Headed to Augusta for one of our workshops or for some one-on-one training? Here are some traveling tips for your trip!
- Reserve your plane ticket and get your rental car reservation as soon as possible when you decide to travel.
- Consider using sites like KAYAK to get alerts about flight costs for a week or two if you can afford the time to shop around.
- Check with your credit cards to see if you have earned any points or miles that can be used with your favorite airline. It may take a bit of time to work with customer service, but it can help with the expense.
- Come with a buddy from your area or somebody you know in the industry so that you can have a “sharing” pal after the course. If you travel with a buddy, you can share a rental car and even a motel room, lowering the cost.
- If you have a partner or a “top flight person” that is integral to your success, ask about bringing them with you if it is within the budget. One thing we learned at Team BugStopper is that the more you have on board for your vision and learning processes, the easier it is to get things done when you get back to work. We have worked wonders over the years by exposing the spouses to the work of the PMP owner.
Flying to Augusta
There are many ways to get to Augusta, whether through a direct flight or arriving at a nearby city and renting a car.
1. Fly to Augusta (AGS). A direct flight to Augusta is not always much more expensive than flying to a larger hub airport in a nearby city, especially when you factor in the cost of a rental car and gas. However, AGS sometimes will not work because of a higher price or poor connecting flight options. Delta occasionally uses its larger planes, but some flights are on smaller jets. A flight from Atlanta to Augusta takes only 30 minutes of air time. Additionally, US Airways connects to AGS from Charlotte (CLT) several times a day.
2. Fly into Atlanta (ATL). Warning: The traffic leaving Atlanta between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. on week days is rough…not deadly, but troublesome. That time of day can add anywhere from 20 minutes to several hours on to a drive. The drive without traffic is about 2 hours and 20 minutes. Obtaining a rental car in Atlanta is simple; the top rental car companies are in or near the airport complex, and the cars in Atlanta are some of the least expensive you will ever find in any marketplace.
3. Fly to Columbia, SC (CAE). The Columbia airport is only an hour and a half from our office, and traffic is almost never a factor. Rental cars are inexpensive and convenient there, too.
4. Fly to Charlotte (CLT). Charlotte is 2 hours and 40 minutes from our office. Sometimes it is easier to rent a car there and drive over than do the US Airways connection to Augusta, depending on the time to connect, etc. Charlotte is a major hub for some airlines. Rush hour traffic can be a small factor during the week, but it’s not a major problem most of the time.
5. Fly to Savannah, GA (SAV). The Savannah airport is very nice and is not crowded. It is a 2 hour and 20 minute easy drive to our place from there. Sometimes there are quirky, inexpensive rates to Savannah, GA. Rent the car and drive over.
6. Fly to Charleston, SC (CHS). In addition to travel advice, here’s a bit of “life advice.” If you want a chance to visit one of the best tourism cities in the entire world, plan to fly into Charleston a day or two early or leave from Charleston a day or two late. Explore the city before or after your training with us. Everyone who does this when visiting the area raves about Charleston, which is a 3-hour drive away from Augusta.
Note: For many of these, I recommend my “go back early in the morning” tactic. Drive to the airport’s city the night before and spend the night at a hotel connected to the airport (many of which have a morning shuttle service). This will allow you to fly out early the next day easily, and early flights are rarely delayed.