Be sure to call us to book everything and good luck on the links!
It's a day late for a true Throwback Thursday post, but we wanted to show everyone just how much fun they can expect when their child enters the Veritas World Junior Golf Tournament. It's coming up soon and we can give you amazing rates to not only play and stay but visit some of the best theme parks and attractions in the country.
Be sure to call us to book everything and good luck on the links!
5 Dos & Dont’s at the Airport
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.
Travel Gear We Love
Summer vacations are in full swing and airports are packed to the gills with business and leisure travelers to get from point A to point B. If you've traveled often enough like we have, then you are accustomed to seeing hordes of people swarming around airport outlets charging devices, struggling with overpriced luggage and trying to find peace and quiet in a sea of noise. We have been there oh how we have been there, and we came up with these five must-haves that we never leave home without.
Barracuda Luggage - Although it hasn't debuted on the market yet, it doesn't mean that we don't have our eye on this bag. It appears to be every travelers' dream with a built-in laptop tray, a USB charging port, an ergonomic handle and when not in use, collapses down to four inches. Our favorite part may just be that you get all of those capabilities in a hard-sided piece of luggage. Considering that it has raised more than $1 million on Kickstarter, we aren't the only ones waiting for them to start shipping. (Barracuda Luggage is open for preorders.)
Anker 2nd Gen. Astro G4 Portable USB Charger - Unless airports start linking their walls with USB ports and plugs, chances are you or someone you know will end up in a far-flung airport with 5% battery life and no available charging stations. Well, it's time you did your future self a favor and purchased the Anker 2nd Gen. Astro G4 Portable USB Charger (Say that five times fast.) We love it because it has the capability to charge devices (Android and Apple smartphones and tablets), multiple times. Yes, multiple times. No one charge and you're done for us. It is a lifesaver for travelers, especially those in the middle of binge watching House of Cards when their tablet decides to die a fast death. (Anker 2nd Gen. Astro G4 Portable USB Charger $29.99 on Amazon.)
Soffio Macbook Sleeve Backpack - One day, a friend couldn't stop talking about this elegant, Italian leather company's backpack, so we figured the least we could do is give it a look. To say we were impressed is an understatement. Supple leather, the kind that looks better with age, a place to organize pens, notebooks, chargers, a nice allowance for a 15" MacBook as well as the ability to convert it from a backpack to shoulder bag with just a quick adjustment of the straps gave us bag envy. No more clunky messenger bags and laptop sleeves for us anymore. (Soffio Macbook Sleeve Backpack €210.00)
Bose QuietComfort 25 Headphones - There are many noise-canceling headphones on the market, but we just love Bose's QuietComfort headphones. We have tried many headphones, but it is nothing like what we have experienced with the QuietComfort line. We know when we wear these on a flight, that we are going to get all of our work done on the plane and then settle in for the best sleep we will ever have on a flight. They're compatible with Apple and Android products, so you can control your life without having to remove your gear. (Bose QuietComfort 25 Headphones $299.95)
Smartphones - Yes, Apple, Samsung and everything in between. We love smartphones. They've revolutionized the way we travel with apps that can tell us everything we need to know and get us there on time. So although we will leave the smartphone brand up to personal discretion, we couldn't leave it out of our travel gear section. Downloading travel apps is a necessary part of our life, and we are grateful that we have a device which can handle it all.
There you have it, some of our favorite travel gear to keep us on the move and let us arrive relatively fresh to our destinations. We can assure you that this gear will make you feel like you can conquer the world since all you need is peace and quiet, organization and a fully charged smartphone!
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.