· Written by Taylor Goldblatt
Today it is my great pleasure to interview Dr. Paul Johnson, the founder of A Luxury Travel Blog, which provides information on all of the finer things in life, in the world of travel. Dr. Paul, along with a team of over 300 dedicated travel writers and guest bloggers, have worked together to provide you with one of the most helpful travel resources on the World Wide Web. ALuxuryTravelBlog.com has been featured in ‘This Week in Travel’ by the Travel Channel, Examiner, Gadling, TravelHacker, and it appears regularly on The Huffington Post. They have over 270,000 active Twitter followers and the blog receives over 150,000 unique visitors each month. It was voted as “one of the world’s best travel blogs” and “best for luxury” by The Daily Telegraph.
Hi Dr. Paul, thank you for doing this interview. I’m sure this interview will inspire many travelers to get out of the house and live their most elaborate dream!
I see that you are currently residing in Kendal, Cumbria (UK). What made you decide to live in Kendal?
I am originally from Manchester and we used to regularly holiday in the Lake District throughout my childhood. When I was 15, we moved to the area. Kendal is in a great location, situated midway between two of England’s most beautiful National Parks – the Lake District and the Yorkshire Dales. If you’d like to visit, take a look at www.kendalcottages.com – that’s our other venture!
What is your favorite US vacation destination (or attraction) and why?
Perhaps surprisingly, I have only visited the US twice – once to New York and once to Seattle – and each time to run the city’s respective marathons. Most of my travels have been around Europe. Of the two, I think New York would appeal more for a second visit. I would also like to perhaps combine the trip with a visit to the Adirondacks as that area appeals.
Which do you consider to be the most overrated?
I’m obviously not qualified to say, but Vegas is somewhere that doesn’t particularly appeal to me… other than using it as a base to visit the Grand Canyon.
What is your most memorable dining experience?
The meals we had in Tanzania – when travelling with CC Africa (nowadays known as &Beyond) – were utterly memorable. When you consider the logistics of getting ingredients out into the middle of the Serengeti and the quality of the dishes they managed to prepare in what were presumably kitchens with relatively limited facilities, then it made it all the more incredible. Couple that with the setting and the fact that it was our honeymoon – in addition to one or two private dining surprises they arranged for us – and the experiences will be something we won’t forget in a hurry!
What are some luxury experiences that you believe everyone should experience at least once in their lifetime?
A luxury safari. Even if you only ever go on safari once, the sights, sounds and experiences will be something you are likely to always cherish.
If you had just one day left to live, where would you travel to?
The nearest hospital and hope for a miracle cure. 😉