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Can't Travel Right Now? How to Make Austin, Texas Look Like A Luxury Vacation

Jessica Ufuoma

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Right now, it's almost impossible to travel somewhere without all the hassles that come with it. Many people are dying for an adventure but can't seem to make that happen. If you live in Austin though, you're in prime location for exploring the city like you're on a luxury vacation. Here are some things to do to experience the wholesome beauty of Austin, Texas.

1.) Dive into the Hamilton Pool Reserve

The Hamilton pool reserve in Austin Texas is a hot spot for swim enthusiasts who want to cool off on a hot summer day and not only that, it features clear blue water, waterfalls and it's just very beautiful and scenic. It'd be hard to tell whether you're in the Bahamas or you're still in Texas. This place requires a reservation prior to visiting and this rule was implemented as a result of the heavy traffic it was seeing.

Fun fact - The pool is located about 20 miles west of Austin and was created by the collapse of an ancient underground river. Definitely one to check out to get that vacation feel that you're craving - just make sure to make a reservation first.

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2.) Horseback riding in Austin

Texans are known for a lot of things and horseback riding is one of them. However, not every Texan does this for leisure or to kickback. And no, they do not ride horses to work or school. There are some really scenic trails for riding a horse in Austin, Texas and that can feel like an activity you'll pay a fortune for when abroad on vacation. Why not experience it in your own city at a fraction of the cost?

You can book a ride through the following places: Texas Trail Rides, Maverick Horseback Riding, Miraval Wellness Resort, Renegade Trail Ride, and Tristar Farm. In conclusion, there's no shortage of the many ways you can book a horseback ride in Austin, Texas.

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3.) Get away to the Hill Country Hammock House

There's something about breaking free from your regular routine and seeing somewhere new, even if that place isn't that much farther away from home. A staycation is necessary even in these times because it can revitalize you and set you in a much better mood. Enter Hill Country Hammock House, a serene Texas location that'd have you feeling like you're all the way in Bali, Indonesia. This place is located just 45 minutes outside of Austin, Texas, so it's a short drive but one that'd most likely give you a feel for being on a faraway luxury vacation.

Here's a link to book this Airbnb. Give yourself a treat, you know you deserve it.

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4.) Take a dip in Barton Springs Pool

Did you know Texas had such clear blue water? You don't have to go all the way to the Bahamas to experience it - it's right there in Austin, Texas. You can find the Barton Springs Pool within Zilker Park and it's so large it measures three acres in size. Barton springs attract a diverse crowd of people and has had nearly 800,000 people in recent years.

This is a great place to cool off after a long day, it's a great spot for families and it's an awesome way to break free from the familiarity of a routine and try something new and exciting. Best part? It is within reach in your own city.

Here's the address: 2201 Barton Springs Rd, Austin, TX 78704

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So there you have it - some awesome ways you can still feel the spirit of vacation without going too far out of town and while we can't travel right now, you can take advantage of experiencing the beauty of your city until the time is right to hop on a plane and go somewhere new. Life's still happening, even in these times. Don't let it go by unaccounted for.

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