My friends looked surprised when I told them that my next holiday destination will be Texas. They were probably thinking: “why on earth would anyone want to go to Texas?”

For me the answer was simple: I didn’t know much about Texas but I’ve seen a few movies and TV programs and I was intrigued. Having collected quite a few British Airways Avios points, I decided Texas would be the best place to spend them. I love driving and I enjoy going to vast open spaces and I couldn’t have picked a better destination than Texas!

Apparently, BA agreed:

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I booked my journey around the end of February when the weather was pretty miserable in the UK. I just couldn’t wait to get on the plane the following month. It was pretty much a decision of the moment and I’ve had absolutely no regrets ever since.

My Ultimate Texas Road Trip Itinerary

During my road trip I visited the following places:

 

Galveston in the south of Houston

Goliad, a small town between Galveston and San Antonio

Del Rio, a border town along Highway 90

Langtry and the Jersey Lilly

Sanderson, where I ate a really good burger

Marathon where I turned left into Big Bend National Park

Walked along the Marufo Vega Trail

Slept in an RV in Presidio

Walked around Frederickburgs, capital of the Texas Hill Country

My Rental Mustang 2015 Series

My Rental Mustang 2015 Series

Driving in Downtown Houston, TX

Driving in Downtown Houston, TX

Marriott on Kathy Highway in Houston

Luckily I had enough points with Marriott to stay nearly a week for free, depending on the hotel. And my Avios points were enough for a convertible Mustang for the entire trip – with leftover to fly to Budapest!

Interesting: Scenic Drive Along TX Highway 170

The Bedroom

The Bedroom

Inside the Marriott Energy Corridor

Inside the Marriott Energy Corridor

I arrived in Houston in the afternoon and hopped into the car straight away to drive into town. The photos above are of the downtown area and the hotel. BA has regular daily flights from London to Houston, leaving the UK in the morning and arriving in Texas in the afternoon – super convenient and helps getting over the jet lag.

A gas guzzler in Texas

A gas guzzler in Texas

Downtown Galveston, TX

Downtown Galveston, TX

I had no maps or GPS at this point, so I had to rely on my memory. Fortunately, Houston is a simple grid pattern and my hotel was on the I-10 which was easy to find. Watch the video below to see where I have been to.

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