All posts by MacPsych

Review: The Hilton Gatwick Airport

If you’re short on time, let’s cut to the chase: this is a terrible, terrible hotel. Even among shabby airport hotels, this takes some beating. @TheFrankFlyer and I stayed there last night, as our flight to Palma de Mallorca departed at a very unreasonable 0825 this morning. This was far too early for a schlep ...

Brewdog on board!

I flew to Palma de Mallorca with British Airways this morning and, as soon as I sat down, I spotted that their birthday promotion with Brewdog has started. To celebrate 100 years of British Airways, they've partnered with Brewdog to launch an anniversary beer and I...I had one with my breakfast! I'm not a beer ...

Assorted Tokyo highlights

While I haven't blogged since arriving in Tokyo earlier this week, that doesn't mean we haven't been enjoying ourselves. In fact, I'd be concerned if too much precious time in Tokyo was spent writing here! While Frank is down at the hotel gym, I'm enjoying a coffee in our room and scanning the view from ...

Journey to Japan – Part three: to Seoul!

I've just landed in Seoul Incheon Airport after a superb flight with Finnair. I didn't get as much sleep as I'd planned, but that was all my own fault. I enjoyed a couple of hours in the very lovely Finnair lounge in Helsinki Airport before boarding my flight. The lounge is in the middle of ...

Journey to Japan – Part Two: To Helsinki!

After adequately refuelling on coffee in the lounge, it was time to get my flight to Helsinki. With little to keep me in the lounge, I headed to the gate with just under an hour to go. My experience with Finnair is that they board with plenty of time, so I expected us to be ...

Journey to Japan: Part one

My latest jaunt to Japan began yesterday - and the journey to Tokyo will probably take a few posts to cover! I left London yesterday lunchtime, after squeezing in a couple more productive hours in the office. I 'checked in' via British Airways First Class section in T5 and made my way straight into the ...

A new look for Aer Lingus

Earlier today, Ireland's national carrier, Aer Lingus, launched its new aircraft livery. It's the first time the image has been updated in over twenty years . And for an airline which has basically owned the colour green, it's quite a departure. The new look will mean aircraft will be mostly white, with a strip of ...

2019: Prepping for a year of travel!

As I approach the end of one year, it's the perfect time to look ahead and see what 2019 has in store for me. The short answer is: lots more travel! Between my various work trips and holidays, 2019 will be spent on the move, but nearly always to places I love visiting. So far, ...

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Sitges bound

Keeping travel costs low is basically all about planning ahead. So we've been looking at our return to Sitges for Pride in 2019 and, as soon as some flight deals came up, we pounced! We had such a fun time in Sitges at Pride this year that we were determined to go back, but also ...

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Oh the glamour of business travel

I got up at the crack of dawn this morning to catch a flight to Dublin. I'm working here until Thursday night. And from the get go, it's been a bit of a trial... I had completed 99% of my packing before going to sleep last night, working religiously off my packing list. But when ...