Category: Inspiration

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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Where to Go in 2018

Where to Go in 2018

It’s a wide world and there are so many places to see. Ker & Downey helps you hone in on where to travel in 2018, and why you must add these destinations to your travel bucket list. Latin America Guatemala Conservation ranks high in this country of ruins worthy of an Indiana Jones adventure, nestled into thick jungles. The Mayan culture is very much alive here. The natural beauty of lakes and lofty volcanoes reaching into the blue skies leaves us wondering why Guatemala has not yet topped the must-see list every year. Mexico More than just tequila and tacos, Mexico […]

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Three Must-See Star Wars Filming Locations

Three Must-See Star Wars Filming Locations

As Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi gets closer to its debut, Ker & Downey looks back 40 years when the world of lightsabers and legends first captured the imaginations of film fanatics everywhere. These Star Wars filming locations from the original trilogy of movies are must-sees for any fan. Bonus: they each pair perfectly with exclusive Ker & Downey experiences. Guatemala Tikal The thousand-year-old Mayan ruins of Tikal also doubled as the backdrop of the Rebel Alliance’s base on Yavin in Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. Guatemala’s most famous cultural and natural preserve, Tikal boasts some of the most fascinating archaeological remains […]

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More Places to Unplug

More Places to Unplug

Sometimes it is hard to get away, but we all need a break once in a while. It’s easier to make that happen when you are in a place that is truly awe-inspiring. We’ve highlighted some of our favorite places to unplug with your family before, but here are even more places to unplug – with or without family. Amanzoe Private Villas, Greece Is there anything more idyllic than the Greek Isles? You’ll find complete tranquility at Amanzoe, Greece’s first Aman property and most exclusive getaway on the Peloponnese. Hilltops covered in olive trees, views of the turquoise Aegean Sea, […]

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The Most Luxurious Beach Villas

The Most Luxurious Beach Villas

When the only thing you need is sea views and sandy beaches, look no further than these luxurious beach villas. Itz’ana, Belize At the end of the year, Itz’ana will open its doors to guests. It’s located in Palencia, just miles from one of the healthiest and largest reef systems in the world. We recommend a stay in the two-bedroom beach villa. It has a beachfront deck with a private plunge pool that looks out onto the sandy beach and sea beyond. Trancoso Private Villa, Brazil Located in the exclusive gated community at Nativos Beach, the Trancoso Private Villa harmoniously […]

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Star Wars Locations: Beyond the Green Screen

Star Wars Locations: Beyond the Green Screen

This December, the Star Wars universe expands again with the release of the latest film in the saga: Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi. George Lucas’ visionary prequels trilogy, though loaded with CGI scenery and special effects, also made use of real-world locations to tell its story of political power and deception. Add these Star Wars locations to your travel bucket list and experience them in exclusivity with Ker & Downey. Villa Balbianello – Lake Como, Italy Lake Como’s Villa Balbianello has quite the name to fame. Located near George Clooney’s mansion, this villa had a brief feature in 007 Casino Royale. Its most famous on-screen moment […]

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Top Villas for the Holidays

Top Villas for the Holidays

Whether you want to get away this holiday season or spend it with your entire extended family, these are this year’s top villas for the holidays. Check out more of Ker & Downey’s favorite holiday villas here. Killiehuntly Farmhouse, Scotland The Killiehuntly Farmhouse is what modern design dreams are made of – a 17th-century Scottish farmhouse set on a 4,000-acre farm in the Scottish Highlands that’s been lovingly restored with hues of greys, bare wooden floors, curly sheepskins, and simple design. It’s the perfect retreat for a family getaway as the four-bedroom house can be rented on an exclusive-use basis […]

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Babymoon Bliss: Tips for Traveling in the Third Trimester

Babymoon Bliss: Tips for Traveling in the Third Trimester

Traveling while pregnant can be a daunting experience, no matter how far along you might be. I previously shared a few tips for traveling in the first trimester and am here to round out this Babymoon Bliss series with some reflections on traveling in the third trimester. Any medical professional will tell you to save long-distance or international travel for the second trimester when you are likely to feel at your energetic best. It’s the sweet spot when the morning sickness has usually subsided and the discomforts of the third trimester have yet to set in. But sometimes, life doesn’t […]

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Where to go in Asia 2018

Where to go in Asia 2018

Remote tropical beaches, peaceful mountain retreats, and rich culture: make Asia a getaway to top your 2018 travel list. Ker & Downey has rounded up some of our favorite destinations that still feel untouched and authentic. Cambodia Soar in a hot air balloon high above glistening golden temples hidden in lush jungles. Have breakfast near Angkor Wat, one of the most impressive temples ever built. Stay in a private countryside villa with a butler attending to your needs. Unplug from the world on a private island and take a snooze to the sounds of the soft breeze on our Intrepid […]

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Samburu Special Five

Samburu Special Five

Travel to the Samburu National Reserve to see the Samburu special five with Ker & Downey. The Samburu National Reserve is a special place. Located on the edge of Northern Kenya’s arid savannahs, it stands on its own for the rare and diverse game. There, you’ll find the typical game like lions, elephant, and cheetah, but you’ll also find the Samburu Special Five (Beisa oryx, reticulated giraffe, Grevy’s zebra, Gerenuk antelope and Somali ostrich). You won’t find a more diverse concentration of wildlife anywhere else. The Reticulated Giraffe The reticulated giraffe makes its home in Somalia, southern Ethiopia, and northern […]

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