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.

Re-connect with nature in Italy’s Aosta Valley

Re-connect with nature in Italy’s Aosta Valley

Best known in winter for its ski resorts, Aosta Valley, the smallest region in Italy is also home to rich natural heritage of rare beauty, including protected areas, sites belonging to the Natura 2000 ecological network and mountain botanical gardens. The region encompasses a total of 10 nature reserves including wetlands, areas populated by butterflies, […]

An active family holiday in Scotland: Day 10

An active family holiday in Scotland: Day 10

It was a leisurely start to the day, waking up to our beautiful view of the Firth of Clyde. We had had this spot all to ourselves overnight. Today, was the day where we would pick up our dog George before heading to Glasgow for one final adventure. We had chosen to go whitewater rafting […]

An active family holiday in Scotland: Day 9

An active family holiday in Scotland: Day 9

Today was our final day with Go West Sailing. We set off fairly promptly today and had breakfast on the move as we had around 10 naturical miles to cover – from Port Bannatyne to Largs – and then we needed to re-fuel and unload our belongings, etc. all prior to lunch. We had to […]

An active family holiday in Scotland: Day 8

An active family holiday in Scotland: Day 8

Portavadie is much more than just a marina. It’s a luxury resort with a variety of accommodation options from luxury apartments and lodges to guest bedrooms, couples hideaways and motorhome facilities. It’s also home to a restaurant, bar and shop, as well as spa and leisure facilities. We took the opportunity to use the gym […]

An active family holiday in Scotland: Day 7

An active family holiday in Scotland: Day 7

We practiced on the moorings at Otter Ferry today – both hooking on to them and safely leaving them. We had arrived in darkness the previous night and anchored just a short disstance away from them. Whilst we were fine with what we had done, the moorings would have given added peace of mind (particularly […]

An active family holiday in Scotland: Day 6

An active family holiday in Scotland: Day 6

We did a bit of pontoon practise with Go West Sailing this morning – practising our ‘spring starts’ where the stern stays close to the pontoon, as well as practising coming into a pontoon – before heading out to sea, when something immediately caught our eye. We motored out to what looked like dolphins or […]

The hottest new opening in the Maldives

The hottest new opening in the Maldives

Cora Cora Maldives will open on the 1st of October 2021 and will be the hottest new opening in the destination! Cora Cora Maldives is a truly innovative concept resort and unlike anything the Maldives has ever seen, giving guests the unmissable opportunity to experience the Maldives like never before. Cora Cora Maldives is the […]

An active family holiday in Scotland: Day 5

An active family holiday in Scotland: Day 5

Last Summer our eldest son did his RYA Day Skipper qualification (which you can do once you turn 16) with Go West Sailing and our plan this year had been for him to do the next step up – his RYA Coastal Skipper. You do need to quite a bit of study for this but, […]

An active family holiday in Scotland: Day 4

An active family holiday in Scotland: Day 4

Our plan was to travel to Largs today, for the next stage of our Scottish Summer adventure: a sailing holiday, much like we did last year. But before we took the two-hour drive north, we went for one last mountain bike ride at Glentrool. Some of the routes at Glentrool are short enough for us […]

An active family holiday in Scotland: Day 3

An active family holiday in Scotland: Day 3

In the morning, we let the dog stretch his legs and took him for a short stroll just out of the campsite. Turning left out of the site, we by chance stumbled upon the Glentrool Kindness Path where the local villagers had taken it upon themselves to decoarate stones along a 200m or so stretch […]

Once-in-a-lifetime travel experiences from around the world

Once-in-a-lifetime travel experiences from around the world

Red, Amber, Green. The travel traffic light system is now firmly etched into the minds of would-be travellers. Whilst the confusion continues, tour operator Trafalgar has issued The Gold List – a curation of worldly travel experiences that you never knew existed. USA: Meet a member of Johnny Cash’s family during New Orleans Jazz Festival […]

An active family holiday in Scotland: Day 2

An active family holiday in Scotland: Day 2

After a good night’s sleep, we took the opportunity to go for a quick dip in the sea (brrr!!) whilst the boys went paddleboarding. Once the initial shock had passed, it was actually surprisingly pleasant. In recent years the water quality hadn’t been rated so highly in parts of southern Scotland but, thanks to efforts […]

An active family holiday in Scotland: Day 1

An active family holiday in Scotland: Day 1

With the pandemic still dragging on, our Summer holiday plans were never looking likely to go beyond our own shores. Not that we minded at all – we actually love exploring the UK! And having upgraded our modest campervan to a slightly more spacious (but equally modest) motorhome the previous year, it made sense to […]

UNESCO World Heritage Site hosts over 1,000 supercars and hypercars

UNESCO World Heritage Site hosts over 1,000 supercars and hypercars

Blenheim Palace will throw open its gates this week to give car enthusiasts a rare chance to marvel at more than 1,000 super and hypercars. And Sunday promises fun for all the family when the lawns of the UNESCO World Heritage Site play host to an astonishing collection of vehicles for Salon Privé Classic & […]

Hidden gems in the Greater Blue Mountains National Park

Hidden gems in the Greater Blue Mountains National Park

If you love uncovering something new in a familiar destination, then this one’s for you. The spectacular Greater Blue Mountains National Park, located on Sydney’s doorstep, is brimming with hidden gems. Here’s some off-the-beaten track inspiration for when we can travel next. Enjoy village life If you venture west along the Great Western Highway, Mount Victoria is […]

7 of the best glamping options to try in New South Wales

7 of the best glamping options to try in New South Wales

Prefer not to leave the comforts of home behind when you go camping? Check out these picturesque glamping stays in NSW, from cosy winery escapes to safari-style bush luxury, and plan the ultimate camping trip for when travel opens again. Bubbletent Australia, Blue Mountains Stargazers and romantics will fall in love with these magical clear […]