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What Tour Guides Never Tell You

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.

 

Get to the Oakland International Airport (OAK) Escape Lounge Like a Pro

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/

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Caf or Decaf? New Study on the Health Benefits of Coffee Just May Surprise You!

Caf or decaf? No matter how you like your buzz, there’s a new study out and it’s worth knowing about. Coffee, caffeinated or decaf, is still my favorite beverage. You already know where to find all my BEAN Around the World posts (best places to drink coffee), but from time to time, I like to talk about coffee in general.

I wanted to make sure that you knew a new study came out on the benefits of coffee, no matter the caffeine content. It’s what’s called a correlation study covering a half million adults in the U.K. It was published in JAMA: Internal Medicine. They found that coffee drinkers lived longer. And in fact, they found that people who drank a few cups per day had a 12% to 18% lower risk of early death.

What I alluded to that was so interesting about this study is that decaf-coffee drinkers received the same benefits. We forget sometimes that although many people drink caffeinated coffee for the stimulant effect, both regular and decaf coffee contain antioxidants. Antioxidants fight off inflammation, which is a good thing! Inflammation damages our cells, and over time it causes diseases like heart disease, Alzheimer’s, and type 2 diabetes.

If you want to know more about these studies, look here.

Shelli’s World Coffee Tour – Coffee Houses in Madrid, Spain (Part 3)

I guess it’s time for a true confession. I’m a coffee snob. And when I travel, I have a passion for supporting local roasters and coffee houses. Let’s just say I’ve BEAN Around the World and I’m feeling like now is the time to start sharing the love… and caffeine, one city at a time. Recently, I had a wonderful holiday in Madrid, Spain. And though it was hard to tear myself away from the incredible pinchos and rioja, I did explore the coffee houses, and I’m glad I did. I drank plenty of coffee, talked with baristas, and I’ve got lots to share with you. Let’s open the TWG cafe society doors and talk coffee, Madrid style. If you haven’t had a chance to read Madrid coffee part one and part two, I suggest you do because they offer in-depth explanations of the general coffee scene and talk about how people in Madrid typically drink coffee. And of course, I give you my best recommendations for where to drink coffee! Continue reading

Shelli’s World Coffee Tour – Coffee Houses in Madrid, Spain (Part 2)

I guess it’s time for a true confession. I’m a coffee snob. And when I travel, I have a passion for supporting local roasters and coffee houses. Let’s just say I’ve BEAN Around the World and I’m feeling like now is the time to start sharing the love… and caffeine, one city at a time. Recently, I had a wonderful holiday in Madrid, Spain. And though it was hard to tear myself away from the incredible pinchos and rioja, I did explore the coffee houses, and I’m glad I did. I drank plenty of coffee, talked with baristas, and I’ve got lots to share with you. Let’s open the TWG cafe society doors and talk coffee, Madrid style. If you haven’t had a chance to read Madrid coffee-part one, I suggest you do because it offers an in-depth explanation of the general coffee scene and talks about how people in Madrid typically drink coffee.

Beverages at Toma Cafe. Image source: http://tomacafe.es/

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