Adjusting to life after holidays

So I'm back. And as predicted, Japan was an absolute blast. It never fails to delight as a holiday destination and I think this break was the best yet! I'll share my adventures from Fukuoka, Nagasaki and Tokyo in a lot more detail over the coming weeks, but for now a few thoughts on adjusting ...

An afternoon wander through Asakusa

Even though we've been before (a couple of times!), we took one of our afternoons in Tokyo last week to have a wander around Asakusa. It's definitely a neighbourhood of two halves: a very touristy side and a more authentic side. I think we saw both. We'd spent the morning wandering around Ueno Park in ...

A review: Hilton Hotel, Schiphol Airport

We spent the evening before our recent week in Tokyo at the Hilton Hotel in Schiphol Airport. We started our journey in Amsterdam as flights from there to Tokyo (via Helsinki) were so much cheaper than booking direct from London. Plus, judicious use of points meant it was a free hotel stay. So I really ...

Our week in Tokyo: Champagne and sushi

So I’m back from my week in Tokyo and I’m missing it already. We had such an amazing time, despite the freezing cold weather and the snow. It was our first time in Tokyo in the winter, so that was to be expected - and we packed accordingly! As we’ve been to Tokyo so many times ...

I’ve booked a mileage run!

What madness is this? Booking a trip with the sole purpose of getting as many BA tier points as possible? Yes. This is my life now. I’m so comfortable with my BA Gold Status, that I’ll do whatever it takes to keep it. @TheFrankFlyer did a quick calculation of my (and his) airline miles status, ...

A week in Tokyo: with carry-on luggage only

I'm about an hour away from making my way to London Gatwick for the first leg of our trip to Japan. And for the first time, I'm going to Japan with only carry-on luggage. Nothing is getting checked in, so I won't waste any time at check-in or at arrival, waiting for bags. Obviously, I ...

Fukuoka it is!

As I mentioned previously,  have quite a few great trips planned for 2018. And this time next week, I'll be on my way to Tokyo (via Helsinki!) enjoying all that Finnair has to offer.But in August, I return to Japan - along with @TheFrankFlyer - and we have two weeks to enjoy ourselves. In planning ...

Two weeks to Tokyo

I had a lovely realisation on Sunday morning as I sat in Starbucks sipping a bucket of coffee: in less than two weeks, @TheFrankFlyer and I will be back in Tokyo for eight days of fun. Anyone who's read this blog for a while will know it's my favourite city on Earth. So being able ...

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Multimedia travel adventures

As well as maintaining this blog all about travel and everything that comes with it, I've also started to use the simple podcasting platform over at Anchor.fm to talk about travel. I'm in no way a podcasting professional - and the platform has some drawbacks - but it's a super-easy way of getting your spoken ...

My 2018 travel plans

Something I learned many years ago was the value of planning your holidays well in advance. Without time blocked out to do some exploring, work can easily take over and you're left with a fight over who gets to take leave and (potentially) higher travel costs for booking at the last minute. And when you've ...

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