Top 10 Things to do in Lošinj

Top 10 Things to do in Lošinj

Traveling to Lošinj? Here’s our top ten things to do, as explored by wellness guru Mary Bemis.  1. Set Sail on one of Jadranka’s yachts and explore one or more of the many surrounding islands, including Ilovic, home to the casual, delicious Restaurant Dalmatinka with its seaside terrace. Swim in one of the many secluded coves along the way. If you’re lucky, you’ll see dolphins. 2. Smell the Herbs at The Garden of Fine Scents, a beautiful and well-tended garden boasting more than 250 native plants, plus 100 exotic species. Stop in at the little gift shop for a unique […]

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Ker & Downey Staff Profiles: Sara Kramer

Ker & Downey Staff Profiles: Sara Kramer

At Ker & Downey, we believe that people matter. It’s the people who make up this incredible company who work to make your journey truly memorable. Over the course of the next year, we’ll be introducing you to the people that make up Ker & Downey. You can also read more about us here. At ten Sara visited Botswana and Victoria Falls with her family and the travel bug hit her hard. Her most vivid memories of the trip are the sounds of the lions’ roars the first night sleeping out in the Okavango Delta and the sunrise out on the mokoro […]

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Retreat: Bellevue Hotel

Retreat: Bellevue Hotel

The five stars of the Bellevue Hotel in Lošinj shine on the island of vitality. By Mary Bemis As the twin-engine Beechcraft approached the Croatian island of Lošinj, my husband was wildly shooting photos out of the window. And for good reason—what lay beneath us was breathtaking. Here was the sparkling Adriatic Sea in all her glory, dotted with numerous small, forested islands that glimmered like natural gems. The striking, sunny combination of sea and greenery and sky made me forget all about my jetlag, and I felt energized. That feeling, as I was soon to discover, was not unusual. For […]

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Philanthropy: Larry Fitzgerald's Big Play

Philanthropy: Larry Fitzgerald’s Big Play

Elite NFL star Larry Fitzgerald is a visionary, transforming his celebrity and passion for travel into a game-changing influence for a better world. Haley Beham caught up with Larry fresh off his trip to Rwanda, where he volunteered with the Starkey Hearing Foundation, to discuss his passion for travel, giving back and where his enthusiasm all started. Larry Fitzgerald, a 10-year wide receiver for the Arizona Cardinals, is a force to be reckoned with both on and off the football field. Pairing his commitment to give back to the community with his love of traveling the world and exploring new […]

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Reid’s Journey to Thailand and the Yi Peng Lantern Festival

In November Ker & Downey’s Reid Bader journeyed to Thailand to witness the Yi Peng Lantern Festival and Loi Krathong. Check out the footage from his trip! The Yi Peng Lantern Festival is taking place this year on November 23 – 26 and you can journey to Chiang Mai to witness it in person with our Northern Thailand Encounter. For Reid, “The absolute highlight of Yi Peng and Loi Krathong festival was that we went to the authentic heart of the festivals in Lamphun and experienced them as locals do, instead of following the typical route to the tourist centric […]

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Ker & Downey Staff Profiles: Lauren Pechacek

Ker & Downey Staff Profiles: Lauren Pechacek

At Ker & Downey, we believe that people matter. It’s the people who make up this incredible company who work to make your journey truly memorable. Over the course of the next year, we’ll be introducing you to the people that make up Ker & Downey. You can also read more about us here. This March marks five years since Lauren has been with Ker & Downey. She works in the Operations Department preparing documents. If you’ve traveled with us in the last five years, chances are high that she’s had a hand in your travel documents. Her world travels […]

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Destination Guru: Paraty

Destination Guru: Paraty

From where to go to what’s in store, Ker & Downey VP and intrepid traveler David Jones scouts the globe and answers burning questions for those who live to go there. We want a cultural and exclusive winter getaway that ’s not just a beach. Where should we head? Jennifer Johnson, Houston Texas The town of Paraty is a UNESCO-protected World Heritage site located about midway between Sao Paolo and Rio de Janiero. This colonial masterpiece goes back at least 400 years. It served as the terminus of the Minas Gerais, or Gold Route, and the main seaport for shipping gold […]

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Pin Oak Charity Horse Show and the Second Annual “Guns and Roses”

Pin Oak Charity Horse Show and the Second Annual “Guns and Roses”

As part of an ongoing commitment to a wide variety of social and conservation based charitable initiatives, Ker & Downey is a sponsor of the ‘Pin Oak Charity Horse Show.’ This 75 year-old, Houston based charitable foundation raises funds for the support of the Texas Children’s Hospital, and through the Ronald McDonald House Houston and Candlelighters of Houston, supports sick children and their families through the often long and difficult process of recovery. The Pin Oak Charity Horse Show takes place in west Houston over a two-week period with over 60,000 spectators turning out to watch the show rings fill […]

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Farewell to Chris Slevin

Farewell to Chris Slevin

On February 28th, Chris Slevin will be retiring from Ker & Downey after an extensive travel career that began in 1954. In his retirement he plans to travel extensively and spend some time travel writing. Ker & Downey President David Marek shares his thoughts about Chris’ retirement. I’ve known Chris Slevin for 20 years coinciding with his appointment as the Sales Manager for Ker & Downey in 1995. I’ve listened as Chris discussed the travels of his puppet children, Desmond and Dippity, through all parts of the world and I was fascinated that he could put their travels down in a […]

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12 of the Best African Sleepouts for Stargazers

12 of the Best African Sleepouts for Stargazers

African sleepouts provide a stargazing experience for everyone. There are few sights in the world that can rival the night sky of Africa. Low population densities in the bush and desert means little light pollution to interfere with sky-watching and only the sounds of the animals in the night to lull you to sleep. With luxury tree houses, elevated sleep out decks, and star beds attached to your suite, there’s a stargazing experience for everyone. We’ve gathered up our top 12 favorite African sleepouts for stargazers.  Classically Luxurious Tree Houses The Tree Houses at Lion Sands | South Africa You’d […]

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