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Just Like Magic | The Necessary Ingredients for Planning Fantastic Trips
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Just Like Magic | The Necessary Ingredients for Planning Fantastic Trips


When we plan vacations, we aim to give you the real deal. 

So, you want to take a trip. Not just any trip, a new trip—a real bucket list adventure. Somewhere you can travel along back roads and immerse yourself in new cultures and fresh experiences. You want new and we listened. Austin Adventures is rolling out dozens of new trips for 2019, and if you’ve traveled with us before, you know that it’s all about that “wow” moment. But what kind of magic goes into making the perfect vacation? A magician never reveals his secrets, but we’re going to let you in on ours.

Open Sesame: Where it Starts

We aim to create your ideal vacation, but that doesn’t happen just by saying “open sesame!”

It’s all about the balance between dreaming and doing. Some of it’s easy: like our passion for all things travel and a love for finding new, mind-blowing destinations.

But the hard work happens long before our guests arrive: hours of research, phone calls and careful planning. It also takes more than just sitting behind a desk. We’ve got our boots on the ground in all our destinations—scouting, searching, and planning every detail of your once-in-a-lifetime adventure. It’s all about the details and little touches that add to that “wow” feeling.

Alakazam: Hot Spot Destinations 

Who knows what you want better than you? We have our ear to the ground when you talk trendy destinations, like Azores, Portugal.

When our guests want something, we make it happen. We have over 30 years in the travel biz, so we know how to plan an adventure.

Today’s modern adventurer wants more than just the tourist destinations. In our fast-paced world, travelers want to take home connections, deeper meanings, and authentic experiences. So, when we sit down to plan new trips, we balance hot spots with the back roads—away from the crowds where the real stuff happens. Take Azores, for example. We find popular locations, like the massive volcanic complex of Sete Cidades, and add a spin: bike riding along the rim. But we give you the behind-the-scenes, too. You’ll see sprawling coffee fields sprouting up from the rich volcanic soil by day and then soak in a private bath under a thousand blazing constellations by night. When we plan vacations, we aim to give you the real deal.

Abracadabra: Old Favorites

Sometimes we bring back old favorites. These trips feel like they’ve been resurrected like magic, but it isn’t as easy as saying “abracadabra!”

It’s a process and we’ve perfected it. Our team spends hours poring over itineraries, trail descriptions and maps. We’ve got boots on the ground in all of our destinations, searching for new options and experiences to bring back to our guests. Like our Peru: Lares trip—an old favorite. We’ve spent a couple years tweaking this one into an action-packed adventure of a life time. There’s more culture—you’ll dive deep into the heart of Lares Valley and journey along the Weaver’s Way Trail to Machu Picchu, well off the tourist track. We’ve included more awe-inspiring experiences, like taking in the dramatic views of the Lost City of the Incas and the surrounding Andes mountains, as you look out from the Temple of the Sun.

Perfecting your adventure is just part of the work we put in—a drop in the bucket. We’re dedicated to bringing you the best, and that doesn’t just happen by saying a few magic words. Sometimes it takes a couple years of hard work and commitment.

Hocus Pocus: Trend Setters

Planning the perfect adventure takes passion and a love of all things travel. Like trends and analytics. It might sound like a lot of hocus pocus, but there’s an art to watching adventure trends and we’ve mastered it.

Like check-list vacations. You know the ones. Instead of spending five days in the Grand Canyon, you check off three national parks in one trip. On your own, it’s easy to get lost in a whirlwind of travel logistics as you rush between destinations with a sense of urgency. But on an Austin Adventures vacation, you’ll spend less time in your vehicle and more time exploring, all while filling up your National Park passport. Take our Grand Canyon to Bryce & Zion trip as an example. You get to check-off three bucket-list national parks over eight memorable days, conquering legendary hikes like the South Kaibab Trail in Grand Canyon, the Queen’s Garden in Bryce Canyon and the Narrows in Zion.

Making it look like magic is our job, but it’s all about valuing time. Your time. When we make new trips, we balance activities and downtime—so you can take in those well-earned panoramic views after hiking to the top of Angel’s Landing in Zion but still watch a perfect sunset over the sorbet colored spires of Bryce Canyon, glass of wine in hand. Enjoy each destination at your own pace.

Presto: The Toughest Part is Going Home

It might seem random—like a magician pulling your card out of the pile, “Presto!” But from picking the destination to perfecting your itinerary and capturing those perfect “wows”, a ton of hard work goes into curating our new trips. Our focus is experience, and we’ve got a lot of it. From our passionate guides to our itineraries which we’ve tweaked to perfection, Austin Adventures has a 30-year proven track record of providing vacations of a lifetime.

When it comes to planning adventures, we do it best, so why travel with anyone else?


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