Alaska Adventure - The New Frontier

Alaska Adventure – The New Frontier

An isolated wilderness, Alaska is home to some of the world’s largest national parks and most pristine natural beauty, and it beckons as an adventure destination for those willing to forge through its wild terrain. By Austin Mann and Haley Beham This past June, travel photographer Austin Mann explored the raw nature of Alaska, armed with his Sony A9, iPhone 7 Plus and the new Apple iPad Pro 10.5. Mann stayed at the remote Winterlake Lodge, accessible via floatplane or helicopter or dog sled, and its sister property, Tutka Bay Lodge, which is accessible primarily by boat. Both properties are family owned and […]

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Scotland Off the Beaten Path

Scotland Off the Beaten Path

Just back from the land of big skies, storied Medieval castles and golf, Luxury Travel Expert Jessica Rizzolo shares her top picks for adventures in Scotland off the beaten path. Active adventure and wildlife were not terms that I would have associated with Scotland prior to visiting but they were the highlights of my recent journey. In addition to culture, history, castles, golf and whiskey tasting—which are quintessential to Scotland—it’s fun to infuse the experience with a splash of the great outdoors. While getting connected with untouched beauty of Scotland’s wild and hidden wonders, you don’t have to forgo luxury. […]

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Next Up: New Travel Experiences for 2018

Next Up: New Travel Experiences for 2018

Set your sights on new travel experiences for 2018. Here are some of the places we predict will be the most talked-about in the coming year. Cambodia Southeast Asia’s bright jewel has all the qualities of a hidden gem with so much to discover: sparkling rice paddies, temples peeking over the tops of lush jungles, beautiful beaches and remote villages along the Mekong River. Why Go? Find wonder. The hospitality and kindness of the locals make Cambodia a stand-alone destination—and you have your choice of amazing settings. Stay at a luxury resort on a private island with pristine beaches or […]

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Top 6 Things to do in Williamsburg

Top 6 Things to do in Williamsburg

Ker & Downey’s Luxury Travel Experts share their top things to do in Williamsburg and the surrounding area, one of this year’s top cities in the United States in Travel and Leisure’s World’s Best Awards.  It’s not surprising to see Williamsburg on Travel  Leisure’s World’s Best Awards as one of the best cities in America. The historic town is home to the restored Colonial Williamsburg, one of the largest living history museums in the world, and nearby Jamestown and Yorktown. Together, the three towns make up the Historic Triangle, all connected by 23 miles of parkway. Visiting all three makes […]

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In the Moment: A Luxury Namibia Safari in Photographs

In the Moment: A Luxury Namibia Safari in Photographs

On a Ker & Downey-curated luxury Namibia safari that included Botswana, travelers John and Renata Harbison photographed the haunting scenes and many moods of two of Southern Africa’s most alluring destinations. They share the experience in their own words. Photography by John Harbison Visiting Namibia is about entering a landscape of expansive vistas and sweeping scenery with an otherworldly feel. We arrived in Namibia in June and wound up enjoying the isolation and remoteness that comes from a country bigger than Texas with a population of only 2.1 million people. Other than Windhoek, the capital city, it is an experience largely […]

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10 Things You Need to Know About Cuba Travel Now

10 Things You Need to Know About Cuba Travel Now

Ker & Downey has been partnering with travelers to create their own journeys to Cuba since August 2015. Recent policy changes on American travel to the country have stirred up questions about traveling to Cuba and the future of visiting a place that is so close but was once too far out of reach for many. The good news: Cuba is not out of reach with Ker & Downey. What Do the Policy Changes Mean? In short, the people-to-people style of travel offered by Ker & Downey and our in-country partners are not going to be impacted, for the time […]

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Where to Go in Latin America in 2018

Where to Go in Latin America in 2018

In Central and South America, a wide range of natural wonders, bustling cities, and a brilliant array of cultural gems are must-sees for any traveler. Ker & Downey helps you decide where to go in Latin America in 2018 and which unique experiences should not be missed. Guatemala Conservation and cuisine make this central American country a must-see all on its own. Indiana Jones-worthy Mayan ruins are hidden within lush rainforests and the living, breathing Maya culture is alive and well. Massive lakes and lofty volcanoes are ready to be explored. Soar over the breathtaking landscape in a helicopter. Take rest […]

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The Most Outrageous Places to Spend the Night

The Most Outrageous Places to Spend the Night

A little strange and definitely unique, these are some of the most outrageous places to spend the night. The Manta Resort Sleep under the sea in the Underwater Room off the coast of Zanzibar. This floating structure at The Manta Resort gives you an up-close look at the schools of colorful fish that swim by during the day, and the curious nocturnal creatures that glide by your windows in the inky depths. Located in the middle of a reef, the room is only accessed via boat. Three levels include a landing deck, a roof for star gazing, and an abode […]

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Top 5 Things to Do in Kyoto

Top 5 Things to Do in Kyoto

Ker & Downey’s guide to the top things to do in Kyoto. Kyoto is the storehouse of Japan’s traditional culture and the stage on which much of Japanese history was played out. With 17 UNESCO World Heritage sites, more than 1,600 Buddhist temples and over 400 Shintō shrines, Kyoto is home to the country’s most treasured remnants of imperial life. Here, geishas still entertain in full makeup and dress within the Ochaya teahouses of Gion, masterpieces of religious architecture still house mesmerizing Zen gardens, and the Nishiki Market—or the “kitchen of Kyoto”—bustles with frenetic fish-selling energy. We asked our Luxury […]

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Cause & Effect: WildAid Conservation Travel in Kenya and Tanzania

Cause & Effect: WildAid Conservation Travel in Kenya and Tanzania

We check in with Corie Knights on the work WildAid and the WildAid conservation travel partners are accomplishing in Kenya and Tanzania. Since 2000 WildAid has made it their mission to end the illegal wildlife trade. To highlight the importance of their work and showcase some of their various conservation projects, Corie Knights leads donors’ trips around the world each year. In June she and her husband Peter, who founded WildAid, traveled to Kenya and Tanzania with Ker & Downey and 11 philanthropists to visit some of their partner conservation projects and check in on the progress their partnership is making. Corie sat down with us to […]

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