Last month I shared how I took Starbucks on the road for our Grand Canyon vacation. The day that post was published I woke up at 1:55 am local time in San Jose–my body clock was still back on the east coast! I worked in my hotel room until it was a “normal” time to go for a run, and planned my route to end at the Starbucks that was a block near my hotel shortly after it opened.
Starbucks, San Jose
On that whirlwind trip, I had breakfast at this Starbucks in San Jose, a sandwich for dinner from the Starbucks at SFO, and breakfast at a Starbucks in Dallas.
Last week I was in Chicago for a conference. The conference program included breakfast, but when my flight got canceled and I had to stay an extra night, I had breakfast at Starbucks and picked up something to eat for lunch on the plane. This week I’m back in Chicago for another conference, and I’m sure I’ll sneak out to Starbucks for an afternoon break and grab lunch from Starbucks for my flight home.
Why Is Starbucks My Home Away From Home?
Why do I go to Starbucks so much when I am travelling? I’ve been thinking about this since Ronnie shared in the recent #WYCWYC podcasts that she has a family “rule” when they travel to never go to a restaurant they could go to at home. I think that’s a fun rule for vacations, and I enjoy trying new places for lunch and dinner, but don’t mess with my morning coffee!
I make an effort to find a Starbucks when I’m travelling because I love my morning coffee, and I enjoy the strong flavor of the Starbucks bold varieties.
I am in love with this cup–so pretty!
I make an effort to find a Starbucks when I’m travelling because I love the Starbucks breakfast sandwiches. The Reduced Fat Turkey Bacon (with egg) sandwich used to be my favorite until they came out with the Bacon & Gouda (with egg) sandwich. Yes, it’s on white bread, and yes, it has bacon (or, yes! it has bacon!), but at 350 calories and 15 g protein it’s a much better option than I’ll find at any hotel restaurant at a fraction of the price.
A slightly overcooked Bacon & Gouda sandwich–still yummy!
I make an effort to find Starbucks when I’m travelling because their bistro boxes are perfect for snacking on the airplane. My favorite is the Protein Bistro Box which I was relieved to get through security last weekend–I’m not sure that peanut butter is TSA-approved.
So, why is Starbucks my home away from home? When I get my breakfasts and airport lunches at Starbucks, I know I will enjoy my choices, I know they won’t bust my calorie bank, and I know they won’t exceed my travel budget. I can save my splurging for dinner, when I’ll enjoy it more with friends and colleagues.
Do you try to find local restaurants when you travel?
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