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Donkey Fact: Did you know donkeys have an excellent memory?

They are capable of remembering a place they have been to or other donkeys they met 25 years ago! Our aim is that you won't forget this trip for at least 25 years! Founders, Mark and Massimo, are two adventure nomads who turned their passions into their work. Our office is in Austin, Texas and we have been in the business of organizing experiences of a lifetime for 14 years. We are an unconventional travel company! The next tab over will show you why we consider ourselves unconventional (you won’t find any tour operator offering the experience we offer), the last tab will give you the confidence to trust us with your free time, and below you can read in detail about each of our staff. So what does our name mean?! We challenge you to learn a bit about donkeys! So much so that we’ve made it easy for you by collecting a list of donkey facts here. These animals are amazing and we hope we represent donkeys well by offering you the most fun and adventurous trip of your life!

A mind, body and adventure experience

Our trips are special if you you happen to share the same values as Mark and Massimo. We’re not for everybody and these trips will really only interest you if you share our interests, not only in regards to activities but also in the manner of interacting with the people and places we visit. We love a well organized trip; it fact we pride ourselves in having thought of just about everything. That being said, we value flexibility and leisure time. We love good food and on some trips bring along our own chef! We don’t like following the crowds of tourists and love interacting with locals. We want you to walk away feeling that you saw more than just the sites and actually interacted with locals. Fancy a casual paella cooking lesson in the countryside or taking in a local festival. We want you love a place and culture and want to return! We are lovers of adventure sports, whether it be climbing, kayaking, kitesurfing, mountain biking, paragliding, road biking, and a few others. We don’t simply want to offer a “been there, done that” experience. Instead our goal is to introduce you to a place and a sport. We aim to teach the beginner how to kayak, kitesurf, paraglide, etc. (or improve the skills of someone with experience). We don’t just toss a bunch of people into a huge raft and whiz down a river nor do we simply strap you onto an instructor for a tandem paragliding flight so you can say you’ve paraglided. Rather we teach you the more technical sport of kayaking or we spend days learning how to paraglide so you can fly solo (now you’ve really done it)! We teach you just enough so that you can really discover a sport and feel that you learned enough to perhap adopt a new passion! We don’t offer loads of trips all over the world, we instead focus on the places that offer the best experience for those particular sports. We love creating connections between people through shared interests and activities and hope you’ll keep in touch with your fellow group members after the trip (and with us too)! The bottom line is simply that our trips will never feel like a packaged tour where the same is offered time after time. We aim to offer an unforgettable experience along with unparalleled service.

A donkey will never get involved in an unsafe activity.

Donkey Fact: In case donkeys sense something wrong while traveling, they will simply not move ahead and will dig in their heels. Contrary to popular belief, this behavior is due to their intelligence and their ability to assess a situation rather than stubbornness. Though they put safety first, however they are still very curious by nature! We’ve been in the industry long enough to know that you need to trust the company that will handle your trip so allow us a moment to tell us a bit more about Tough Donkey in that regard. You’re not dealing with a foreign based company with whom you have little or no recourse if things go wrong. We are a Texas-based LLC who carries a professional liability insurance policy and has a physical office in a real building in Austin. We encourage anyone to drop by! Mark was a CPA for Ernst & Young before deciding to start his own cycling tour company in France in 2003. The company was successful, but he changed course and went into the golf tour business, and along with his father (who has been in the tour operating business for over 45 years), build up Pioneer Golf into one of the three largest golf tour operators in the world servicing the most famous golf destinations of Scotland, England, Ireland, and Northern Ireland. In fact, Pioneer Golf is one of a few “Authorized Providers” of guaranteed tee times on arguably the most famous course in the world, the St. Andrews Old Course. Pioneer Golf sends thousands of golfers around the world annually and is well-respected in the industry. Mark is still one of the two owners of Pioneer Golf but now dedicates 90% of his time to Tough Donkey. Despite the fact that Tough Donkey LLC is merely a foal, it has years of industry know-how behind it. Also 2 years have been spent researching, traveling, and organizing to be able to present our trips. I think the time and energy invested in designing our trips will be readily apparent by the attention to detail of our trip descriptions. Lastly, talk to us! Massimo and Mark will call you from wherever in the world they are. They love to talk about the trips and you’ll walk away from a call feeling as if you’re in good hands.

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Our adventure team

These people makes your adventure a way more interesting

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John Dow
Adventurer / Art Director
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Melisa Donahill
Adventurer / Tours Planifier
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Andrew Kramer
Adventurer / Tourist Guide
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Alice Serres
Adventure / Tourist Guide

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SAFETY PAYMENT

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