In nature, snowbirds migrate based on instinct, and yet, over the years, they can still learn how to do it smarter and where to find the most food and the best overall experience. The same applies to Winter Texans who snowbird down in the winter: seeking out warmer climates is instinctive, but you can always find ways to improve your migration habits.
Click the link for 4 ways to reward yourself when wintering on the Texas coast. But read on to learn yet four more important tips to make your annual experience better than ever before!
1—Bring Your Car With You
Even if you use an RV, you obviously aren’t going to want to drive it everywhere you go once you arrive in Texas. You likely have a vehicle back home, but may not have brought it with you for your winter stay in the past. But when you’re staying for months on end, it can be cheaper to use a professional auto shipper to get your car to your destination than to rent a car your whole time snowbirding.
Having your own vehicle with you makes it a lot more convenient to get to where you want to go and to see all the things you’d like to include on your winter itinerary. Auto shipping is very practical—and there’s no reason you can’t have your own car with you during this time!
2—Scout Out the Best RV Parks
A little online research and some word of mouth information from fellow snowbirds can pay off in finding the most affordable and most accommodating RV parks.
Instead of just sticking with a single park, it can be much more exciting and convenient to find three or four—one in each region. That lets you explore all Texas has to offer instead of just one area. Start off, perhaps, in northern Texas and work your way south to the border as the winter season intensifies. That gets you both the best weather and a variety of experiences.
3—Hit the Highlights Texas-wide
Texas is a big state with a near-endless array of great tourist attractions. But there are some true highlights that everyone ought to visit at least once. Perhaps, you’ve not yet gotten around to seeing some of these.
Make this the year you visit the Alamo and stroll down the famed Riverwalk in San Antonio; the year you cruise on Dallas-area lakes; the year you see NASA, the Grand Opera, and the Historic District in Houston; and the year you explore the unique German heritage of the little Texas town of Boerne.
4—Don’t Miss Out on Texas’ Natural Beauty
There’s a lot of ecotourism potential in the state of Texas, even if it wasn’t the first state that that word brings to your mind. First, visit the World Birding Center with its 9 stations in The Valley (Lower Rio Grande Valley Area). This is the best place to see birds migrating up/down from Mexico—two flyways converge. Texas is actually one of the very best of all birdwatching states.
Second, you may want to get out to Corpus Christi and hit the beaches there, so you can do some turtle watching. Endangered sea turtles are a marvel to behold.
Third, consider camping around Big Spring. This gives you some of the most beautiful wilderness views in Texas, and you can see the big spring that Big Spring is named after.
Finally, consider visiting some of Texas’ rugged national parks, like Big Bend with its gorgeous canyons and jagged mountains, the Guadalupe Mountains with dunes and peaks, and Big Thicket National Preserve for second-to-none wildlife viewing.
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