I make no apologies for being the Hyatt fan girl here at TWG. Though as I write this I’m sitting in a Hilton property lounge :)
My Hyatt Globalist status comes with benefits and perhaps my favorite one is having a concierge to work with. My Hyatt concierge relationship did not go well in 2017 and turned into quite a frustrating saga. I shared this with you in a few blog posts.
Recently a reader asked me how things were going with my current Hyatt concierge, so I thought it might be interesting to share an update with you. This may not be of interest to everyone, but if it’s interesting to some of you, then I’m glad I took the time to write this out.
Wake up, it’s International Coffee Day! For me every day is a coffee celebration day, however International Coffee Day is an occasion that is used to promote and celebrate coffee as a beverage with events now occurring in places across the world. The first official date was October 1, 2015, as agreed upon by the International Coffee Organization. The day was launched in, yup you guessed it, Italy. It’s celebrated on a different day depending on where you live, so if you’re in the states, today is your day! I’m overseas where it’s celebrated on October 1, so I have to wait until Monday :((
So go out for coffee today and see if your local shops are doing anything special to celebrate. If they’ve forgotten, remind them it’s International Coffee Day, and you’re there to celebrate. There just might be a few extra espresso shots waiting for you……who knows? I’m curious if anyone finds their favorite coffee shops in celebration mode. Let me know!
As you enjoy your weekend morning coffee, or depending on your time zone maybe that’s your afternoon espresso, or even your post dinner digestive beverage also known as espresso, here’s an interesting story. When I travel I seek out one-off locally owned coffee houses. When I talk with the owners I’m often told that their coffee beans are indeed organic, and the conditions on the coffee farms are indeed “sustainable” but that they as shop owners, as well as the coffee farmers, don’t have the funds to get all the necessary certificates to say so. This article delves into whether it’s really possible to even monitor conditions for all these certifications. See what you think. Are you buying only sustainable-certified coffee?
Group dynamics are tricky. And group dynamics when we travel…….well, they can be super tricky. Friends of mine just came back from an African safari and were telling me stories about the group dynamics on their tour. I’ve never been on a tour of any kind, or even on a cruise where you get off at ports and take tours. I guess I’m more of an independent style traveler. However, I do find group dynamics and whether or not people enjoy tours a fascinating topic.
The day after hearing the saga of my friend’s safari trip, I came across this article. So interesting to read about what tour guides have to share from their side of the tour experience. Though some of what guides mention seems like common sense, I often think common sense isn’t too common!
If you’ve ever taken a tour or plan to, it’s a fun, easy read. See what you think.
Disclosure: I have TSA PreCheck, a Clipper Card, and travel with carry-on bags. If you do not have TSA PreCheck, your security screening will take longer. If you do not have a Clipper Card, you will need to buy a one-way BART ticket prior to riding BART. If you need to check your bags, you will need to drop off your bags before going through security. With that said, here is how to get to the Oakland International Airport Escape Lounge like a pro.
Good morning everyone. Last week, I wrote Get to the SFO Centurion Lounge Like a Pro. I wanted to show the East Bay some love too, so I will show you how to get to the Oakland International Airport Escape Lounge like a pro. This lounge is part of the Escape Lounge collection and is accessible for free if you have an American Express Platinum Charge Card (you can bring in 2 guests for free). The lounge is located in Terminal 1, between gates 8 and 8A. The lounge opens at 5am and closes at 9pm, unless the airport is quiet and the lounge will close early. I’ve been to the Escape Lounge a few times and I recommend reading Points with a Crew’s review of the Escape Lounge.
Image source: https://www.businesstraveller.com/business-travel/2016/11/11/norwegian-partners-escape-lounge-oakland-san-francisco/