Paul Johnson

Paul runs and has travelled extensively, enjoying some incredible experiences in places all over the world – working on glaciers in Greenland (his PhD is in glaciology), running marathons in the United States and playing football in the Serengeti. He is just back from Lithuania and his next adventure will involve driving a 4×4 from Kathmandu to New Delhi.

Paul is also a Director of The Dedicated Partnership Ltd., an online tourism marketing company with a client base that includes some of the finest hotels in the world, and he has worked in this field for more than 25 years.

You can work pretty much where you want to – on the road, do you find it hard to work or do you just have fun and work when you come back home?

I travel with family and like to spend time with them when we travel, but at the same time I do need to get some work done. So I try to get a little done either first thing in the morning or late at night, so as not to disrupt the main part of the day.

Do you feel many people are envious of your lifestyle?

I do sense that sometimes. Of course, people only take note of the good bits, of which there are admittedly many - travelling all over the world, seeing incredible sights, enjoying different cultures and foods. What they don't see is the hours and hours of work and hard graft that goes into 'getting there'. Who doesn't want to be a travel writer or travel blogger? There are so many people aspiring to the job that you really do have to work hard to get there and be successful at it.

In which countries have people recognised you, even when you thought nobody would?

I don't think that's happened to me. I don't tend to put many photographs of myself on my blog, so I suppose that doesn't help!

Which three items would you never travel without?

Passport, money and tickets. Those are three things I have running through my head whenever I head off on a trip. The moment I head out of the door, I'm muttering to myself 'passport, money and tickets' and I'm double and triple checking for those three items. If you have those, you can pretty much travel anywhere and sort out any problems. Forget your clothes? No problem - you have money! Forget any of those three things and you could be in deep trouble. If I was to look beyond the obvious/essential, I guess I'd go for my camera, my laptop and my iPhone. Hmmm... perhaps that says I like my gadgets!

Are there any specific souvenirs or other things you collect from the places you go to?

I have one or two unusual souvenirs. Bongo drums from Morocco, reputedly made from a camel's scrotum spring to mind. I also have a blanket somewhere from my childhood days which has embroidered badges from all the various places I've been.

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