Category: Air Travel

Parachuting off Machu Picchu

Parachuting off Machu Picchu

This video shows what is reputedly the first ever speedflight off Machu Picchu, made in November 2012.  It is said to be a  highly technical flight due to its tricky launch, complex rotor and variable winds.  I should also mention that it is strongly NOT recommended that you attempt this yourself… unless of course you [...]

7 ways not to irritate your fellow passengers when flying

7 ways not to irritate your fellow passengers when flying

We spoke to the people at Fly.co.uk about what really irritates passengers when they travel by air. A little thought for your fellow travellers can go a long way so here are 7 top tips on how not to irritate them when flying. Of course, there are lots more – feel free to post a [...]

Life is about the journey…

Life is about the journey…

This video from Trans Maldivian Airways shows the true beauty of the Maldives. The company pioneered the use of aircraft to transport tourists to island based resorts. In doing so, it has made a significant contribution to the development of tourism to the Maldives, which in turn has resulted in major benefits to the national economy. Founded in [...]

Aston Martin placed on top of 1,000 ft helipad in Dubai

Aston Martin placed on top of 1,000 ft helipad in Dubai

Transferring vehicles in the air by helicopter for promotional purposes is nothing new in the world of exotic luxury and sports car brands. When I was in St. Moritz last year, I recall looking down on a vehicle in a glass case half way up the mountains of Corviglia. Aston Martin, however, can lay claim [...]

New Zealand’s #1 ski destination

New Zealand’s #1 ski destination

Sitting down for breakfast you look out the window at the breath-taking landscape. A beautiful blue Lake Wanaka contrasted with snow-capped mountain peaks. Sunshine is streaming through the glass heating your body as you eat your breakfast. Locally sourced organics eggs, toast and freshly squeezed juice. It’s hard to believe its winter outside. Today is [...]

Arriving in style – Mauritius

Arriving in style – Mauritius

Getting to Mauritius from Yorkshire was a pretty straightforward affair: train to Kings Cross, taxi to Paddington, Heathrow Express to Terminal 4 and then a direct flight with Air Mauritius. We had a window seat and adjoining seat and enough leg room to not feel too cramped. We’d deliberately booked an overnight flight and this turned out [...]

3 luxurious getaways in Japan

3 luxurious getaways in Japan

For those looking to experience a mix of tradition and luxury in Japan, it’s important to choose the right location and accommodation for your getaway. Traveling to Japan has never been easier, as American Airlines has recently launched non-stop flights from New York’s JFK airport to Tokyo Haneda, making it the only airline to run this [...]

Tragedy at Baker’s Bay Golf and Ocean Club on Great Guana Cay

Tragedy at Baker’s Bay Golf and Ocean Club on Great Guana Cay

Reports have been coming in that sadly one person has been killed and four people injured in a helicopter crash incident at the exclusive Baker’s Bay Golf and Ocean Club. The resort is at Guana Cay in the Abacos island chain, about 150 miles off Florida’s eastern coast. The Nassau Guardian reports that the helicopter was buffeted by [...]

5 of the most kid-friendly airlines in the world

5 of the most kid-friendly airlines in the world

Have you ever felt all eyes on you – and your children – while waiting to board at the gate? The truth is your anxiety is likely warranted. As a parent, the possibility of things “going sour” during a flight are endless: delays causing snacks to run out, ear pain caused by cabin pressure, and [...]

5 things you must see on a luxury Tanzanian safari

5 things you must see on a luxury Tanzanian safari

A wildlife safari is the holiday of a lifetime, and not one you’re likely to repeat again and again every year. If you’re headed to Tanzania, or even just thinking about it, then you’re in for an amazing time packed full of unforgettable experiences and memories that will stay with you forever. Here are a [...]

Your 10 greatest pet hates about flying

Your 10 greatest pet hates about flying

Lastminute.com has done a survey to identify air passengers’ most irritating in-flight habits. Rather predictably, screaming children is up there, but it’s not the highest one on the list. So what are the things that annoy us most of all? Below is a list of your 10 biggest frustrations. My greatest irritations – people getting [...]

Travel around London like a celebrity on your stag weekend

Travel around London like a celebrity on your stag weekend

During the day, London is an enthralling city filled with historic, cultural and regal exploits to enjoy. By night, the scene changes dramatically. A multitude of hip night spots come to life where you will make memories to last for years to come. Filled with booze and scorching hot dance floors, the stag and his [...]

What’s it like to fly in a First Class Suite on an Emirates A380?

Ever wondered what it must be like to fly on a First Class Suite on an Emirates A380.  YouTube user Volterrific shares with us his journey from Bangkok to Hong Kong on this fabulous super jumbo, complete with shower and cocktail bar (not at the same time) at 40,000 feet.

And the Restaurant of the Year is…

And the Restaurant of the Year is…

Spanish chef José Pizarro, two-Michelin-starred Tom Kerridge and Raymond Blanc protégée Ollie Dabbous were among the big winners at the inaugural Food and Travel Reader Awards held at The Royal Automobile Club on London’s Pall Mall on 3 September, 2012. In total 29 awards were handed out during a glittering evening hosted by comedian Simon [...]

Fit to be Thaid

In Alex Garland’s seminal novel The Beach a young man search in southern Thailand for a seaside Utopia goes awry. In the Hangover Part Two a group of young men find a different kind of Thai experience. I went to Thailand looking for my own paradise idyll. I didn’t expect what I would discover. The [...]

When luxury travel becomes irresponsible…? £8,000 for an 84-mile flight

When luxury travel becomes irresponsible…? £8,000 for an 84-mile flight

Last month Kanye West reportedly spent £8,000 to leave Doncaster by private jet, only to fly as far as Birmingham (that’s Birmingham, UK – just 84 miles away – not Birmingham, Alabama).  There he was met by a chauffeur-driven Mercedes and transferred to Birmingham’s five-star Hyatt hotel where he stayed in the Presidential Suite and [...]

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