World Traveler: Lubov Azria

“Individual. Effortless chic. Dynamic. Eclectic. Timeless. Elegant.”

Lubov Azria’s favorite words are the very definition of the BCBG Max Azria Group chief creative officer’s personal style—and a mantra for their trendsetting fashion lines’ (including Herve Leger and BCBG Generation) loyal customers. Her resume is packed with accomplishments, from training with the Bolshoi Ballet in her youth to being inducted into the influential Council of America Fashion Designers (CFDA) in 2010. Her roots in Ukraine, Texas and Los Angeles combined with her husband’s background in Tunisia and France, only begin to explain her wanderlust. Which inspires Azria to explore the globe, dig into local art scenes and engage in serious philanthropy. As the wife of the iconic brand’s Founder, CEO, Chairman and Designer Max Azria, Azria is equally passionate about keeping their children and large family tight-knit, despite their addresses all over the world. The Azrias’ regular Shabbat dinners are as epic as their family vacations. So true, the family that works and travels together, can enjoy success together.

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Visit Uganda with Ker & Downey

Uganda’s Wild Kingdoms is a life-changing journey that will take you to the mist-swathed forests and the cultural centers in the pearl of Africa. You’ll traverse through all of Uganda’s major national parks, participating in extraordinary gorilla trekking, nature walking, and even a Ker & Downey Philanthropy stop.

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Golfing Hot Spots Around the World

We’re highlighting some of the top golf courses around the world today for National Golf Month. Each course offers different experiences for every golf enthusiast, from the beginner to the seasoned player. Written by Lee Stranathan

South Africa

South Africa is one of the world’s ‘golfing hot spots’, gaining much of its reputation from the success of its native golfers. Since the 1940s, South African golfers have won more golfing majors than any country in the world, other than the United States. The golf staff at Ker & Downey has been fortunate enough to play all the ‘top ranked’ courses and it’s hard to do better than a round at the country’s #1, Leopard Creek. Leopard Creek Golf Course and Country Club is situated near Malelane in the heart of Mpumalanga, on the southern border of the Kruger National Park. Typical bushveld koppies overlook the course from the east, providing an ideal backdrop for a magnificent course. Johann Rupert created Leopard Creek, and with Gary Player, designed a championship 18-hole golf course as its center piece. Small streams and lakes are found throughout the development, creating challenging play to the golfer. Golfing hazards take on a new dimension at Leopard Creek for much of the water are home to hippos and the creature for which the adjacent river is named – the crocodile.

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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

 

Play a Round with Ker & Downey

August is National Golf Month, and the world of Ker & Downey is home to unforgettable golfing experiences across many countries. Few outings on the green can rival those spent in the beauty of South Africa, and here’s your chance to play the country’s highest ranked courses. This incredible 10-day journey features great golfing adventures and the beauty of South Africa.

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Play South Africa’s #1

This journey visits South Africa’s #1 ranked Leopard Creek Golf Course and Country Club – its water features are home to pods of hippos and the par-five ninth hole is a treat for long hitters.

Golfing Abroad

Playing a round in a new country makes a great addition to a Ker & Downey journey, for avid golfers and novices alike. We’ll help you enhance your next journey with a great golf experience.

For more information about making the Golfer’s Bucket List your next Ker & Downey journey, or about adding a golf experience at one of the many incredible courses abroad, please contact your Travel Professional or visit us online at www.kerdowney.com. Stay up to date on all of Ker & Downey’s online content by “liking” our Facebook page.

Uganda 2014 Mission Recap

This year David and Gana returned to Uganda for their yearly mission to distribute mosquito nets and hand out medications to communities in need. His recap from the trip is below. 

Our medical mission to Uganda (July 17 – July 28) was a huge success.  This year we served three communities over six days handing out 3,000 nets at each location.  We hired local doctors and nurses that saw approximately 14,000 people (many seeing a doctor for the first time), and we provided over $20,000 in medications to treat illnesses ranging from malaria to intestinal worms.  Somewhat as an afterthought, we purchased reading glasses and were surprised at how quickly they were handed out.  Next year this part of the mission will be expanded.

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Practical Matters: Three Packing Tips I Live (and Swear) By. By Feifei Sun

Practical Matters: Three Packing Tips I Live (and Swear) By, by Feifei Sun, with illustration by Jonny Ruzzo first appeared Ker & Downey’s QUEST Magazine. To read the current issue of QUEST magazine online, click here, and be sure to stay up to date on all of QUEST’s online content by following the QUEST Facebook page.

Like many travel writers, I learned how to make the most of small spaces by living in one myself—an 800 square-foot apartment in New York City, shared with two roommates, to be exact. My bedroom didn’t even have a closet; I hung up nice dresses on a $20 metal rack I purchased from IKEA and kept tees, sweaters and jeans in suitcases. It was great preparation for my career as a travel writer, especially since I never check bags, even for weeklong trips. How do I make that work? Here are my go-to tips:

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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 Five before returning for breakfast. After another late afternoon adventure in the wild and champagne sundowners, you can retreat to the private treehouse for tapas or an indulgent dinner for two. It’s the thrill of being in the open air of the African bush, with the luxury of a four- poster bed and full bathroom facilities in a chic wood and glass treehouse.

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