Andy Austin was born in Anchorage, Alaska and raised in Billings, Montana. Andy grew up in the travel industry being the son of Austin Adventure’s founder and president, Dan Austin. He attended Montana State University in Bozeman and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in psychology in 2013. While at Montana State Andy played football for the Bobcats and helped the team to three Big Sky Conference championships.
In 2009 Andy helped to create the non-profit Wheels of Change International. Wheels of Change works with Austin Adventures to collect bicycles in the United States and ships them to rural communities in Africa. Once in Africa the container becomes a bike shop and the bicycles are sold, rented and fixed with all profits going back to the mechanics as well as other community projects.
Andy is also an award winning photographer. In 2012 he started his own photography company, Peak Photography of Montana. Since then Andy has taken over as Austin Adventures lead photographer. Since graduating in the fall of 2013 Andy has been traveling the world and capturing it along the way. Andy wears many hats at Austin Adventures; guide, marketing associate, trip development, lead photography, and part time graphic designer. Andy has designed the official Austin Adventures shirt for the last 4 years.
What’s your favorite vacation destination?
Namibia! I’ve gone three times now for both Austin Adventures and Wheels of Change. It’s a photographer and adventurer’s dream! Everything from the people, to the wildlife, to the landscape could not be more perfect. I’ve made a lot of friends in Namibia and I always love going back to visit.
What’s your favorite hike?
Hyalite Lake hike outside of Bozeman. How can you argue with 11 waterfalls along the way? Totally worth the extra two miles to climb to Hyalite Peak too!
Remember the Titans
Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer
Guaranteed by Eddie Vedder
When did you first catch the travel bug?
Growing up I loved to travel, and I’ve currently been to 14 countries (many of them multiple times). I was never as adventurous as the rest of my family until I got to college though. That’s when I truly fell in love with nature. So to answer the question, as long as I can remember I’ve loved travel but the love grows more and more by the day!
What are your hobbies?
Hiking, camping, biking, backpacking, photographing, and just all around naturing. Okay, maybe I made the last word up.