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.

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 […]

Win luxury Osprey packs worth 600 GBP!

Win luxury Osprey packs worth 600 GBP!

Osprey is a brand that has gained significant international acclaim since 1974, having created some of the finest packs in the world. Their focus is on building innovative, quality packs designed to allow the wearer to go anywhere and do anything. Osprey are attributed with some of the greatest advances in pack technology, such as […]

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An awe-inspiring, exotic photographic expedition to Greenland

One of the most awe-inspiring, exotic places on earth still remains almost unexplored by man. Yet there lies an abundance of remarkable scenery and adventure for the discerning traveller. In fact the second largest island on earth, Greenland, has a dramatic, mysterious beauty that makes it a once in a lifetime dream-come-true for any keen […]

Special feature: Skandika Hurricane 12 tent

Special feature: Skandika Hurricane 12 tent

I know camping is far from many people’s idea of luxury, but that’s not the way we see it. On the contrary, camping provides the perfect opportunity to be at one with nature – arguably a luxury in itself – and gives families the ideal opportunity to spend quality time together, often away from the […]

What's it like to use the DJI Osmo?

What’s it like to use the DJI Osmo?

Let’s start with a disclaimer – I’m completely inexperienced when it comes to shooting video. There, I said it. I enjoy taking photographs and have worked alongside a number of different camera brands, but video is something I’ve always tended to avoid, largely because I feel that it’s something that, if it’s not done well, […]

Special feature: Elounda Gulf Villas & Suites, Elounda, Crete, Greece

Special feature: Elounda Gulf Villas & Suites, Elounda, Crete, Greece

Equidistant from Europe, Asia and Africa, Greece’s largest island is 260 kilometres long and anything from 12 to 56 kilometres wide. It is mountainous in parts and offers huge variations in both landscape and climate. Welcome to the island of Crete where olive groves and vineyards are interspersed with short mountain ranges, and where the north of […]

5 top tips to make your luxury travel funds go further

5 top tips to make your luxury travel funds go further

Even when you choose to splurge on holiday, you’ll still want to get the most from your money. And with the pound sinking to record lows for over 30 years, there’s never been a better time to review your spending habits and ensure your hard-earned funds are achieving their full potential.  Here are 5 top […]

Suite of the week: Portovenere Junior Suite, Grand Hotel Portovenere, Portovenere, Liguria, Italy

Suite of the week: Portovenere Junior Suite, Grand Hotel Portovenere, Portovenere, Liguria, Italy

Suite name: Portovenere Junior Suite Location: Grand Hotel Portovenere, Portovenere, Liguria, Italy Size of accommodation: Approximately 50 sq m Cost per night: From 470 euros (double occupancy) Who’s stayed there? Actress Audrey Tatou, Singer Patti Smith and football player Fernando LLorente. What makes it special: The breathtaking views of Portovenere’s colorful historic centre, picturesque marina and Palmaria Island. The Portovenere Junior […]

Travelling just got a whole lot lighter with this luxury luggage line

Travelling just got a whole lot lighter with this luxury luggage line

Arriving at A Luxury Travel Blog HQ this week was an amazingly lightweight luxury luggage set from ZFrame who have recently launched a new 8-wheel 360-degree technology case. Robust yet light at the same time, this luggage’s outstanding feature is that it is not just lightweight, but super lightweight; indeed, if handed the largest case […]

Mhondoro Game Lodge opens in Welgevonden Game Reserve, South Africa

Mhondoro Game Lodge opens in Welgevonden Game Reserve, South Africa

African safari luxury has been redefined with the opening of Mhondoro Game Lodge in Welgevonden Game Reserve in Limpopo, South Africa. Bringing high-end design and exceptional game viewing to the malaria-free, ‘Big 5’ reserve, Mhondoro is a ground-breaking safari experience less than three-hours’ drive from Johannesburg. Mhondoro is the first South African lodge to offer […]

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5 fantastic ways to experience Myanmar

Paradise is hiding in Myanmar, with its beautiful golden sunsets, which are best viewed from one of a plethora of gilded pagodas, which dot the lush landscape. The country formerly known as Burma has the power to delight even the most seasoned traveller. Myanmar is home to majestic rivers, sacred stupas, amazingly rich architectural sites, […]

Photograph of the week: Tower Bridge, London

Photograph of the week: Tower Bridge, London

London’s Tower Bridge was built in the late nineteenth century and spans the River Thames, connecting Tower Hamlets to the north and Southwark to the south. Designed by Sir Horace Jones, the central span of the bridge can be raised and lowered to allow ships through. Today, you can visit the Tower Bridge Exhibition which […]

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