Tropical Tales: Beach Island Inspired Stories

Tropical Tales: Beach Island Inspired Stories

Stories of pirates, parrots, and perfect seas are popular because of their sense of adventure. We selected some of our favorite tales that had us dreaming of turquoise waters, white sand beaches, and snorkeling through coral reefs from Cuba to the Red Sea. These are tropical tales, our beach island inspired stories. Gulliver’s Travels This classic was written in 1726 by Jonathan Swift and is about a man who travels the seas. During a storm, Gulliver is abandoned on a peninsula along the western coast of North America. The Baja Peninsula could have very well been this stopping point. A mysterious […]

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Coral Triangle

Coral Triangle

A trip to the Coral Triangle reveals a colorful underwater world in Southeast Asia. By Rina Chandarana Some places are designed to blow your mind. Others are born with a certain x-factor and bestowed with blessings: lush, green islands cloaked in white sand, wrapped in blue-green oceans; a kaleidoscope of sea life, protected and thriving; a natural playground for all. The Coral Triangle is such a place. Encompassing the vast aquatic expanse that includes Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, East Timor and the Solomon Islands, the planet’s epicenter of biodiversity invites you to dive into the adventure of […]

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Visit Tasmania for a Walk on the Wild Side

Visit Tasmania for a Walk on the Wild Side

Tasmania, the island at the edge of the world is a hot spot for culture, gastronomy and natural wonders. By Rina Chandarana Just 150 miles off the Australian mainland, Tasmania might as well be worlds away. The far-flung island state—which also encompasses 334 islands dotting the Pacific and Indian Oceans—offers the same turgid mix of unspoiled wilderness, fruitful vineyards, fascinating history and authentic Aboriginal culture that captured the imaginations of Charles Darwin and Mark Twain. At once strange and beautiful, it’s a must-stop on your Australian adventure. Wilderness With a population of just a little over 500,000, Tasmania has vast […]

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The Best Gorilla Safaris

The Best Gorilla Safaris

Dian Fossey was one of the foremost primatologists, studying the mountain gorillas in the forests of Rwanda for 18 years before her tragic death in 1985. In celebration of her birthday (January 16), we’re taking a look at some of our favorite gorilla safaris, not only in Rwanda, but in Uganda, and the Republic of Congo too. Rwanda The mountain gorillas of Volcanoes National Park were well-loved and researched by Dian Fossey. Gorilla safaris through the park are on the top of many adventurer’s lists. Home of half of the world’s population of wild gorillas, a gorilla safari in Volcanoes […]

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The Ultimate Andrea Bocelli Experience

The Ultimate Andrea Bocelli Experience

Each year, the famed Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli hosts a concert in his hometown of Lajatico, Italy at the Teatro del Silenzio (Theater of Silence). The theater, built in 2006, is an open-air amphitheater surrounded by the Tuscan hills. Once every July, the Teatro del Silenzio hosts a concert by Bocelli, then remains silent the rest of the year. It’s a truly special event for devoted fans of the tenor, who is well-known for his unique blend of opera and pop music. For the concert this year, Bocelli returns to his most loved opera, playing the main character in ‘Andrea […]

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Five Reasons Peru Should Be on the Top of Your 2018 Travel List

Five Reasons Peru Should Be on the Top of Your 2018 Travel List

Experience the Land of the Incas on the ultimate bucket list trip. Elizabeth Frels shares five reasons Peru should be on the top of your travel list in 2018. Ker & Downey’s new high-flying adventure invites you to journey to the uncharted corners of Peru in search of the country’s finest hidden gems. Private jets and exclusive-use train charters give unprecedented access to these far-flung hotspots while placing the essence of Peru right in the palms of your hands. Here are five reasons Peru should be at the top of your 2018 travel to-do list. Train Car Style There are […]

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Top 2018 Travel Trends

Top 2018 Travel Trends

Whether you are planning a trip in the new year or just daydreaming, these 2018 travel trends are sure to make your wayfaring heart swoon. Solo Travel Ever since Elizabeth Gilbert’s Eat, Pray, Love was published, solo travel has gained popularity, especially among female travelers. While some destinations are certainly safer to travel solo to than others, with Ker & Downey, the world is at your fingertips. Private guides and luxury transfers ensure you are safe, no matter where you are in the world – whether it’s your own journey of self-discovery through Italy, India, and Indonesia or a dream […]

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The 10 Most-Loved Ker & Downey Features of 2017

The 10 Most-Loved Ker & Downey Features of 2017

Happy New Year! We’ve made it through the rush of the holidays and are settling into the New Year. To kick things off this year, we’re taking a look at our most-loved posts from 2017. So if you’re having trouble getting back into the swing of things after a few days off or are just looking to kill some time, have a look at our top 10 posts from the last 365 days. 10. Must-See Game of Thrones Travel Destinations HBO’s hit show Game of Thrones has taken the globe by storm, and inspired globe-trotters to make their own epic […]

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Three Ways to See China: China Luxury Travel by Plane, Boat, and Bike

Three Ways to See China: China Luxury Travel by Plane, Boat, and Bike

Home to the world’s longest continuous civilization, there’s thousands of year’s worth of exploring to do in China. How do you possibly see everything you want to see? As Stephanie and Michelle recently found out, the best ways to see China is by multiple modes of transportation. “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” – Lao Tzu China by Plane China is the world’s second-largest state by land area. It’s massive, so you’ll have to take a plane to get around the country at some point, especially if your vacation timeline is tight. Because China is […]

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Top 5 Things to Do in Chiang Mai

Top 5 Things to Do in Chiang Mai

Amy, our in-house graphic designer is spending a year traveling the world. She just finished up a month in Thailand and today, she’s sharing her top 5 things to do in Chiang Mai. To read more about Amy’s travels, click here. Chiang Mai is the quieter side of Thailand, great for people looking for fresh air and outdoor activities. With lush mountains just a short Songthaew (the cheapest way to get around the city) ride away, within a few miles you can escape to the serenity of nature while stumbling upon ancient Buddhist temples and extraordinary city views. The Old City is alive […]

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