Category: Inspiration

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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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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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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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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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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Great American Road Trip

Great American Road Trip

A great American road trip is a classic vacation experience. Ker & Downey shows you some of our favorite stops on a cross-country journey in America that will take you from sea to shining sea. Washington, DC The capital of the country has more to see beyond the White House. The melting pot of cultures here makes Washington, DC a global place with a fusion of activities. But it is its historical charm that really stands out. Wander along the tree-lined avenues of row houses and see the colonial architecture dating back to 1751 in nearby Georgetown. The cobblestone streets and the old homes, each […]

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A Taste for Skiing – A Gourmet Ski Safari in the Dolomites

A Taste for Skiing – A Gourmet Ski Safari in the Dolomites

In the Alta Badia valley in the Dolomites, great skiing is combined with gourmet food for a unique ski safari. South Tyrol, Italy’s northernmost province, is an area known for its apples, ham, wine, and an impressive 23 Michelin stars. Those 23 Michelin stars make it the most decorated province in all of Italy. This gourmet’s destination is also popular among skiers with the world’s largest ski circuit that encompasses over 745 miles of downhill runs, and all skiable with a single ski pass. Among the mountains and valleys, there is a network of mountain huts that can provide basic […]

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New Star Wars Filming Locations to Explore

New Star Wars Filming Locations to Explore

The galaxy far, far away is closer than you think. As Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi gets closer to its debut, we are highlighting new Star Wars filming locations that are out of this world. Read on to see how you can pair them with unique Ker & Downey experiences in Europe. Ireland Skellig Michael In the 7th century on Skellig Michael, monks lived and prayed in stone beehive huts. At the top of the steps of this steep island, amidst these huts and actual stone ruins, Rey and Luke Skywalker first meet at the conclusion of Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens. […]

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