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.

Photograph of the week: Old jetty in Metung, Australia

Photograph of the week: Old jetty in Metung, Australia

Playing with perspective, symmetry and long exposure photography, this old jetty in Metung has been captured stretching out into the beautiful reflecting pond of Lake King on a calm Autumn evening. Metung is a small town located on the glorious Gippsland Lakes in Eastern Victoria. The lakes are one of Australia’s largest waterways and are […]

Private jets - the epitome of travel

Private jets – the epitome of travel

For those who seek privacy, spectacular service and bespoke travel at its best, the world of private jet vacations is paving the way for a new age of adventure. Luxury travel is changing and with boutique bliss, undiscovered territory and sublime air travel from Presidential Private Jet Vacations now is the time to be whisked […]

Extreme mountain biking on the Isle of Skye

Extreme mountain biking on the Isle of Skye

Many of you very kindly followed our family mountain bike adventures in the Scottish Isles this Summer in which we eventually made our way on to the Isle of Skye where we did a little exploring of our own. Well, our efforts will look rather meagre once you watch this! #TheRidge is the brand new […]

Recipe of the week: Parsnip and maple syrup cake, and clotted cream ice cream

Recipe of the week: Parsnip and maple syrup cake, and clotted cream ice cream

Inspired by the humble vegetable, this luxurious dessert is full in flavour yet surprisingly light. Served with clotted cream ice cream, the cake is laced with citrus flavours from the grated apples, orange juice and zest without losing the spicy sweetness of the parsnip. The maple syrup helps blend the eclectic mix of flavours to […]

Photograph of the week: The painted village of Zalipie, Poland

Photograph of the week: The painted village of Zalipie, Poland

Zalipie is located in northern Małopolska, about 68 km (42 miles) east of the regional capital Kraków. The village has a long lasting tradition of painted cottages. The paintings are made on the outer walls of buildings, wells and fences and in the interiors of the houses. Currently in Zalipie, there are about 20 painted […]

3 nights in Cape Town and 10 things to do

3 nights in Cape Town and 10 things to do

On a recent trip to South Africa, we had three nights in Cape Town before heading out to the Eastern Cape for a safari experience at the Shamwari Game Reserve.  Cape Town has to rank as one of my favourite cities in the world – it offers so much variety and here is a whirlwind […]

Short stay: Table Bay Hotel, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town, South Africa

Short stay: Table Bay Hotel, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town, South Africa

The 5-star Table Bay Hotel, a Sun International property set on the breakwater wall of Cape Town’s historic Victoria & Alfred waterfront, is a contemporary architectural treasure with 329 rooms that either overlook the bay to Robben Island, where Nelson Madela was for a long time famously imprisoned, or – as in the case of […]

Using Uber in London

Using Uber in London

The prospect of hanging around Heathrow for 24 hours when a delayed British Airways flight resulted in a missed connection to Cape Town didn’t fill us with too much joy. Sorting out a new flight and somewhere to stay in the early hours of the morning (the queue was pretty horrendous – hundreds of people […]

Short stay: Sofitel London Heathrow, London, UK

Short stay: Sofitel London Heathrow, London, UK

To be honest, we could probably have slept anywhere when we spent the night at the Sofitel London Heathrow. We should have been well on the way to Cape Town by the time of our stay but unfortunately our plans were scuppered by a delayed British Airways flight from Manchester which resulted in a missed […]

Recipe of the week: Giant jaffa cake

Recipe of the week: Giant jaffa cake

This giant jaffa cake has been designed by two Michelin star chef, Michael Wignall in collaboration with Café Football’s executive chef, Brendan Fyldes. The dessert is perfect for football-themed birthday parties or for those who simply love the delicious combination of sweet orange jelly coupled with the crunch of bitter dark chocolate. Enjoy! Ingredients Orange […]

News from A Luxury Travel Blog

News from A Luxury Travel Blog

It’s been a while since I updated you all with any news about the site so I thought I’d just take this opportunity to provide a few updates. We’ve had a recent flurry of trips lately, some of which you may have read about – a mountain bike / island hop adventure in the Scottish […]

Photograph of the week: Lake Tangra Yumco, Tibet

Photograph of the week: Lake Tangra Yumco, Tibet

Lake Tangra Yumco is a beautiful natural creature in Tibet that frequented by millions of nature lovers throughout the year. One of the key attractions of Lake Tangra Yumco is its water that changes in three different colours in a day. Coupled with the mountainous range along the lake, the region is the best place […]

5 reasons why the North of England is awesome

5 reasons why the North of England is awesome

There’s been a lot of talk lately about divisions between the North and South of the UK and, even though Scotland has made up its mind, England still has a North-South dilemma of its own. On this note, Virgin Trains have launched a new campaign which is all about ‘Arriving Awesome’ to your destination and, […]

Norway - a dream destination

Norway – a dream destination

We were invited by travel rewards currency Avios to tell them our favourite travel destination in Europe and as someone who is more at home with the countryside than city life, it probably comes as no surprise that my dream destination in Europe is one that is perhaps better known for its rural qualities than for […]

Win an item of your choosing from Simply Beach!

Win an item of your choosing from Simply Beach!

We’re delighted to have joined forces with luxury swimwear brand Simply Beach to offer you the fabulous opportunity to win any item of your choosing from their collection. Whatever your size or shape, Simply Beach have styles to flatter anyone with their excellent lines of designer swim and beachwear, featuring many exclusive names such as […]

Fishing for piranhas in Brazil

Fishing for piranhas in Brazil

Ever wondered how to fish for piranhas? Here a girl demonstrates how it can be done with your bare hands and a piece of meat. Piranhas are an important source of food in the Pantanal wetlands of Brazil and this is actually a practical way of catching them because their teeth can destroy fishermen’s nets […]