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Texas Road Trips

Texas Beach (Corey Leopold CC 2.0)

Summer is just around the corner for most Austinites.  Many of us can’t wait to put on our swimsuit, take off of work, and get ready for a fabulous vacation.  Well this year some might not be able to afford a trip to a Florida beach or a Caribbean cruise.  Very often Texans overlook the great number of things we have to do in our own lone star state.  After all Texas is huge.  Rhode Island would fit into Texas over 212 times, so we must have something worth seeing here!

I have created a list of some of my favorite sites to see around Texas.  Find a good map and some good company and set out for a road trip across the state.  The drive in itself can be fun.

  • You don’t have to miss out on the beach vacation!  Texas beaches have a great coastal vibe and many places to stay.  Some of the most common destinations for Texas beachgoers are Galveston and Padre Island.  My personal favorite Texas beach is in Port Aransas.  It has a small town feel with a great beach.  My favorite resort in the area is the Port Royal. It has great beach access and three fabulous pools.
  • Big Bend National Park is a historic place to take your family this summer.  With the beautiful views and serene landscapes you can experience nature close to home.  The park borders both the US and Mexico so you can get a taste of both cultures in one trip.  More information on visiting Big Bend can be found here.  The Texas ghost town of Terlingua is a fun stop while you are in the area as well. Continue reading

Austin Flights

Airplane by Bruno and Ligia Rodriguez Flickr, CC 2.0 Attribution

Airplane by Bruno and Ligia Rodriguez Flickr, CC 2.0 Attribution

If you are an Austin resident you know that flights from the Austin Bergstrom International Airport can be pretty pricey.  Our airport is ranked among the more expensive places to fly in and out of in the United States.  To make business and vacation travel a little bit less expensive try these options to get the most out of your money and your flying experience.

1.  Join any and all airline programs that you can.  Although you will get the most out of your money by being loyal to just one program, it cannot hurt to belong to all of them.  Never let your miles go to waste and make sure they count toward your collective air travel miles no matter which airline you are on.  After flying for a certain amount you can often get free flights by cashing in on your miles.

Experience Austin on a Bike!

Bruce Turner, via Flickr (Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 license)

Bruce Turner, via Flickr (Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 license)

Bikers.  Something you instantly notice as you enter the Austin city limits.  And not just a few here and there, but several!

Ever wish you could be one, just for a day?  Maybe you don’t want to spend hundreds or thousands of dollars on a bike, but would like to get up close and personal with nature or just experience downtown Austin from a new perspective.  Well, here’s your chance!  Release your inner  Armstrong by renting a bike from the Bicycle Sport Shop!  The bikes start at $13 for 2 hours, $18 for 4 hours or $22 for 24 hours.  However, there are several bikes to choose from and prices go up accordingly.

As if this isn’t already sounding awesome enough, the shop lets you borrow helmets for free and customizes your bike’s pedels to your shoes for free!  But, if  you are planning on a weekend ride you better book your reservation in advance because  according to Rental Manager Scott Schroen, slots fill up fast.  “For events, like SXSW this past week, we booked our maximum capacity of 130 bikes and our group rides fill up fast too.”

Be sure to notice the “where to ride” section of the site that offers ideas for road rides, mountain bike trails and hike and bike trails!

With this weekend’s weather looking good so far, you have no excuse not to get out there and go exploring!  I know, I know, you can thank me later.  😉

Post by Kristin White

Austin CarShare

Austin is well-known for its great public transportation. As we said earlier, it is very affordable to take the bus. Think about all the money you would save if you were to sell your car and rely on the Capital Metro bus system. But what about those few times when you do need your own car? Maybe to go to the grocery store or to get to a destination not within the bus system.

A great solution to this problem is using Austin CarShare. This non-profit organization was started in 2006 and has a fleet of cars that members pay a small monthly fee to use. You also pay a minimal amount of money per hour with the car. Their website says, “If you drive 10,000 miles or less a year, you will end up paying less than owning a car.” The monthly and hourly fees cover insurance, maintenance, and gas, all expenses that add up when you own a car.
Getting your car is easy as well. You simply register online for the time you would like to use your car. You can then pick it up at several locations around downtown, West Campus, and Hype Park. It is a great way to save money while also saving the environment.

Car sharing has been a growing trend for a number of years. After becoming popular in Europe first, cities in the US have started their own car sharing programs. One of the most successful programs is in the San Francisco area with City CarShare. So far the trend has continued to grow. To find out more about Austin CarShare visit UT’s Center for Transportation Research.

Post by Sarah Lacy