Robert Macias

Robert Macias - Austin Expert
Robert Macias

A sixth-generation Texan, Robert has covered Austin and Central Texas for TripSavvy since 2011.

Robert has a Bachelor of Arts in English literature, with a journalism minor, from the University of Texas at Austin.

He’s lived in Austin for more than 20 years, leading editorial staffs at Citysearch, Hispanic Magazine and Texas Parks & Wildlife Magazine. As a freelancer since 2009, he’s worked as a writer and editor on travel-related projects for Hotels.com, Expedia, Guidepal, the Cultural Atlas, MapQuest and Travel & Leisure.

Experience

Robert first fell in love with Austin and Central Texas while attending the University of Texas at Austin, where he received a degree in English literature. After college, he moved back to his hometown of Houston to work at Houston Metropolitan Magazine. He returned to Austin just in time for the dot-com boom.

As Editor-in-Chief of the Austin Citysearch site, he helped build the city's first online entertainment guide from the ground up. He also worked for two Latino-focused publications: Hispanic Magazine and Todos.com. In the latter role, he often found himself leading editorial meetings in the startup’s home office in Mexico City, where (fortunately) most of the managers spoke English. His jobs at Latino publications helped him explore his father’s Cuban heritage and appreciate the great diversity of other Latino cultures. Another venture took him outside the realm of journalism entirely, working for an Austin startup that created the first broadband-based home security system.

From 2004 to 2009, Robert was the Editorial Director of Texas Parks & Wildlife Magazine. In response to the magazine’s changing demographics, he revamped the editorial strategy and placed a greater emphasis on nature travel. This gave him the opportunity to visit many of the state’s natural wonders, from Barton Springs and Hamilton Pool in Central Texas to the mountains of West Texas to the white-sand beaches of South Padre Island. The job helped him get in touch with his inner nature nerd and develop a greater appreciation for Texas' abundant outdoor recreation options. As a freelancer since 2009, in addition to his travel writing, he’s worked as an editor-for-hire via Upwork, editing personal memoirs, marketing books, novels, magazine articles, screenplays and even one wedding vow renewal speech. He’s also written two feature-length screenplays.

Robert has written about Austin and Central Texas for TripSavvy since 2011. 

Education

Robert holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Texas at Austin. 

Awards and Publications

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