Author Archive for Paul Johnson

Paul Johnson is Editor of A Luxury Travel Blog and has worked in the travel industry for more than 30 years. He is Winner of the Innovations in Travel 'Best Travel Influencer' Award from WIRED magazine. In addition to other awards, the blog has also been voted "one of the world's best travel blogs" and "best for luxury" by The Daily Telegraph.

Photograph of the week: The Berlin Falls in Mpumalanga, South Africa

Photograph of the week: The Berlin Falls in Mpumalanga, South Africa

Although South Africa’s Mpumalanga province is better known as “the place where the sun rises”, it is also the place where the water falls. Renowned for its magnificent natural wonders and panoramas guaranteed to beautify your Instagram feed, the province boasts a higher density of waterfalls than anywhere else in Southern Africa. Impressive waterfalls flow […]

Travel CEOs join forces to demand improvements in COVID-19 testing

Travel CEOs join forces to demand improvements in COVID-19 testing

Fourteen CEOs of America’s most recognizable travel-related companies sent a letter to the president and congressional leaders this week stating that more and better COVID-19 testing is an indispensable component of pursuing an economic recovery, and urging a stepped-up federal role in making effective testing more widely available. The letter stresses that a sustained recovery […]

Trail running takes off in Verbier

Trail running takes off in Verbier

Are you a trail enthusiast who wants to work out on challenging routes while marvelling at the beauty of the landscape? Since lockdown in the UK began, more than 858,000 people downloaded the NHS-backed Couch to 5K app. A huge number of Brits used their daily allowance of exercise to hit the streets and local […]

10 ways to travel safely and responsibly in BC this Summer

10 ways to travel safely and responsibly in BC this Summer

As British Columbia moves forward with its Restart Plan and restrictions further begin to ease, travelling in the province may be a little different this year. We’ll need to take more time with planning, and be more conscious of our impact on communities—especially the smaller ones, when we visit. As a starting point, Destination BC […]

Experience a little luxury in Martin County, Florida

Experience a little luxury in Martin County, Florida

Encompassing the communities of Port Salerno, Stuart, Palm City, Jensen Beach, Indiantown, Jupiter Island, Hobe Sound, Sewall’s Point, Rio and Hutchinson Island, Martin County in Florida serves up more than 22 miles of beautiful uncrowded beaches and over 100,000 acres of parks and conservation lands – not to mention the most bio-diverse lagoon ecosystem in […]

Where caribou outnumber people

Where caribou outnumber people

In Alaska’s Interior and Arctic, the caribou far outnumber the people. In fact, according to Alaska Department of Fish and Game’s Bob Hunter, there are almost five caribou to every one human in Alaska’s Interior and Arctic. These two immense, far north regions of Alaska are home to just over 137,000 souls and over 645,000 […]

The greatest show on Earth

The greatest show on Earth

The Coral Triangle is home to the richest coral reefs on the planet. The region stretches from Malaysia in the west, to the Solomon Islands in the east, and reaches as far north as the Philippines. At its heart, are the bio-diverse tropical waters of Indonesia and a habitat for marine life like nowhere else […]

10 top tips when booking a villa rental property

10 top tips when booking a villa rental property

It sounds simple enough but booking a villa abroad can be a bit like taking a stab in the dark especially at the moment with different Covid regulations in place. That’s why Sue Flynn, an accommodation specialist for Turkey, is urging holidaymakers not to be shy when booking online to avoid any potential pitfalls and […]

Cruise the Magnificent Mekong with new ship Viking Saigon℠

Cruise the Magnificent Mekong with new ship Viking Saigon℠

Viking is launching a new ship next Summer for its popular Magnificent Mekong cruise tour. Currently under construction, the 80-guest Viking Saigon℠ is scheduled to debut for the 30 August 2021 cruisetour departure; the river cruise portion of the itinerary sails between Kampong Cham, Cambodia and Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Vietnam. “For many of […]

Photograph of the week: Krka National Park, Croatia

Photograph of the week: Krka National Park, Croatia

The Krka National Park is located in Southern Croatia along the Krka River. The magnificent area of natural beauty is best known for its series of seven stunning waterfalls. The national park is one of Croatia’s eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The beautiful park covers an extensive area of 142sq.km, and is named after the […]

The Bahamas' road to tourism recovery

The Bahamas’ road to tourism recovery

The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism & Aviation is preparing for Phase 2 of the Tourism Readiness and Recovery Plan, which will begin tomorrow and will allow for the resumption of international travel to The Bahamas. Policies and procedures for all travellers visiting The Bahamas beginning 1st July are as follows. Plans continue to evolve in response […]

A Summer of staycations? It's time to explore England

A Summer of staycations? It’s time to explore England

With many of our favourite attractions now beginning to reopen their doors, VisitEngland have rounded up some ways to enjoy outings across the country. Plus, with breaks away now possible from 4th July, restaurants, pubs, campsites and accommodation providers are busy putting measures in place to welcome people back. Look at some of the creative […]

'Clean & Safe' Switzerland

‘Clean & Safe’ Switzerland

The Swiss tourism industry has launced its ‘Clean & Safe’ campaign. The campaign, consisting of an information platform and a label, was initiated by Switzerland Tourism as part of its ‘Recovery Plan’. For some guests, the step into the new normality comes with doubts and uncertainty. In order to strengthen confidence in Switzerland as a […]

Putting safety first: The Aruba Health & Happiness Code

Putting safety first: The Aruba Health & Happiness Code

As travellers anxiously wait for the starting gun to be fired on the international tourism kick-start, Aruba is introducing a stringent plan to ensure the safety of visitors. The tourism-dependent Dutch Caribbean island-nation has put into place the Aruba Health & Happiness Code, a strict cleaning and hygiene certification programme that will be mandatory for […]

Re-opening of the Maldives to international tourists

Re-opening of the Maldives to international tourists

The Maldives will re-open its borders to international tourists on 15th July 2020. Resorts, liveaboards and hotels located at uninhabited islands will be open from that date, with guest houses and hotels located at inhabited islands opening from 1st August 2020. The Maldives relies heavily on the tourism industry as it accounts for the largest […]

COVID-19 coronavirus: Where in the world can you scuba dive?

COVID-19 coronavirus: Where in the world can you scuba dive?

For over 50 years PADI®, the Professional Association of Diving Instructors, has enabled people around the globe to experience the wonder of the underwater world, but COVID-19 has disrupted travel and scuba diving operations across the globe, so where is it now possible to dive? As the world slowly opens again, PADI wants to help […]