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.

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The world’s most expensive macaron, along with your own private butler

Temptation comes in all shapes and sizes, doesn’t it? St. Regis Hotels are especially talented at creating quirky, luxurious temptations. In Istanbul, St. Regis has a special Champagne Sabering Ceremony one evening each week, that kicks off with the manager opening Champagne with a saber. It’s flamboyant, fun and of course a top of the […]

Delicious drives in the UK: The Lake District to Lancaster, via Ullswater

Delicious drives in the UK: The Lake District to Lancaster, via Ullswater

On the third and final day of my road trip around Cumbria, it was time to return my rental car to Hertz, but not before I’d done a little more exploring first. Having driven over Wrynose Pass the previous day, my plan was to take the vehicle over another of the Lake District’s famous routes – the Kirkstone […]

Delicious drives in the UK: Cartmel Peninsula to the Lake District, via Furness

Delicious drives in the UK: Cartmel Peninsula to the Lake District, via Furness

On the second day of my ‘delicious drive’ with Hertz, I drove further along the A590 to the market town of Ulverston – the birthplace of Stan Laurel of Laurel & Hardy fame and home to a Laurel & Hardy Museum – before before bearing left and following the coast road in the direction of […]

Delicious drives in the UK: Lancaster to the Cartmel Peninsula, via Kendal

Delicious drives in the UK: Lancaster to the Cartmel Peninsula, via Kendal

Cumbria isn’t one of the easiest counties to get around if you don’t have your own transport. Not only is it the third largest county in England, but it is also the second most sparsely populated, meaning that most things tend to be a drive away. The county is far easier than many people realise […]

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Dreaming of Dubai: 5 top experiences for my next trip

I’ve been to Dubai a couple of times, but each trip was rather brief. Yet I had enough time to appreciate the amazing contrasts in a city where sheikhs have fulfilled their dreams, but ancient traditions live on. I spent time in the opulent Burj al Arab, filming the incredible palatial surroundings of the Royal […]

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How to transform your travel passion into a lucrative, fulfilling business

Back in the 19th century, the renowned author, Robert Louis Stevenson said, “I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move.” Two centuries later, nothing much has changed, at least in terms of the innate human desire to travel. Travel is a basic human […]

Win a trip with Teletext Holidays worth up to £1,000!

Win a trip with Teletext Holidays worth up to £1,000!

Cheapflights UK – in partnership with Teletext Holidays – are celebrating the very best in UK travel, and they’re looking for your help. The first ever Cheapflights awards took place in South Africa last year and they have now taken that concept and introduced it to the UK, giving their users and the wider public […]

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Is this the most luxurious train journey in the world?

Could this incredible train journey, which is filled with discoveries and experiences, like you’ve never known before, be the most luxurious train journey in the world? From glass-encased observation cars, you can breathe in the eternal aesthetic beauty of North Eastern Japan’s countryside. If you fancy it, you will need to apply soon, as the […]

Celebrating over a million social media followers with some new business cards

Celebrating over a million social media followers with some new business cards

I’m delighted to announce that A Luxury Travel Blog now has over a million followers across its various social media channels. Over 700,000 followers on Twitter, around 300,000 page likes on Facebook, over 20,000 on Instagram, and approximately 10,000 each on both Google+ and Pinterest, not to mention a few hundred thousand on some secondary […]

Luxury travel treats: Garmin Approach S6, Blazer by Fadenmeister Berlin and more...

Luxury travel treats: Garmin Approach S6, Blazer by Fadenmeister Berlin and more…

In this week’s edition of ‘luxury travel treats’, we have a great gadget for golfers, an elegant cashmere blazer for female business travellers, and a USB stick with a capacity like no other. Also included is a very versatile and portable wireless speaker and a handy translation tool, perfect for the frequent overseas traveller. Garmin […]

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Don’t miss this better kept secret in Rome – as seen in The Guardian

Rome is the perfect city to enjoy the incredible romance of Renaissance palazzos, drink in the beautiful Baroque fountains and surround yourself with incredible Roman classical ruins. Wander out in the evening in that special pulsating energy that permeates the air in Rome, discover the perfect places to enjoy the buzzing aperitivo scene and continue […]

Special feature: Fiat Ducato Auto-Roller 707 motorhome

Special feature: Fiat Ducato Auto-Roller 707 motorhome

Normally my special features are reserved for hotels and vacation rental accommodation, but last weekend we did something a little different. We’ve been travelling up and down the UK to attend our sons’ sailing events for a couple of years now, and have often contemplated what it would be like travelling in a campervan or […]

A luxury golf break at Trump Turnberry, Ayrshire, UK

A luxury golf break at Trump Turnberry, Ayrshire, UK

Set high above the magnificent 18 hole Championship Ailsa golf course along the spectacular Ayrshire coastline overlooking the majestic Irish Sea and the bird sanctuary on the island of Ailsa Craig sits the remarkable Trump Turnberry Hotel. This is part of President Donald Trump’s portfolio of businesses. Whilst the President currently has matters of state […]

Special feature: Hazel Brow, Swaledale, Yorkshire Dales, UK

Special feature: Hazel Brow, Swaledale, Yorkshire Dales, UK

Situated in the village of Low Row in Swaledale, Hazel Brow – seen here in the centre of the photograph – is a beautiful property with period features and lots of character. It was built by a local landowner in 1860 and today sleeps up to 15 people on a self-catering basis, making it perfect for […]

Luxury travel treats: DJI Mavic Pro drone, MiVue safety camera and more...

Luxury travel treats: DJI Mavic Pro drone, MiVue safety camera and more…

In this week’s edition of ‘luxury travel treats’, we have two fabulous gadgets in the form of arguably the best and most easily portable drone ever and one really useful – and easy-to-use car accessory.  Also included is ideal luggage for the watersports enthusiast and the perfect family tent for those occasional weekends in the […]

Luxury travel treats: Dell XPS 13, Protected Species Mackintosh and more...

Luxury travel treats: Dell XPS 13, Protected Species Mackintosh and more…

In what will be a new regular series on A Luxury Travel Blog (every Sunday), we look at a range of luxury travel products and accessories that we hope you’ll love. Up this week we have a very portable laptop solution from Dell, a stylish waterproof Mackintosh from Protected Species, a beautiful timepiece from IWC […]

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