Mikolai likes hanging out in hotel bars drinking Manhattans. Since that is not a ‘proper’ job, he supplements it with copywriting, digital marketing, and obscure publishing ventures. Originally from Australia, he spent the last few years living and working in the Gulf, where he developed an appreciation for the finer things in life, and the merits of a good concierge. His work has appeared in various international magazine including Vice, Playboy, and Rolling Stone.

What’s your worst travel experience?

A three-hour stopover in some terrible Russian airport in the early 90s. The ‘Cold War’ may have been over, but the security guys with the AK-47s, fur hats, and scowls maybe missed the memo.

What’s your best travel experience?

Flying business class to Japan for a work conference. It was basically 8 hours of lobsters, champagne and leg room. Only problem is that it is very hard going back to economy afterwards.

What’s your top travel destination and why?

Japan is always fun – the bright lights of Shinjuku, the tiny bars in Golden Gai, the shopping in Shibuya, and the electronics of Akihabara.

Share a top travel tip

A couple of sleeping tablets and glass of scotch can turn a 14-hour grind into a much more approachable 7-hour haul.