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.

Sunset, Zion Park, Utah Mountains

Photograph of the week: Sunset at Zion Canyon, Zion National Park, Utah Mountains

There are many wonderful places to hike in the world. But how many of them are painted in shades of vivid vermillion – from path to cliff to sky? Zion National Park in Utah, USA, proffers just such a vision. You have to see it to believe it. Zion National Park offers visitors some of […]

ITB Berlin 2020 cancelled, but A Luxury Travel Blog appointments still go on!

ITB Berlin 2020 cancelled, but A Luxury Travel Blog appointments still go on!

Every year, for the past 54 years, ITB Berlin (Internationale Tourismus-Börse Berlin) – a major event in the travel industry calendar – takes place at exhibition grounds in the Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf district of Berlin, at a venue called Messe Berlin. The event has grown to be the biggest travel fair in the world, with around 10,000 […]

Photograph of the Week: Yosemite, Sierra Nevada Mountains, California

Photograph of the week: Yosemite National Park, Sierra Nevada, California, USA

Yosemite National Park is many things to many people. For climbers, it is revered as the birthplace of rock climbing as a sport, and home to the holy grail of that sport: the Dawn Wall, El Capitan. For photo enthusiasts, it is well-known as muse to famed black-and-white photographer Ansel Adams. For snow-seekers it is […]

Visa applications made easy

The visa made easy

Have suitcase. Will travel. Hang on. Not so fast. Unfortunately, travel isn’t always that easy. We don’t live in a world without borders. Passports are needed. Then, depending on your next bucket-list destination, visas are often required within said passports. And as anyone who’s ever travelled anywhere requiring a visa can tell you, those aren’t […]

Has global tourism peaked, at least for now?

Has global tourism peaked, at least for now?

Global tourism has risen dramatically since the end of the second World War. In 1950, according to the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), there were just 25 million international tourist arrivals. By 2019, the same body reported that there were 1.5 billion international tourist arrivals – an increase of 4% on the previous year […]

Rhino Africa doing good

Travel Africa for good

An African safari is a bucket list item for many. No doubt. The problem being: will there still be safaris to go on in years to come? Amazing African animals to see? With endangered species on the rise, and desperately decreasing numbers of some of the most magical beasts known to man, if African safaris […]

Luxury travel news this week

Luxury travel news this week

Here’s a round-up of luxury travel stories that have caught the eye this week. To make sure you receive these new weekly alerts in your web browser, please click on the red bell icon in the bottom right hand corner of the page and click ‘subscribe’ (works on desktop only – for other ways to […]

Photo of the Week: Lotte World Tower, Seoul, Korea

Photograph of the week: Lotte World Tower, Seoul, South Korea

Soaring 123 floors into the Seoul sky, the Lotte World Tower in South Korea may not be the tallest building in the world (it comes in as the world’s fifth tallest for the record), but it can boast three other, possibly even more impressive, ‘world records’. One: it is home to the world’s highest glass-bottomed […]

Luxury travel news this week

Luxury travel news this week

Here’s a round-up of luxury travel stories that have caught the eye this week. To make sure you receive these new weekly alerts in your web browser, please click on the red bell icon in the bottom right hand corner of the page and click ‘subscribe’ (works on desktop only – for other ways to […]

Photo of the Week: Hildesheim, Germany

Photograph of the week: Hildesheim, Germany

The town square of Hildesheim, Germany, is the poster child for, well, poster perfect (or picture-postcard perfect as the saying goes). Home to beautiful half-timbered buildings, a magical, magnificent Market Square, two UNESCO World Cultural Heritage-listed Romanesque churches, and fantastic you-have-to-see-them-to-believe-them Egyptian Antiquities in the Roemer-Pelizaeus Museum, Hildesheim is definitely worthy of its bucket list […]

Luxury travel news this week: Coronavirus special

Luxury travel news this week: Coronavirus special

Here’s a round-up of luxury travel stories that have caught the eye this week. To make sure you receive these new weekly alerts in your web browser, please click on the red bell icon in the bottom right hand corner of the page and click ‘subscribe’ (works on desktop only – for other ways to […]

Asakusa Temple, Tokyo

6 recommended spots for your trip to Tokyo

Given that Tokyo is the largest metropolitan area in the world, home to over 36 million people, over 4,000 temples and shrines, and limitless attractions, things to do and see and places to eat, it can feel like an overwhelming place to visit. Don’t skip it, though! A little insider knowledge makes all the difference […]

Preparing yourself for the slopes with Helly Hansen

Preparing yourself for the slopes with Helly Hansen

February tends to be a very popular time for family ski holidays in the UK, with the half-term holidays usually falling around the middle to end of the month. It’s a time when families who love the outdoors head to the Alps with snow on most slopes pretty much guaranteed. As regular readers will know, […]

Photo of the week: Salt Harvesting, Vietnam

Photograph of the week: Salt harvesting, Hon Khoi Salt Fields, Vietnam

Every year Hon Khoi Salt Fields produces around 737,000 tons of salt. Or perhaps we should say, Hon Khoi Salt Fields yields 737,000 tons of salt. For it’s actually the hard-working, mostly middle-aged women who toil on said fields from 4am to 9am every morning, January to June, who are responsible for production. Interestingly, while […]

Luxury travel news this week

Luxury travel news this week

Here’s a round-up of luxury travel stories that have caught the eye this week. To make sure you receive these new weekly alerts in your web browser, please click on the red bell icon in the bottom right hand corner of the page and click ‘subscribe’ (works on desktop only – for other ways to […]

Photograph of the week: Rustic farmhouse in Tuscany

Photograph of the week: Rustic farmhouse in Tuscany

The elegant scenery offered by rustic towns, vineyards, green rolling hills with glorious golden sunset, picturesque towns make Tuscany a very attractive Region for tourism. From astonishing castles and ancient villas to rustic charming farms and vineyards, this region can make every tourist happy. It is also one of the world’s most notable wine regions […]