As a frequent traveller, I’m often asked where my favorite place is. As you can imagine, it’s difficult to list just one place, and over time, my favorite place can change. However, there are just a few destinations in my mind that have been a favorite over time. Austin, Texas is one of those places. When Travel Texas asked if I wanted to take a trip to Austin to explore and uncover some hidden gems, I didn’t hesitate to say yes! My trip is just a few weeks away and I would love your help to find some interesting places you found to be unforgettable.
I traveled to Austin for the first time in 2009 for only 24 hours. It was one of the few places that left a lasting impression on me. With just that small amount of time in the city, I witnessed the bats flying out from under congress bridge, ate tacos out of a food trailer, walked around Zilker park, took Max to a local dog park, and strolled around the shops on South Congress street. To a local or even a visitor, this isn’t much of a city tour. A day is certainly not enough time to get a feel for a city, immerse yourself in the culture, and experience it properly.
I am so excited to go back and take a closer look. Both times I’ve been to Austin have been in the Fall months. This is my first Spring visit so I am looking forward to perhaps taking a dip at the barton spring pool, or maybe soak in a secret swimming hole?
What I love best about not really having an agenda is being open to suggestions and recommendations from the locals. Even though I am creating a loose list of places to see and restaurants to try, I’ve found that it’s best to let the locals build on my itinerary. Perhaps you have a tip of a place you stumbled upon that was unforgettable. If that’s the case, I want to hear about it!
Max (my dog & sidekick) came along with me the last two visits, but this time I will be flying solo. Perhaps I am biased since I travel so often by myself, but I strongly feel that it’s the best way to travel if you want to see everything you can, while giving yourself room to roam and time to wander into those unexpected places. When I think back at my most memorable experiences in travel, it happened because I asked a local, or just turned down an unknown street on a whim. As you might have gathered by now, I’m not one to plan every moment since I like to see how things unfold. Being open to the unexpected and taking the time to explore and unplug is something I think we should do more often in our lives.
There have only been a handful of cities that I’ve felt a sense of belonging. Austin is one of those rare places. From the artists to the trailers, and the surrounding nature, it has always felt like a home away from home. What is your favorite thing to do in Austin?