The Safari Collection

The Safari Collection

Join us for a multi-part series on seven of Kenya’s top properties, including interviews with their owners and top conservation partners. In this first post, we are taking a look at The Safari Collection. In Kenya, conservation of the natural resources and wildlife and the involvement and development of local communities go hand-in-hand with the sustainability of the camps and the ability to provide authentic experiences. Follow our journey as we explore seven properties that offer unique experiences for their travelers, are committed to conserving Kenya’s natural resources and wildlife, and are intimately involved in the development of their local communities. […]

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The Most Interesting Animal Migrations Around the World

The Most Interesting Animal Migrations Around the World

Chances are, you’ve heard of the Great Migration. And while it certainly is great, it’s one of the seven natural wonders of Africa after all, what about other animal migrations around the world? There are tons of interesting animal migrations around the world, but we’ve narrowed it down to a few of our favorites. Giant Tortoises, Galapagos Islands Giant Tortoises are known as the “slow and steady migrators.” They don’t cover a great distance. In fact, they only migrate a little less than four miles over a migration period of two to three weeks, but they migrate, nonetheless. Their journey […]

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An Interview with Jean-Michel Cousteau, Part Two

An Interview with Jean-Michel Cousteau, Part Two

An interview with Jean-Michel Cousteau, champion of ocean conservation. He’s teamed up with Aqua Expeditions as a special guest on board their Amazon and Mekong River Cruises where he’ll be sharing films and leading discussions on what he’s learned through his work around the world. Part two of our interview with Jean-Michel Cousteau picks up today. If you missed part one, be sure to read it here. How did your voyages about the Calypso with your father influence your work today? He took us – my late brother and myself and of course his team – wherever the next destination […]

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An Interview with Jean-Michel Cousteau, Part One

An Interview with Jean-Michel Cousteau, Part One

An interview with Jean-Michel Cousteau, champion of ocean conservation. He’s teamed up with Aqua Expeditions as a special guest on board their Amazon and Mekong River Cruises where he’ll be sharing films and leading discussions on what he’s learned through his work around the world. Jean-Michel Cousteau grew up on the water. The son of legendary oceanographic explorer Jacques Cousteau, he made his first dive when he was just seven years old in 1945. His life is characterized by a devotion to marine conservation and education. He’s produced over 70 films and in 1999, he founded the Ocean Futures Society to help […]

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Amazon Aria, Awe of the Amazon

Amazon Aria, Awe of the Amazon

Amy, our in-house graphic designer is spending a year traveling the world. She just spent three days on the Amazon Aria and is sharing her experience with us today. To read more about Amy’s travels, click here. In my opinion, the best way to experience the mighty Amazon river is aboard the Amazon Aria, an eco-conscience luxury cruise that offers 3 to 7 night stays. It has everything one would expect from a Ker & Downey trip – gold-standard service from the moment you walk off the plane, to the packed lunches they provide when you are dropped off at […]

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Pucon; A Place of Natural Beauty and Outdoor Adventure

Pucon; A Place of Natural Beauty and Outdoor Adventure

Michelle Sole, a former safari guide for Marataba Safari Lodge, is spending a year traveling the world and sharing her experiences with us. Today we’re headed to Pucon, in the heart of Chile’s Lake District. To read more of her travels, click here. Nestled in the heart of Chile’s Lake District lies Pucon. The town sits on the shore of Lake Lago Villarrica and is dwarfed by the snow-capped Vilarrica volcano. The town has a definite ‘ski resort’ feel to it. Cafes, bars, ice cream and chocolate shops line the streets; you won’t go hungry here! Nature lovers will not […]

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Wildlife on Peninsula Valdes, Patagonia

Wildlife on Peninsula Valdes, Patagonia

Michelle Sole, a former guide for Marataba Safari Lodge, is spending the year traveling the world. Along the way, she’s sharing some of her experiences with us. Today we’re taking a look at the wildlife she found on Peninsula Valdes, Patagonia. To read about more of her travels, click here. As a child I watched a documentary of an orca propelling itself onto a beach in order to catch a seal pup. After this epic feat the orca then elegantly wriggled down the shingle beach and back into the sea with its prize. From that moment it has been a […]

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The Best Father-Son Trips

The Best Father-Son Trips

Celebrate the father-son relationship with our favorite father-son trips to take this year. And in case you missed it, be sure to check out our favorite mother-daughter trips for a girl’s getaway.  Golfing in Portugal Sure, you could play a round of golf at your nearby course, but for men who are really passionate about the game, wouldn’t you rather play five rounds of golf at some of the most beautiful, world-ranked golf courses? A journey to Portugal is the perfect father-son trip for those who share a love of the links. It includes rounds at the Oitavos Golf Course, […]

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The Best Mother-Daughter Trips

The Best Mother-Daughter Trips

Is there a relationship more precious than that of a mother and a daughter? Celebrate and strengthen those bonds with our favorite mother-daughter trips. Get Centered in Peru and Ecuador Strengthen and encourage the mother-daughter bonds on a wellness journey through Latin America, where getting centered together is more than just a wellness retreat. There are ample opportunities for yoga amidst Peru’s stunning landscapes, a traditional Mother Earth ceremony to evoke the spirit of healing, hikes in the Sacred Valley, farm-to-table lunches, and cultural tours, including one of the Jalpa Nina pottery works. A Shopping Spree in Italy Who doesn’t […]

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Safely Stay Connected when You Travel with Cellhire

Safely Stay Connected when You Travel with Cellhire

Cellhire makes roaming the world and staying connected affordable. As much as we like to get away without technology, we get it – sometimes unplugging for two weeks isn’t an option. Thankfully it’s becoming increasingly easier to stay connected no matter where you are in the world. Cellhire is a world leader in global mobile communications, allowing you to stay connected during your travels. They offer a broad range of rental services from international cell phones to 3G data cards on networks in over 120 countries around the world. Risk of Using Public Hotspots We’ve all heard about the risks […]

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