Billings, MT (PressExposure) April 07, 2009 -- For a cue as to what top travel experiences ALA guides, staff and past guests have shared so far, see Top 10 Unforgettable Travel Moments on the company blog within the ALA website: [http://www.austinlehman.com/blog/unforgettable-travel-moments-ala-top-10-unforgettable-travel-moments]
âThe best things in life arenât things at all,â says Dan Austin, ALAâs co-founder and Director. âTravel experiences outrank possessions in terms of value and enjoyment. The lasting impressions you bank in your mind are investments that will only grow and appreciate over time.â
Some Top 10 examples found in the ALA Blog:
Kristi Scott, ALA Guide â Alaska: It was day two of our Kenai Peninsula tour. Aboard our private cruise ship, we headed to our normal whale watching spot, expecting to see an occasional pod of Orca. Instead we found ourselves in the middle of a MEGA-pod â there must have been 30 of them! We lowered a microphone into the water to hear the whales communicating and watched with amazement as they showed off for one another â or maybe for us â jumping into the air, raising fins, slapping the waterâs surface. I donât think there was a single dry eye on the ship.
Charlie Kress, ALA Guide â Yellowstone: It was an early July morning, around 6 a.m. in Yellowstoneâs Lamar Valley, when my guests and I spotted a pack of five wolves hunting a Cow Elk. As we watched, the wolves circled the elk, and eventually took her down. Not a word was spoken amongst the group; it was as if we were witnessing a part of nature typically reserved for the Discovery Channel. While it was sad because a life was lost in that moment, it was also one the most amazing things Iâd ever experiencedâ¦watching as one animal was sacrificed for the survival of another. None of us had ever seen anything like it.
Paul Roye, ALA Guest â Provence: I was on my very first trip with Euro-bike (now ALA) in Provence. Our guide, George, mentioned that the next segment of the ride included a six-mile hill with several switchbacks. Who was up for the challenge? I was the only one foolish enough to think I hadnât gotten enough biking in that day. About Â¾ of the way up the mountain and after taking several breaks, who should came riding down from the top, but George. Heâd doubled back to ride up with me. Seeing him felt sooooo good, and my energy level and spirits picked right up â just what I needed to make it to the top! Iâll never forget Georgeâs caring attitude and his willingness to always want to help. Itâs what I remember most about that wonderful trip.
Dan Austin, ALA Owner â Germany: My family traveled to Germany last year for a biking trip along the Mosel River. It was a thrill to spend a week together. We were lunching in a quaint Bavarian village when son Andy suggested we make a new family rule: the four of us would set aside a week every year â for the rest of our lives â to travel together. âEven when weâre older and married with kids of our ownâ¦it would be so cool to travel, just the four of us,â he said. The mere suggestion that our teenage children would rather travel with us then anyone was enough for Carol and me to realize how truly lucky we were to be able to share these experiences with them. I honestly hope there are many more to come.
In the worldwide arena of adventure travel companies, National Geographic Adventure magazine recently singled out Austin-Lehman Adventures (ALA), for its highest accolade as one of the âBest Adventure Travel Companies on Earth.â
Austin says he tips his hat to the ALA team that consistently delivers the ALA service promise to its discerning clientele. ALA takes pride in its extensive staff and guide training programs and boasts one of the most generous (1:6) guide to guest ratios in the business.
Austin-Lehman Adventures manages all of the arrangements for its selected destinations that include iconic regions of North, Central and South America as well as southern Africa and in spring 2009, cycling holidays in Europe. Small groups are limited to 12 guests (18 on family departures). Rates include first-class accommodations, most meals and beverages, expert guides, park entry fees, multisport activities such as hiking, biking, rafting, horseback riding and more, ground transportation, luggage service and unlimited memories.
For a copy of the 2009 catalog as well as information on ALAâs 66 unique itineraries for active adult and family travel, please call toll-free 1.800.575.1540, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. To review current trips, schedules and itineraries you can log onto its website: http://www.austinlehman.com.