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: Don Khone Waterfall, Mekong River, Laos

Photograph of the week: Don Khone Waterfall, Mekong River, Laos

The Mekong River cascades over rocks and boulders forming the Don Khone waterfall in Don Det, 4000 Islands, Laos.  Accessed by bicycling down bumpy dirt pathways through rice paddies, past fat-bellied pigs, and sharing the narrow road with the occasional 10-year-old local on a motorbike whizzing by, this waterfall is the gateway to the famous […]

The luxury travel secret of empty leg flights

The luxury travel secret of empty leg flights

According to private jet charter company ElJet, one of the best-kept secrets in the jet charter industry is empty leg flights (also sometimes known as ‘deadhead’ flights). These opportunities arise when a private or corporate jet has to return empty to its point of origin, perhaps because the previous passenger(s) just wanted a one-way journey. […]

Top 10 tourist attractions in Tirol

Top 10 tourist attractions in Tirol

When looking at the best places to travel in Europe, the focus is generally on a specific city or country. Don’t forget to think regionally, as each country has such diverse regional offerings to individual visitors. As one of the nine provinces in Austria, the Tirol region is well known as a year-round destination: Winter […]

Recipe of the week: Fresh water prawn, grilled radicchio, fresh fig and jamon salad

Recipe of the week: Fresh water prawn, grilled radicchio, fresh fig and jamon salad

A chef should always try to bring together new flavours and combine his passions with his guests’ refined tastes. This recipe can be executed in any environment: in a restaurant kitchen or on the bridge of a boat. It needs very few ingredients but the result is mind-blowing. This is a warm salad with marron […]

Photograph of the week: Luxury yacht in Antarctica

Photograph of the week: Luxury yacht in Antarctica

This photo depicts the luxury expedition yacht Hanse Explorer ‘docked’ for the night in the fast ice of Antarctica. The yacht had just come through the Gullet (a notoriously icy and difficult passage) and had broken into Marguerite Bay – well below the Antarctic Circle.  At 2am, the expedition leader saw an injured seal on the ice […]

Top 10 spots for after-dark decadence in Toronto

Top 10 spots for after-dark decadence in Toronto

As North America’s fourth largest city, Toronto is fast becoming a world class destination, and with that it has seen the birth of several world class establishments. Both the quantity and quality of upscale spots to eat and drink has seen vast growth over recent years. But here are the top ten luxury bars and […]

The top 10 luxury swimsuits to be seen in this Summer

The top 10 luxury swimsuits to be seen in this Summer

Following on from our top 10 luxury bikinis to be seen in this Summer which was posted just a few days ago, here’s our guide to the top 10 swimsuits to be seen in this Summer also. This season there will be some bold prints and retro pieces and, swimsuits in white – which looks […]

The top 10 luxury bikinis to be seen in this Summer

The top 10 luxury bikinis to be seen in this Summer

Summer is finally upon us and so what better time to do a round-up on the top 10 luxury bikinis to be seen in this Summer.  Whether you’re heading for the beach, lounging by the pool, or just want to look good on your own private yacht, you are sure to find something here to […]

Recipe of the week: Wild sea bass with baby fennel, capers and lemon

Recipe of the week: Wild sea bass with baby fennel, capers and lemon

Wild sea bass is recommended for this dish. It is more expensive than from the farm but it is worthwhile going that extra mile. The sea bass that are found in the English Channel are the best in the chef’s opinion – they are very tasty, flaky and have an amazing texture. This is a […]

Win £500 to spend at Orlebar Brown!

Win £500 to spend at Orlebar Brown!

Here at A Luxury Travel Blog we’ve joined forces with Orlebar Brown to give you the chance to win £500 worth of goods from them. Inspired by 1960s poolside utopia, the Orlebar Brown world draws inspiration from the iconic pictures of Slim Aarons of Riviera and Palm Beach life during that decade. Orlebar Brown has […]

10 of the most popular travel videos of all time

10 of the most popular travel videos of all time

Here we’ve compiled a round-up of 10 of the most popular official tourist board videos to be found on YouTube.  We won’t claim to have identified them all, but hopefully we’ve picked out most of them. If you know of others, please let us know in the comments and perhaps we can do a follow-up […]

New York's top 5 'All American' music festivals this Summer

New York’s top 5 ‘All American’ music festivals this Summer

Thinking of hitting a music festival abroad this summer? Then look no further than New York state’s amazing line-up of the biggest and best music festivals. Discover the hidden gems in a music scene beyond Manhattan’s hot and humid city walls. Follow the hipsters in-the-know and head upstate to sample some authentic American festival life… Taste of […]

Japan's latest bullet train, capable of speeds of up to 311mph

Japan’s latest bullet train, capable of speeds of up to 311mph

Japan is continuing to lead the way in high-speed rail travel with a ‘levitating’ train capable of speeds up to 311 miles per hour (that’s equivalent to 500 kilometres per hour). Tests have been underway in the Yamanashi prefecture on the nation’s new generation L0 Series trains which, instead of having conventional wheels, use the latest magnetic […]

And the most Blue Flag beaches in Italy can be found in...

And the most Blue Flag beaches in Italy can be found in…

The region of Liguria in north-west Italy, otherwise known as the ‘Italian Riviera’, has the most Blue Flag beaches of any region in Italy, following two new entries for 2013. The crescent shaped region between the French Riviera and Tuscany now has 20 Blue Flag beaches, allowing it to retain its title of having the […]

Family fun at Desroches Island: kayaking, fishing and even tortoise feeding

Family fun at Desroches Island: kayaking, fishing and even tortoise feeding

Desroches Island, the luxurious remote island in the Seychelles, is set to launch Kids’ Haven, to provide its younger guests with inspiring, exciting and unusual experiences and activities. Kids’ Haven launches on 1st June 2013 with a selection of stimulating and exhilarating activities for children and teens including fishing, kayaking, skills learning and tortoise feeding. […]

A luxury hotel room in a 20-foot container

A luxury hotel room in a 20-foot container

Over in Antwerp there’s a unique pop-up luxury hotel using 20-foot containers. Currently based at the Rijnkaai, Sleeping Around‘s four hotel rooms are housed in containers next to the Schelde, along with a breakfast/lounge container and a sauna container. Each ‘room’ comes complete with floating box-spring bed with high quality linen, XXL Hansgrohe raindance shower […]