In 2016, over half of working Americans didn’t use their paid vacation time, according to recent studies. It’s time to buck the trend and make sure travel is a priority for you and your family in 2017. Whether you love planning a year in advance or thrive on the adrenaline rush of booking a last-minute trip, Austin Adventures is here to help transform your adventure daydreams into unforgettable memories.
Looking for inspiration? Checkout some of our favorite destinations and travel planning resources for 2017 below, and don’t forget to request one of our free catalogues featuring this year’s top itineraries. Happy scheming!
International travel: to Europe and Beyond
We know what’s in the news, but perhaps there’s no better tool to encourage peace than by exposing your children and loved ones to a culture different from what they know. A cycling trip across Denmark guarantees smiles for miles, while a trek through the Sacred Valley of the Incas to Machu Picchu inspires wonder in all generations of travelers. A summer vacation with elephants in Sri Lanka? Yes please.
Your own backyard: Adventure Vacation in the National Parks
You probably heard that the National Park Service celebrated its centennial birthday in 2016. Let’s keep the party rolling in 2017 with sunrise hikes in Grand Canyon, unmatched road biking days in Death Valley National Park, or that epic family trip to Alaska you’ve been wanting to take for years. If you need the birthday incentive, Denali celebrates 100 years in 2017. BYO candles and cake!
Want to save money? Think Outside the Box.
Travel isn’t cheap, but there are ways to save money with just a little bit of creativity. For instance, if your travel dates are flexible, checkout sites like Skyscanner.com or Kayak.com. Do your searches in the middle of the week, and look for flights that depart on Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Saturdays. We also recommend seeking out destinations in their ‘off-seasons,’ like Costa Rica in the summer, or Southern Utah in the fall. After all, who doesn’t love lower prices, cooler weather, and fewer crowds?
Plane Tickets, Lodging, Logistics, oh my!
We know planning adventure vacations can be stressful for some, but it’s totally our cup of tea. Please use our website and travel experts as much as possible! If you get stuck, give us a call; we’re happy to talk through logistics, find the best activities for each of your traveling companions, and more. As well, if you have something really special in mind, we’d love to help craft your idea of the perfect vacation.
The Gift that keeps on Giving
There’s no better time than the present, and there’s no better present than the gift of adventure travel. Book a trip that your whole family will love and give it to them this year as their birthday, holiday or simple love-token that’ll provide memories sure to last longer than any gadget or gizmo. Don’t waste another vacation opportunity; book your trip-of-a-lifetime today!