Category: Q&A

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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Markéta Hradecká | Female Guide in Prague, Czech Republic

Markéta Hradecká | Female Guide in Prague, Czech Republic

Meet Markéta Hradecká, guide Prague, Czech Republic. We’re celebrating International Women’s Day all week by taking a look at some of our favorite female guides around the world. A lover of history, culture, and her city of Prague, Markéta Hradecká was inspired to begin her touring company Caput Regini Private Tours to share that love with visitors from all over the world. She began freelance guiding in 2007, but with encouragement from her husband, set up her own agency. Her one-woman guiding agency quickly began a team of professional guides who have the same passion to show visitors the city […]

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Michelle Sole | Female Guide in Marakele National Park, South Africa

Michelle Sole | Female Guide in Marakele National Park, South Africa

Meet Michelle Sole, guide at Marataba Safari Lodge in South Africa. We’re celebrating International Women’s Day all week by taking a look at some of our favorite female guides around the world. Michelle Sole would say she found her calling in 2008 after a family holiday to Africa. Born in England, she’s always had a love and respect for nature and animals. In 2011 she moved to South Africa and studied to be a field guide. Currently she works as a field guide at Marataba in the Marakele National Park. When she’s not guiding, she’s traveling, seeking adventuring, and nurturing […]

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Celebrating Mother's Day: What Our Children Have Taught Us About Travel

Celebrating Mother’s Day: What Our Children Have Taught Us About Travel

Sunday is Mother’s Day here in the United States and in honor of the day, I asked some of the mothers at Ker & Downey to share what being a mom has taught them about traveling, what they hope their children get out of traveling the world, and some tips from their firsthand experience. What Being a Mom Has Taught Us About Travel Children teach us all kinds of things each and every day. When you travel with them to other parts of the world, you hope they learn to appreciate the world around them. But do you anticipate how […]

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An Interview with Michael Matera

We’re continuing our series on the African bush this week by highlighting the incredible cuisine and the talented chefs of the bush with an interview with Michael Matera, Senior Sous Chef at Singita Sasakwa Lodge and the 2012 recent recipient of the Tanzania Chef of the Year Award. If you desire, each meal in the bush is an event and worth every indulgence. A large spread of eggs, granolas, yogurts, pastries, fruit, and fresh squeezed juices greet you upon returning from an early morning game drive while midday meals are light and fresh. Dinners involve several courses and come in the […]

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