I’m excited to bring you another Travel Talk with my man Andrew Landry. I was lucky enough to caddie for Andrew during the summer of 2016 on the PGA Tour. During that time, I had one of the biggest thrills I’ve had in golf; contending at the U.S. Open Championship at Oakmont Country Club. It was Andrew’s first major championship, but you would have never known it by his composure over a grueling three days of golf. I say three because we actually never teed it up on Friday due to weather. We had the task of playing approximately 31 holes on Saturday and 23 on Sunday. Under any other circumstance that’s not something we find difficult, but under true major championship conditions and being in contention, it’s a tiring endeavor. It’s tough, but Andrew played like a true champ that whole week. I couldn’t have been more impressed. He also set the record for best ever opening-round score at a U.S. Open hosted at Oakmont. That was something pretty cool to be a part of. I still have my pin sheet from that day with every shot he hit, what club he had on every swing, what the wind was doing on every shot, what yardages he had on every hole, whether he hit the fairway, green, how many putts per green, and what he scored on every hole. I had him sign the pin sheet for me after the round, and it’s something I’ll keep forever. The photo below is of the pin sheet, and I’m sure it will be tough to understand everything without me explaining it, but you get the idea.
Andrew is coming off his best PGA Tour event which he finished a couple of weeks ago (January 2018) at the CareerBuilder Challenge in Palm Springs, CA, where he lost in a playoff. I was pulling hard for him to win, but I know it’s only a matter of time and with a solo 2nd, he has secured his PGA Tour card for next season.
I’m thankful Andrew took the time out of his day to share some of his travel habits with me. I hope you enjoy and as always we are focusing on travel and leaving the golf talk out.
What’s your preferred airline? What is your status level with them?
United Airlines, I have gold status with them. It’s nice to be able to check three bags up to 70lbs. each.
Do you prefer a window or aisle seat?
I prefer the window seat…great for snoozing on long flights.
Favorite inflight beverage?
If I missed the cut, it’s whiskey. If I’m coming home from destination spots, Bloody Mary’s…I travel with mini Tabasco’s, just in case it’s not the way I like it.
What’s one thing you can’t travel without?
Headphones are key.
What’s the best flight you’ve ever taken?
The shortest one!
What’s your favorite airport?
Houston! It has a Papasitos!
What is your preferred hotel brand, and why?
Holiday Inn or any IHG hotel. You pretty much know what your getting every time. I splurge when things are going solid.
City view or water view?
Water view is the best.
What’s the best Hotel you’ve stayed in?
JW Marriott in San Antonio. It was pretty solid with great family functions along with fantastic food and water fun.
What’s your favorite travel destination?
Bahamas. It’s the best place for simple travel and beauty.
What’s your dream vacation?
Do you keep up with your hotel and airline points?
I keep up with airlines points but not hotel points.
Do you have any travel horror stories?
I got into an argument with a guy at the airport because of not waiting in line. I was in Group 1, he wasn’t. I ended up sitting next to him.
With as much travel as you do, What are a few travel tips you have learned along the way?
Biggest key to traveling is having TSA Pre-check or Global Entry. It makes travel faster and simpler. Always fly first class and enjoy your travels. Never cut cost, because it makes your travel smoother and more enjoyable.
There’s so much in here that I love. The mini-Tabasco’s, Andrew sitting beside a guy he just got into an argument with, and my favorite, “Always fly first class.” I endorse that message.
I want to thank Andrew again for taking the time from his busy schedule and sharing with us the way he travels. You can follow Andrew on his Twitter for more up-to-date info.