Tiffany's Stay at Some of the Best Camps in Botswana

Tiffany’s Stay at Some of the Best Camps in Botswana

We love highlighting the trips our Luxury Travel Consultants take. After each journey, they come back with a wealth of knowledge they are eager to share. Today we’re taking a look at a trip Tiffany took to Botswana earlier in 2016, where she stayed in some of the best camps in Botswana. My Botswana safari started in the Makgadikgadi Pans at Jack’s Camp, an eclectic yet elegant permanent camp, co-owned by Botswana’s rock star guide Ralph Bousfield. While the camp itself is incredible for its luxury accommodations and cuisine, it really shines for the unique activities available, marking is as […]

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Top 7 Reasons to Travel to Botswana

Top 7 Reasons to Travel to Botswana

Botswana is the ultimate safari destination. It’s a country of diverse landscapes full of natural beauty and plentiful wildlife. The country adopted a “low volume” tourism model to limit the negative effects of tourism in wildlife areas. The results are vast, untouched wildlife destinations. And because its private concessions aren’t fenced in, the wildlife can roam free. If you need a reason to travel to Botswana, we’ve got 7 of them. 1. Botswana is where it all started. Recent studies show that the KhoiSan bushmen represent an isolated population of humans from 100,000 years ago. The best place to learn […]

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Greece Uncovered: Parosdise Found

Greece Uncovered: Parosdise Found

Luxury Travel Consultant Jessica Rizzolo recently returned from a trip to Greece. She shares her wellness journey and her experience on the island of Paros with us. A wellness retreat on the island of Paros with one of my favorite yoga instructors was the source of inspiration for embarking on my recent journey to Greece. Like many travelers, I had always been drawn to Greece for its’ iconic white washed buildings, ancient ruins, alluring mythology, dramatic scenery, and fabulous cuisine. I knew immediately upon confirming my space on the retreat that I could not travel all the way to Greece without […]

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Liane's Australia Travel Diary

Liane’s Australia Travel Diary

This past late spring, I journeyed down to South Land, Terra Australis, where my heart has been longing to return to and always will. Mind you, it is actually late fall there which is a wonderful time to go. It’s cooler and has less flies. (In the center they never fully go away.) My Australia travel adventure included my arrival into Alice Springs, then onward to Kings Canyon en route to Uluru, then straight up to the Top End to catch a charter flight to remote Arnhemland. Afterwards I went to Darwin, then back to Uluru, and finally ending up […]

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Kidepo Valley National Park, Uganda's Undiscovered Wilderness

Kidepo Valley National Park, Uganda’s Undiscovered Wilderness

On a recent FAM trip to Uganda, Heather visited Kidepo Valley National Park, Uganda’s most isolated national park and one of Africa’s finest wildernesses. Kidepo Valley National Park lies in the northern corner of Uganda at the border of South Sudan near Kenya. It’s a part of the country that is so remote and hidden among Uganda’s hills, that its beauty and vast wilderness has gone almost unnoticed except by a small ethnic group of about 11,000 people known as the Ik. To reach the Kidepo Valley, you take a two-hour flight from Entebbe on a small plane. But the […]

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Exploring the Real Cuba with Ker & Downey

Exploring the Real Cuba with Ker & Downey

On December 1, 2016, Ker & Downey travelers Judith, Adrian, Astrid, and Marc departed on Delta’s inaugural flight from Miami to Havana – a flight 55 years in the making. Below, Judith recounts their favorite people-to-people experiences in Cuba with Ker & Downey, which took place during Cuba’s mandated period of mourning for Fidel Castro, and describes why traveling to Cuba with Ker & Downey can truly make all the difference. On December 1, 2016, we were honored and excited to be on Delta’s inaugural flight from Miami to Havana. At our departure gate there were the American and Cuban […]

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An Interview with Jiro Takeuchi, Hotelier of Kayotei Ryokan

An Interview with Jiro Takeuchi, Hotelier of Kayotei Ryokan

Asia Product Manager Lisa Sun recently returned from a trip to Japan where she had the opportunity to visit local artisans, one of the most memorable experiences in her long history of traveling. Upon her return, she spoke with Mr. Jiro Takeuchi, hotelier of Kayotei, Ker Downey’s preferred ryokan in Kanazawa, about their artisan experiences and his history in the industry. One of the most memorable and amazing experiences in my decades of travel was a one-on-one encounter with several humble, incredibly talented artisans on my recent fall visit to Kanazawa, an easy 2.5 hour journey on the speedy bullet […]

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Crab Racing in Fiji

Crab Racing in Fiji

Director of Inside Sales and Client Relations Lisa Chapman spent a week in Fiji where she learned all about the fine art of crab racing. The call of the South Pacific is like a siren song for many. Be it an annual sojourn during the holidays or a once in a lifetime romantic getaway, the idyllic postcard images of palm lined beaches and azure blue waters lapping at the shore draw thousands of visitors to the Fijian Islands each year. Daydreams of hammock swaying, reef exploring, and waterfall hiking filled my mind as my departure day drew near. Dozens of […]

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Ischia, An Untouched Italian Paradise

Ischia, An Untouched Italian Paradise

Luxury Travel Consultant Nicole Porto shares thoughts from her trip to Ischia, the untouched Italian paradise. At least 15 years ago, I clipped a picture out of a magazine of a boy diving into crystal clear water; the caption said something like “Ischia is virtually untouched by American tourists and is popular with Italians for its beautiful beaches and relative seclusion”. I might have carried that picture around with me for several years until you could barely see the picture anymore, and while I’ve been to Italy several times over the years, I never quite made it to this obscure […]

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The Best Places to Travel in February

The Best Places to Travel in February

Get out of the winter slump and shed those heavy coats. These are the best places to travel in February around the world. Argentina Head to Argentina for front row seats at the next annular solar eclipse on February 26th, 2017. The skies above Argentina and the Patagonia will be ideal for viewing the “ring of fire” as the moon moves in front of the sun. South Africa In February, you’ll catch the tail end of summer in South Africa, but it’s an excellent time to visit the Cape, as the coasts are cooled by sea breezes, and the Garden […]

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