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Austin Adventures Creates Seven Travel Planning Guides to Ensure a Successful Vacation

Story by Austin Adventures

Posted: June 1, 2018

The artisans of international adventure travel have just published seven online Travel Planning Guides – all free -- answering a myriad of questions about how best to plan a family trip or a National Park adventure or even an international vacation.

The guides are authored by the seasoned staff of Austin Adventures, who for more than 35 years have fielded questions about its award-winning, multi-sport adventure travel programs. The guides are full of helpful tips and suggestions, free of any self-promotion or bias. The payoff for today’s vacationers is in-depth wells of sound information including the right questions to ask before departing on a journey.

Colorful free vacation planning guide

“Our guides are resources for inspiring and empowering vacation planning, whether or not you will be traveling with us,” said Dan Austin, company founder and president. “Our Travel Planning Guides answer important questions we’ve been asked over the years. When it comes to destinations, such as National Parks, Europe, Asia and the Americas, we provide information about regions where we have itinerary experience. Our roster and expertise does however, cover the seven continents.”

Germane to each guide is Austin Adventures’ stock in trade – suggestions on how to bike, hike, cruise, raft, snorkel and swim in landscapes clutching captivating cultures and cuisines and where today’s inquisitive tourism has made new worlds now accessible.

The guide targeting families, authored by Kasey Austin, named by Outside Magazine as the World’s Top Family Guide in 2014 -- How to Plan the Ultimate Family Vacation-- suggests arranging a family vacation planning kickoff party. Pizza, anyone? This step-by-step helpmate anticipates questions families need to deliberate:

  • Where should we go?
  • How much money should we budget?
  • When is the best time to travel?
  • How will we get there?
  • What accommodations should we book?
  • Where will we eat?
  • What activities should we book in advance?
  • Should we consider hiring a guide or a tour operator?

Austin Adventures cut its teeth decades ago by delivering multisport itineraries in National Parks. Today parks are the most popular segment of their business. One travel planner, Ultimate National Parks Vacation, steers people to bucket-list regions and landscapes, with suggestions that range from best cycling and hiking routes to how to avoid the crowds and when and where to enjoy wildflower displays. It also offers advice on how to make camping, lodging and restaurant reservations within the parks.

How to Plan the Ultimate European Vacation outlines opportunities for active travel vacations that allow people to be in intimate contact with the culture and landscape. Suggestions for cycling and hiking itineraries figure prominently, along with fun facts and tips on, among others, gastronomy, wine, currency, and language.

Latin America Vacation Planning Guide embraces vacations in Central and South America, answering questions concerning

  • Best times to visit (by country)
  • Food and culture
  • Transportation and accommodations
  • Trip ideas for each country
  • Before you leave checklist
  • Packing lists

Africa Vacation Planning Guide details by region which months are best for experiencing safari and cultural immersions, the myriad of ways to travel on this continent, local currencies and languages and such fun facts as the Namib (Namibia) Desert is 80 million years old, making it the supreme grandfather of all the deserts on Earth.

The countries that lie between the Indian and Pacific oceans are still uncharted territory for many American travelers. Southeast Asia Vacation Planning Guide helps make sense of the ethnic diversity here in 11 countries with 620 million in population. Because even in the planning stages sensory overload is predictable, this guide provides an overview of trip planning essentials such as visa and vaccination requirements and important country rules, regulations and specifics.

Austin Adventures has seen significant growth in the number of clients requesting custom and private itineraries curated for their own family and friends. The Custom and Exclusive Vacation Planning Guide answers many questions the organizer asks. These custom itineraries can be arranged for just a couple or for groups of 25 or more.  From plotting that surprise 50th birthday to retracing roots in the Scottish Highlands with a multigenerational family to organizing a corporate retreat with flair or getting the girls together for the first time in years, the only thing standing between the organizer and the trip-of-a-lifetime is getting started. The guide helps the organizer come up with no more than three destination options, guides the creation of an activity wish list and defines such practical issues as timelines and budgets.

To download these complimentary guides, please see this landing page:

To help plan, Austin Adventures’ 2018 catalog is available upon request. Please order ONLINE or call 1.800.575.1540 or email [email protected]. For a full roster of 2018 trips that is frequently updated beyond the print catalog, please visit

About Austin Adventures

Based in Billings, Montana, Austin Adventures has spent more than 40 years building an international reputation as a top provider of luxury, small group, multisport tours for adults and families to the world’s most captivating destinations. Acknowledged twice by Travel + Leisure Magazine with the prestigious World’s Best Awards along with other national media accolades and distinctions. Austin Adventures has perfected the art of creating itineraries featuring exceptional regional dining, distinctive accommodations, incredible guides and exhilarating activities, all while keeping all-inclusive rates and services the norm. In addition to scheduled group departures on all seven continents, Austin Adventures has developed a reputation as the leader in customized trip planning and execution. All backed by the industry’s best money-back satisfaction guarantee.