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.

'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 […]

The perfect, plane-friendly organiser that oozes elegance

The perfect, plane-friendly organiser that oozes elegance

After hundreds of trips over the last few decades, the one thing that has always remained elusive to me is an elegant functional way to carry all of my essential valuables. You know the types of items that need to be kept safe yet within easy reach, such as your iPad, keys, wallets, chargers, credit […]

Photograph of the week: Bran Castle, Romania

Photograph of the week: Bran Castle, Romania

For many Bran Castle may be synonymous with “vampires” or “horror stories” but in reality is more of a beautiful medieval castle than a haunted place. How did its association with Dracula come by then? We might attribute at least part of the reason to its location. Bran Castle is set in Transylvania region, Romania, […]

Photo of the Week: Matera, Italy

Photograph of the week: Matera, Italy

In times such as these, where sheltering in place is the norm, and socializing feels like a distant memory, it can feel like we’re living under a rock. There is something to be said for rock-dwelling however… Just take Matera, Italy: a place where the cliffs and rocks of the surrounding landscape have been transformed […]

Cancelled flights

Travel businesses have been hit hard, but spare a thought for Corona Holidays

These are certainly unprecedented times for the entire travel industry. Although businesses are incredibly good at dealing with all kinds of situations thrown at them, the world has absolutely changed due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 coronavirus. The last coronavirus to largely affect the travel industry was SARS in 2003. This mainly impacted the […]

Pedestrians, Osaka, Honshu, Japan

Photograph of the week: Pedestrians, Osaka, Honshu, Japan

Could this one day be a scene that will once again be familiar to us all? The current state of emergency in many parts of Japan, including Osaka, is due to remain in place until the end of this month, but is also due to be reviewed tomorrow. Osaka is a bit like Betty to […]

A light-hearted look at lockdown travel

A light-hearted look at lockdown travel

While there is no escaping the devastation caused by the COVID-19 coronavirus – both from a global health perspective and from a financial viewpoint – sometimes it is important to take a lighthearted look at the world around us, and to remember that better times lie ahead. I’m sure many of you have been sent […]

When will the cruise industry resume?

When will the cruise industry resume?

The cruise industry has taken nothing short of a battering in recent months with the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, but thin shards of light are starting to emerge that suggest cruises may one day resume. So that you can find the information all in one place, here are extracts from the latest official statements […]

Luxury travel news this week: Coronavirus update

Luxury travel news this week: Coronavirus update

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 […]

10 of the best virtual tours so you can still explore the world

10 of the best virtual tours so you can still explore the world

Recently, I sat and thought about some of the reasons why I travel (and these days I have more time to sit, and think, than to travel). I realized a few interesting things. Why do I travel? Well, clearly to escape and explore. But, also to embrace and understand other cultures, to free my mind, […]

Looking forward to active learning holidays in Austria

Looking forward to active learning holidays in Austria

Whether it’s baking bread or putting paintbrush to paper, many of us are keeping busy at the moment by trying out new activities and rediscovering the excitement of acquiring new hobbies. Once lockdown ends, travellers looking to chase that thrill of learning a new skill should keep Austria’s Saalfelden Leogang, Ötztal and Ski Juwel Alpbachtal […]

Tre Cime di Lavaredo, Sexten Dolomites, Italy

Photograph of the week: Tre Cime di Lavaredo, Sexten Dolomites, Italy

Whilst Italy starts to see a partial easing of its lockdown restrictions, amidst mixed emotions of fear and joy, we hope that scenes like this will soon be more accessible to everyone. On August 21, 1869, Paul Grohmann (alongside guides Franz Innerkofler and Peter Salche), completed the first ever ascent of Cima Grande, the highest […]

Yellowstone Great Fountain Geyser, Wyoming

Photograph of the week: Great Fountain Geyser, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA

They say good things come to those who wait and that is exactly what we are having to do at the moment. And while we don’t (seriously) propose waiting 50 years to see a geyser erupt – quite literally: the Steamboat Geyser in Yellowstone National Park lay dormant from 1911 to 1961 without so much […]