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ILYSM Ep. 50: the great, big summer travel episode! 

For our 50th episode of Austin360’s “I Love You So Much” podcast, we’re going places. In this special travel episode, we talked to some of our travel expert friends and colleagues about staycations, affordable excursions and nearby adventures for adrenaline junkies.

Statesman travel editor Kristin Finan joins in to talk trips that get you the most bang for your buck: creative day trips from Austin, Texas beaches post-Hurricane Harvey and even a new obstacle course on Lake Travis.

Helen Anders is a longtime travel writer and has watched the industry change for Americans. She joins us to talk about hotels vs. Airbnb, unlikely but awesome trips and how she broke into the business in the first place.

Pam LeBlanc, back, and Marcy Stellfox leap off Dolan Falls below the Del Norte Unit of the Devils River State Natural Area on May 8, 2017.  (Erich Schlegel / Texas Parks & Wildlife Magazine)

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What’s your level of adventure? Austin360 fitness reporter Pam Leblanc gives you options for trips to take it from eyebrow-raising to heart-pounding. Whether you just want to dip a toe into the adventure pool, or you’re ready to dive into danger headfirst, we’ve got options for you.

In a quiz with Statesman media editor Gary Dinges, we talk direct flights from Austin and see how well Gary knows how to (quickly and efficiently) get out of town.

In our travel-themed Toast segment, where the hosts share anything they are interested in or want to recommend, Omar L. Gallaga suggests a trip to Denver: Is it the cheaper Portland? Addie Broyles gives us the inside scoop on the Back Porch in Wimberley. And Tolly Moseley talks Sante Fe, which she just covered for the American-Statesman’s travel section.

And this week, we have a special announcement! We at the “I Love You So Much” podcast are celebrating the show’s one-year anniversary with a happy hour, and you’re invited! It’s coming Aug. 1 at Indian Roller, 10006 Manchaca Road. The party starts at 6:30 p.m, and it’s free to get in. Check out the Facebook invite if you’d like to attend.

Find our episode archive and other podcast info at our home page or on Twitter @LoveAustin360.

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