Tips for a frequent traveler

Tips for a frequent traveler

Tip #1: Stop the germs.

Airplanes are cauldrons of bacteria and viruses, but with an ounce of prevention you can stop the germs cold (pardon the pun). You’ll need a small bottle of hand sanitizer and tube of Bacitracin. Sanitize your hands, then put a dab of Bacitracin on your finger tip and use it to coat the inside of one nostril. Repeat for the other nostril. Doctor-recommended, this wards off all the evil sick-makers.


Tip #2: Bring down the noise.

Forget the expensive, noise-canceling, bulky headphones. Get some E-A-R

soft foam disposable earplugs. There are five good reasons why these trump other solutions: they’re far cheaper, far less bulky (thus easier to pack), easy to replace, takeoff- and landing-friendly (non electronic), and you can actually sleep comfortably wearing them because you don’t have to wrangle big earmuffs.


Tip #3: Eat smart.

Dan has four road rules for eating in airports. First, look for where the airline personnel—pilots, attendendnats, etc.—are eating, and follow their lead. Second, go for protein over carbs, because it takes longer to digest and burn, and therefore lasts longer. Third, always choose bottled water as your preferred beverage (never soda, it messes with your tummy). Fourth, if you’re at a loss for what to eat, go with the always-safe chicken quesadilla.


Tip #4: The rule of HAHU.

Every once in awhile I, like Dan, bring a family member, or members, along if it’s someplace cool, or I have multiple international dates spread too far apart for return trips home. Family travel is made easier by the acronym HAHU. H is for hustle. A is for anticipate. HU is for “heads up.”


Tip #5: Sanitize the tray!

The folding tray table is rarely, if ever, cleaned. So it’s rife with unsavory artifacts of human presence and food debris. Carry some antibacterial wipes with you and wipe that tray before you use it for anything. Then wipe it again. (Warning: be prepared to be unpleasantly surprised at the amount of dirt on your wipe after using.)


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Tips for Business Travel in 2016

Travel Programs

Travel programs are a great way for the frequent traveler to skip the lines or enjoy benefits like priority boarding. Business travelers will enjoy these benefits, too.

  • Apply for expedited traveler status. You can do so through programs like TSA Pre✓ for U.S. travel or Nexus, Sentri or Global Entry for international travel. These trusted traveler programs are vital for business travelers.
  • Focus on one or two airlines for frequent flier miles and reward programs. The more you fly with one company, the faster you will receive bigger rewards.
  • Focus on one or two hotel chains as well. Make sure you have a frequent guest account number. Business travelers are a major source of revenue for hotels, so pick one that caters to your needs. Many provide discounts on meeting rooms, shuttle services and room rates.
  • Pay attention to the U.S. Department of State travel warnings. Anytime there is a security concern within the international community, a travel alert is issued.

Packing and Airplane Tips

  • Use your flight time to relax. Don’t trick yourself into working at 35,000 feet. But if you think you’ll need Wi-Fi, check this list here.
  • Carry a spare change of clothes in your carry-on luggage. If you end up without your luggage, at least you’ll have a backup plan. Keep it light, smart and simple.
  • Be kind to everyone who is on the clock. Airline and hotel employees can often carry a lot of privileges that can trickle down to the customers. Being aggressive and rude with them will quickly put you down the list for upgrades.
  • Try to avoid airplane pillows and blankets. If they don’t come in a plastic bag, they probably haven’t been washed in a while. Pack your own silk sheet and comfy pillow.

Stay Healthy   Staying healthy on the road should be one of your top priorities. Your body will thank you if you follow these tips.

  • Wash your hands at every opportunity. This may seem like a no-brainer, but make an extra effort to keep your hands clean on the road. Keep in mind that many of the things you handle during transit may not be cleaned all that often (think: seat-back pocket, blankets, pillows).
  • Bring supplies like Emergen-C, Airborne, aspirin, and Sudafed. And please don’t touch your face, mouth, or nose with unwashed hands.
  • Reduce your risk of a blood clot. Stand up and walk around every 90 minutes or so.
  • Eat your fruits and veggies. If there was ever a time to stick to a diet, do it while on the road. Business travelers are more likely to get sick than the average person.
  • Get exercise by walking or jogging in the places you are visiting. Force yourself to be a tourist every now and then. It will also keep you clued into the local atmosphere and keep your mind sharp.
  • Always stay hydrated. Water keeps your skin looking fresh and your mind alert.
  • Protect your stomach. Business trips are not the time to experiment with unusual cuisine. You don’t want to miss an important meeting because you were stuck in the bathroom.
  • Leave the booze and grab more water. Drinking on the plane will give you a hangover before you get to your hotel. When in doubt, drink some sparkling water.



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Take a Stroll in Riverwalk Augusta Park

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Come visit our parks!

Riverwalk Augusta (also known as the Augusta Riverwalk) is a city park along the Savannah River in downtown Augusta, in the U.S. state of Georgia. The park is alongside and on top of Augusta’s levee. It extends from 11th Street to the Gordon Highway bridge. Sites along the Riverwalk include St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Fort Discovery, and the Morris Museum of Art.

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Food in Augusta, GA!

In the South, we’re serious about great food. We gather around the table to unwind, make plans and, most of all, celebrate the company of friends over a handcrafted cocktail, southern cuisine and fine dining. In Augusta, it won’t take long to get in the habit of lingering over the coffee flavors and aromas of the food and the pleasures of a laid-back way of life. We have award-winning restaurants and local favorites that serve up everything from satisfying comfort food to innovative fusion options.

The locals will give you a full tour of  Augusta’s favorite local restaurants . Follow the links to find your next dinner date!

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Best Things to Do in Augusta, Georgia


Augusta, GA, is known for its quintessential Southern charm, elegant antebellum mansions and numerous gardens. Visiting Augusta means taking a relaxing stroll through elegant tree-lined avenues, visiting great museums and galleries, and enjoying famous Southern food. The city is also known as a center of biotechnology, medicine and cyber security. Here are the best things to do in Augusta, Georgia.


The cool breeze from the mighty Savannah River makes Riverwalk one of the favorite places for Augusta residents and tourists to visit on a hot day, sit on a bench, and watch the river, have a picnic, or a stroll under the old shady trees. The Riverwalk stretches between 6th & 10th Streets in Downtown Augusta, and it consists of two levels accessible from different downtown locations.

The Riverwalk includes a number of popular venues such as at the 8th Street Bulkhead that hosts the weekly Saturday Market on the river and one of Augusta’s most popular summer events – the Candlelight Jazz Series. The brick-paved 10th Street Plaza leads through the levee into the Heroes Overlook. The 9th Street Plaza leads to the Jessye Norman Amphitheater, which overlooks a multi-use covered stage that bends to the Savannah River.

The Japanese Gardens make up a charming little park on the RiverWalk’s lower level, popular for a quiet destination for wedding photos. There is always something going on at the Riverwalk, from 4th of July fireworks to the St. Patrick’s Day festivities and much more.

Augusta Museum of History

The Augusta Museum of History is the oldest historical museum in Augusta. Founded in 1937, it is dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of the city and regional history. The museum owns the largest and most important historical collection in the Central Savannah River Area and is an invaluable historical resource and research center for historians, students, media, and others.

The museum’s most important permanent exhibition is Augusta’s Story, a 12,000-year long journey through the area’s past. Other notable permanent exhibitions are on the history of healthcare in Augusta, a permanent exhibition on the city’s history of the banking and railroad industry, and a Transportation Corridor with a 1914 locomotive, a 1920’s trolley car, and a fully reconstructed 1930’s gas station. In 2003, The Knox Foundation Center for the Preservation and Study of the CSRA History and the Educational Resource Center became a part of the museum.

This 10,000 square-foot structure hosts a research library, archives, collections storage, and a lab for artifact conservation. In 2004, the 1797 Ezekiel Harris House was also added.

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Hotel Amenities


Did you know we have a Sauna on location? Check in for a little R&R! Below is a full list of our hotel amenities.

  • Computer w/ Internet
  • Free Handicap Parking on Premises
  • Guest Laundry
  • Meeting Room*
  • Guest Use Copy Machine
  • Outdoor Parking
  • Interior Corridors
  • Free Hi Speed Internet
  • Well-lit Area, In-Room
  • Government Travelers: FEMA Approved
  • Multi-Lingual Staff
  • Fitness Center
  • 100% Smoke Free Hotel
  • Valet Cleaning Service*
  • Free Hot Breakfast
  • Banquet Rooms*
  • Guest Use Fax Machine
  • Hotel has Safe
  • Free Newspaper Mon-Fri
  • Speaker Phone
  • Elevator(s)
  • Seasonal Outdoor Pool
  • Manager’s Reception
  • No Pets Allowed
  • Sauna
  • Braille Elevator(s)
  • Sun Deck


Augusta National Golf Club History


Vijay Singh left Augusta National in disgust after missing the cut in 1998. His streak of 53 consecutive cuts made was history, and his confidence on the greens was shattered. Singh brought a new attitude in 2000, and he jumped to the front. He was one of eight players who had to complete the third round Sunday morning because of weather, but Singh played his remaining four holes in even par to complete a 2-under 70. Later that day, Singh carded a final-round 69 for a three-shot win over Ernie Els. An assist from Mother Nature was helpful, he said, as he needed only 30 putts in the final round.