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Enrich Your Life

Invest in Self Discovery Through Travel

You likely take time researching where to invest your money, but how do you invest in yourself? What is your self-care routine? Do you take regular time to unwind and reset? Why not invest in yourself by planning an enriching getaway? 

Travel is a wise self investment. Research shows that travel improves cognitive ability, invokes entrepreneurial thought and spirit, and recharges the mind. It creates space to learn, explore, inspire, and connect with others. It can be an opportunity to unplug, not only from your ever-present devices but also from your normal, day-to-day routine. Exceptional trips become lifelong memories. Vacations are worth the investment for many reasons, and even the planning phase is exciting and gives you something to look forward to.

From Austin, we have many intriguing options by car, plane, or boat that will appeal to all preferences. Whether a weekend away or a week-long adventure, here are some well-loved, top destinations for Texans:

Drive to Big Bend
For an authentic Texas experience, after a day of hiking under the west Texas sky, unwind and enjoy the largest certified Dark Sky Place in the world. Situated along the “Gateway to Big Bend,” the Gage Hotel is the perfect base camp for visiting the national park. For more adventurous types, you can glamp in a stargazing dome or camp inside the national park.  

Fly to 30A
Known as the Emerald Coast, this stretch of road in Florida has white sandy beaches, stunning turquoise-blue water, and golf carts galore. For those needing full-service accommodations, you can rest comfortably at the Pearl Hotel on Rosemary Beach. Alternatively, the Watercolor Inn in Santa Rosa has family suites and an enviable kids’ pool and lazy river.

Cruise to Mexico
An easy drive to Galveston will allow you to board a cruise ship and head south. Norwegian, Royal Caribbean, and Disney Cruise Line all offer cruising from Galveston. This is a great option for multi-generational trips.

Fly to Europe
Austin offers four non-stop flights to Europe. Take in the tulip festival in Amsterdam, tour a medieval castle in Frankfurt, or enjoy afternoon tea in London. Check off that dream bucket list destination with a champagne toast in Paris. Cheers!

Katie Pecaro is a local travel consultant with KK Travels Worldwide. She lives in the Dripping Springs area and would love to help you plan your next vacation. Reach her at

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