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Interview – Paul Johnson (A Luxury Travel Blog)

Today we are truly honored to interview a true legend in the travel blogging world, Paul Johnson from the globally acclaimed luxury travel website – A Luxury Travel Blog. I have been fortunate to get to know Paul over the last few months and certainly have the highest respect for him and his website. I would highly recommend taking time to check out his site and also read on to find out more about Paul.

Please feel free to comment, ask questions and connect with Paul using his various social media fronts listed below.

We would like to give a special THANK YOU to Paul for taking time to interview with us!

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Name: Paul Johnson

Hometown: Kendal, United Kingdom

Website: A Luxury Travel Blog

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What is your favorite aspect of traveling and if you are a travel blogger, why did you decide to create your website? 

I love enjoying new experiences in my travels. In the last few months I’ve been on a helicopter trip in Eastern Europe, enjoyed an Everest flight from Kathmandu, watched ice hockey in Finland, driven right across Nepal and into India, done clay pigeon shooting in Ireland, eaten bear (not a whole one), been on a wine tasting tour – by bike – in South Africa and had a Russian banyan (like a sauna) – naked – in Lithuania, and visited an improvised comedy show in Greece.

Lots of variety and fun!

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How many continents have you visited? 

Four

How many countries have you visited? 

30+

What is your favorite destination in the world and why? 

Home. I know it might sound a bit strange for someone who loves to travel, but there’s something wonderful about returning home, too, particularly when you live somewhere as beautiful as we do.

We are sandwiched between two of England’s most beautiful national parks – the Lake District and the Yorkshire Dales.

If money/time was no object and you could visit anywhere in the world, where would you travel to and why? 

There are many places I’d like to go but if money and time were an issue (time is a major limiting factor for me at the moment), then I guess I’d choose somewhere distant such as New Zealand. That’s somewhere I’ve yet to visit and I think I would love for the scenery if nothing else.

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Which of the following gadgets do you take on your travels? 

Laptop, Phone and Camera.

What is your preferred method of transport? 

Running!

I guess it depends what I’m doing but distance running is a bit of a hobby of mine. I’ve done 6 different marathons to date (3 in England, 2 in the US and 1 in Scotland) and am deciding on which to attempt next.

Complete the following, “Everywhere I go, I visit….” 

…with my camera. I do love my photography but wish I had more time for it to hone my rather limited skills further. I would love to go on a trip one day that combines my love of travel with a photography course.

Here is your chance to sell yourself and your website! Tell us some more information about yourself, what your travel philosophies & future plans are and anything else that people may find interesting to read about… 

I have worked in tourism for over 25 years, and specifically in online tourism marketing since the Web first came along. I am a Director at The Dedicated Partnership Ltd. which specialises in this area, as well as Editor of A Luxury Travel Blog.

I am also a Director of Kendal Holiday Cottages Ltd. so am spinning several plates at once!

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Heather Cole

Tuesday 20th of May 2014

Great to learn more about Paul, who incidentally lives just 'up the road' from me. And living in the beautiful Lakes and Dales area I can totally understand why he loves coming home, we're so fortunate to live in one of the UK's top tourist destinations. And I agree travelling does make home more appreciated, as they say, absence makes the heart grow fonder and all that... :-)

Chris

Tuesday 27th of May 2014

Certainly agree with that quote Heather! Northern England is where I am from also so I have to agree even though we may all be a little biased that this is one of, if not the most beautiful part of England.

Bob R

Monday 19th of May 2014

This has piqued my interest in finding a helicopter trip somewhere. Anywhere. :)

Samantha

Sunday 18th of May 2014

Paul is someone to truly look up to in the travel blogging world, his site is impressive and it's obvious he works hard at it and does a wonderful job! I love reading his blog for wanderlust and motivation, it makes me work harder so that I can reach my goal of experiencing a luxury vacation sometime in my life. Thanks for the great interview!

Chris

Monday 19th of May 2014

Cheers Samantha, I completely agree with all of your comments! Of course Paul is very modest as well when he states he doesn't like being classified as someone worth looking up to in the travel blogging world :) If we ever hit the numbers his Luxury Travel Blog currently does....well, I think we will all be happy campers!

Jempi

Sunday 18th of May 2014

Love this post! Great to read all these interesting facts about the life of my friend Paul. What a busy life...a great life!

Chris

Sunday 18th of May 2014

Completely agree with you Jempi, it's great to get to know more about someone who is having so much success with his travels.

Paul (@luxury__travel)

Saturday 17th of May 2014

Thank you for all the lovely comments, everyone. I'm a bit embarrassed to see myself being described as "a true legend in the travel blogging world", mind! There are lots of people out there who are better at it than me - I was just lucky, I suppose, to be an early adopter and get established that way... plus it helps that my usual day job is in internet marketing for the travel industry. ;)

Chris

Sunday 18th of May 2014

Your website is one of the most renowned in travel blogging circles so of course it is a honor to have you speak with us :) Sure it helps that your day job is in the travel industry but you still have to put the time and effort to make it work which you clearly have done! Cheers Paul!