Catching Up With “A Luxury Travel Blog”
With so many niche websites and blogs out there it is hard to know what you are searching for. As a prospective traveler you might be scouring the internet looking for the best backpacking hostels in Egypt, the cheapest meal in Spain or the quickest bus from here to there, but what you should also be looking for are ways to enjoy a more luxurious stay along your journey. Often thought only for the ultra wealthy, luxury is not always a matter of dollars as much as attitude and a lifestyle. We enjoyed catching up with Paul Johnson, founder of the wildly popular A Luxury Travel Blog and asked him a few questions about luxury travels place in an ever growing tourism industry.
Latitude 34: Why luxury travel? What appeals to you about traveling the world in the lap of luxury besides the obvious benefits?
: What’s not to like about a little luxury once in a while? 😉 I’ve worked in tourism for more than 25 years and for a long time been interested in the luxury end of the industry. In the early days of travel blogging, everyone doing it seemed to be backpacking. My student days were well and truly behind me, and I’d done my fair share of camping and interrailing, and wanted to blog in a niche that interested me and that wasn’t already being covered.
L34: In all of your travels, where is the singly most luxurious place you have stayed and what made it so special?
: Possibly Badrutt’s Palace
in St. Moritz for its lavishness. It’s not everywhere that you get a live harpist at breakfast and a priceless Raphael painting hanging near the lobby.
L34: Why should everyone, no matter their budget, make sure to be pampered at least once while traveling?
PJ: It’s possibly not for everyone but you should keep an open mind and try anything at least once… you never know, you could get quite used to it.
L34: Of all the amazing meals you have had world wide, which city surprised you with an amazing meal at a high end restaurant?
PJ: Actually, most of my travels are not to city destinations. The place where I would say I was most surprised was, in fact, the middle of the Serengeti. When you consider the logistics of getting good quality ingredients into such a remote location, and the culinary skills to be found in the middle of nowhere… we were impressed!
L34: If only allowed to live in one country for the rest of your life, which would it be and why?
PJ: England (UK)… where I live already. Of course, I have family here. Secondly, although we might not have the year-round sunshine that others parts of the world enjoy, I actually appreciate the different seasons we have here. Our varied climate and wealth of places of interest make the UK an excellent place to live.
While luxury travel might not be for everyone, it shouldn’t be only because of budget. The next time you plan a holiday, look closely at where you are going and do some research into the high end 5 star type accommodations there, you might be surprised what you find that could fit into your budget! The single best hotel
we have ever stayed at was a 5 star boutique hotel in Phuket, Thailand that only cost us $60 a night! Special Thanks to Paul for taking the time to speak with us and we can only hope we are able to visit some of the amazing places we have read about on his site.