Travel Advice for the Caffeine Addict

My wife is addicted to caffeine, a fact to which she will readily admit. In the morning, she has two large latte mugs of coffee, and at various prescribed times throughout the day, she’ll have a Diet Coke. If she misses a dose, she gets…cranky, also a fact to which she will readily admit. One year during college, she declared that she would give up caffeine for Lent. By the end of the first week, people were anonymously leaving cases of Diet Coke outside the door to her dorm room. Things I cannot make up.

When we were traveling in and around London recently, we had several dicey moments because we were in a place where she couldn’t get a hit. I’m ashamed to say that we were saved several times by Starbucks. That’s when I hit upon a brilliant idea. If you’re a caffeine addict, just kick your habit before you travel. (Ha ha! I couldn’t even type that with a straight face.) No, seriously, the answer is chocolate-covered coffee beans. Much more portable than a double cappuccino. Just drop them in your purse, backpack, or other touristy carrying accessory, and when you feel the headache about to set in, pop a few in your mouth.

And if you think my wife’s dependency is bad, we have a friend who hit upon the diabolical idea of brewing coffee with caffeinated water. I seriously don’t think she’s slept since.

2 thoughts on “Travel Advice for the Caffeine Addict

  1. Betsy Talbot December 12, 2008 / 10:20 am

    I used to be your wife! Well, not literally, but I was a 20-year caffeine addict. I gave it up over a very tense 3-day weekend this fall and then decided to see if I could maintain for 30 days. At the end of 30 days, I decided not to go back.

    Yes, I do have the occasional diet coke, but the lack of needing caffeine to get me going in the morning has made our travels much more pleasant.

    Oh, and I sleep like a rock.

    Now to work on the other 27 bad habits that I have…

  2. rebecca December 14, 2008 / 9:03 am

    i was a hard-core caffeine addict for years, many, many moons ago (altho i took it up again recently, but only one cup a day). but, i tried quitting one time and was sooooo lethargic my boss was ready to fire me. he actually brought me coffee one morning and ordered me to drink up….he needed for me to get his work done….he-he!

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