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What to Ask Before Parking Your Car Away from the Airport

Most airports around the world offer convenient parking options for travelers. You can pull into the airport, find a space in a long-term lot and pay your parking fee when you come back from your trip. The problem with these lots is that many charge a daily rate that can add up over the course of your vacation. Parking in a lot a short drive away from the airport can save you some money, but you should ask a few questions before leaving your car behind.

What Types of Spots are Available?

Always ask about the types of spots that are available, especially if you plan a longer trip. Though most lots offer basic spots in a lot that looks like any other parking lot, others offer covered spots. These spots have canopies that cover vehicles to keep those cars safe from wind and rain. Some lots work more like a covered parking garage and offer a combination of covered spots on the lower floors and open spots on the top floor.

How Do You Get to the Airport?

Parking a few miles away from the airport can help you save a few hundred dollars, but if the lot does not offer transportation to the airport, you may spend more than you would like. Many parking lots located near major airports have shuttle buses that will drive travelers to the airport. Always make sure that the shuttle will depart in time for you to make your flight and at a time that works when you return too. You can also hire a taxi or a private shuttle to get to the airport from that lot. A private JFK airport shuttle can make you feel like a celebrity on your way to the airport.

Are There Any Hidden Fees?

Hidden fees can cause you sticker shock when you get back and try to leave with your car. These fees can include those charged because your trip took longer than you planned. Some lots let you pay in advance but require that you pick your car up at a certain time. If your flight hand a delay that left you returning later than you intended, the lot might charge you a high fee. Asking these simple questions is the best way to ensure that you find a good parking lot close to the airport.

Travel And Explore

‘Spotted this beautiful home decor at Hobby Lobby.  Yes, don’t lose your sense of wonder. Travel and explore while you can. Collect memories and experiences not material things.  Memories and experiences are way more important. If you want this piece, visit a Hobby Lobby store near you and check this out at the home decor section.

Off topic: Hobby Lobby is marking down all their 4th of July merchandise to 66% off as of the moment. Also, as early as now, they have already displaying Fall and Christmas decorations. 🙂

Things To Do At Beaver’s Bend State Park In Oklahoma

This is the first Spring Break ever and we had a great time.  Our favorite getaway place, Beaver’s Bend State Park in Broken Bow, Oklahoma, was as relaxing and peaceful as ever. We have been here a few times in the previous years and I can say this is a great place if you need to be just with yourself or with your family enjoying the serenity of nature away from the busy life in the big city.

Here are few things you can do at Beaver’s Bend State Park:

Hiking

Hiking – There are hiking trails all over the state park.

We enjoy hiking.  Besides being a good exercise, hiking gives you feeling of achievement.  Once you reach the top of the hill, it feels amazing. Climbing down the hill feels more tiresome because you are using different muscles. Overall, it’s an awesome hobby.

Camping

Camping – Beaver’s Bend State Park in Oklahoma is also a great place to camp.  There are family-friend and pet-friendly camping grounds in the park.

We drove around and saw campers in their tents and camper vans. Since it is Spring Break, we saw group of young campers in the area.  My family haven’t tried camping yet because of personal reasons. Hopefully we will be able to camp here in the future.

Camping needs a lot of preparation.  You have to have a very well-made and durable camping tent. Camping is fun, too.  Remember, there is no cellphone signal in the woods so you can only use data on your mobile phones.  On the other hand, there are areas in the park where cell signals are very limited.

Soaking your feet in the ice cold water in the river.

Fishing – Yes, you can do fishing in the river at Beaver’s Bend State Park.  Bring your fishing gear and unexpired fishing license or fishing permit and you are good to catch rainbow trouts and other trouts.

We would love to go fishing in the future.  We just have to work on my darling daughter’s patience.  🙂 For now, we just enjoy soaking our feet in the ice cold water in the river.

DO NOT FORGET:  If you hear the siren, get off the water immediately because the water level in the river will rise quickly when they release water from the dam.  🙂

 

Vacation in Punta Cana- Special Things to do

The Caribbean country of the Dominican Republic is a fantastic tropical island destination that offers white sand beaches to stroll along, great seafood dishes to try, water sport activities galore, friendly locals and spa opportunities. In addition, the Punta Cana hotels are hard to beat with great prices throughout the year and with most offering spectacular views. If you’re thinking about planning a trip to this island escape, you’ll find that there are plenty of activities and attractions to choose from, making it so that you’ll have trouble deciding which ones to partake in. To help you decide, here’s a list of some of the best things to do.

Go Golfing

If you love a good game of golf, you’ll find plenty of those around here. In fact, Punta Cana is known for its beautiful ocean front golf courses that offer views of the Caribbean ocean during your entire golf game. You’ll also find that most of the courses were designed by top golf designers, making for some rather good games. Most courses also offer drinks and food, as well as a club house of some sort.

Manati Park

A half day activity, Manati Park is great for the entire family with lots of different birds and reptiles on display. Here you’ll find a Taino dance performance and a playful parrot show along with flamingo, iguana and crocodile exhibits.  Prices here are a bit on the high side, but in the end worth the cost.

Ziplining

There are several companies within Punta Cana that offer ziplining tours, and all of them seem to get great reviews. If you’re not afraid of heights, or at least looking to get over that fear, then ziplining through the jungle is perfect for you. Generally these tours last a few hours and are a great way to build up an appetite before heading to the beach for some lunch.

Whale Watching Tours

During part of the year, hundreds of humpback whales gather in the Samana Bay, offering guests and locals alike a chance to see these gentle beauties up close and personal. On a whale watching tour, you’ll board a boat where the crew’s knowledge about whales will be on display the entire time, allowing you to ask questions about their behavior, size, eating patterns and migration paths. This is a great opportunity to learn more about these creatures and tours are kid friendly.

Horseback Riding

Horseback riding is great for those who don’t mind strolling along beaches, on jungle paths and through town. With a horseback riding tour, you’ll find yourself enjoying some time in nature as you take in the area from a different point of view. These tours also vary in time length, making them an easy activity to fit into your day.

Remember, the longer you make your trip, the more activities you’ll be able to enjoy. This means that even though weekends getaways are great, a week or two in the country will allow for a lot more exploring.