Category: Travel planning

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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I’m on the beach

It's one of those damp, grey and chilly Sunday afternoons where my mind wanders to travels past - and future. I dreamt last night that I was back on the beach in Sitges. It was another beautiful summer's day and I was just wandering down the shoreline, ankle-deep in the water. The sun was incredibly ...

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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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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 ...

40 days until Tokyo!

Today marks the 40-day countdown to my next trip to Tokyo and to say I'm excited is an understatement. We're going to firstly spend an evening in Schiphol Airport's Hilton Hotel and then fly to Tokyo the following morning with Finnair, via Helsinki. This was how I got to Tokyo when I brought my nephew, ...

When you experience “too much travel”

This week, I discovered there is such a thing as "too much travel"... I'm reflecting on it now, as I prepare to take my sixth flight of this week. On Monday, I set off from Tokyo, flying to Helsinki. Then, from Helsinki to London Heathrow, followed in quick succession by a flight to Edinburgh. The ...

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Packing for success: a frequent flyer writes…

As I prep for my few days in Singapore, I turn to my trusty packing list in Evernote to remind me of all the important things that must be in my bags before I leave. Over the years, I've quickly realised that it's much more efficient to work through a packing list than to keep ...

Making 2017 my Year of Travel!

It's already early March (where did January and February go?!) but so far work has taken me to Dublin three times and Barcelona twice. Both excellent venues, but slightly less so when you're working hard. All the same, I love to travel. Work takes me interesting places and I (normally) get to stay in lovely ...

Winter blues: Craving the sun on my skin

Right now, I'm looking back on December a little wistfully. According to my (unreliable) memory, December 2016 was a lot milder and drier than January 2017. The last couple of weeks in London have featured some really bone-chilling weather and, despite the facts of the matter, I don't see any longer 'stretch' in the evenings. ...

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2015: A year in travel

Yes, some people may view 'end of the year' posts as either boring, narcissistic or a combination of both, but personally I like to look back on the year gone by and focus on the highlights. A form of gratitude. Reliving the fun and the smiles. I travelled so much in 2015, I thought it ...