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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 ...

Holidays beckon…

Right. My bags are packed and I've just one more working day to get through. Then I'm off to Japan for a couple of weeks! If I'm totally honest, I'm never short of holidays. Travel is my one true vice, and @TheFrankFlyer and I take several breaks and longer holidays every year. I know I'm ...

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, ...

So long, Tokyo

I'm sitting on a Finnair A350, somewhere over Russia, on my way home from Tokyo. I'll get back to London after a transfer in Helsinki and then a brief stop off in Edinburgh to drop off my travelling companion: my 10 year old nephew, Andrew.I've done zero blogging while away, for a couple of reasons. ...

One week until Japan!

In just one week, I'll be setting off on my next visit to Japan! But it'll take me a while to get there, as I'm going on a rather roundabout route to get there. As I'm taking my ten year old nephew with me, I need to fly to Edinburgh first to pick him up. ...

My Singapore Onsen Experience: a little slice of Japanese spa culture

After a few days of jet-lagged work/survival in Singapore, I'd adjusted to the time difference and was enjoying my visit. Unfortunately, it was time to come home! Note to self: ensure the next visit to Singapore includes a weekend for adjusting to the time difference and enjoying the nightlife a bit more! All the same, ...

A speedy Asian turnaround: Singapore in three days!

After making a list of all my upcoming travels, it was inevitable that another trip would make its way into my schedule. And so it has! Tomorrow evening, I fly to Singapore for business. I get there on the Tuesday night, and spend Wednesday, Thursday and Friday on a combination of meetings, workshops and sightseeing. ...

Surviving my first German sauna

I spent an exceedingly pleasant birthday weekend in Berlin last week. Friday morning to Monday evening was not nearly enough to take in the whole experience, but despite historic sites all around me, I spent more time in the sauna than any other place. Let's rewind. We were staying in the Hilton, which has a ...

Planning for Japan: 2017

It looks like we have a bit of an itinerary for this year's trip to Japan! To avoid overloading ourselves with too many destinations, we've narrowed it down to splitting our time between Tokyo, Kyoto and Kanazawa. I'd like to take advantage of the JR Rail Pass and arrangeĀ some day trips out of both Tokyo ...