Spring Break is just around the corner. Do you have any plans for the kids or entire family yet? And if you are like many people, your budget still might be tight from the holidays but you still want to get out and enjoy the weather.
Fortunately, for locals and visitors alike, several of Houston’s most memorable attractionswon’t break the bank, in fact they won’t even cost a dime.
5 FREE Family-Friendly Spring Break Attractions
Tucked on the west side of Memorial park is the Houston Arboretum and Nature Center, a 155-acre nature sanctuary that educates visitors on how to protect native plants and animals in the city. Walk the center’s five miles of trails and visit the sanctuary’s interactive exhibits free of charge. Dogs on leashes are welcome.
Set sail on a free, 90-minute boat tour of the Port of Houston. While on board the 90-passenger boat, you’ll learn about the history of the seaport and be able to watch ocean freighters and barges navigate the 50-mile channel. The tour is free, but reservations are required.
Witness 250,000 bats emerge at dusk from under the Waugh Drive Bridge, located over Buffalo Bayou between Allen Parkway and Memorial Drive.
Miller Outdoor Theatremight be one of the best reasons to visit (and live in!) Houston. Open from March through November, the venue hosts a range of performances including classical music, ballet, dance, film, Shakespeare and more. The theater, set inside Hermann Park, also allows patrons to BYOB (no glass containers, please!), so pack a picnic and settle in for the show.
Open and free to the public, the Moody Center is dedicated to trans-disciplinary collaboration in the arts, sciences and humanities, and establishes a new arts district on the campus as it stands close by the distinguished Shepherd School of Music and the permanent James Turrell Twilight Epiphany Skyspace. The $30 million, 50,000-square-foot center serves as an experimental platform for creating and presenting works in all disciplines, a flexible teaching space and a forum for creative partnerships with visiting national and international artists.
Maybe you are not one of the ones with a tight budget and have a few dollars to spend. If that’s the case, here are some local destinations that come with a reasonable cost.
5 More Fun Family-Friendly Spring Break Destinations That Cost
Moody Gardens:On top of Moody Garden’s famous aquarium, rainforest and discovery pyramids, they also have an exhilarating five-tier Sky Trail Ropes Course which boasts being the tallest Steel Ropes Course on the Gulf Coast! After you conquer the ropes course, thrill seekers can boost their adventure with the Moody Gardens Zip Line that travels 60-feet above Palm Beach and the Lazy River!
Schlitterbahn Spring Break: Schlitterbahn Waterpark Galveston heats up the Wasserfest section of the park to deliver the most Spring Break fun. Their indoor waterpark is awarded the Golden Ticket for World’s Best Indoor Waterpark for the last eight years in a row. Tickets are only $25.99 for adults and $20.99 for children and seniors! Schlitterbahn Spring Break will be open from March 10 to 18 with extended hours of 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier:The beautiful landmark located at 25th & Seawall will be open from March 9 to 18, and will offer a special three-in-one deal that offers Pleasure Pier, the Kemah Boardwalk and the Downtown Aquarium in Houston for a reduced price of $89.99. This price includes unlimited access to each of these attractions throughout the entirety of spring break. Enjoy the cool Gulf breezes as you enjoy rides such as the Gulf Glider, Iron Shark and Revolution.
Jet Boat Thrill Ride: The entire family will enjoy the thrill and excitement of right-angle turns, accelerated speeds and “The Hamilton Spin,” a maneuver that spins the boat 360 degrees on its axis throwing a head-high wall of water into the air. Tickets are $30 and you can book online here.
Space Center Houston:Experience nine days of space exploration education during Space Center Houston Spring Break – Days of Innovation March 10-18. Discover flown spacecraft from the first and last crewed lunar landings, see and touch actual moon and Mars rocks, have Lunch with an Astronaut and explore space science through hands-on learning. With more than 400 things to see and do, Space Center Houston has something for everyone.
Did you know Texas 6 RV Park is located with easy access to Houston, Pearland, Sugarland , Galveston and all these Local Attractions!! Call us today to reserve a spot!
Whether you like it or not, tax season is upon us. Lucky for you, the nation’s tax deadline will be April 17 this year – so you will have two additional days to file beyond April 15. Yay!
But back to the question at hand….Can I Take RV Tax Deductions? Well….this question is actually a great question for your Tax preparer or CPA. But if you purchased a new RV or own an RV, you might be interested in this article by Sapling about RV Tax Deductions. If you have any additional deductions not mentioned here, leave it in the comments! Enjoy!
Although most folks don’t buy an RV for the tax breaks, there are a few to be had. If your RV meets the Internal Revenue Service qualifications for a first or second home, you may deduct any mortgage interest and points you purchased to finance the RV. You may also write off the cost of RV sales tax in lieu of deducting state income tax. Taxpayers can claim both deductions on Schedule A, Itemized Deductions.
Any interest you pay financing an RV may be tax-deductible. The IRS allows taxpayers to write off interest expense on the purchase of a first or second home. The interest on the purchase of an RV, trailer, motor home or camper can be deducted if it meets the definition of a qualified home. If it has a place to sleep, cooking facilities and toilet facilities, it qualifies as a home.
The loan origination fee, any discount points and subsequent interest payments on qualifying RVs are all tax-deductible expenses. Your lender should send you a Form 1098 each year detailing the amount of tax-deductible interest payments you made during the year. If you did not receive one, call your lender to request either a Form 1098 or an amortized list of payments that break out interest. Itemize interest and points on lines 10 and 11 of “Interest You Paid” on Schedule A.
Sales Tax Paid
If you purchased your RV outright, you’ll have the opportunity to claim a deduction for the sales tax you paid on it. The IRS allows taxpayers to deduct either state and local income tax or state and local sales taxes. If you live in a state that doesn’t levy income taxes, it’s a no-brainer to claim the sales tax deduction. If you do pay state income taxes, you should compare the amount you paid in state income tax to the amount you paid in sales tax and choose the larger of the two.
Deducting Sales Tax
Add up all the sales tax payments that you have documentation and receipts for. It can be a time-consuming task, so use bank statements and credit card statements to help you identify purchases. Record sales tax as an itemized deduction on Schedule A. Under item 5 in “Taxes You Paid,” mark box B and record your total general sales tax payments.
Whether it is staying home and watching Dick Clark’s New Year Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest or going out in your swankiest attire to ring in the new year with friends…we want to make sure you stay safe and healthy while doing so. We found these helpful tips by The Huffington Post (original article: http://bit.ly/2AqHCaQ):
New Year’s Eve: Tips for a Safe and Healthy Holiday
New Year’s season is one of the most fun and joyous holidays of the year. However, did you know that it is also one of the most dangerous holidays of the year? It is estimated that during Christmas and New Year’s season, almost 95 million Americans will be on the roadtraveling to visit family and friends. People are much more likely to drink and drive around Jan. 1 than during any other major holiday of the year. Almost half of all car accidents on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day are due to drinking and driving.
When planning New Year’s Eve, the majority of people aim to celebrate as best they can and create one of the most memorable nights of the year. This often involves lots of alcohol. While it is hoped that most make responsible plans, many often do not. By not ensuring the safety of yourself and others around you during this night, you put yourself at a higher risk of the biggest dangers surrounding this holiday. Make sure you take the proper precautions to ensure your own safety as well as the safety of those around you. Here’s what you should know to avoid some of the biggest dangers and to stay safe and healthy during the New Year’s season:
Don’t drink and drive
Jan. 1 is the No. 1 day of the year with the highest percent of deaths related to alcohol, according to Insurance Institute for Highway Safety data. Between 2007 and 2011, alcohol accounted for 42 percent of all traffic deaths during the holiday. The more alcohol we consume, the slower the activity of the brain, heart and lungs. Before you celebrate, plan ahead. Aim to have a designated driver, or at least to take a cab or an Uber. Beware of other drunk drivers as they are probably more of a worry than yourself. And as always, wear your seatbelt!
If you will be drinking, pace yourself
What many people don’t realize when drinking is that our bodies absorb alcohol faster than we metabolize it. Therefore, the faster we drink, the more time the toxins from the alcohol spend in our bodies. As a result, we have harsher hangovers. Aim to drink no more than one drink per hour. Our livers metabolize about one alcoholic drink per hour. Know the difference in the amounts of the types of alcoholic drinks you are consuming, and that one beer does not equal six shots (12 oz. beer = 4-5 oz. of wine = 1.5 oz. of hard liquor). When drinking, sip slowly. Melted ice will dilute drink, so order drinks on-the-rocks. Add more club soda or tonic water to your drinks than alcohol.
Alcohol is a diuretic. This means that the more you drink, the more you have to urinate. More frequent urination leads to dehydration. Dehydration causes hangover symptoms such as headaches and dizziness. Aim to drink at least one large glass of water before and in between drinking alcoholic beverages. You should drink one glass of water for every alcoholic drink you consume. This will also keep you from getting too drunk.
Many people believe that coffee sobers you up in that the caffeine will speed up alcohol’s metabolism. As a result, many think it is helpful to drink a quick cup of coffee before hitting the road. However, this is a MYTH. Coffee may help you wake up a bit, but will not sober you up. The only cure for being drunk is time. If you need to get home and don’t have time to wait, get a ride from a sober driver or call a cab. You don’t want to risk getting into an accident and hurting yourself, or someone else.
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So now you’ve got your brand new 30-foot long fifth-wheeler or even longer motorhome and are ready to set out on the open highway. You’ve picked out your destination RV Park and just arrived at the RV Park….but wait….how do you park your new RV????
With many campsites designed to accommodate smaller vehicles, easing your 30-foot long fifth-wheeler or even longer motorhome into some spots can be a challenge. At Texas 6 RV Park, we have available Back-In spaces and Pull-Through spaces. (Check out our daily, weekly and monthly rates)
That’s why it’s important to know these 4 easy tips for parking your RV:
Verify that your RV can get to the RV Park. While the roads in most RV Parks are easy to navigate, there are still some that could be difficult to access due to sharp turns and tight squeezes around big rocks and trees. Be sure to check the RV Park’s website for any caution notices to warn of longer rigs. Of course if you have concerns, you can always contact the RV Park directly to check.
Make sure your RV will fit the park. Most RV Parks in Texas and other states websites provide details for each site, including its length. Check that the spot you’ve selected will accommodate both your tow vehicle and your trailer or your motorhome, without sticking out into the road.
Check the RV Park before you pull in. If you can do so without blocking others, get out and take a look at the spot. Look for any objects or areas that might pose any hazards, such as, low hanging branches, posts, and power and water hookups. You’ll also want to keep these same objects can prevent you from extending your slide outs, so make sure the coast is clear!
Have a friend guide you in. No matter how skilled you think you are at backing into parking spots, things will go a lot smoother with extra eyes watching. There’s nothing worse than the crunch of an RV bumper hitting a picnic table or something worse. Your friend can also make sure you are in straight and that you’re completely out of the road.
And that’s how to park your RV! Your RV is now safely in the RV Park and ready to enjoy!
Identity thieves don’t take a vacation when you go RVing. In fact, 30 percent of Americans have either been the victims of identity theft while traveling, or know someone who has, according to a 2014 survey conducted by Edelman Berland on behalf of Experian’s ProtectMyID®.
Crooks have no trouble hitting a moving target. That’s why it’s important to take steps to protect your identity as you prepare for your trip, and also while you’re traveling. Here are five actions you can take to help safeguard your identity.
1. Plan Your Trip Carefully
When you are out and about on vacation, carefully plan where you’ll go and the sights you’ll see. Investigate the companies you’ll be traveling with and learn the names of reputable taxi companies and transportation providers at your destination.
2. Back Up Important Documents
Before you leave home, make copies of your driver’s license, passport, credit cards, and any other vital documents, and carry them with you. When you leave your hotel room, lock the copies in the hotel safe. If your wallet or purse gets lost or stolen while you’re out sightseeing, you’ll have the backups safely stored at the hotel.
3. Travel Light
The more you take with you, the more you have to lose. Carry only the essentials, such as your driver’s license, passport, credit card, and health insurance card. Leave everything else securely stored at home, including your Social Security card, extra credit cards, and other forms of identification.
4. Prep Your Home
Criminals who break into your home now can do worse than simply take your belongings. They also can steal your identity if they find documents or electronic items that contain sensitive information. Take steps to ensure it looks like you’re still at home. Put lights on a timer so they switch on automatically when it gets dark. Put a hold on all mail and newspaper delivery. Ask a trusted friend to water outside plants or bring trash cans off the street so your home looks lived in. Secure important documents in a lockbox inside the house. Finally, turn off your home Wi-Fi network so no one can access your home systems while you’re away.
5. Stay Alert for Identity Theft Situations
Of course you want to have fun and relax while RVing, but always be aware of your surroundings as you sightsee or pass through busy areas; thieves can pick your pocket and then use the information they find to commit identity theft. Also, stay alert to scams — the “taxi” driver in an unmarked car who promises entry to a popular attraction at half the price or without a wait, or a RV Park Host who wants to keep your credit card for the duration of your stay.
If you suspect your identity may have been compromised while traveling, check your credit report for signs, such as new credit accounts you didn’t open. When you return home, you also should review all your credit card and financial accounts to determine if there are any unauthorized transactions. Contact your bank or credit card company immediately if you see any activity you don’t recognize.
With a few simple steps, you’ll have peace of mind during your next RV vacation.
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Here are 29 reasons from RV bloggers Heath and Alyssa (www.heathandalyssa.com) why living in an RV is better than living in a traditional home. One reason for every foot of their awesome RV named “Franklin”. Enjoy!
1. Our RV has taken us to 49 states across America. My childhood home didn’t have wheels. Deal breaker.
2. Franklin likes to boast breathtaking views out of his window. In a normal home some of these views would run you a million dollars.
3. RVing across the country makes you not take normal things for granted (i.e good wifi, nice showers, and a dishwasher). I miss the days where streaming Netflix was almost thoughtless. Now we measure RV park wifi based on whether or not we can watch Daredevil.
4. I can drive to a destination and cook a Totinos pizza at the same time. Heck, Alyssa can cook most of our meals while the RV is driving.
5. We aren’t being crushed under a giant mortgage. Our home is paid off.
6. Living in a small space during our first year of marriage forces us to learn how to resolve conflicts, like the massive blow-out fight over the GPS while driving in downtown Albuquerque, NM.
7. The RV lifestyle promotes being outdoors where as having a big house promotes sitting on the couch, binge-watching Netflix.
8. Our RV pays for itself in one year. What we paid for our RV ($11,500) is the equivalent to approximately one year of rent in Austin, Texas (and equivalent to way less than a full year of rent in most other cities across the country!).
9. We have no utility bills.
10. RVing is like speed dating for friendships. Invite someone over for a cup of coffee and see how long you can stand being with them in a small space.1
11. An RV teaches you to be clean. One dish left out is no big deal in a large house, but in a 29 foot RV it’s basically going to make the whole place feel like a mess. Clean that up!
12. I can pee without having to make a pit stop. Maybe this is a guy thing, but I think it’s cool.
13. You can decorate for the holidays on a ridiculously cheap budget. We skipped Halloween, spent $15 at Walmart and Franklin is decked out for Christmas.
14. It takes five minutes to clean the entire house. Six minutes if you vacuum.
15. When you cook bacon, the whole RV smells like heaven.
16. RVing is a great conversation starter. No one cares that you own a house. Everyone lives in a house, but everyone we meet asks to tour our RV.
17. When you want to move, instead of hiring a moving company you just pull in the awning and unhook from electricity. Plus, you can move every day. Don’t like the weather? Tired of the mountains? Want to live beachfront for the summer? NBD. You can live literally anywhere.
18. It’s perfectly acceptable to constantly eat s’mores, popsicles, and hot dogs whenever you like.
19. You can travel full-time and still make money. Here’s a breakdown of how much money (and how) we made while RVing in 2015.
20. You can only be a hoarder for so long, because you literally don’t have the space to accumulate stuff. You’ll never own anything that isn’t essential.
21. It allows you to be somewhat nomadic and embrace a lifestyle of whimsy. You can take your RV anywhere in the world. (And yes, we have met people who ferried over RVs from Europe, where RVing is also popular.)
22. RVing can help you eat healthier. In my former life I spent $300/month eating out. Now since we travel with our kitchen we (as a couple) only spend $50/month eating out. Plus I don’t eat McDonalds and all that junk anymore. (This may mostly be a side effect of marriage).
23. If you want to sell the RV you just post it on Craigslist, instead of hiring a realtor. (Except why would you sell this thing? It’s awesome!)
Update: We totally did sell Franklin! But, no sadness here. We upgraded to a 2016 Winnebago, check it out!2
24. When you watch the Walking Dead in the middle of the woods, it’s so much more intense.
25. You aren’t homesick when you’re away from your home town. Home is where you are.
26. Whenever you want to remodel your house, it only takes one can of paint to change the entire feel of your home
27. The RV lifestyle reinforces not living a “comfortable life.” Things are always breaking, life is hectic, and really difficult to make plans. It helps you grow as a person (like when the slides on your RV won’t let you reach all of your underwear or the tow car nearly crushes you to death, true story).
28. RVing teaches you to fix things. I hoped I was going to be rich enough to pay a mechanic all the time. That strategy hasn’t worked out for me yet, so now I know how to flush my radiator, fix my generator, check gauges, and a lot of other manly stuff I couldn’t do before. I even recently outfitted our Honda CR-V for proper towing, Dad would be proud.
29. It teaches you to value experiences over belongings, and relationships over work. At the core of it, this is what our lifestyle is truly about.
Several years ago I remember listening to Dave Ramsey talk about how one couple moved into a trailer after getting married so they could save money and pay off debt before buying a home. I remember thinking to myself, “That seems cool and everything- but I would never live in a RV. I’m better than that.”
Those were my exact thoughts. I wanted the comfort of a home, security, and consistent income. To live in an RV I might be thought of as “less”, or people might judge me.
However, somehow I landed an amazing wife who challenged me to dream big and to not worry about what other people think. Awhile back we faced a decision to either stay in Austin with our jobs and save up, or buy an RV and hit the road. We decided to choose adventure instead of comfort, and it’s made all the difference in the world.
I wish I could tell you there weren’t any times where I was scared or unsure about our situation. I’ve doubted myself quite a bit actually. But looking back over the last six months I’ve grown more as a person than I could have ever imagined.
All in all, I stand by all of my beliefs in choosing the RV lifestyle over buying a traditional home. Does that mean we’ll never settle down and buy a house? Not at all, but for this period of my life, it was the best decision we could have ever made.