Category: Q&A

An Interview with Jean-Michel Cousteau, Part Two

An Interview with Jean-Michel Cousteau, Part Two

An interview with Jean-Michel Cousteau, champion of ocean conservation. He’s teamed up with Aqua Expeditions as a special guest on board their Amazon and Mekong River Cruises where he’ll be sharing films and leading discussions on what he’s learned through his work around the world. Part two of our interview with Jean-Michel Cousteau picks up today. If you missed part one, be sure to read it here. How did your voyages about the Calypso with your father influence your work today? He took us – my late brother and myself and of course his team – wherever the next destination […]

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An Interview with Jean-Michel Cousteau, Part One

An Interview with Jean-Michel Cousteau, Part One

An interview with Jean-Michel Cousteau, champion of ocean conservation. He’s teamed up with Aqua Expeditions as a special guest on board their Amazon and Mekong River Cruises where he’ll be sharing films and leading discussions on what he’s learned through his work around the world. Jean-Michel Cousteau grew up on the water. The son of legendary oceanographic explorer Jacques Cousteau, he made his first dive when he was just seven years old in 1945. His life is characterized by a devotion to marine conservation and education. He’s produced over 70 films and in 1999, he founded the Ocean Futures Society to help […]

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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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A Q&A with Travel Photographer Austin Mann

A Q&A with Travel Photographer Austin Mann

In September Travel Photographer Austin Mann traveled to Rwanda and Tanzania with Ker & Downey to test drive the new Apple iPhone 7/7 Plus. We caught up with Austin to chat about his trip with Ker & Downey and one of his favorite shots from the project. This shot comes from Volcanoes National Park, where I found myself standing with a family of gorillas in the wild. Our trackers were just around the corner and had indicated there were a bunch hanging out together ahead. I was walking toward them and just about to come around the bend when I […]

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The House Called Mbabati - An Interview With Samantha Ford

The House Called Mbabati – An Interview With Samantha Ford

Ker & Downey talks with Samantha Ford, stylish globetrotter and author of The House Called Mbabati, available on Amazon now. Samantha Ford is a globetrotter in every sense of the word. Wanderlust courses through her veins. She grew up traveling the world, moving from place to place every few years. As she got older, she continued to move about, settling until restlessness crept in, then picking up and moving on. Her travels have greatly influenced her career as a writer. You can tell she’s well traveled and well-versed in the art of observing her surroundings. It’s these experiences that provide […]

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Yuzana Htun | Female Guide in Yangon, Myanmar

Yuzana Htun | Female Guide in Yangon, Myanmar

Meet Yuzana Htun, guide in Yangon, Myanmar. We’re celebrating International Women’s Day all week by taking a look at some of our favorite female guides around the world. We’re concluding our series of female guide this week with Yuzana Htun, a guide in Yangon, Myanmar. Nicky Brandon had the pleasure of meeting her on her trip to Myanmar in November 2014 and raves about her. How many years have you been guiding? I have been leading tours for more than 10 yrs. What or who inspired you to get into the guiding industry? My father who used to work as […]

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Anna Udalova | Female Guide in St. Petersburg, Russia

Anna Udalova | Female Guide in St. Petersburg, Russia

Meet Anna Udalova, guide in St. Petersburg. We’re celebrating International Women’s Day all week by taking a look at some of our favorite female guides around the world. Anna Udalova is a veteran in the guiding industry, having worked as a guide for 20 years. She’s knowledgeable, professional, and proficient in English and can introduce you to hidden gems and well-known sites in St. Petersburg for a well-rounded tour of the city. How many years have you been leading tours? I have been working as a guide for more than 20 years. What or who inspired you to get into […]

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Natalia Frolova | Female Guide in Moscow, Russia

Natalia Frolova | Female Guide in Moscow, Russia

Meet Natalia Frolova, city guide at Moscow. We’re celebrating International Women’s Day all week by taking a look at some of our favorite female guides around the world. Natalia Frolova is one of our go-to guides in Russia. You can find her in Moscow, where she’s been sharing her love for the city’s art, history, and culture for 15 years. How many years have you been guiding? I’ve been working as a guide for 15 years What or who inspired you to get into the guiding industry? Nobody inspired me to be a tour guide. I started my professional life […]

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Alejandra Sauze | Female Guide in Argentina

Alejandra Sauze | Female Guide in Argentina

Meet Alejandra Sauze, guide in Argentina. We’re celebrating International Women’s Day all week by taking a look at some of our favorite female guides around the world. When Alejandra Sauze moved back to Argentina after living abroad for 18 years she was inspired to read and learn more about the country. That passion to learn about her country is at the heart of guiding career and she loves to share her knowledge with travelers. How many years have you been leading tours? Since 2004, 12 years What or who inspired you to get into the guiding industry? After living in […]

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Marina Menegoi | Female Guide in Verona, Italy

Marina Menegoi | Female Guide in Verona, Italy

Meet Marina Menegoi, guide in Verona, Italy. We’re celebrating International Women’s Day all week by taking a look at some of our favorite female guides around the world. When you’ve only got a few days in a city, you want to get the most out of it. With expert guides showing you their city, you’re sure to get an in-depth, insider’s look. A few years ago, Nicky Brandon had the pleasure of meeting Marina on a guide through Verona. Marina showed her the city and introduced her to a few local wine bars for an enjoyable and well-rounded tour of […]

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