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Where Would Charles Darwin Travel Today?

Where Would Charles Darwin Travel Today?

Today is the birthday of Charles Darwin. To celebrate, we thought we would take a look at his historic journey on the HMS Beagle and where he might travel if he were alive today. Charles Darwin spent almost five years traveling around the world on the HMS Beagle as a naturalist, collecting and sending specimens to Cambridge, investigating local geology, and formulating his thoughts on what would later become “On the Origin of Species.” During his journey, he spent five weeks in the Galapagos Islands studying the tortoises, mockingbirds, and finches. Today the Galapagos Islands remain some of the most […]

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Hacienda Zuleta, Ecuador: At Home in the Colonial Hacienda

Hacienda Zuleta, Ecuador: At Home in the Colonial Hacienda

Hacienda Zuleta, Ecuador is one of Ker & Downey’s favorite Ecuadorian destinations. The authentic working farm provides an authentic glimpse into the day-to-day happenings of a colonial hacienda. Just beyond the famed market town of Otavalo is the gateway to the Andean Highlands of Ecuador, home of the longest mountain chain in the world. This region is a vast tapestry of untamed volcanoes, misty cloud forests, and some of the Earth’s most impressive peaks and nestled within their grandeur lies the unassuming 17th-century allure of Hacienda Zuleta, Ecuador. This 4,000-acre working farm is one of Ker & Downey’s favorite Ecuadorian […]

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An Iceland Holiday: Circling Two Continents on One Island

An Iceland Holiday: Circling Two Continents on One Island

An Iceland holiday offers Luxury Travel Consultant Liane a chance to explore an island of two continents. Start planning your Iceland holiday with Ker & Downey today. I’m off the airplane first thing in the morning… one eye open… then straight to the Blue Lagoon (which is roughly 12 miles from the airport). Said eye tells the other eye to open and study the lava fields we are driving by on the way. It is one thing to see them in pictures, but to see them physically is wonderful! I’m not used to going to a spa at 8:00 a.m. […]

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A Luxury Japan Vacation: The Marriage of Traditional and Modern

A Luxury Japan Vacation: The Marriage of Traditional and Modern

Bekah’s luxury Japan vacation celebrates the marriage of traditional Japanese culture and modern design – and as it turns out, was the perfect way to celebrate her own marriage. When I decided to surprise my architect husband with an anniversary trip to Japan, my criteria was simple, yet specific. He loves the austerity of Japanese design and its relationship to the natural world. As long as we spent our quick seven days surrounded by clean lines and fall leaves, the trip would be a hit. Under the expert care of a Ker & Downey Luxury Travel Consultant, I figured I […]

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Last Minute Deal: An Escape to India

Last Minute Deal: An Escape to India

This last minute deal is too good to pass up. Escape to India this Thanksgiving. Enjoy four nights of luxury in the Grand Presidential Suite at the Taj Falaknuma Palace between November 27 – December 1. If you’ve ever desired to live like a maharajah for a few days, now’s your chance. This Thanksgiving, spend four nights in the Grand Presidential Suite at the Taj Falaknuma Palace in Hyderabad, one of the most opulent palace hotels in India. Formerly the royal guest house of Nizam Mehboob Ali Khan, the Taj Falaknuma Palace was passed down through the generations before undergoing […]

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Ker & Downey Staff Profiles: Lindsey Heath

Ker & Downey Staff Profiles: Lindsey Heath

At Ker & Downey, we believe that people matter. It’s the people who make up this incredible company who work to make your journey truly memorable. Over the course of the last year, we’ve been introducing you to the people that make up Ker & Downey. You can also read more about us here. Lindsey Heath is one of Ker & Downey’s Brand Ambassadors. She grew up watching National Geographic, sparking a desire to see the untamed landscape of Africa. Years later, she got her chance with a a safari in Tanzania where she celebrated her 30th birthday at a […]

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Ker & Downey Staff Profiles: Shelly Tumis

Ker & Downey Staff Profiles: Shelly Tumis

At Ker & Downey, we believe that people matter. It’s the people who make up this incredible company who work to make your journey truly memorable. Over the course of the last year, we’ve been introducing you to the people that make up Ker & Downey. You can also read more about us here. Shelly Tumis just recently joined Ker & Downey’s Accounting department. The daughter of a cattle farmer, she was born and raised in Katy and currently lives there with her husband of ten years and her son. In her free time, she enjoys the outdoors, offshore fishing, […]

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Ker & Downey Staff Profile: Barrett Caldwell

Ker & Downey Staff Profile: Barrett Caldwell

At Ker & Downey, we believe that people matter. It’s the people who make up this incredible company who work to make your journey truly memorable. Over the course of the last year, we’ve been introducing you to the people that make up Ker & Downey. You can also read more about us here. Barrett Caldwell landed at Ker & Downey after roaming the world with purpose for the last 4 years. As a diplomatic nomad of sorts, Barrett served as an Officer in the U.S. Coast Guard and led teams on international training missions to developing nations while fostering […]

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Ker & Downey Staff Profiles: Ashley Ibarra

Ker & Downey Staff Profiles: Ashley Ibarra

At Ker & Downey, we believe that people matter. It’s the people who make up this incredible company who work to make your journey truly memorable. Over the course of the last year, we’ve been introducing you to the people that make up Ker & Downey. You can also read more about us here. Ashley Ibarra has been with Ker & Downey for about a year and works in our Operations Department. Currently she calls the “Land Down Under” home. Favorite place you’ve traveled: A small town just south of Playa Dominical, Costa Rica with the best hidden beaches. Favorite city and why: […]

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Ker & Downey Staff Profiles: Stephanie Click

Ker & Downey Staff Profiles: Stephanie Click

At Ker & Downey, we believe that people matter. It’s the people who make up this incredible company who work to make your journey truly memorable. Over the course of the last year, we’ve been introducing you to the people that make up Ker & Downey. You can also read more about us here. Stephanie Click is a Kentucky girl turned Texan! She graduated in 1997 from Murray State University with a degree in Public Relations. She’s spent the past 10 years working as a blogger and social media producer for corporations looking to influence the female marketplace, as well […]

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