Now playing: international travel tips for your next golf vacation
We just posted a new Planet Putter column of mine over at TravelGolf.com: International travel tips for you next golf vacation.
I actually filed the column before my trip to Spain I just returned from (in fact, I wrote the majority of it on a flight between Chicago and Austin).
I suppose one tip that I gathered over there is that you don’t want to make your tee time too early in the morning for two reasons:
1. Breakfast isn’t even served until 8 a.m. - Apparently everyone is still digesting their midnight dinners in Spain.
2. The sun rises unusually late in the morning. When I was there, there was barely a sliver of light at 8 a.m. So book your times between 9:30-10 if you want a full breakfast and a little time to warm up.
The column has already generated a couple responses from some other fellow travel writers who offer their own tips.
Thomas Dunne suggests an even better driving directions database which I’ll be sure to check out when I’m in Scotland next month:
“Theaa.com is tops on my list for driving directions in GB&I,” he wrote to me on Twitter. “Beats Google maps hands down.”
Tom Bedell, a writer & beer-lover who has contributed to our network’s BadGolfer.com site among others, warns us that “Smithwicks” isn’t the only beer in the GB & I that visitors risk the humiliation of mispronounciation:
“The good local ale in East Lothian, Deuchars, is pronouced ‘Dukers’ and not the femininely-hygenic way I pronouced it when there, ‘Douchers’.”
There are a few other travel tips I’ve considered adding but ran out of space in the column, like:
Don’t look for your ball in the jungle off the fairways in Malaysia unless you want your face clawed off by monkeys. Make your caddie look for it.
Double-check what time your flight leaves BEFORE YOU START DRINKING the night before departing Vegas (and strongly consider a P.M. departure…whoops).
Don’t use your driver at Tenby Golf Club in Wales.
Don’t drink alcohol at the airport before your overseas. Not only is it ridiculously expensive, but you’re almost assured a headache. Stay hydrated. If you want some wine on the plane to sedate you into a sleep, chug a water right after it.
So if any of you other readers have any tips to add based on your international travels, send them along!
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