Whether we’re packing our own bags for our next great jaunt, or helping you plan a bespoke journey of at lifetime, at Ker & Downey, traveling is our passion. Ker & Downey’s Haley Beham recalls her family’s favorite memories from the year and looks ahead to the exciting things on Ker & Downey’s horizon. Where do you want to go in 2014?

While splitting desserts together over the Christmas and New Year’s holiday one evening, my family and I were reflecting on some of our best memories from 2013. The first time around the table we all mentioned memories that had to do with our travels from the past year, a true testament to the impact that traveling the world has in our lives. For the six of us, an innate sense of wanderlust flows through our veins.

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Travel has the power to bind us to new cultures and unite us to each other. In March my family traveled together to Egypt and discovered some of the treasures the ancient country has to offer, enjoyed a Nile cruise, and all agreed that our stay at the Old Cataract Hotel was too short. It was the first time all six of us have traveled together and the journey brought us closer together, strengthening the family bond through the shared experience. Afterwards Sara and her husband continued onto Mozambique to experience the essence of barefoot luxury on the islands of Vamizi, Ibo and Qulilea.

In July David and Gana traveled to Kenya in search of a more private experience in the Masai Mara. They found it and a pair of playful leopards at Mara Toto and Mara Plains Camp. On their return trip, they stopped in Istanbul, easily one of their favorite cities in the world, for a stay at the Shangri-La Istanbul. For Gana, a spa treatment at Chi, The Spa at Shangri-La was a highlight that left her feeling refreshed after her flight from Nairobi. And finally, I had the opportunity to travel back to Africa in October and crossed a few properties off of my property bucket list with stays at Liz Biden’s Royal Portfolio properties (La Residence, Birkenhead House, and Royal Malewane) and Tintswalo Atlantic just outside of Cape Town. On my last day in South Africa I spotted a little leopard cub on a fallen tree branch after tracking it for over an hour – an experience and memory I will keep with me forever.

“We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm, and adventure. There is no end to the adventures we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.” Jawaharal Nehru

Wherever it is you want to travel in 2014, Ker & Downey can help you get there. With over four decades of experience in the travel industry, Ker & Downey offers personalized itineraries to all corners of the world. Our consultants regularly travel to the destinations in which they specialize so you can rest assured that you are getting first-hand knowledge from their own experiences, not words from a guidebook, while crafting your journey. Before you depart on your trip, you will also receive a comprehensive set of documents detailing the specifics of your journey prepared especially for you.


In addition to a hand-crafted journey, when you travel with Ker & Downey, you can rest assured that all arrangements have been taken care of with the utmost attention to detail. From special access to museums and events to expedited customs and immigration procedures with our VIP airport assistance, transfers are smooth and arrangements are flawless. We are continually vetting properties and experiences for our clients to provide you with the journey of a lifetime.

As we move ahead in 2014, we’re are continuing to blaze new trails and explore the farthest corners of the world, with exciting new journeys on the horizon. Where do you want to go in 2014? We’re here to help you.

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