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.

3 must-see events in Macau this Spring

3 must-see events in Macau this Spring

With almost 30 million visitors a year and a unique Portuguese-Chinese heritage, Macau has put itself firmly on the map as one of the most exciting destinations in the Far East. This year will be no exception with a series of significant anniversaries and events shining the spotlight on this Special Administrative Region of China […]

8 great reasons to visit the Great Lakes region this Summer

8 great reasons to visit the Great Lakes region this Summer

This year is set to be an exciting year for the Great Lakes region. From major anniversaries that will firmly put the region on the map, to some weird and wonderful attractions and exhibitions that will appeal to many an inner fandom. There really is something for everyone… here are 10 events to put in […]

Sani Gourmet Festival 2013

Sani Gourmet Festival 2013

The internationally acclaimed Sani Gourmet Festival has been announced for the 10th–19th May 2013. This year the Gourmet Festival, held at the luxurious Sani Resort in Greece, will be focusing on the evolution and development of traditional Greek dishes over the years, and how they have been passed on and evolved through the generations. This […]

New airstrip at Tongole Wilderness Lodge, Malawi

New airstrip at Tongole Wilderness Lodge, Malawi

Tongole Wilderness Lodge has opened a new airstrip enabling visitors to access the luxury lodge more easily as well as providing the opportunity to experience the most brilliant panoramic views of Malawi. The airstrip was officially opened last month and now offers a faster route to the lodge and surrounding area. By road it takes […]

Baros Maldives goes gourmet

Baros Maldives goes gourmet

Baros Maldives, the award winning, private boutique luxury resort in the Indian Ocean, has introduced a new gourmet menu in its all-day dining lagoon-view a la carte restaurant, Lime. This has been created by the recently appointed Executive Chef, Gabriël le Roux, and includes tropical versions of traditional favourites. The Lime Restaurant, open to all […]

How to write good

How to write good

It’s Friday and the weekend is just around the corner, so time for a little fun and a slight deviation away from travel writing (well, from the travel bit, at least). I recently stumbled upon this guide on “How to write good” and am sharing it here in the hope that it will be appreciated […]

The world's best islands

The world’s best islands

Remember National Geographic’s top 10 islands to visit last October? It caused quite a stir as there were some that made the list that you perhaps wouldn’t expect. Now Tripadvisor has produced a similar top 10 islands list, and interestingly not a single island makes both lists! I’m not sure what this tells us – […]

Top 10 places in South America to visit this Easter

Top 10 places in South America to visit this Easter

South America is very proud of its Roman Catholic heritage and traditions, and none more so than the present with the recent appointment of the first South American Pope, Pope Francis. If you are deliberating on where to go in South America this Easter, then here are 10 ideas that will help you make up […]

Top 10 places in Africa to visit this Easter

Top 10 places in Africa to visit this Easter

Have you still not yet planned what you’re doing this Easter? Easter has a social and spiritual dimension in Africa, and is a time when families love to come together. If you are looking to get away with your family this Easter – or perhaps just as a couple – then here are 10 fantastic […]

See London's Pompeii exhibition, then visit the site itself on an expert-led Amalfi cruise

See London’s Pompeii exhibition, then visit the site itself on an expert-led Amalfi cruise

In 2013, Peter Sommer Travels offers discerning travellers a unique opportunity. Only this year, is it possible to combine a visit to the British Museum’s sensational exhibition Life and Death in Pompeii and Herculaneum with a cruise around the Bay of Naples, to experience those famous sites, destroyed and thus preserved for posterity by the […]

Photograph of the week: Undersea blessing at Villasimius, Sardinia

Photograph of the week: Undersea blessing at Villasimius, Sardinia

In this picture you can see the most amazing celebration of a mass in the world. Among these divers there is a priest praying in front of a Virgin Mary statue located 10 metres below sea level in Sardinia, along the seabed of Isola di Cavoli, a few kilometers off the coast of Villasimius. Sardinia […]

10 definitions of 'luxury travel' from within the industry

10 definitions of ‘luxury travel’ from within the industry

How do you define luxury travel? People’s perceptions of what makes travel luxurious seems to vary wildly, so we asked 10 people who work in the industry to tell us what luxury travel means to them. Their responses provide an interesting insight into perceptions from within the industry. If you’re not one of the ten […]

Ski resorts become the latest addition to Google Maps

Ski resorts become the latest addition to Google Maps

It seems as though there are no limits for Google Maps.  Recently we reported that Google Maps had extended to the Great Barrier Reef courtesy of Google’s Street View technology and that Japan’s cherry blossoms had also been captured.  Now – just in time for the tail end of the ski season – Google has […]

7 Italian food and wine events you really shouldn't miss this Spring

7 Italian food and wine events you really shouldn’t miss this Spring

Love food? Love Italy? Then get yourself along to Italy this Spring! There’s a whole host of gourmet events taking place and here we’ve rounded up 7 of the best foodie festivals to whet your appetite in the few months ahead, covering everything from fresh fish (see ‘Slow Fish’ below) to fried food (see ‘Fritto […]

Cruising the Yangtze River in luxury

Cruising the Yangtze River in luxury

Yangtze River cruise company, President Cruises, is launching two new luxury ships next month. The President VII and President VIII will be the newest 5-star ships to cruise China’s Three Gorges between Yichang and Chongqing. While the route and shore excursions will be similar to other cruise lines, the ships will be a notch above […]

7 top tips for travel PR companies pitching to bloggers

7 top tips for travel PR companies pitching to bloggers

A while ago I wrote an article titled 7 top tips for running a successful travel blog.   It proved quite popular so hear I am back again, but this time with a slightly different slant on things.  As a travel blogger, I receive pitches from PR companies on a daily basis – often many […]