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We Interview The Man Behind A Luxury Travel Blog

Written By The Travelling Postcard on 25 February 2014 | 13:48

So The Travelling Postcard is only but a spec in the world of travel and travel blogging, so imagine our surprise when Dr Paul Johnson responded to our asking for an interview! As you will see below, A Luxury Travel Blog is expert in this field, travelling and sharing experiences for many years, writing this post has been a delight. 
Paul Johnson - A Luxury Travel Blog

Paul Johnson - A Luxury Travel Blog  

When did you first start travelling?

For as long as I can remember - when I was very young, we used to go on camping holidays to France every year.

How many countries visited?

About 30

Favourite Country? 

Hard to call... Tanzania, Greenland or Greece, but I'll go with Tanzania as we enjoyed a wonderful honeymoon there.

Least favourite country?

I don't really have one.

Best travel advice ever received?

On leaving the house, check for three things - passport, money and tickets. So long as you have those, any other mishaps can be rectified!

Where are you now? 

I am currently spending the week at a luxury hotel (Polurrian Bay Hotel, Mullion - a member of Luxury Family Hotels) on the Lizard Peninsula in Cornwall, UK. Cornwall has been in the news lately because it has been hit by severe weather (by UK standards) and they are keen to get the message out that they are still #openforbusiness

Please tell us a bit about who you are, what made you travel and how you brought about A Luxury Travel Blog? 

I have worked in the tourist industry for over 25 years and, since the Web came along, been a Director of The Dedicated Partnership Ltd. ( www.dedicate.co.uk ) which specialises in the online marketing of tourism businesses. I am also a Director of a holiday rental business, Kendal Holiday Cottages Ltd., that I run with my wife - www.kendalcottages.com

My background, though, is in Geography and Geology. After a BSc Joint Honours degree in those two subjects, I went on to get a PhD in Glaciology. Of course, these subjects have presented me with plenty of travel opportunities which has been a bonus, but my love of travel has been with me since childhood.

At the time of starting A Luxury Travel Blog, there was nothing like the number of travel blogs out there that you see today and those that were around tended to focus primarily on backpacking and budget travel. With my student and youth hostelling days mostly behind me (we still sometimes youth hostel with our children as it can be great for kids to get together), and a growing interest in the luxury end of the market, A Luxury Travel Blog was born.

From your favourite country mentioned above, what top experiences would you suggest cannot be missed? Either for the country as a whole or a town / city within it.

You can't go to Tanzania without going on safari!  We visited the Serengeti, Ngorongoro and Lake Manyara, as well as a private island off Zanzibar. All were wonderful in their own unique way, but experiencing a safari would be my number one recommendation.

Two / Three hints or tips for travellers wanting to travel to your favourite destination? Can be anything from visas to luggage essentials etc, but if possible, specific to the country or town chosen. 

Choose your location carefully. Go for a small, private operator with an open top 4X4 which will give you the best chance of successful game viewing. Make sure you have a professional guide, with an extensive knowledge.  If you have a particular interest (eg. ornithology), make sure you pick a guide that shares that interest.

Recommended hotel stay? 

We loved all the places we stayed.  Grumeti River Lodge is a wonderful spot if you just want to relax by a river brimming with hippos!

Least favourite thing about this country / town or city you have chosen?  

There was nothing I didn't enjoy about our visit.

Finally, any advice for fellow travel bloggers? 

I have written two posts that I hope may offer useful advice to fellow travel bloggers:

7 top tips to running a successful travel blog

10 top tips on how to widen the appeal of your travel blog

You can read more about Dr Johnson and A Luxury Travel Blog here:
A Luxury Travel Blog: http://www.aluxurytravelblog.com (400,000+ uniques/mo) ALTB on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/luxurytravel (85,000+ likes)ALTB on Twitter: http://twitter.com/luxury__travel (320,000+ followers)

We would like to thank Dr Johnson and A Luxury Travel Blog for giving us this opportunity.

Happy Travelling!
Shereen & Dylan



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