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.

Ever dreamed of owning your own part of Africa?

Ever dreamed of owning your own part of Africa?

It might seem far-fetched, but have you ever dreamed of owning your own part of African safari real estate? Tucked away in the south-east corner of Botswana – in the heart of Africa – is the Tuli Block, and within you will find a reserve brimming in wildlife. But the magic doesn’t stop there… you […]

9 far-flung destinations for under £500 return

9 far-flung destinations for under £500 return

I know many of you reading like to save on your flights and splurge once you get to your destination. If you’re thinking of heading somewhere exotic this year, but would like to make the most of a great deal on flights, then take a look at KLM Royal Dutch Airline’s Pack & Go super […]

Photograph of the week: An arduous ascent of one of Chile’s most active volcanoes

Photograph of the week: An arduous ascent of one of Chile’s most active volcanoes

This arduous ascent of one of Chile’s most active volcanoes, Villarrica, challenges the extremes of endurance for both young and old. Climbing in knee to waist-deep snow up to the 2,847 metre summit reveals a stark backdrop of freshly powered snow, which contrasts against a royal blue horizon. The dynamic panoramas during this climb reveal […]

14 of my favourite photos from my travels in 2014

14 of my favourite photos from my travels in 2014

2014 was another year filled with interesting opportunities and visits to far-flung places around the world, including trips to China and South Africa, as well as many much closer to home, including a luxury cycling trip in the Scottish Isles in the Summer. Although I still need to hone my photography skills, it’s a hobby […]

Recipe of the week: Rice pudding with salted caramel and caramelised nuts

Recipe of the week: Rice pudding with salted caramel and caramelised nuts

This recipe for rice pudding is based around ingredients that you can find pretty much anywhere in the world and is therefore a universal crowd-pleaser, with the salty-sweet equilibrium of the salt and the caramel, and contrasting textures working together in perfect harmony. It serves 4 to 6 people. Ingredients 75g jasmine rice 100g sugar […]

Photograph of the week: Stargazing at the Tatacoa Desert, Colombia

Photograph of the week: Stargazing at the Tatacoa Desert, Colombia

The sun has disappeared behind the horizon and with it the oppressive heat that during the day dominates the Tatacoa Desert in Colombia. Take out chairs and wait for the spectacle to unfold. Because of the location’s proximity to the equator and the desert’s dryness, the air is almost free of dust particles. As a […]

9 of London's most iconic views at night

9 of London’s most iconic views at night

SPONSORED FEATURE IN ASSOCIATION WITH AMERICAN EXPRESS London is a city that has seen considerable change in the last 20 years. Of course, many of the capital’s most notable buildings such as St. Paul’s and the Palace of Westminster have been around for centuries, but two decades ago there was no London Eye (completed in […]

10 of the best Christmas menus in London

10 of the best Christmas menus in London

SPONSORED FEATURE IN ASSOCIATION WITH AMERICAN EXPRESS Fed up with turkey and all the trimmings? Christmas is very much upon us but if you’re in London and looking for something a little bit different to the usual festive fayre, then read on for 10 of the best Christmas menus in the capital. This post was […]

Photograph of the week: Wastwater in the English Lake District

Photograph of the week: Wastwater in the English Lake District

This is a view of Wastwater in the Lake District, seen from the Wasdale Head route up Scafell Pike – the ideal viewpoint from which to take in the lake’s full size. In an area full of breathtaking landscape views, this particular site was glorious to behold – after a long, hard climb to the […]

Top 10 last minute luxury travel gifts for her this Christmas

Top 10 last minute luxury travel gifts for her this Christmas

Left your gift buying a little late this Christmas? If, like me, you’ve had your head down with work or travel this last few weeks, then don’t despair… help is still at hand. Whether you opt for clothing or costmetics – or something a little different – here are some great ideas for the lady […]

Top 10 last minute luxury travel gifts for him this Christmas

Top 10 last minute luxury travel gifts for him this Christmas

Are you still wondering what to buy him this Christmas? Finding inspiration for the gentleman who already seems to have everything isn’t always easy, so here are ten great ideas for any luxury travel enthusiast to help you along with your festive shopping. Whether he’s in need or new luggage – there are a few different […]

4 experiential gift giving ideas for the festive period

4 experiential gift giving ideas for the festive period

Some people are just not easy to buy gifts for at Christmas. When faced with the dilemma of buying a gift for someone who already seems to have everything, the easiest thing to do is to buy a gift that can be treasured for years to come – and by that I mean a memory rather than a physical […]

Top 10 luxury luggage items for her

Top 10 luxury luggage items for her

When you travel in luxury, you don’t just want something that is practical… you want it to ooze style also. Here is a range of bags and cases for her that do just that. Whether it’s a piece of hand luggage or an item for the main hold, we’ve unearthed ten luxury luggage items that we feel sure you’ll […]

Top 10 luxury luggage items for him

Top 10 luxury luggage items for him

Finding the perfect luggage for you can be a challenge sometimes. Whether you’re needing a sturdy carry-on for a short business trip or something that will enure you look stylish on the move, we’ve rounded up 10 great examples of luxury luggage to cover you for a variety of scenarios, and catering for a range of […]

Photograph of the week: A luxury Seychelles ‘toes-in-the-sand’ dinner

Photograph of the week: A luxury Seychelles ‘toes-in-the-sand’ dinner

The Seychelles always conjures up dreamy images of untouched white sand beaches privately enclosed by palm trees, glorious granite outcrops and the most pristine azure blue waters. The rich and famous have often chosen the Seychelles as their isolated tropical destination for romantic escapes, honeymoons, private holidays and exclusive pampering, and with this picture of […]

The 10 best places in the world to run a marathon

The 10 best places in the world to run a marathon

If you have a love of both running and travel, then our guide to 10 of the best marathons in the world will hopefully inspire you to your next marathon challenge. Like travel, marathon running has seen considerable growth in the last decade or two. We’ve included a real mix in compiling this list, from […]