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Dan Austin’s March Musings

Dan Austin’s March Musings


Holland Tulips in Spring

As we head into spring I seem to often find myself settled in somewhere between 35,000 and 40,000 feet. Today is no exception, in fact, I’m on a flight and currently pecking out this month’s blog post on my trusty Blackberry. (Hey, you wouldn’t make fun of my Blackberry if you knew what it has been through!) Yes spring is definitely in the air.

25 years of adventure travel has created some predictable habits or patterns for me. For example, March is a month of personal exploration. By May we are in full operation mode. We have guides headed everywhere from the red rocks of the Southwest to Bryce Canyon and Zion National Parks. Across the pond, our guides are headed into the field (literally) for spring tulip-filled adventures in Holland and many parts in between.

As I was saying, it comes down to March and early April for new product development. This year is no exception. In the coming weeks I will be putting the final touches on a new multisport adventure in Macedonia! Over a year in the making, it will be ready to run in 2016.

Macedonia is one of my personal favorites, but we’re also fine tuning the last-minute details required to launch a completely new region for us. You will be excited to hear we have five (yes, five) new programs to Southeast Asia. From Vietnam to Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Bali, Myanmar and more, we’ve been putting together five unique and very special itineraries that highlight only the best of these regions.



But that is 2016. Once I get back to the office our focus is, and will always be, running the best adventure vacations on the planet. We couldn’t be prouder of our tried and true classic programs. Take a look at this timeline:

That’s more than 200 combined years of adventure, and of course we continue to add new trips to our catalogs. In fact, with the 2015 addition of a Vietnam/Cambodia small ship river cruise, we can now say we have the pleasure of sending guests to all seven continents!

So what are you waiting for? Join us and let us share one of our veteran adventures or help us kick off a new era of life-changing trips. Either way, you can’t go wrong.

Well looks like they are coming down the aisle with the coffee cart. Time to get back to my travel guide reading and the weeks ahead!

Until next time

Dan Austin


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