Texans who love to travel and our favorite destination is
the beach, hence the Texas Beach Bums. Check out our "bummin'
around" link for a list of places we've been and those we
dream of seeing some day.
I try not
to be "preachy" on my pages, but everyone has their opinion
and sometimes mine just comes pouring out. After all - it is
MY web page.
I despise cold weather, folks that
mistreat animals, people that think
their opinion is the only one and exercise.
I love reading, piddling with
graphic software, growing flowers, cooking (not baking), my
friends and family and of course traveling is my passion.
both born and raised in the panhandle of Texas in small
farming communities. We now reside in Alexandria, VA., an
area filled with over six million souls from every nation and
culture around the world. It is a lot to take in, but
we are giving it shot.
We are in this wonderful city for
Mick's job. He has 29+ years with the FSA department of
the USDA. In January 2017 he accepted a position in DC
giving us a chance to explore the northeastern United States
and share the capital area with friends and family.
Hints and Tips for travel...
There are books that have hundreds of pages helping you plan
your travel. I won't try to duplicate their efforts,
but here are a few things we have learned.
1. Never take a trip that
extends beyond your budget. The memories will be
bitter because you will end up spending more than you
planned. Or there will be something amazing that you have to
pass on because you just can't afford anything extra. Pick
something less expensive. Have a chance to treat your
kids to ice cream or enjoy buying your wife to a 2nd
margarita. A travel agent once told me. It
is much more pleasant to be the rich ones in the crowd than
to stand out as the poor people in the group. Sounds snobby
- yes. Make sense - yes.
2. If traveling with
friends make sure the friendship can survive. Talk and plan
and KNOW what other travelers expect. Have an
understanding of their definition of a nice dinner. There is
a big difference between $20 entrees and a $65 dollar steak
with no sides included. Always firm up ahead of time what
and when will be dutch treat. Never ever travel with anyone
that can't roll with the punches, gets rude with service
staff or stares at the weirdoes. You could end up
getting beat up!
3. Research. The
internet has more information than you can dig through.
Don't believe the first review you read and don't discount
it. I always wonder when folks show up to get on a
cruise ship and they have not completed their paperwork.
They have beer in their carry on and are mad they are
expected to throw it away. Or the people who get to a
resort and expect to go into town each day and it is a $50
cab ride one way. All of this information is on the
web. Take the time to research. Vacation days
and dollars are too precious to deal with problems that
didn't have to be.
4. If you expect a perfect
vacation, you will be disappointed. Flight delays, rude
people, travel sickness even a bottle of rum exploding in
your suitcase (yes it did) can all be a pain. Go
anyway and have a good time. That decision is yours.
For us, when it happens we look at each other and say. "It's
a tough life, but somebody's got to do it." (Lori it
is forever burned in my mind.)