high. "We think it's the neatest thing since sliced bread," Olson said.
 
Austin Adventures (http://www.austinlehman.com), voted the “World’s Best Tour Operator” for 2009 by the readers of Travel + Leisure, is gearing up and has just announced their 2010 tour line-up which includes 15 small group adult and family itineraries visiting 10 of America’s most iconic National Parks.  Included is a new trip to Glacier National Park which will be celebrating its centennial birthday in 2010.
 
Says Austin, “We hope the film inspires people to take a National Park vacation. But it‘s a well documented fact that most park visitors never get more than 100 yards from their car or tour bus. That’s where ALA’s insider’s knowledge on where to go and what to do will make it possible for guests to get up close and personal with each of the parks we visit.”
 
With nearly two decades of National Park guiding experience, ALA’s senior guide Matty Kirkland knows where to go to experience the parks in their most undisturbed, pristine state. He offers his insider’s advice on five off-the-tourist-map places to explore.
 
1) Yellowstone – The Bechler-Falls River Basin in the southwest corner offers some of the most beautiful waterfalls and Mr Bubbles hot spring offers therapeutic soaking as the ground shakes underneath. http://www.austinlehman.com/pages/yellowstone_national_park/120.php
 
2) Grand Teton – The new Laurance S. Rockefeller Preserve - a 1,106 acre refuge within the park on the southern end of Phelps Lake. The sights once reserved for a legendary family are now open to the public by accessing an eight-mile network of meadow and forested trails.
 
3) Glacier – This is the only place in the continental U.S. that still has all of the predators that were present when the Europeans first arrived in North America. The Coal Creek area is so remote few marked trails exist, yielding a true wilderness experience.
 
4) Zion Grab a bike and pedal Kolob Terrace Road slicing through the middle of the park, in between Zion Canyon and Kolob Canyons, dropping 4,400 feet in 18 wild, traffic-free miles.
 
5) Fisher Towers near Arches – Located 20 miles northeast of Moab, UT, it is one of the least-visited but most scenic landscapes along the Colorado River. An easy 4.4 RT hike reveals strange monoliths grouped together like petrified skyscrapers from some prehistoric city.
 
ALA destinations include iconic national parks and backcountry regions of North, Central and South America as well as southern Africa and Europe. New trips slated for 2010 include cycling trips in South Dakota’s Black Hills (including a visit to Wind Cave National Park), Utah’s Canyonlands and Arches National Parks, Montana’s Glacier Park, Wyoming’s Grand Tetons and a Greek Isles trip that features multisport adventures such as kayaking, hiking, biking and cultural exploration.
 
For a copy of the new 68-page 2010 vacation catalog, call toll-free 1.800.575.1540, or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. To review current trips, schedules and itineraries go to: www.austinlehman.com.
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Strong Customer Demand Spawns Two New Domestic US Adventure Itineraries for 2010 From Travel + Leisure

BILLINGS, MT, August 13, 2009 – Austin Adventures (ALA), the world’s top rated tour operator for 2009 (according to the readers of Travel + Leisure Magazine), announces two new US adventures in answer to increased client demand for domestic, weeklong programs.

 

One is a cycling tour through the Black Hills of South Dakota, a first for ALA in both destination and all-bike activity focus. The six-day itinerary includes the historic Old West town of Deadwood, hiking the base of Mount Rushmore, a tour of the Crazy Horse Monument (in progress), and Wind Cave National Park. Participants will pedal back roads from open prairie to mountain forests including a section of the new Michelson Trail, an abandoned railroad grade that traverses a number of bridges and rock tunnels.  The all-inclusive per person double rate is $1,998 ($425 single supplement), representing one of ALA’s best bargains for 2010. Departures are set for June 6, 13; Sept. 5, 12 and 19.

www.austinlehman.com/trips/south_dakota___black_hills_bike/79.php

 

ALA is also resurrecting its Glacier National Park Multisport Adventure in Montana to celebrate the park’s 100th anniversary next year. Trained naturalist guides take guests on bikes, hikes and rafts into the backcountry while explaining the dramatic meltdown of the region’s once-mighty glaciers. The all-inclusive per person double rate is $2,498 ($680 single supplement).

www.austinlehman.com/trips/montana___glacier_multisport/80.php

 

In 2009, ALA domestic US and national park trips out sold all other itineraries and destinations by a margin of three to one, according to Dan Austin, founding partner and director.  He noted that both new trips will offer “the blend of sensational location, insider’s intelligent design, over-the-top service and personalized pace that earned ALA the distinction in 2009 of being named the “World’s Best Tour Operator” by the readers of T+L.”

 

“Trips in the American West are hot sellers and for good reason. American travelers look for three things in this day of tight budgets and limited travel time: getaways of no longer than six days that fall between two travel weekends, real experiences that immerse you in local lore and culture, and great value for their vacation dollar. These new trips deliver that and more,” said Austin.

 

The new trips, as with ALA’s other domestic programs, last six days from Sunday through Friday, allowing Saturdays for travel to the locations.

 

“Austin Adventures delivers an exceptional and intimate customer experience,” explains co-founder Paul Lehman. “Smaller is indeed better…our guest to guide ratio is six-to-one. But most of all, it’s our passion for delivering over-the-top surprise and delight that make our trips so memorable and meaningful. It could be anything from an ice cream sundae at the top of Angel’s Landing in Zion National Park to a foot bath and massage after a day of biking in the Loire Valley.”

 

Austin Adventures destinations include iconic national parks and backcountry regions of North, Central and South America as well as southern Africa and Europe. Other new trips slated for 2010 include Utah’s Canyonlands, Wyoming’s Grand Tetons and a Greek Isles trip that features kayaking, hiking and cultural exploration.

 

For copies of the current catalog and to receive the 2010 catalog due out later this summer, call toll-free 1.800.575.1540, or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. To review current trips, schedules and itineraries go to: www.austinlehman.com.

 

For more information and photos on Austin Adventures or for owner interviews please contact:

 

Sara Widness / 802-234-6704 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or

Dave Wiggins / 303-554-8821 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

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About Austin Adventures:

 

Austin Adventures, with a 35-year legacy dating back to 1974, provides “over the top” adventure vacations on four continents. ALA has built a stellar reputation on small group active travel, limited to 12 guests (18 on family departures), exceptional dining, distinctive accommodations and all-inclusive rates and services. ALA focuses solely on destinations in North, Central and South America, Europe and southern Africa. Founders Dan Austin and Paul Lehman believe the best way to enjoy the natural beauty, culture and history of a place is to experience it as a local; close-up, at one’s own pace far off the usual tourist track. In addition to its scheduled group departures, ALA also offers customized trip planning for families, solo travelers and adults-only. To back up its strong commitment to the highest levels of guest service, ALA offers all its travelers a money back guarantee, a rarity among adventure travel companies.

 

Austin Adventures – Recent Kudos and Awards:

 

-2009 “World's Best Tour Operator” Travel + Leisure

-2008-2009 Recipient “Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth!” National Geographic Adventure

-2006, 2007, 2008 Recipient of “World’s 25 Best New Trips!” National Geographic Adventure

-2008 Recipient of "15 Best Bike Trips" Bicycling Magazine

-2007 Recipient of “50 Tours of a Lifetime!” National Geographic Traveler

 

 

Travel + Leisure Recognizes Austin Adventures As #1 Tour Operator in the World in Annual


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
ALA

Top Traits to Look for in a Great Guide According to Travel Specialist Austin Adventures

 

For Immediate Release
 
Contact: Dan Austin, Director
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Austin Adventures
800-575-1540 / 406-655-4591
 
BILLINGS, MT, May 21, 2009 – For today’s travel consumer, quality of experience is what is most important in terms of value for the dollar. That experience can be enhanced or unfortunately soured by our personal experiences with a tour guide.
 
“A great guide can make a successful trip just as quickly as an average or sub-par guide can ruin one,” says Dan Austin, co-founder and Director of Austin Adventures (ALA) http://www.austinlehman.com/, a leading active tour company based in Billings, Montana.
 
With over 20 years in the business, Austin probably knows what he’s talking about. ALA was honored this year by the editors of National Geographic Adventure Magazine with its highest accolade as one of the “Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth.”
 
“We take great care in selecting and assigning our guides knowing that your guide is often what, in the end, defines your travel experience.” says Austin.
 
So what makes a great guide? Here are the top traits ALA looks for:
 
A great guide is…
 
  1. Focused with laser-like precision on making sure that you feel like a V.I.P. and your satisfaction is what’s most important.
 
  1. Naturally Intuitive and has the innate ability to foretell what a guest is thinking or wanting. Along with this comes the skill to listen to and interpret both the verbal and body language of a guest.
 
  1. Spontaneous and can seamlessly deal with the unexpected, both pleasant and potentially disastrous. This means having a Plan B ready in case of such things as sudden weather changes, lodging snafus and road delays.
 
  1. Passionate and eager to share his or her knowledge to welcoming ears. A great guide’s enthusiasm and energy is quickly contagious as is a thirst for knowledge about an unfamiliar destination.
 
  1. An Expert Juggler. The ability to multi-task is essential, switching from chauffeur, coach, and doctor, to teacher, culinary wizard, athlete, mechanic, social worker and psychologist, all in a heartbeat. A great guide has the natural ability to calmly keep many balls in the air at once with poise, precision and patience.
 
  1. Gifted with a Sense of Humor and through timing and application, breakthe ice during a tense or stressful moment, loosen everyone up to break out of their shell, encourage silliness and the emergence of one’s inner child, and in doing so, create strong bonds between absolute strangers. 
 
“With developments like Google, 24-hour high-definition travel television, online forums, Twitter, Facebook and more guidebooks and travel blogs than you can shake a stick at, it seems like informed, independent travel is easier than ever,” says Austin. “But no matter how much research, planning and consultation goes into a trip; travelers who choose to fly solo are still missing two key elements essential for a truly world-class vacation: the knowledge that comes with experience, and peace of mind that there is a guardian angel looking out for you.”
 
Austin says he tips his hat to the ALA team that consistently delivers the ALA service promise to its discerning clientele. ALA takes pride in its extensive staff and guide training programs and boasts one of the most generous (1:6) guide to guest ratios in the business.
 
Austin Adventures manages all of the arrangements for its selected destinations that include iconic regions of North, Central and South America as well as southern Africa and in spring 2009, cycling holidays in Europe. Small groups are limited to 12 guests (18 on family departures). Rates include first-class accommodations, most meals and beverages, expert guides, park entry fees, multisport activities such as hiking, biking, rafting, horseback riding and more, ground transportation, luggage service and unlimited memories.
 
For a copy of the 2009 catalog as well as information on ALA’s 66 unique itineraries for active adult and family travel, please call toll-free 1.800.575.1540, or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. To review current trips, schedules and itineraries you can log onto its website: www.austinlehman.com.
 
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For more information and photos on Austin Adventures please contact:
 
Sara Widness / 802-234-6704 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
or
Dave Wiggins / 303-554-8821 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
 
 
 

 

Spending Money on Travel Memories Has More Positive Impact on Happiness Than Material Possessions

 

For Immediate Release
 
Contact: Dan Austin, Director
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Austin Adventures
800-575-1540 / 406-655-4591
 

 

Spending Money on Travel Memories Has More Positive Impact on Happiness Than Material Possessions

 
BILLINGS, MT, Feb. 23, 2009 – You’re torn. A new Armani Collezioni three-button suit from Neiman Marcus retails for $1,695, but you could spend the same amount on a 5-day guided hiking adventure to the Grand Canyon.
 
Money’s tight, but how you spend what you’ve got can impact how satisfied you become over time. Recent studies show that the satisfaction that comes from stamping experiences into memory outweighs and lasts longer than making purchases.
 
“It’s a no brainer. Memorable experiences are exactly what Austin Adventures (ALA) is all about,” says Dan Austin, ALA’s co-founder and Director. “Our own experiences tell us that travel and the fond memories you bank in your mind is one investment that always appreciates over time.”
 
So in the spirit of a study by Ryan Howell, assistant professor of psychology at San Francisco State University, “Experiences make us happier than possessions” which aired recently on CNN.com: http://www.cnn.com/2009/HEALTH/02/10/happiness.possessions/index.html, Austin lays out some real-life, and current purchase vs. experiences comparisons.
 
Will it be…
  • Armani at $1,695 or ALA’s Havasupai: a Grand Canyon Oasis Adventure (www.austinlehman.com/trips/havasupai__a_grand_canyon_oasis_adventure/53.php) at $1,698 that showcases iconic waterfalls and the Native American village of Supai, the most remote village in the country where the U.S. mail still arrives by packhorse?
  • A pre-owned Men’s Rolex Oyster Perpetual "Airking" Watch from TheFinestWatches.com at $2,395 or ALA’s week-long Costa Rica Volcanoes and Jungle Multisport Adventure (www.austinlehman.com/trips/costa_rica___volcanoes___jungles_multisport/23.php) at $2,398 that includes navigating class IV rapids, hiking, biking and boating deep into the heart of Costa Rica's untouched wilderness?
  • A Sharp LC - 65" LCD Widescreen TV from Radioshack.com at $3,499 or ALA’s 8 day & 7 night  France - La Loire: Castles to Coteaux Cycling Adventure  (www.austinlehman.com/trips/france___la_loire__castles_to_coteaux/65.php) at $3,498 that retraces the footsteps of  Catherine de Medici, Leonardo da Vinci and Joan of Arc while cycling through villages and vineyards along the Loire, Indre and Cher rivers?
 
Austin adds, “The joy of buying a new car or home entertainment center will fade over time. The satisfaction and benefits of a great vacation keeps you coming back for more. That’s why our rate of return business is one of the highest in the industry!”
 
In the worldwide arena of adventure travel companies, National Geographic Adventure magazine recently singled out Austin Adventures (ALA), for its highest accolade as one of the “Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth.”
 
Austin says he tips his hat to the ALA team that consistently delivers the ALA service promise to its discerning clientele. ALA takes pride in its extensive staff and guide training programs and boasts one of the most generous (1:6) guide to guest ratios in the business.
 
Austin Adventures manages all of the arrangements for its selected destinations that include iconic regions of North, Central and South America as well as southern Africa and in spring 2009, cycling holidays in Europe. Small groups are limited to 12 guests (18 on family departures). Rates include first-class accommodations, most meals and beverages, expert guides, park entry fees, multisport activities such as hiking, biking, rafting, horseback riding and more, ground transportation, luggage service and unlimited memories.
 
For a copy of the 2009 catalog as well as information on ALA’s 66 unique itineraries for active adult and family travel, please call toll-free 1.800.575.1540, or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. To review current trips, schedules and itineraries you can log onto its website: www.austinlehman.com.
 
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For more information and photos on Austin Adventures please contact:
 
Sara Widness / 802-234-6704 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
or
Dave Wiggins / 303-554-8821 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.