Megabus offers 10,000 $1 seats for bus travel in Texas on Coach USA’s newly acquired Kerrville Bus Company

•         10,000 seats in Texas available for $1 during month of February
•         Kerrville Bus Company connects to largest express network in North America
•         Customers can log onto megabus – in English or Spanish – now to book tickets
•         After February 28, $1 fares remain available on every trip

SAN ANTONIO, TX (Jan. 17, 2013) – Coach USA, one of the largest bus transportation companies in North America and parent company of megabus, announced today they are offering 10,000 $1 seats available in Texas for the month of February on megabus.com. The sale is available for all Texas travel to/from the 22 locations served by Kerrville Bus Company, which was acquired by Coach USA in October 2012.

The $1 seats are available online only and subject to availability. Customers can log onto megabus – in English or Spanish – to book their tickets. Travelers will need to use the promo code IHeartTX to book their $1 seats.

After Feb. 28, Kerrville Bus Company and megabus.com will continue to offer fares as low as $1 on megabus, with many other affordable fares on all of their services. Customers are encouraged to book early to secure $1 fares.

In addition to the cities currently served by megabus.com – Dallas/Ft. Worth, Austin, Houston and San Antonio, which launched in June 2012 – Kerrville offers express bus service to/from the following cities:

•         Abilene, TX
•         Big Spring, TX
•         Carthage, TX
•         Dallas/Fort Worth
•         Del Rio, TX
•         Eagle Pass, TX
•         El Paso, TX
•         Galveston, TX
•         Humble, TX
•         La Marque, TX
•         Livingston, TX
•         Lubbock, TX
•         Lufkin, TX
•         Midland, TX
•         Nacogdoches, TX
•         St. Louis, MO
•         San Angelo, TX
•         San Antonio
•         Shreveport, La.
•         Uvalde, TX

“By aligning with Kerrville Bus Company, megabus is able to help even more Texans stay connected to friends, family and their favorite events, and can do so at very affordable rates starting from just $1,” said Mike Alvich, megabus.com VP of marketing and public relations. “Current Kerrville customers can expect the same high-quality service, buses and friendly drivers they’ve become accustomed to.”

Convenient arrival and departure locations as well as a schedule list can be found by visiting megabus. Those without Internet access can contact megabus at 1.877.462.6342 or Kerrville at 1.800.335.3722. Customers can also purchase non-discounted ‘walkup’ tickets from local ticket agents.

“In addition to providing a low-cost, convenient alternative to car or airline travel, customers in the Kerrville service area are now able to connect to megabus.com’s broad network, allowing them to go more places at an affordable price,” added Alvich. “A passenger in El Paso can now, for example, travel express to Dallas. From there, they’re able to travel on one of megabus.com’s Wi-Fi enabled double-decker buses and travel direct to Austin, Dallas, Houston and beyond. The possibilities are endless.”

Megabus, a subsidiary of Coach USA, launched in April 2006 and is one of the largest city-to-city express bus service providers in North America.

In addition to affordable fares, megabus offers customers state-of-the-art, green-certified double-decker buses with free Wi-Fi, power outlets, seat belts, restrooms and are wheelchair accessible.

How to Travel by Bus in Texas

The Lone Star State is one of America’s largest states, and depending on where you’re traveling, it can easily take several hours on the highway. While taking the bus doesn’t shorten the travel time, it often gives travelers peace of mind and takes the worry out of arriving at their destination on time. Many major Texas cities offer their own transportation for short treks through its borders, while larger chains normally handle long-distance commutes.

Step 1

Locate your origin and destination points, using a map if necessary. An online or smartphone application such as Google Maps can help outline details like total distance and approximate time your trip will take. Look for the bus stops at or near each of these points, and find out which companies run buses through those stops. If there are no stops directly next to the area you plan to board or depart, try to find a stop that’s within reasonable walking distance.

Step 2

Search the internet for a list of bus lines with a route that matches your needs. Major travel lines, including Amtrak and Greyhound, have several routes that cross through most of urban and suburban Texas, with a few rural stops as well. Most metropolitan areas have their own transportation lines to shuttle you through the city, such as Austin Public Transit.

Step 3

Research your chosen bus line to see if you need to purchase a ticket in advance, or if there’s a teller or vending machine on location. This is especially important when buying a pass that’s valid for more than one trip. For example, Dallas Area Rapid Transit, or DART, lets passengers purchase two-hour, midday and full-day tickets while on board, but only offer weekly and monthly passes at specific stations and online.

Texas bus company involved in a crash

The small South Texas bus company involved in a rollover crash that killed eight people and injured 44 others had twice been ordered by Louisiana state inspectors in 2015 to take one of its buses off the road to fix brake and emergency exit problems.

Records posted online by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration show that regulators ordered OGA Charters to sideline the bus in May 2015 because of brake problems and again in August of last year when they were getting worse.

It was not immediately clear Sunday if that was same charter bus that crashed Saturday about 46 miles north of Laredo, Texas, or what steps the company took to fix the problems with its sidelined bus between inspections.

National Transportation Safety Board investigators arrived Sunday in Laredo to try to determine a cause of the crash, something that spokesman Keith Holloway said can take months.

Investigators examined the bus and the scene Sunday, Holloway said. The agency will look at the operations of the company as part of its investigation and has requested inspection and maintenance records, he said.

According to federal online records, OGA Charters has two buses and the Motor Carrier Safety Administration had it listed with a “satisfactory” rating in May 2014.

Records noted that the company had reported no crashes in the last two years prior to Saturday. But six driver and vehicle inspections since 2014 found 15 total violations, ranging from driver records and hours they were on the road, to vehicle maintenance problems.

The May 2015 inspection in Louisiana reported brake connections with leaks, problems with the automatic brake adjustment system and a discolored windshield. The bus was put out of service because 20 percent or more of its brakes were defective.

The records don’t name the Louisiana community where the inspection occurred.

Another Louisiana inspection just four months later found “general” brake problems, citing some of the same problems, and the emergency exit issue. Details of the emergency exit problem were not immediately available. The report also noted the discolored windshield problem and again ordered the bus out of service.

That the same bus, whether it was the one involved in the deadly crash or not, continued to have brake problems a few months after its initial inspection is a concern, said Shaun Kildare, director of research for Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, a Washington, D.C.-based group that tracks bus crashes and federal highway safety regulations.

“We know this carrier had the vehicle violation problems,” Kildare said. “They apparently didn’t do anything. … When they have vehicle problems they don’t fix, that’s a question.”

The rate of violations for hours of service was marked as a problem area by federal regulators.

Officials at OGA Charters, based in San Juan, Texas, in the Rio Grande Valley, did not immediately return phone messages seeking comment.

Seven people died at the scene of Saturday’s crash and another died at a hospital, the Texas Department of Public Safety said.

Webb County Medical Examiner Corrine Stern on Sunday identified those who died as Altagracia Torres, Maria de Jesus Musquiz, Dora Nelly Gonzalez, Frances Guerrero, Marisela Lopez, Adelfa Garza, Jaime Navarro, and Emma Rodriguez Zamudio.

She did not immediately release ages or hometowns. The Laredo Morning Times reported the victims who died ranged in age from 52 to 81.

DPS Sgt. Johnny Hernandez said the driver, whose name was not released, remained hospitalized Sunday with “major injuries” and had not been interviewed by state investigators. DPS is conducting an investigation separate from the federal probe into the cause of the crash.

Hernandez said DPS investigators don’t know yet if the bus that crashed was the same one cited last year by safety inspectors.

State police have said it was raining Saturday morning but it was uncertain if that was a factor in the crash that occurred just before 11:30 a.m.

Webb County Volunteer Fire Department Chief Ricardo Rangel told the Laredo Morning Times the bus was heading to a casino in Eagle Pass, about 125 miles northwest of Laredo.

The injured were taken to hospitals in Laredo, Carrizo Springs and San Antonio.

The Suspicious Person – A Police Officer’s Way to Stop YOU!

But, what exactly is “suspicious” to an officer?

As a Texas peace officer, I have heard many fellow officers stop “suspicious vehicles” and “suspicious persons” on multiple occasions. I have also heard our Dispatch broadcast calls from citizens about “suspicious” activity in their neighborhood. That being said, as an Austin area Criminal Defense Attorney I have personally never engaged in one of these “suspicious person” stops as I do not believe it to be legal. This may be more of a personal belief than anything else, because I know that officers are legally authorized to make “suspicious” person and vehicle stops and I also know that officers, like anyone else, may “stop and talk” to a person… and that person may simply ignore the officer and walk away. But, I have thought about what may be “suspicious” and compiled the list below, but generally, anything that seems slightly out of the ordinary for a given area at a certain time of day may signal criminal activity. This first list is what I would consider “obvious suspicious” activities and I have no problem in stopping these sorts of people:

  • A stranger entering your neighbor’s home or property when the neighbor is not home.
  • Screaming or shouting may signal a fight, robbery, rape, etc.
  • Offers of merchandise at ridiculously low prices could mean stolen property.
  • Person removing car parts, license plates, or gasoline are considered suspicious.
  • A person looking into parked cars may be looking for a car to steal or for valuables left in plain view inside.
  • Persons entering or leaving a business place after hours may be burglars.
  • The sound of braking glass or other loud, explosive noises could mean an accident, break-in, or vandalism.
  • Persons loitering around schools, parks, secluded areas, or in the neighborhood may be sex offenders, may be “casing” for crime, or may be acting as a look-out.
  • Persons around the neighborhood who do not live there could be burglars.
  • Persons claiming to be representatives of utilities (gas, phone, water, electric, cable) but who are not in uniform or have no company identification may be burglars.
  • Anyone tampering with or forcing entry into a building or vehicle.
  • Open or broken windows and doors at a home or business.
  • Gunshots, screaming, the sounds of a fight, persons chasing others on foot or in cars, unusual barking of dogs – anything suggesting foul play, danger, disturbance of the peace, or criminal activity.
  • Any vehicle without lights at night, cruising slowly, or following a course that seems aimless or repetitive is suspicious in any location, but particularly so in areas of schools, parks, and playgrounds.
  • Apparent business transactions conducted from a vehicle, especially around schools or parks and if juveniles are involved.
  • Persons being forced into vehicles.
  • A person exhibiting unusual mental or physical behavior may be injured, under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol, or in need of psychiatric help.

These, are the less-than-obvious “suspicious” activities:Not every stranger who comes into your neighborhood is a criminal and they may have a perfectly legitimate reason for their activity. Haven’t you ever seen a new style of car and wanted to check out its interior, so you looked through a window while walking past it? Or, maybe you were taking a walk, got tired and stopped at a bus-stop to rest, not intending to take the bus. The following are some situations you might see and what they might mean, but do they rise to the level of “suspicious” that officers should be involved?

  • A person loitering in front of a home or business if the residents are away or if the business is closed.
  • A person who is running and does not appear to be exercising, especially if carrying property.
  • A person carrying property at an unusual hour, in an unusual place, if the person appears to be trying to conceal the property, or if the property is not wrapped as if it were just purchased.
  • Heavy foot traffic to and from a certain residence may indicate narcotics activity or a “fencing” operation (buying and selling stolen property), if it occurs on a regular basis.
  • On- going vehicle “repair” operations at a non- business location.
  • Parked, occupied vehicles are worth noting, especially if seen at unusual hours.
  • The unfamiliar abandoned vehicle parked on your block.

While some, if not all, of the suspicious circumstances described above could have logical and legitimate explanations, officers will state that they would rather investigate a potential criminal situation and find nothing than be called after it is already too late and someone has been victimized. While this is a noble goal, it is critical that officers remember that this is a free society and that what may be unusual to one may not be out of the ordinary for someone else.

The first list set out above is one that even I, as an Austin Criminal Defense Attorney will agree with and do not question an investigation by police officers. However, while I was a uniformed officer myself, I questioned the stops made by other officers from this second list and sometimes felt disturbed that citizens would call to report activities like these.

I want to address each of these in the order listed to explain my position and reasoning. As to the person loitering in front of a closed business or a home if the residents are away, the first question I have is “where is the person?” If the “suspicious” person is on the sidewalk, is that not a public space where everyone has a right to be at any time? However, if the person is peeking in windows or rattling the door, then it is contained in the first list. But complicate the matter further. If the person is standing on the lawn, is that suspicious? I believe a stronger case exists that it is because trespass could now be involved, but if the landscaping is part of a public parking lot, does that not change the facts and make it less suspicious?

The second on the list is running while obviously not exercising (especially if carrying property). What is “obviously not exercising?” Maybe the runner cannot afford the latest workout gear and is running in something that many of us would not wear. Alone, that does not make it suspicious. Now, on the comment about property… what sort of property? Most people run with an Ipod, cell phone, or some other personal device right? Does that constitute suspicious? I’ll admit, that if someone is running down the street with a DVD player–that’s a bit more suspicious and out of place, but honestly, that has never happened for me in the almost three years that I worked as an officer.

The third item in the list is an accumulation of several “suspicious” actions. Without going into great detail, I think we all can agree that common sense is what is needed here. If we are looking at an item is being unwrapped, not everything purchased is “new” and not every purchase comes packaged in a wrapping. The most troublesome for me is what is the “unusual time or place?” If the person works different hours than most people, and is out doing something at night because that is his schedule, does that make it “unusual”?

The 4th point is relatively straight-forward. Yes, heavy foot traffic may constitute evidence of ongoing criminal activity, but depending on where it is, may not: for instance, a house near a college campus or on “sorority row” … doubtful. A house with teenagers living in it that is near their school or that are very active members of various social organizations: probably not. Bottom line, try not to be the overly nosey busy-bodied neighbor that is always tossing stones at someone else and not dealing with your own affairs….

The vehicle repairs point really bothers me. Yes, it may violate a Homeowner’s Association rule, but that is not criminal. Chop shops are not going to be out in the open. They are going to be tucked away where only the people using them know about their location, and it is doubtful that a chop shop is going to front as a mechanics business in the middle of a neighborhood. Just because someone cannot afford a spot in a commercial district for a mechanics shop, does not mean they are engaging in illegal activity. If this really bothers you, consider filing a nuisance action against them, but calling law enforcement is just in poor taste–officers are far to busy to run to calls like this!

To conclude, I want to combine the last two points: the parked, abandoned vehicle and the parked, occupied vehicle that is seen at “unusual” hours. Again, I want to focus on what is “unusual”… but an application of common sense should be able to cover this. And, if it is a matter of people “parking” … please, get a life. Or, if it is offensive, why must you think of yourself as the “moral police” and get into their business?

Lastly, I appreciate what officers do, as I too worked in the field for almost three years. But now that I am an Austin Criminal Defense Attorney, I question some of the actions of other officers, and I did this when I was there… that is probably one of the reasons that I wanted to leave. After all, I think it much better for 100 guilty people to go free than one innocent be arrested/accused.

Dax Garvin, Attorney and Counselor At law is an experienced Austin Texas DWI Attorney, Austin criminal attorney, and a compassionate Austin divorce lawyer.

I graduated from Texas Tech University School of Law in May, 2002, and was licensed to practice law in Texas that November, following the July, 2002, Texas Bar Exam. Prior to that, I obtained my Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from the University of Texas at Tyler and my first years of undergraduate work were spent at Austin College in Sherman, Texas, where I learned the true passion of humanity-recognizing we are all part of one great society.

I worked in the Travis County Attorney’s Office from August, 2002, until October, 2003, when I entered into private practice with a mid-size Austin civil litigation firm, where I enhanced my skills for legal research, writing, motion practice, and working with insurance companies from the defense perspective.

My Official Cheapskate Guide to Las Vegas

TRAVEL- The following is my penny pinchers guide to Las Vegas. The best way to cut your vacation costs is to travel cheap. The cheapest flights are mid-week, Tues & Wednesdays are best. If you are “self employed (a professional online poker player who sets his own hours)” Go last minute. There are almost always last minute deals to fill those empty seats. So travel midweek and even better travel off-season. This will cut you total vacation expenses down greatly.

TRANSPORTATION- When in Vegas you can get around for free by walking and using trams. Or you can take the bus, which covers the entire strip and downtown for two bucks a fare. But I found renting a car works best and is sometimes cheaper than taking buses or taxis. If you go midweek you can get a car for 15-20 bucks a day, cheap!

LODGING- The cheapest hotel I can think of is Westward Ho rear. They have some of the lowest rates. Otherwise I usually stay downtown. Midweek you can find a room for around 30-40 bucks.

FOOD- For a buffet try the Gold Coast, its pretty good and only about 7 bucks. When in Vegas you have to try the $.99 Shrimp cocktail at the Golden Gate Casino. Want a larger serving? Try a half rack of ribs for less than $5 at the Riveria. The Riveria is also famous for their 3/4lb hot dog. It is HUGE and only cost a $1.49. If you stay at Westward Ho you can get a cup of coffee for a nickel. You can get a 1/2lb burger and fries at Key Largo for $1.99. And back at the Westward Ho for a drink. You can get a 27oz Margarita for $.99.

GAMBLING- You can play blackjack for a buck a hand at Slots a Fun. The Gold Spike has all sorts of penny and nickel slots for your entertainment. And I always play a game of Texas Hold’em at the Excalibur. They have a 1-3 game that’s the lowest in town!

So have fun on your next Las Vegas vacation and remember it doesn’t have to cost you an arm and a leg.

Texas Bus Operator had 15 Violations in the Past Two Years

This article contains information on recent news, and we will have more details on the bus operator’s violation history, an area in commercial transportation safety law our firm has significant experience. While the investigation is ongoing, we offer our deepest condolences go to those who lost their loved ones in this deadly crash.

Although it was raining that morning, authorities have not ruled inclement weather as a significant factor in the accident. “Our troopers are going to look into what happened but it’s going to take us some time,’ said Texas Department Safety Trooper Conrad Hein, “we just know the driver lost control.”

The driver of the bus is listed among the survivors of the wreck however was described as suffering major injuries. On Sunday, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) began investigating the cause of the crash, but the final outcome could take months to decide.

However, early investigation into the bus company – OGA Charters, also located in Texas – shows the company was ordered to sideline a bus in May 2015 by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Association due to severe brake problems. Additionally, the company had a total of 15 violations in the past two years. It is unclear at this time if the bus involved in the accident is the same one ordered to be sidelined.

“The fact that the operator had 15 violations is the past two years is alarming. It raises serious questions not only about the driver, but about the entire operation. These violations and the whole safety culture are things we will be aggressively investigating on behalf of claimants who require representation.” As stated by Joseph Fried, a lead trial lawyer in commercial transportation accidents including semi-trucks and bus charters.

When any transportation company fails to maintain their fleet and injures passengers, however inadvertently, that company should be held accountable. Certainly the families of these 8 victims and those injured on what should have been an enjoyable Saturday deserve justice for their pain and suffering.

Texas State Transit

I’ve been riding buses for the last three years that I have lived in San Marcos. Whether it be to the Texas State Campus, to the outlet mall, or even to Austin, I’ve relied on multiple buses to get me there. When I first moved here, the apartment complex I lived at did not have a Bobcat TRAM stop near it, so I had to take the CARTS city bus to campus. CARTS busFor those that don’t know, the CARTS bus works like this: there are different routes that run at different frequencies throughout the day, similar to the Bobcat TRAM. The difference is that the rider has to transfer to a different route to get to a certain place. For example, you want to go to campus from Wal-Mart. You hasve to catch the bus at Wal-Mart to go to the station and transfer to another bus which will take you to campus. A little more complicated than the TRAM but no too difficult. The second year I was here I moved to an apartment that had a TRAM stop near it. The TRAM runs a lot more frequently because it only goes to campus. Now, I am back at the apartment complex I lived at my first year here and I am riding the CARTS bus again.

The CARTS bus has its pros and its cons. First, since you do have to take one bus to the station and then get on another bus to campus, the ride can be a bit long which means leaving earlier. The CARTS bus routes have changed recently and now the ride to campus is even longer. Instead of going to campus and back to the station like it used to which only took 30 minutes, the bus now goes from the station to the outlet mall, back to campus and finally back to the station. The route is now an hour long which means it runs less frequently. I now have to leave my apartment even earlier, at least two hours before my class starts. I used to be able to come back to my apartment in between classes, but now since the route is longer I can no longer do that.

TXState Bus That was one of the good things with the TRAM. It runs so frequently that going back to my apartment, even if it was just to eat lunch, was very easy. Another thing with the CARTS bus is it only runs until 6 PM, which means if you have late classes you will probably miss the last run. The TRAM runs much later. Even though the TRAM runs so frequently and late, it is still always packed with people because of the number of  students here at Texas State. Sometimes it would get to the point where I would have to wait for the next bus because the one there was full. That’s really inconvenient if you are in a hurry.

Overall, both the CARTS bus and the Bobcat TRAM have their pro’s and cons but they both are a great alternate mode of transportation. Did I mention they’re free to ride?! Well, not exactly free. The fees and included in tuition, but you already paid for it so you might as well use it, right?

Five Off Beat & Inexpensive Texas Road Trip Ideas

When out of state tourists think of Texas road trips, only a few hot spots come to mind: The Alamo, Austin night life, and that is about it. I wanted to point out some other lesser-known city and outside attractions that might make for an interesting road trip.

Schlitterbahn – For your summer time road trip, drive your water-amusement-park-lovin’ self down to New Braunfels, Texas and get your feet wet in this German themed oasis of fun. There are two parts to this park, and I personally enjoy the older classic part. I don’t know, there is just something nostalgic about that muddy water tube slides and river tubing.

I am sure the kids and the wife would prefer the newer part with a man-made river of the chlorinated persuasion one can lounge on alligator floaty on all day. It keeps you moving whether you want to or not. There are also huge slides that make for a real tongue swallower!

Tubing on the Guadalupe River – While in the area, this is definitely something to write home about a Texas favorite. There are several different routes ranging from one hour to four that will make your day on the river a time flexible reality. You can even drink beer while tubing, but be careful and don’t get carried away (no pun intended). As a recent rule, they do limit it to one six pack per person.

I’d advise doing some research online for quality “float the river” tips. For inner tube coupons from various providers, type in Tubing on the Guadalupe River in Google without quotes. Bring a picnic basket and you family can have a pretty inexpensive day of fun.

San Antonio’s Haunted Railroad Crossing – After tubing all day, you still have time to make a trip that night an hour away in San Antonio. South of San Antonio, in a low key neighborhood not too far from the San Juan Mission is an intersection of roadway and railroad track that has become known in a catalog of American ghost lore.

In 1941, a catholic school bus full of kids made its way down the road and toward the intersection. It stalled on the railroad tracks and a speeding train crushed the bus, sacrificing all of the children. The bus driver, a nun, survived, until she went insane and committed suicide.

Since the accident over 60 years ago (as the story goes), any vehicle stopped on the railroad tracks will be pushed by tiny unseen hands across the tracks to safety. This is the only part of the city where ghost children help with your defensive driving in San Antonio. Try using baby power on your bumper, so you can see their prints! This is definitely spooky, and from experience it works too!

In the last ten years, the railroad crossing has grown has grown rapidly in popularity, with tourists visiting nightly mostly due to online ghost and haunting stories research.

Fredericksburg, Texas – If you’re not down for ghost chases, here is a little less paranormal sabbatical, for the next day in your vacation. Known for bed and breakfast houses and antique stores, Fredericksburg, Texas is a small town located in Gillespie County (almost the exact middle of Texas). A perfect get away for you and your honey after a day on the river. They have over 300 accommodations for a town with 8,911 in population.

Only 63 miles north of San Antonio and 67 miles west of Austin, you could make a half day of a visit, the whole day and spend the night in a bed and breakfast. There are also quite a few hunting and fishing opportunities. Men, you might save that for another road trip with your buddies when you aren’t with your wife or significant other.

Luckenbach, Texas – While in Fredericksburg you might as well hit Luckenbach not very far away. “Everybody’s somebody in Luckenbach, Texas” because it is officially Texas’ smallest town with an official government census population in 1970 of 3. Waylon and Willy sang about it.

The oldest building in town is a general store/saloon opened in 1849 by Minna Engel, whose father was an itinerant preacher from Germany. The store is also a gift shop where you can get a shirt and a shot glass, your merit badge to any city along your Texas road trip.

There you have it folks, five off beat and inexpensive Texas road trip ideas.

Choosing A Texas Location for Your New Home

The state of Texas, is the second largest in all of the United States. Spanning over two hundred thousand miles, this great state is compiled of ten climate regions, ranging from hill country coolness to deep south sunshine. Holding fifteen rivers and three thousand seven hundred named streams, the state is as wet as it is dry and warm. It is no wonder so many families flock to Texas to start a home, build community and enjoy the weather.

So when looking for the perfect Texas location for your family home, what specifically should you be looking for? Even as the state itself has a plethora of amazing attributes, it’s important to choose a portion of the state that fits your family needs, hobbies and culture and lifestyle.

City Verses Country:
Depending on your needs regarding, shopping, everyday cultural events, arts, etc., one must first ponder city living verses country living. Some find easy access to shopping and city stores of great benefit to their family, while other choose to shop once a month or online, and live within the country portion of beautiful Texas.

Perhaps your family also consists of animals, such as outdoor dogs, horses, etc. If this is the case, perhaps a city or town with more land might be the choice for you. While others with indoor pets prefer less outdoor maintenance with a smaller yard.

Some families may look forward to enjoying cultural events, arts, and/or lectures. In this case, perhaps Nacogdoches real estate is more your flavor. With the heart of a downtown arena, home to the Stephen F. Austin University, as well as a local flavor all types of families could easily desire; a history town might be a fantastic choice. For those who respectively desire a strong and active nightlife may direct their ideals toward a larger city, such as Houston or Dallas, Texas.

Transportation and Travel:
Transportation is a realm that most people don’t ponder much on when deciding which location is best for their family to grow roots within. In the case that you choose to have one or more vehicles, and do not mind driving yourself from place to place, the country, or a more historic or suburban area may be a good option.

Although, if it is the case that you wish to not own a vehicle, enjoying the everyday walk or bike ride to and from work, to and from your local grocery store; perhaps a city with public transportation is a better area? Public transportation normally is present in larger cities, but it is also good to research if a local trolley, bus, etc. is available within smaller towns and cities as well. Often times you can live the life of walking and enjoying the outdoors with public transportation, even in a location that is less dense.

No matter what your family needs are, there are many considerations when deciding where to build or purchase a new home. With diverse weather conditions, nightlife and history aspects, each piece of Texas is as unique as the next. Speaking to a local contractor, builder or realtor in locations you are interested in, can always give you a better idea of what your daily life may look like. Never hesitate to also ask the locals their opinions of a particular location, as you observe each diverse area.

South Padre Island Texas – Why Your Next Trip Will Be Here

South Padre Island Texas is starting getting a well deserved reputation for being an excellent beach vacation spot. Good beaches, temperate weather, and other advantages make it an ideal vacation locale for not only Texans, but the entire United States. Some of the many advantages of South Padre Island Texas include:

1. Great Fishing Opportunities. There are definitely plenty of fish in the sea and in South Padre, you can go after a ton of them. Whether you are into deep sea fishing or bay fishing, you will have a chance to go after the big fish. There are a number of experienced captains to guide you and your family on fishing tours around the Island.

2. Wide Variety of Activities. Water sports are probably the most popular at South Padre Island. Popular choices include windsurfing, parasailing, windsurfing and many others. However, you can also get in plenty of fun shopping and Island sight seeing while vacationing. The many gift shops and t-shirt shops are hits with the locales and vacationers alike. These are especially good for finding mementos and last minute supply items like boogy boards and swimwear.

3. Splendid Seafood. One plus that is not as advertised as much as it should be is the treasure trove of seafood options in South Padre. Popular dishes include red snapper and shrimp, but others have raved about everything else at one point or the other. Whatever your seafood interests are, you are sure to find at least a few places that will get you what you are looking for.

4. Wonderful and Friendly People. Southern Hospitality is in full swing in Texas where you are sure to meet some good natured and happy people. South Padre has long been known for its laid back approach to live where t-shirts and shorts are the norm. This works great for vacationers and help you enjoy your trip more as you don’t have to worry about restaurant dress codes and fitting in.

5. Fantastic Accommodations. The number of housing options at South Padre is quite diverse. However, finding a hotel, condo or rental that meets your needs for a good vacation home should not be difficult. You can find spots near the beach or the bay and even in the inner island. All these spots give you different benefits and you should give this some consideration when choosing your accommodations. Regardless of the spot though, you should have little difficult getting around town. There is even a free bus transportation system.