Category: Inspiration

The Absolute Best Helicopter Tours Around the World

The Absolute Best Helicopter Tours Around the World

For a high-flying adventure, add one of our favorite helicopter tours to your next Ker & Downey journey. These excursions are a great way to gain a different perspective and deeper understanding of the world around you. And to get the most out of your helicopter tours, be sure to check out Reid’s helicopter photography tips, which are sure to make your memories stand out, not only in your mind but on your mantle as well. Linyanti Bush Camp | Botswana A thirty-minute helicopter flight over the Linyanti Reserve showcases the expansive and varied scenery of the Northern reaches of […]

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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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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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The Best Places to Travel in March

The Best Places to Travel in March

There’s no use trying to save your vacation. It’s time to get out of the office. Here are the best places to travel in March. South Luangwa, Zambia If spotting the elusive African wild dog is on your list, head to South Luangwa National Park in March when your chances of seeing one is greatest. The South Luangwa National Park is one of the greatest wildlife sanctuaries on earth, and because it is relatively more difficult to get to than some of its neighboring destinations, it hosts very few visitors. You can be sure, a safari in Zambia during the […]

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The Best Destinations in the World for Solo Travel

The Best Destinations in the World for Solo Travel

Ker & Downey’s guide to the best destinations in the world for solo travel. We get it – trying to find a travel companion that shares your interests and travel styles is difficult! And besides, you’re a lone ranger. Why not go it alone? Take a solo journey because you need a break. Take a solo journey to pursue a special interest like photography or birding. Travel alone to find yourself. Whatever your reason for solo travel, our Luxury Travel Consultants can help guide you to the right destination. Himalayas, Nepal For many, a trek through the Himalayas is the […]

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The Best Places to Travel in January

The Best Places to Travel in January

Kick off the new year with an adventure. Whether you are flying south or hitting the slopes, these are the best places to travel in January. Malta Make plans to be in Malta mid-to-late January for the Valletta International Baroque Festival, a two and a half week-long celebration that honors the baroque identity of the UNESCO World Heritage city of Valletta. The city was built shortly after the Great Siege by the Ottoman Empire in 1565, and with 320 monuments in a 0.2 square mile radius, it’s one of the most densely populated UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the world. The […]

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Top 9 Things to Do in Southeast Asia

Top 9 Things to Do in Southeast Asia

Seasoned traveler and Ker & Downey Luxury Travel Consultant Jamie Bell shares nine of her top things to do in Southeast Asia. Jamie Bell is a seasoned traveler who has spent over 25 years as a destination specialist with Ker & Downey. Having traveled extensively throughout Eastern and Southern Africa, she took a big jump out of her usual spots in the world with a fast-and-furious multi-country jaunt through Southeast Asia. After her trip to Vietnam, Cambodia, and Thailand, we asked her to share her list of top things to do in Southeast Asia. My expertise has always been Africa. but […]

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The Best Places to Unplug with Your Family

The Best Places to Unplug with Your Family

Turn off your notifications and break the screen habit. These are the best places to unplug with your family. Botswana The Young Explorers program in Botswana was designed specifically with children in mind. Its aim is to introduce the wonders of the African wilderness to young minds through safari experiences like tracking, bush survival skills, and game drives, with an emphasis on conservation and respect for the earth. Each family is booked on exclusive use to the six bedded camp and includes a private chef, waiter, housekeeper, and two professional guides to ensure the experience sticks with your family long after […]

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A Legendary New Zealand Helicopter Tour with Alfie Speight

A Legendary New Zealand Helicopter Tour with Alfie Speight

In September, Luxury Travel Consultant Catherine Brown spent a week and a half exploring New Zealand where she had the opportunity to take a New Zealand helicopter tour with pilot Alfie Speight. She describes the experience below. We woke on our last morning in Queenstown to a brilliant sunrise and clear skies. With fingers crossed, we headed to breakfast – and over our first cup of coffee got the call. “The weather has cleared at Milford Sound, and we are good to go!” Excited, we jumped in the car, and headed straight over to the hangar. After a safety briefing, […]

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Congratulations Safari Awards 2017 Winners

Congratulations Safari Awards 2017 Winners

This year the Safari Awards celebrated their tenth year of recognizing the best in the safari business. Here are some of Ker & Downey’s favorite properties and winners from the Safari Awards 2017. Angama Mara, Kenya | Best New Safari Property At just over a year old, Angama Mara is making waves in the safari world. Together African tourism pioneers and owners Steve and Nicky Fitzgerald have helped establish over 60 luxury safari properties in Africa and India and Angama Mara is the culmination of their 30-year career. Ker & Downey’s President David and his wife Gana recently returned from […]

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