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.

Why Shady Owl Sunglasses could be the next big thing in sustainable fashion

Why Shady Owl Sunglasses could be the next big thing in sustainable fashion

Travelers are now being offered a positive alternative choice when shopping for sunglasses thanks to a family-run Florida company with unique designs and a heart to donate proceeds from every sale to supporting owl rehabilitation. Let’s face it, sunglasses are fashionable and practical. They’re an essential part of our travel uniform and, for anyone blessed […]

Photograph of the week: Scuba diving in Devil's Den

Photograph of the week: Scuba diving in Devil’s Den

Florida is mostly known for its sandy beaches and tropical diving. However, scuba diving addicts know that Florida best underwater secrets lie north of Orlando, where a network of crystal-clear water springs can be dived all year long. The most amazing of all is called the Devil’s Den. The spring of Williston, FL, is a […]

From chaos to calm: how our latest trip nearly didn't happen

From chaos to calm: how our latest trip nearly didn’t happen

It started with a bang. A very loud bang. And it didn’t take us long to realise what had happened. The boat trailer that we were towing had become detached from our car and one of the boats on it had come straight through our rear windscreen. Panic set in. We were due to catch […]

Photograph of the week: Monkey at Mana Pools National Park, Zimbabwe

Photograph of the week: Monkey at Mana Pools National Park, Zimbabwe

Mana Pools National Park in Zimbabwe is considered to be one of the last truly wild places in Africa, and the best way to see animals here is on foot. Beth Norton was walking in a golden-hued forest when her attention was grabbed, not by one of the resident lions or elephants, but to a […]

Unlock Turkey: your key to luxury travel in Turkey

Unlock Turkey: your key to luxury travel in Turkey

For the first-time visitor, Turkey is full of surprises. This bridge between the East and West is as fascinating as it is mesmerising, but at the same time it can also be a little daunting if you’ve never been before. Hiring a guide is one option but if you’re the sort of person who prefers […]

Recipe of the week: Chia pudding

Recipe of the week: Chia pudding

This scrumptious fruit pudding is very simple to make and can be a refreshing dessert after lunch or dinner, or a healthy breakfast just by itself. The secret is in the blended cashew cream, which provides a perfect custardy backdrop to the caviar-like pop of the chia seeds. Use any combination of seasonal fruit you […]

Photograph of the week: Neue Wache

Photograph of the week: Neue Wache

The Neue Wache lies on the famous Unter den Linden street in Berlin. It looks like a classical building but only dates back to 1815, when it was built as a guardhouse for the soldiers of the crown prince of Prussia. In 1931, Neue Wache was transformed into a memorial for German victims of World […]

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, […]