Travel season is nigh and with air travel projected to increase by 4% over the year, airports are stuffed to the gills with travelers of all types. Add in notoriously busy airports (Hartsfield Jackson, we’re looking at you) and inexperienced travelers and you have a disaster of missed flights and connections in your future. Fortunately, there are a few ways to mitigate airport headaches by following a list of our 10 Dos and Don’ts.
Do Prepare for that Security Line - The security line is a headache, but it is even much worse if you get to the front of the line and you didn’t prepare ahead of time. Remove your belt, shoes, jewelry and prepare to put your laptop in another bin, so you aren’t wasting time when it’s your turn to go through.
Don’t Check Luggage - Avoid checking luggage as much as possible. Taking everything in a carry-on reduced the possibilities that your luggage ends up on the opposite ends of the earth. Not to mention, you don’t have to be left waiting an extra 20 minutes in baggage
Do Use Pre-Check - Savvy travelers know that the TSA Pre Check saves time and stress. It is only at a select few airports, but if it is available at your home airport, use it. It helps you skip the main headaches that most travelers have to deal with during security checks.
Don’t Neglect Your Entertainment - In-flight entertainment (IFE) is known for not working at the worst times. So we highly recommend that you load up your tablet and computer with good books, tv shows and movies to get you through a flight. We once had our IFE stop working about 30 minutes into an international flight. It. Wasn’t. Fun. Learn from our mistake.
Do Wear Comfortable and Layered Clothing - Airplanes seem to love freezing cabins and thin blankets. So, even if you are going from one hot destination to another, you should layer your clothes and bring a scarf to go with it. Never, ever rely on the airplane to have a suitable blanket because you will regret it when you are battling frostbite at 35,000 feet.
You don't need to go into battle every time you enter the airport. Although there will be things that make you want to scream and wonder why you ever decided to set foot inside an airport, you can increase your chances of having a stress-free experience and arrive to your destination refreshed and ready to tackle the world.
We aren’t all about golf though. Did you know we have been known to bring the culture with us as well? Once we finished up at two more legendary courses, Pebble Beach and Rancho San Marcos to be exact, we escorted our guests around the finer points of wine at a private wine tasting event and tour. We couldn’t just leave them without one last five-star event before returning them to the LAX Hilton for their final night.
At the end of the day, no matter whether you create luxury or budget tours for holidayers, one thing boils down to your success, happy faces. Liu Jin, the Executive Director of China PGA remarked that this has been their best golf holiday and that they will return soon with many more golfers. China is closing many golf courses due to government regulations, so it was especially memorable to be able to give our Chinese golfing brethren the opportunity to play legendary courses and watch amazing, historic golf tournaments. See you soon!
On April 9th, we sent our Marketing Director, Paul Tambakis, to escort and welcome Mr. Liu Jin, Executive Director of China PGA, Mr. Chunhui Li from CCTV China and seven other golfers from China to take them on a whirlwind golf tour of California and Las Vegas and culminated in a trip to the final round of the Masters Golf tournament in Augusta, Georgia. Upon arrival, they checked in at the beautiful Pacific Palms Resort in the City of Industry, Southern California. Perfect weather gave way to a wonderful day of golf on the resort’s famous Eisenhower golf course. This championship course features breathtaking views, pristine grounds and beautiful landscaping. The Industry Hills Golf Club at Pacific Palms Resort is one of California’s most noteworthy and historic public golf courses. Golfing legends have played on their course and their seals of approval has made it one of the best courses in Los Angeles and given many players memorable rounds for more than 25 years.
Next up was the main event, the Masters. We left for LAX headed to Atlanta, Georgia, to attend the final day of the Masters Golf tournament in Augusta. As golfers worldwide know, tickets to the Masters are highly elusive, however, our partners in Augusta secured tickets to Sunday's final round in addition to some fabulous accommodations for our VIP guests. Only a select few manage to gain entry during each annual overture, and we were thrilled to be able to give our guests those memories and bragging rights for the next year. We hope to see them and their friends at future PGA tournaments, including the upcoming U.S. Open in Chambers Bay, Washington.
After a four-hour flight to and three-hour ride to Augusta, everyone checked in to the Travelodge in Grovetown. The air was electric because our guests anticipated that history was going to be made the very next day. They were right and we were able to witness Jordan Speith's record-setting performance. However, Speith’s victory was only just the beginning for our guests. Stay tuned to get the rest of the details about this fabulous journey!
Emerald Tours is a sports travel company specializing in golf and adventure tours around the World. We combine championship golf with active adventure like African safaris, chartered sport fishing in Mexico and kayaking in Channel Islands National Park near Santa Barbara, California.