Entries tagged: FAM trips

Three Ways to See China: China Luxury Travel by Plane, Boat, and Bike

Three Ways to See China: China Luxury Travel by Plane, Boat, and Bike

Home to the world’s longest continuous civilization, there’s thousands of year’s worth of exploring to do in China. How do you possibly see everything you want to see? As Stephanie and Michelle recently found out, the best ways to see China is by multiple modes of transportation. “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” – Lao Tzu China by Plane China is the world’s second-largest state by land area. It’s massive, so you’ll have to take a plane to get around the country at some point, especially if your vacation timeline is tight. Because China is […]

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Scotland Off the Beaten Path

Scotland Off the Beaten Path

Just back from the land of big skies, storied Medieval castles and golf, Luxury Travel Expert Jessica Rizzolo shares her top picks for adventures in Scotland off the beaten path. Active adventure and wildlife were not terms that I would have associated with Scotland prior to visiting but they were the highlights of my recent journey. In addition to culture, history, castles, golf and whiskey tasting—which are quintessential to Scotland—it’s fun to infuse the experience with a splash of the great outdoors. While getting connected with untouched beauty of Scotland’s wild and hidden wonders, you don’t have to forgo luxury. […]

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Jamie Returns to Africa

Jamie Returns to Africa

Ker & Downey Luxury Travel Expert Jamie Bell has been on many safaris throughout her years at Ker & Downey. She shares her latest trip and why she keeps going back with us below. I never get tired of traveling to Africa, no matter how many times I’ve been. Each time I am excited to learn about new places and experience new things. My most recent trip to Africa was in September, and it marked my 16th time to travel there. This time, I returned to South Africa. My journey began in Cape Town, at the exciting new Silo Hotel […]

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Ladakh Travel Guide - A Visit to the Land of High Passes

Ladakh Travel Guide – A Visit to the Land of High Passes

Ker & Downey Product Manager Lisa Sun recently traveled to Ladakh in Northern India. She’s sharing her Ladakh travel guide with us today. Known as the ‘Land of High Passes’ and ‘Little Tibet’ Ladakh is a stunningly gorgeous high altitude desert in northern India with a surreal landscape made up of dramatic mountains, craggy canyons, blue glacial lakes, and green raging rivers. Fortress-like monasteries towering atop hills dot the land, resembling stone sentinels guarding the villages below. The intense sunlight at this high altitude brings on amazing shades of colors, particularly at sunrise and sunset – a photographer’s paradise! Despite […]

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A Wildlife Safari Through the Western United States

A Wildlife Safari Through the Western United States

Ker & Downey Luxury Travel Expert Catherine Brown visits some of the national parks in the Western United States in search of the American West’s best wildlife. For years, I have been dreaming of seeing the Western United States. The real west, full of mountains and wildlife, and cowboy culture. On my bucket list was to see wildlife – especially a buffalo at Yellowstone National Park, and I really wanted to spot a bear. I finally had the chance to go, and boy were those items checked and more. I started out early one morning with my guide, and we […]

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A Taste for Skiing – A Gourmet Ski Safari in the Dolomites

A Taste for Skiing – A Gourmet Ski Safari in the Dolomites

In the Alta Badia valley in the Dolomites, great skiing is combined with gourmet food for a unique ski safari. South Tyrol, Italy’s northernmost province, is an area known for its apples, ham, wine, and an impressive 23 Michelin stars. Those 23 Michelin stars make it the most decorated province in all of Italy. This gourmet’s destination is also popular among skiers with the world’s largest ski circuit that encompasses over 745 miles of downhill runs, and all skiable with a single ski pass. Among the mountains and valleys, there is a network of mountain huts that can provide basic […]

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Babymoon Bliss: Tips for Traveling in the Third Trimester

Babymoon Bliss: Tips for Traveling in the Third Trimester

Traveling while pregnant can be a daunting experience, no matter how far along you might be. I previously shared a few tips for traveling in the first trimester and am here to round out this Babymoon Bliss series with some reflections on traveling in the third trimester. Any medical professional will tell you to save long-distance or international travel for the second trimester when you are likely to feel at your energetic best. It’s the sweet spot when the morning sickness has usually subsided and the discomforts of the third trimester have yet to set in. But sometimes, life doesn’t […]

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Jill’s Top Ecuador Adventures

Jill’s Top Ecuador Adventures

Luxury Travel Consultant Jill Braley recently traveled to Ecuador. Today she’s sharing her top Ecuador adventures to add to your next Ker & Downey journey. The drive to Mashpi Lodge is long, and the last hour can be bumpy and rough, but it’s worth it. Once you’re there, you can feel the ambiance and energy changing. The air is so fresh, the surroundings are green and beautiful. It’s pretty incredible. My time at Mashpi was packed with adventure – a cable bike ride over the trees, a climb up the observation deck for a 360-degree view of the cloud forest, bird […]

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Ker & Downey’s Top Culinary Experiences in Peru

Ker & Downey’s Top Culinary Experiences in Peru

“I am very much about promoting Lima because I think Peru and the mountains and the Incas, everybody is aware of those, but Lima is something that people should discover – especially our food.” – Mario Testino, Peruvian fashion and portrait photographer The verdict is in: more people are traveling to Peru for food than for Inca ruins. It’s not just because Peruvian cuisine is delicious (which it undoubtedly is); it’s because Peru’s indigenous foods are marked by the country’s unique access to fresh fish, bold spices, and enough healthy super-foods to spark jealousy in any organic grocery store. From […]

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Exploring Waiheke Island

Exploring Waiheke Island

Ker & Downey’s Lisa Chapman travels to Waiheke Island and finds it firmly planted on her “do not miss list” when you find yourself in Auckland. An early morning arrival into Auckland recently provided me with a grand excuse to hop on a ferry from the Queens Wharf for the short sail over to Waiheke Island. Most notable today for an impressive collection of wineries, olive growers, and an annual outdoor sculpture exhibit,  Waiheke’s heritage dates back to the 14th century and is best learned through the stories of locals. In true Kiwi fashion, finding a local on Waiheke who […]

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