I grew up in Austin and took my first overseas trip to London and Paris with my high school class. I went to the University of Texas for my undergraduate degree and Pepperdine University for my law degree. I practiced as a transactional lawyer for over 20 years. During that time I made travel a priority and have traveled to over 50 countries. The skills I used as a lawyer, such as attention to detail, efficiency, research and negotiation, will help me plan an amazing trip for you.
I particularly enjoy planning wildlife viewing and other adventure trips, with the right amount of luxury. Africa is a big draw for me. There is nothing quite like sitting quietly in an open jeep close to a large male lion in the morning mist when he calls to another lion across the plain or sitting close to a silverback mountain gorilla while young gorillas play in the forest. I have also been able to watch wild orangutans interact in Borneo, listen to Indri lemurs singing in Madagascar, see tigers in Ranthambore National Park in India and get close to Asian elephants in Sri Lanka and Thailand. I have also been to Antarctica, South Georgia and the Falklands to see may species of penguins, including the Emperor and King penguins.
I also enjoy cultural trips and seeing the ruins in Angkor Wat, witnessing the Esala Perahera festival in Sri Lanka, and touring most of the Mayan ruins in Mexico and Central America. Active hiking trips in Patagonia and horseback riding trips in Italy have also been enjoyable. A little spa time is also a welcome treat and Rancho La Puerta in Mexico is a favorite. These adventures have all been wonderful life-changing experiences for me and I would love to assist others in experiencing these types of activities.
Sometimes I travel with my husband, sometimes with friends, sometimes with my mom, and sometimes by myself. Whether you are building memories with loved ones or learning about yourself on a solo trip, it is always an adventure. I think travel can be life-changing and life-affirming.
I am constantly reading about the best places to go, fantastic places to stay and new experiences. Using my experience and Departure Lounge’s resources and connections I can offer value for money and help you optimize your time on a fantastic adventure.
If you are looking for luxury travel or an event venue in Austin with Kim Shraibati, contact Departure Lounge, a travel agency in Austin TX for more information!