Spring Break Staycation in Fort Worth

Fort Worth Botanic Garden

Spring Break already? Wow! How fast this school year is passing by.  We are so excited to go on a family mini-vacation again.  This Spring Break we are not going very far. We are on a staycation.  And our darling daughter already planned where she wants to go-to the zoo. Haha!  But the trip to the zoo is tomorrow.  We still had an hour spare after checking in at Extended Stay of America in Fort Worth so we agreed to go to the botanic gardens.

Japanese Garden in Fort Worth Botanic Garden

I missed this place.  It’s been 10 years since I visited Fort Worth Botanic Garden for the very first time upon arrival in Texas from the Philippines.  A few attractions looked old but the ambiance still feels the same.  Serene.  I can spend all day here.  So lovely and peaceful. My darling daughter loved it here, too.  She said the Japanese Garden is her most favorite.  She fed the koi fish which she enjoyed the most.  We saw a lot of blooms along the pathways but most of the flowering plants are not in full blooms yet.  I am sure in April this place is full of colors.  You should visit.

Beautiful Cherry Tree in bloom. I am so in love with these Cherry blossoms.
The Tea House

If you want to visit the Fort Worth Botanic Garden and Japanese Garden, click here for ticket prices and What’s In Bloom info.

How to Choose the Perfect Romantic Getaway for Your Spouse

If you want to celebrate your love and relationship, there are few things more enjoyable than planning and going away on a romantic trip. You will get to spend time with your partner as well as enjoy new experiences and excitement. However, sometimes it can be hard to decide what kind of trip will be the most enjoyable without stressing yourself out or leading to frustration. You don’t have to give up on the idea, however, and you don’t have to hire a pricey travel agent. Instead, consider these facts when you are deciding.

First, pick a getaway that will include activities that you both enjoy. Of course, you will spend plenty of time just relaxing together in your room. You will also want to do some fun activities together. Don’t pick something that is fun for one partner and not the other, no matter how exciting it might sound. Instead, pick something that can be done together and that you both enjoy. For example, a couple that loves to golf can stay at a luxury resort like Indian Wells Golf Resort, giving them ample time to relax together and become closer.

Next, make sure that your getaway is in your budget as far as both time and money. You don’t have to spend a lot to get away from it all and relax with your sweetheart, but you also want to spend enough to make it feel like a special occasion. More importantly, you need to make sure that your getaway won’t get in the way of other responsibilities. No one can enjoy their romance when they are stressed about something important that they are missing at home or are on their phone working. Block out all of the distractions, even if it is just for a single day.

Finally, decide whether you want to try a new place or visit one of your old favorites. New places add excitement but can be unpredictable. Or, visit the place where you first met for nostalgic romance and rekindle your old romantic love.

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.