What is Vacation Coffee?

Honestly, it’s a nickname my husband coined for some over-priced, calorie-laden Starbucks beverages we bought ourselves at the airport years ago. I wish I could remember the exact trip we were on – and with whom. I’m assuming we had woken up earlier-than-usual, schlepped a bunch of carefully packed and catalogued baby items through security with an oblivious infant in tow, and were on our way somewhere warm.We happily plopped down $15 for two hot beverages, because: “Hell, we’re ON VACATION! We don’t get to do this often. Cheers!”

Well, as it turns out, we DO do this pretty often. Our three kids are finally easy to travel with (or without) and appreciate new adventures. Over the years, Eric and I have become a well-oiled trip-planning machine, plotting out ideas and/or timelines of trips we want to take 3 years into the future. We travel with each other, with our friends, and with our extended families. We don’t often venture oversees or go to exotic locales. We are not backpackers or campers who have given up our jobs to trek across the globe. We are middle-aged midwesterners who go on (mostly) average trips in the United States.

This blog is about the places we’ve been or hope to visit . . . the people we travel with or want to meet . . . and the tools that guide and comfort us along the journey. Not every trip we go on begins with “vacation coffee” in a cup. But for me, the term still conjures up that feeling of anticipation between planning and experiencing . . . we’ve done the hard work of researching/reserving/confirming/packing – and now we are in that sweet spot of waiting for our new adventure to begin.


14 thoughts on “What is Vacation Coffee?

  1. I have enjoyed many o’ cup of joe in the airport for $5+ because hell, I’m on vacation!


  2. I can’t wait to follow along with you guys! Love the name and the story. 🙂


  3. You nailed it with vacation coffee-so true!


  4. Love it! Can’t wait to hear your stories.


  5. Love this, Beth! I’m excited to travel vicariously through you..so much to learn! 😘


  6. There’s nothing like vacation coffee, a reward for clearing security with three kids in tow. Looking forward to reading about your grand adventures.


  7. Love the name and the blog concept! Can’t wait for more!!


  8. always pack ziplocs, all sizes – you never know.


  9. Vacation coffee is REAL. For me, it’s because I can’t get Caribou Coffee (Caribou K-cups don’t count) anywhere near my home except at the airport so when I drop off the teen for HIS vacation I get vacation coffee then too. Can’t wait for more adventures.


  10. Is Vacation Coffee similar to sugar cereal – because we’re “on vacation”?


  11. […] Why not stop there on the way home – we are so close! On the way home it is not, but oh well. Vacation Coffee – […]


  12. […] someday? Maybe, maybe not. But that doesn’t mean I can’t try. Think of all that vacation coffee . . […]


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