Musician and freelance writer Justin Marler offers his insider's perspective on Austin, San Antonio, and Texas's Hill Country, including where to take a leisurely stroll, rock-climb in the great outdoors, or catch a live show. Marler shares unique travel strategies like Texas Pride, Family Fun in San Antonio, and Hill Country Road Trip—an itinerary that will take you on a whirlwind horseback-riding, antiques-hunting, and wine-tasting tour. With expert advice on exploring the region's most interesting historic sights and dining on the best Tex-Mex money can buy, Moon Austin, San Antonio & the Hill Country gives travelers the tools they need to create a more personal and memorable experience.
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Justin Marler's writing and traveling began in the early 1990s in the San Francisco Bay Area. At the age of 19 he joined a prominent alternative rock band, traveled extensively, and landed his first publishing deal writing fiction. Before finishing his manuscript, he left conventional life and entered an Eastern Orthodox monastery in northern California. As a monk, Justin traveled the world over, wrote spiritual texts and travelogues for magazines, worked in the publishing arm of the monastery, and wrote his first full-length book, Youth of the Apocalypse.
After seven years spent as a monk, Justin returned to the world,” where he entered both the music and publishing professions: he fronted an alternative rock band by night and worked for Lonely Planet Travel Publications by day, where he was an in-house illustrator and occasional travel writer. After his stint at Lonely Planet, Justin worked in the travel division of Avalon Publishing Group as a production coordinator.
Justin's first encounter with Austin was through music: While touring the U.S. with his band, they made a stop in Austin, where they performed at the famed alternative rock venue Emo's. Today, Justin lives in Austin with his wife and two daughters, and is the frontman of the indie rock band Shiny Empire.
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