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.

Photograph of the week: Colosseum, Rome

Photograph of the week: Colosseum, Rome

Built between 72AD and 80AD under the Emperor Vespasian, today the Colosseum takes pride of place in the heart of Rome although at the time of its construction it was situated on the outskirts of the city since the centre was originally built on the banks of the river. At 189 metres long, 156 metres wide […]

New luxury comes to the Mediterranean

New luxury comes to the Mediterranean

Dutch designer Marcel Wanders is the name behind the new IBEROSTAR Grand Hotel Portals Nous. Overlooking Majorca’s idyllic beaches, it is one of the group’s most luxurious accommodation options for adults only. Majorca has something to celebrate: next month, the Balearic-based group IBEROSTAR Hotels & Resorts will be opening its first hotel on the island […]

Where should you retire after a life of travelling?

Where should you retire after a life of travelling?

We all love to travel but one day a time comes in our lives when it’s nice to settle down somewhere. Have you ever thought about all the places you’ve been on holiday and where you’d like to be when you retire? Whether you’ve travelled extensively or not, UK-based insurance company SunLife have come up […]

Photograph of the week: Seljalandsfoss, Iceland

Photograph of the week: Seljalandsfoss, Iceland

Arguably one of the most famous waterfalls in Iceland (and with good reason!), Seljalandsfoss has a 60 metre drop over a cliff that once formed Iceland’s coastline. The cliff is eroded in such a way that you can actually walk behind the waterfall and admire it from all angles. You can reach it from the Route […]

5 essential men's fashion items for your next luxury vacation

5 essential men’s fashion items for your next luxury vacation

Looking forward to your next vacation but not sure what to wear? Don’t worry – we spoke to our good friends at menfashion.com about those must-have items for your suitcase, and they came up with five fantastic suggestions. Here are some ideas for what to pack. Au Noir Shirt – Nadal Purple First up, the […]

And the winner of Best Travel Blog is...

And the winner of Best Travel Blog is…

I’ve been meaning to mention this for a while but things have been so busy. Earlier this year I was shortlisted for the award of Best Travel Blog in the Travelmole Web Awards and I attended an awards ceremony sponsored by Pure Michigan at the Rah Rah Room in London’s Piccadilly area. The awards aim […]

Short stay: Sedgebrook Hall, Chapel Brampton, Northamptonshire, UK

Short stay: Sedgebrook Hall, Chapel Brampton, Northamptonshire, UK

Set in Northamptonshire countryside and just 5 miles from Northampton, Sedgebrook Hall is a Victorian country house, set in 13 acres of grounds, that has been extended into a conference hotel (and part of the Principal Hayley group), catering largely for conferences, events and weddings. The welcome We arrived quite late after a long journey […]

7 reasons why families should consider a luxury stay in Tallinn

7 reasons why families should consider a luxury stay in Tallinn

After having a family, many of us feel a duty to compromise on the destinations we visit and types of holiday we choose. Far from finding ourselves able to embrace new and inspiring travel experiences, we instead find ourselves choosing destinations that we think will appeal to all ages. If this sounds like you, then […]

Photograph of the week: Yushu, China

Photograph of the week: Yushu, China

The city of Yushu is located in the southern Qinghai province at 3,700 metres above sea level, and, although it lies outside the Tibet Autonomous Region, a large proportion of the 270,000 inhabitants are Tibetan. Sadly, in April 2010, the city was struck by an earthquake with a magnitude of 7.1, killing approximately 2,000 people. Since […]

10 of the best places to stay in North America this Spring

10 of the best places to stay in North America this Spring

As the ground thaws and flowers blossom, there’s never been a better time take advantage of North America’s natural beauty. Springtime is the perfect opportunity to take time out and enjoy the outdoors, and one of the best times to explore or take a romantic break. Get some inspiration for where to go this season from […]

1,000 night giveaway courtesy of Geneva Tourism!

1,000 night giveaway courtesy of Geneva Tourism!

In an unprecedented move, Geneva Tourism and carefully-selected partners are giving away an amazing 1,000 room nights at some of the finest hotels in the city this Summer. This is a city that’s a well known hub for business but also one that has a flourishing leisure scene, having won ‘Best Leading City Break Destination […]

Photograph of the week: Eiffel Tower, Paris

Photograph of the week: Eiffel Tower, Paris

The Eiffel Tower was never meant to be a permanent landmark – instead, it was built for the 1889 Paris Exposition but of course it still stands to this day, more than 120 years later, and is the most visited paid monument on the planet. Standing at 300 metres tall, and the tallest building in the world […]

Top 10 islands in the world

Top 10 islands in the world

An island getaway is many people’s dream holiday. If you’re looking for somewhere special to relax this year, whether you seek stunning scenery, beautiful golden sandy beaches or fine food, then Tripadvisor’s recently published top 10 islands in the world might be just what you’re looking for to narrow down your options. Based on the […]

10 of the best places to stay in Europe this Spring

10 of the best places to stay in Europe this Spring

Why wait until Summer to get away this year? The Spring can be the perfect time to get away – often that little bit quieter outside of the main season, but sometimes more enjoyable for exactly that reason. Go on… treat yourself with a stay at one of our top 10 places to stay in […]

Recipe of the week: Raw coconut and lemongrass soup

Recipe of the week: Raw coconut and lemongrass soup

The fresh zest of lemongrass is a staple of Thai cuisine; creamy coconut another. This rawfood twist on a classic coconut lemongrass soup enhances flavour and preserves maximum nutrition. Easy to make with ingredients found at any grocer, it is served at room temperature and is an ideal first course conversation starter for a dinner […]

Photograph of the week: Grand Teton National Park

Photograph of the week: Grand Teton National Park

This vista which includes the Grand Teton mountain range and Mount Moran is viewed across the Oxbow bend turnout of Snake River. It is a classic view within the Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming and one of many originally captured by the American photographer Ansel Adams. The Grand Teton National Park is often somewhat […]

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