Ker & Downey looks back at 2017 and forward to 2018.

Every year we strive to bring you the most extraordinary, out-of-the-box travel experiences in the world. We craft our individually-inspired journeys so that they are a unique reflection of each traveler. It’s important to us that these journeys are seamless and worry-free so that you have the freedom to discover, be inspired, and come to know a destination beyond its tourist attractions, and without the usual travel headaches.

This attention to detail and hassle-free travel allows for an immersive getaway where you really get to know the culture of a destination as a traveler and not a tourist.

“I wanted to let you know our trip was seamless and we greatly appreciate your willingness to work with us on our last minute trip to Zimbabwe/Botswana and Cape Town. The folks that you set up to meet us and help us logistically could not have been nicer or more helpful…We will not hesitate to use Ker & Downey again. This was our second great experience with your company.” – The Thompsons

We’ve had the privilege of sending our clients literally all over the world this year. We’ve even had clients make it all the way down to Antarctica, an adventure destination that is on the rise for 2018. You can read all about their journey and see some of the incredible images of the southernmost continent here

 Africa was a top continent among our clients, with 26, 236 hours logged on safari. But people didn’t just go on safari while in Africa. In Cape Town, our top city of the year, the most loved experience was a private drive along the Cape Peninsula. 

“…what a wonderful trip we had. It was really a trip of a lifetime. We saw so many animals and the guides were fantastic plus everyone at the camps. They really made us feel welcome and we came home happy and re-charged. I had always wanted to see Africa since my parents talked about their trip many years ago all the time.” – The Slyfields

We love seeing the images you’ve shared with us this year through Instagram, Facebook, and email. One of our favorite images came from John Harbison. He shared his story about his trip to Namibia and Botswana and some of his images from the trip here, and in the latest issue of Quest Magazine.

Luxury Travel Year End Review - Ker Downey

One thing that sets Ker & Downey apart from other tour operators is our in-depth, on-the-ground knowledge of our Luxury Travel Experts. Our in-house expertise extends beyond recommending properties. Our Luxury Travel Experts can give you the best information and book the best transfers, guide services, and even recommend the best location (and in some cases what you should eat) for lunch.

This year our Luxury Travel Experts spent a combined 273 nights abroad in 27 different countries, gathering knowledge and furthering their expertise on their destinations. Some of the top experiences our Luxury Travel Experts had this year include a wildlife safari through the Western United States, spotting Puma on a Patagonia safari, a culinary tour through Spain, traveling to Cuba, and staying at the Silo Hotel in Cape Town. You can read more about our Luxury Travel Expert’s journeys here

Luxury Travel Year End Review - Ker Downey

With 2017 coming to a close, we’ve started gathering our top destinations and experiences for 2018 to help in your planning. It promises to be a big year for multi-country journeys, multi-generational travel, and adventure travel with Croatia, Japan, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Italy, and Antarctica as some of the most sought-after destinations. You can see the destinations and experiences we think you should add to your list here.

We know that everyone has a different reason to travel: exploring a new destination; returning to a favorite spot year after year; crossing destinations or experiences off bucket lists; seeking authentic experiences, to rest and relax; or for personal growth. Whatever your reason, we’re here to help you get there in 2018 and beyond. To start planning your journey, contact your Luxury Travel Expert today!