While on an adventure in Oregon you happen to mention that you have a passion for micro beers. The next thing you know, your guide has put together a behind-the-scenes tour of a local brewery. In France, learning that a couple loves classical music, another trip leader arranges for a string quartet to play for guests before dinner.
These are a few of many signatures on Austin Adventures' active, international multi-sport, cycling and family vacations. These "wow" moments, some scripted, some serendipitous, deliver powerful and deeply meaningful physical, mental and spiritual experiences that guide our guests beyond their comfort zones and that set a very high bar for our competitors.
Next year Austin Adventures reaches a significant milestone marking a 40-year legacy of offering the finest in adventure travel. For four decades we have enabled our guests to experience destinations, wildlife and communities in a deeper and richer manner than they would on their own, along the way inspiring them to become clients for life. (The company enjoys a 44 percent repeat guest factor year in and year out.)
Look for the launch of some very exciting new destinations and programs for 2013. We’ve doubled our African Safari program with new itineraries and camps in Namibia and Botswana. In Europe we are unveiling new trips in Turkey, Ireland, Scotland, Holland and France. Closer to home we have a new expedition cruise program in Alaska, cycling in Crater Lake NP and northern Arizona. My favorite is a first-ever multi-sport tour in Nicaragua. Keep an eye open for future press releases on these and more!
As ALA continues to flex its wings throughout the Americas, Africa, Europe and beyond, philanthropic initiatives are being layered into our concerns, improving the lives of people in the places visited and helping our staff and guests travel with an open heart and small footprint.
Two examples include our nonprofit Wheels of Change initiative, providing donated bicycles and new empowerment to communities in Namibia and Kenya, and Preserve a Park, offering a portion of guest fees to a designated National Park every year. Since the park program began in 2010 ALA has donated over $10,000 to organizations promoting park conservation and preservation.
Guests tell us we exceed their expectations and sometimes transform their lives. This is thanks to our staff's attention to detail and to the empathy and charisma of our guides.
We're excited to embark on our next decade. Thanks to you and all our friends in the media who have supported us all these years.
In a few weeks we’ll be sending out our 2013 catalog. Please let us know if you would like to be on our mailing list.
Director | Austin Adventures
Phone: 800.575.1540 | Cell: 406-671-6067
P.S. I’ve just returned from an incredible 10 days touring Montana and Yellowstone with a delegation of tourism and conservation professionals from Namibia. From what I can tell the experience of sharing mutual challenges and solutions with American contemporaries - park rangers, cattle ranchers, representatives of the Crow Nation and others by-in-large exceeded everyone’s expectations. This all adds up to an incredible story to tell and if you are interested I’d be happy to fill you in on all the details – with knockout pictures as well!