Author Archive for Paul Johnson

Paul Johnson has worked in the travel industry for approximately 20 years and, more specifically, in the online sector since the very earliest days of the WWW.

10 great reasons to visit Santona, Cantabria, Spain

10 great reasons to visit Santona, Cantabria, Spain

Nestled approximately midway between Santander and Bilbao in the province of Cantabria, the town of Santoña is a fishing port that has an interesting history but is perhaps best known today as a holiday destination in the Summer months and for its year-round fishing trade. Here are 10 great reasons why you should visit. 1. […]

Short stay: Hotel Juan de la Cosa, Santona, Cantabria, Spain

Short stay: Hotel Juan de la Cosa, Santona, Cantabria, Spain

Hotel Juan de la Cosa is an upscale hotel situated on the unspoiled, mile-long Playa de Berria on the outskirts of Santoña in Northern Spain’s Cantabria region. Set in its own gardens, the hotel is situated roughly midway between Santander and Bilbao. The welcome We arrived in the late afternoon, having attended a sailing event […]

Short stay: 4-bedroom apartment, Isla Playa, Cantabria, Spain

Short stay: 4-bedroom apartment, Isla Playa, Cantabria, Spain

Our first stay on our trip to Cantabria in Northern Spain was at a self-catering apartment in the Spanish resort of Isla Playa, just a 45 minute drive to the east of Santander, organised through HomeAway UK. This is a largely Spanish resort with two distinct areas of beach and a number of restaurants, cafés […]

Thank you for the invitation to your event but...

Thank you for the invitation to your event but…

Every day I get invited to some travel-related event or other. Just today, for example, I’ve been asked to afternoon tea to hear about a resort in Antigua, had the pleasure of my company requested for a VIP event for a members-only luxury airline, received an invitation for a drinks evening for a luxury apartment […]

Why Shady Owl Sunglasses could be the next big thing in sustainable fashion

Why Shady Owl Sunglasses could be the next big thing in sustainable fashion

Travelers are now being offered a positive alternative choice when shopping for sunglasses thanks to a family-run Florida company with unique designs and a heart to donate proceeds from every sale to supporting owl rehabilitation. Let’s face it, sunglasses are fashionable and practical. They’re an essential part of our travel uniform and, for anyone blessed […]

Photograph of the week: Scuba diving in Devil's Den

Photograph of the week: Scuba diving in Devil’s Den

Florida is mostly known for its sandy beaches and tropical diving. However, scuba diving addicts know that Florida best underwater secrets lie north of Orlando, where a network of crystal-clear water springs can be dived all year long. The most amazing of all is called the Devil’s Den. The spring of Williston, FL, is a […]

From chaos to calm: how our latest trip nearly didn't happen

From chaos to calm: how our latest trip nearly didn’t happen

It started with a bang. A very loud bang. And it didn’t take us long to realise what had happened. The boat trailer that we were towing had become detached from our car and one of the boats on it had come straight through our rear windscreen. Panic set in. We were due to catch […]

Photograph of the week: Monkey at Mana Pools National Park, Zimbabwe

Photograph of the week: Monkey at Mana Pools National Park, Zimbabwe

Mana Pools National Park in Zimbabwe is considered to be one of the last truly wild places in Africa, and the best way to see animals here is on foot. Beth Norton was walking in a golden-hued forest when her attention was grabbed, not by one of the resident lions or elephants, but to a […]

Unlock Turkey: your key to luxury travel in Turkey

Unlock Turkey: your key to luxury travel in Turkey

For the first-time visitor, Turkey is full of surprises. This bridge between the East and West is as fascinating as it is mesmerising, but at the same time it can also be a little daunting if you’ve never been before. Hiring a guide is one option but if you’re the sort of person who prefers […]

Recipe of the week: Chia pudding

Recipe of the week: Chia pudding

This scrumptious fruit pudding is very simple to make and can be a refreshing dessert after lunch or dinner, or a healthy breakfast just by itself. The secret is in the blended cashew cream, which provides a perfect custardy backdrop to the caviar-like pop of the chia seeds. Use any combination of seasonal fruit you […]

Photograph of the week: Neue Wache

Photograph of the week: Neue Wache

The Neue Wache lies on the famous Unter den Linden street in Berlin. It looks like a classical building but only dates back to 1815, when it was built as a guardhouse for the soldiers of the crown prince of Prussia. In 1931, Neue Wache was transformed into a memorial for German victims of World […]

Recipe of the week: Icelandic mushroom soup

Recipe of the week: Icelandic mushroom soup

When you think about Icelandic cuisine you may struggle a little at first to think of what a classic regional dish might comprise of. However, modern Icelandic menus are, in fact, breaking boundaries and many talented chefs are taking traditional ingredients and reinterpreting these into more refined contemporary dishes. This Wild Mushroom Soup recipe demonstrates […]

Photograph of the week: Stunning Cinque Terre

Photograph of the week: Stunning Cinque Terre

Cinque Terre consists of five small fishing villages that were built on a steep landscape right up to the cliffs on the coast. The villages terraces are now a very famous tourist attraction on the west coast of northern Italy. The villages are a part of the National Park Cinque Terre which is under the […]

The definitive guide for UK drivers travelling in Europe this Summer

The definitive guide for UK drivers travelling in Europe this Summer

We are heading to Spain shortly with our car and a boat trailer, taking the ferry crossing from Portsmouth to Santander with Brittany Ferries. Our sons are competing in a sailing World Championships for their class of boat so it’s set to be an exciting trip! It’s a trip that’s also required a lot of planning, though, […]

New luggage that can actually climb stairs... and a whole lot more besides!

New luggage that can actually climb stairs… and a whole lot more besides!

It sounds too good to be true, doesn’t it? A piece of luggage that will actually easily travel up stairs. But that’s exactly what the new TraxPack case does. Launched on Kickstarter by good friends Naisha Joseph and Richard Braddock, TraxPack is set to revolutionise the luggage industry. No more struggling with awkward, heavy cases – difficulty […]

Photograph of the week: Star Lagoon, Raja Ampat, Indonesia

Photograph of the week: Star Lagoon, Raja Ampat, Indonesia

Raja Ampat is located just off the tip of Bird’s Head Peninsula in Indonesia’s West Papua province, formerly known as Irian Jaya. Raja Ampat means the Four Kings, which is in reference to the four major islands. Star Lagoon is one of the discoveries you will make exploring this large archipelago. Raja Ampat is an […]

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