McCool Travel Tips: 5 Minutes With Paul Johnson, ALuxuryTravelBlog.com

McCool Travel is excited to present tips from travel experts in our 5 Minutes interview series featuring travel industry giants, super frequent travelers, and adventurous persons.

For the latest profile, I am thrilled to present Paul Johnson–principle author and editor of A Luxury Travel Blog ( http://www.aluxurytravelblog.com ) and Director of a very successful online tourism marketing business ( http://www.dedicate.co.uk ).

Paul lives with his family in Kendal, UK which is between two of England’s most beautiful National Parks – the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales – and also has a vacation rental business there ( http://www.kendalcottages.com ). Despite his blog specialism, his travels haven’t always been of the luxury persuasion – he’s hostelled in many parts of Europe and camped in sub-zero temperatures in Greenland, many miles from civilization.

Always in my luggage…

My camera.  I rarely go anywhere without it, in fact!

3 favorite home-away-from-home places…

Cornwall, UK
Brittany, France
– Any of the Greek islands

A favorite travel memory is…

Sitting on a beach on honeymoon on a private island off Zanzibar with a nicely chilled glass of dry white wine and some lightly warmed cashews, just watching the sunset.

3 favorite travel brands…

Six Senses
The Luxury Collection
&Beyond

3 money-saving travel tactics I use are…

– book flights in advance or when airlines run offers
– consider self-catering/vacation rental options
– combine work with pleasure

3 ways that I have fun while traveling are…

– taking time out with family
– taking photographs
– eating out

8 word (or less) travel mantra…

Sometimes the road is less travelled for a reason.

My favorite non-travel website…

netvibes

most memorable souvenir …

A drum from Morocco purportedly made from the skin of a camel’s scrotum!

favorite cheap eat …

Pizza Express

recent discovery …

The Isle of Jura, Scotland

I am fortunate to have met …

My wonderful wife. 🙂

I would like to meet …

Any of my 100,000 Twitter fans.  But not all at once!

Thank you, Paul, for sharing your thoughts with McCool Travel and may you have countless more memorable travel adventures!

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Charles McCool is an independent consumer travel advocate.

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© 2011, Charles McCool

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