Entries tagged: Adventure Travel

Ker & Downey Staff Share Their Most Life Changing Trip

Ker & Downey Staff Share Their Most Life Changing Trip

Ker & Downey staff members share stories from their most life changing trip.  For me, I would say two trips have changed my life. The first was my very first safari to Botswana when I was just nine years old. (My mother speaks about the same trip below.) It opened my eyes to a world I hardly knew existed and sparked my enduring love affair with Africa and her people. The second life changing trip was the fall I spent in Italy in college. I was there to study architecture, but I learned so much more. In addition to the eye opening […]

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Our Top 5 Fly Camping Experiences in Africa

Our Top 5 Fly Camping Experiences in Africa

Ker & Downey’s top 5 fly camping experiences in Africa get you close to nature.  What is Fly Camping? ‘Fly Camping’ is a term that originates from the early days of safaris. Hunters wishing to travel light would pack just the outer sheet of a tent – called a fly sheet – and string it up between trees for their shelter. The minimalist camping set up was meant to protect the safari-goers from sun and rain while they slept, rested, and ate and could be easily moved to their next stop on their safari. Today the fly camping experience on […]

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Guide Interview: Samuel Brett - Ireland Adventure Travel

Guide Interview: Samuel Brett – Ireland Adventure Travel

Guides can make or break a trip. At Ker & Downey, we work hard to make sure all of our privately guided tours are led by the most knowledgeable guides. You can view all of our previous interviews with some of the world’s top guides right here. In addition to the UK, Ireland is also one of the world’s top destinations for adventure travelers. Today, we’re introducing you to Samuel Brett, our immersive adventure guide in Ireland. To start planning your Ireland adventure, contact us. We’re ready to show you the best of Ireland through outdoor adventures, without compromising on […]

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Guide Interview: Tim Willis - Scotland Adventure Travel

Guide Interview: Tim Willis – Scotland Adventure Travel

Guides can make or break a trip. At Ker & Downey, we work hard to make sure all of our privately guided tours are led by the most knowledgeable guides. You can view all of our previous interviews with some of the world’s top guides right here.  Did you know the UK is one of the world’s top destinations for adventure travelers? Today, we’re introducing you to Tim Willis, our immersive adventure guide in Scotland. One of the best ways to experience all the adventure Scotland has to offer is through our England and Scotland Adventure Program. On it, you’ll […]

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A Legendary New Zealand Helicopter Tour with Alfie Speight

A Legendary New Zealand Helicopter Tour with Alfie Speight

In September, Luxury Travel Consultant Catherine Brown spent a week and a half exploring New Zealand where she had the opportunity to take a New Zealand helicopter tour with pilot Alfie Speight. She describes the experience below. We woke on our last morning in Queenstown to a brilliant sunrise and clear skies. With fingers crossed, we headed to breakfast – and over our first cup of coffee got the call. “The weather has cleared at Milford Sound, and we are good to go!” Excited, we jumped in the car, and headed straight over to the hangar. After a safety briefing, […]

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Everest Base Camp, No Longer a Dream

Everest Base Camp, No Longer a Dream

Luxury Travel Consultant Jessica Rizzolo fulfills a lifelong dream trekking to the Everest Base Camp. Like so many others, the Himalayas had been calling me for as long as I can remember. Trekking to the Mount Everest base camp was a lifelong dream and held the #1 spot on my travel bucket list. For me, there had always been an inexplicable pull to stand among the world’s highest peaks and walk in the footsteps of Sir Edmund Hillary, Tenzing Norgay, and many other courageous souls. Adding to the allure of this spectacular corner of the world was the spiritual energy […]

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The World's Top Skiing Destinations

The World’s Top Skiing Destinations

Ker & Downey’s guide to the world’s top skiing destinations. Mix up your skiing holiday this year. These are 7 of the world’s top skiing destinations. The Dolomites, Italy Italy’s Dolomites are a year-round destination, but in the winter, their slopes are a top skiing destination. The Dolomites’ extensive system of slopes are just a short walk away from the Gardena Grödnerhof Gourmet & Spa Hotel. The hotel’s central location is ideal for a winter skiing holiday. It’s located near the ski lifts, the Alpe di Siusi cableway, and the ultra-modern covered walkway to the Seceda gondola, connected to the […]

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Los Glaciares National Park: Kingdom of Ice

Los Glaciares National Park: Kingdom of Ice

Bekah McNeel scales the imposing frozen formations of Patagonia’s Los Glaciares National Park. As I stood on the deck of the catamaran gliding across the water in front of the Perito Moreno glacier, I put my camera down. I had already captured twenty of the most stunning snapshots my iPhone will ever hold. And we were only twenty minutes into the expedition. So I took a moment to be still in the presence of the towering wall of ice, which grew more imposing and grand as we sailed among the tiny icebergs recently calved from its terminus. In my awe […]

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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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UNESCO World Heritage Sites to See With Ker & Downey

UNESCO World Heritage Sites to See With Ker & Downey

Travel with Ker & Downey to see UNESCO World Heritage Sites around the globe. You’ll enjoy the best of luxury travel with private guides and custom journeys. Ningaloo Coast, Australia The Ningaloo Coast is one of Western Australia’s natural treasures. Named to the UNESCO World Heritage Site list in 2011, the 604,500 hectare coast is alive with an abundance of marine life, turquoise waters, and dazzling white beaches set against a backdrop of rugged limestone ranges. It’s also home to annual migrations of sea turtles, dolphins, humpback whales, manta rays, manatees, and whale sharks who can average 40 feet in […]

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