Category: Travel

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 ...

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 ...

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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All change, please…

I've been giving it quite a bit of thought lately and have decided that this blog needs a bit of an upgrade. It needs more of a focus and if there's one thing I write and think about a lot, it's travel! So, I'm going to refocus my writing here on my travel adventures (and, ...

Tan maintenance conundrum 

Having spent four days solid on the beach in Sitges last week, I picked up quite the tan. As in, every single person I’ve seen since I got back has been stunned at just how dark I’ve gone. I love lying in the sun. And it shows…     After a massive breakfast in the morning, ...

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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 ...

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More business travel: A tale of two hotel rooms

I've spent the last few days in Jersey - a mixture of business and pleasure and have had a whale of a time. I'm awaiting my flight back to Gatwick, where I'll hop on a flight to Dublin for work. And another hotel room... The thing about traveling for business is that you're frequently at ...