All posts by MacPsych

Kyoto: exploring Fushimi Inari Taisha

We spent yesterday morning climbing the side of a mountain in 28C heat - all to take in the beauty of the Fushimi Inari Taisha shrine. This is a Shinto shrine featuring hundreds of beautiful Tori gates, all built into a roughly circular route. Everything we'd read about the site advised us to get there ...

London to Tokyo: First Class with British Airways

Our latest trip to Japan started in Heathrow Airport, with a tasty and much-needed breakfast in British Airways' Concorde Room. This is the lounge set aside for passengers traveling First Class. Yes, First Class. But before you jump to any conclusions, I can assure you that our tickets were not full price. We used a combination ...

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New BA safety information video is a welcome change

As someone who flies with British Airways a lot, I can tell you I was getting enormously sick of their safety information video. A slightly creepy cartoon, showing spaced-out passengers gliding around the cabin. They moved as if they'd been tranquilized and the voiceover made me shudder every time I heard it. Once you've seen it ...

A business travel bug…

I've just spend the last week working in Dublin and, while the workshops and coaching sessions went very well, I managed to pick up an unwelcome dose of flu. It's an unfortunate risk when you're a frequent flyer and I guess it was my turn to pick something up. Being sick when on holidays is ...

My favourite travel apps

It's indisputable that technology has changed the face of travel over the last decade. We can now book flights from our iPads, check-in with our smartphones and bring our entire music collections with us wherever we go. I make no secret of using technology a lot when I travel. I'm not sure I could survive ...

Significant Sitges Sun

I'm just back from a long weekend in Sitges, feeling every so slightly broken. This is purely due to sleep deprivation - a series of very late nights with friends, combined with early mornings to get down to the beach. Stereotypes abound when it comes to Europe, but one holds true when it comes to ...

Memories of Japan: Getting there with Finnair

Last month, I took my nephew to Tokyo for a week - a holiday I'd been looking forward to for months. He's only ten, so I had to travel to him to start our journey, which resulted in a rather convoluted journey to Japan. I first flew with @TheFrankFlyer to Edinburgh, then drove on to ...

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 ...

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, ...