Category: QUEST Magazine

The Secret Kitchen

The Secret Kitchen

Kista Simmons takes a crash course in regional Chinese cuisine. Read the article in the current issue of Quest Magazine and on our blog today. It’s a shame that Chinese food has been associated with lonely nights in and hung-over dim sum brunches. The cuisine from one of the world’s most ancient societies is really quite complex, steeped in thousands of years of tradition. In fact, the Chinese are so connected with what they eat that it’s considered medicine. Look beyond the lazy Susan, and you’ll find that what’s cooking in the world’s most populated country is as varied as the […]

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Italy: Tailor Made

Writer Nell Casey takes a satisfying solo trip to fashionable Milan and the enchanting, jet-setting paradise, Lake Como. She finds the perfect fit. Read the full article here and in the current issue of QUEST Magazine. Walking into the Armani Hotel Milano feels a bit like walking into the mind of the celebrated fashion designer. This 95-room hotel is as minimal and sleek as one of Giorgio Armani’s iconic suits—and as elegantly determined as I imagine the man himself to be. The whole setting conspires to make you feel as if you’ve been airlifted out of life, that busy and […]

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The Destination Guru: A More Unconventional Safari Experience

From where to go to what’s in store, Ker & Downey VP and intrepid traveler David Jones scouts the globe and answers burning questions from those who live to go there. Have a question for our destination guru? Email it to us at quest@kerdowney.com or ask us on our Facebook page. We’ve been on safari in Africa several times. On our next trip, we’re looking for a more unconventional safari experience that still allows us to see incredible wildlife and experience the authentic African bush. What do you suggest? C. Hernadez, San Diego, California One of the best things about […]

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True Romance

True Romance

Planning a destination wedding, unforgettable honeymoon or special getaway for two? We’ve searched the globe for the most pristine beaches, private hideaways and the coziest fireplaces to curl up to with your love. Here are 10 of our favorite amorous escapes. Unique Retreats Kingston Tree House at Ivory Lodge, Lion Sands Game Reserve, South Africa The Kingston Tree House at Ivory Lodge is the perfect marriage of secluded safari getaway and modern luxury to inspire hopeless romantics and adventurers alike. Each morning, you head out on an early game drive with your guide and tracker in search of the Big […]

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Wellness: Healing Elements

Wellness: Healing Elements

This is the season for renewal, and what better way to feel good, enliven the spirit and the senses than with a visit to a spa that embraces the basics. By Mary Bemis Bathing rituals are as old as civilization. The Egyptians practiced water therapies, the Greeks introduced cold-water baths, the Persians were busy creating steam and mud baths, the Turks followed with lavish baths built during the Ottoman Empire and in 1326, a curative spring was found in a little town in Belgium. As it turns out, this was the very spring frequented by the Romans before 100 A.D. […]

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The Experience: Maharaja for a Day

The Experience: Maharaja for a Day

Our turbans trailed from the 1946 open-air Buick 8 Roadmaster as we made our way up Jodhpur’s Chittar Hill and to the palace gates. There she was, Umaid Bhawan Palace, the world’s largest private residence, and today, her 28 acres of majestic Indo-deco splendor was mine. By Scott Goetz Cue: fanfare of pounding drums. Sound the trumpeting narsingha horns. It’s my royal entrance. As we make our way around the drive, an army of Rajasthani guards raises the silk canopy. Before I can “Bravo!” the guards for taking their handlebar mustaches to a literal level, I am ushered up the […]

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The Destination Guru: China Off the Beaten Path

The Destination Guru: China Off the Beaten Path

From where to go to what’s in store, Ker & Downey VP and intrepid traveler David Jones scouts the globe and answers burning questions for those who live to go there. Have a question for our destination guru? Email it to us at quest@kerdowney.com or ask us on our Facebook page. We are planning a return trip to China and are looking to see something off the beaten path – we’ve done the Great Wall and the big cities. Where can we go? J. Elliott, Evanston, Ill. China is one of those destinations that, just by virtue of its size, […]

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Heart of Egypt

Heart of Egypt

Staff writer Haley Beham and Vice President David Jones break through the news cycle of the day to discover the soul of an immense country that spans from Africa to Asia. Two perspectives on two profound journeys reveal new ways to see an ancient land.

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Africa’s Most Unique

Africa’s Most Unique

Ker & Downey Recommends: The 5 most unique African experiences. By Katy Heerssen Anyone who’s been there can tell you that Africa by itself is an adventure. You expect the unexpected, the exotic, and your journey delivers generously. For fearless explorers who want to push boundaries of the usual on the continent, the following five, matchless experiences are sure to blow your mind. Tanzania The Experience Climbing Kilimanjaro is a popular bucket-list item for all levels of adventurers, but for those who prefer to do things with a touch more panache and exclusivity, climbing Kilimanjaro via the Machame route is […]

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Swedish Drift

Swedish Drift

Auto enthusiast Martin Lewicki feels the luxurious rush of ice driving in the land of dense frozen forests, the northern lights, and the midnight sun. Read the article here and in the current issue of Quest Magazine. Sweden is so much more than the home of ABBA and IKEA. With near perfect cold-weather sporting conditions, it is also a winter paradise for the modern adventurer. I am not referring to the intrepid skiers who swoop briskly through powdery blankets of snow so near to the Arctic Circle. Or the avid sport fishermen who plunge through cold waters to catch the […]

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