Category: Travel Diary

Ken and Nicole's Safari in Botswana

Ken and Nicole’s Safari in Botswana

There are several reasons why we love a safari in Botswana. Among them are the authentic safari experiences found at the exclusive camps and properties. Ker & Downey designers Nicole Porto and Ken Hermer made a trip there recently.

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Off-the-Beaten Path Indonesia Adventure

Off-the-Beaten Path Indonesia Adventure

People usually associate Indonesia travel with the top honeymoon destination, Bali. But that tropical island paradise is just one of 1,700 islands. There’s so much to explore. Adventure seekers will love trekking through humid jungles, thick with tropical flowers and plants to see orangutans, biking through the lush countryside, sailing through the Islands of Komodo National Park in search of Komodo dragons, hiking to waterfalls, and snorkeling with manta rays. Ker & Downey’s Devon Chapman recently had a chance to travel to Indonesia for an off-the-beaten-path adventure. She’s sharing the highlights from her trip below.

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Surprised by Japan

Surprised by Japan

Ker & Downey designer Devon Chapman came to Ker & Downey with an extensive history of personal travel: a solo trip to France at 15, living in Thailand, teaching in southern Switzerland, a philanthropy trip to Uganda, strolling the markets in Munich, riding motorcycles in central Vietnam, hiking in Peru, spending a night under the stars in Morocco… the list goes on and on. But after her recent trip to Japan, she would say Japan is now one of her favorite places she has ever been. Given the opportunity, she’d return year after year. That’s a pretty bold statement from […]

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A Safari in the Okavango Delta

A Safari in the Okavango Delta

We love Botswana and sharing it with everyone we can. Recently Ker & Downey’s Evan Jones had to the opportunity to travel there for a safari in the Okavango Delta, Moremi Game Reserve, and the Kalahari. He is sharing the highlights from his trip with us below.

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A Wellness Retreat at COMO Shambhala Estate

A Wellness Retreat at COMO Shambhala Estate

Ker & Downey’s Vanessa Niven traveled to Bali in November for a stay at COMO Shambhala Estate. The holistic health and spa retreat offers a full wellness experience, with programs crafted for each client during their stay including yoga, Ayurveda, visits with a nutritionist, refreshing hydrotherapies, and spa treatments. We recommend a three-night minimum to fully take advantage of the wellness retreat, but even then, you’ll wish you booked your stay for a little longer.

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Portugal in November

Portugal in November

Ker & Downey’s Katy Heerssen traveled to Portugal in November and spent some time in Lisbon with a short jaunt to the Alentejo region. Despite some rain and fog during her trip, she was able to see some of Lisbon’s most colorful sites and surrounding areas, including the whimsical town of Sintra.

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Vintage French Luxury

Vintage French Luxury

Ker & Downey’s Europe Product Manager Elizabeth Frels traveled to France with her husband Jason in celebration of their fifth wedding anniversary. Together, they experienced vintage French luxury in the heart of one of the most romantic destinations in the world.

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A Kenya Safari During the Short Rains

A Kenya Safari During the Short Rains

Ker & Downey designer Trista Gage traveled to Kenya in November during a period known as the “short rains” season which can extend into early December. There are a number of advantages to traveling during the Kenya short rains season including fewer people and lots of green grass against a blue sky (a photographer’s dream). But the biggest draw is the wildlife: you’ll see grazing animals with babies and animals frolicking in the rain and puddles.

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Responsible Tourism in Botswana

Responsible Tourism in Botswana

As the travel industry continues to prioritize responsible tourism, it can get harder to decide where you should devote time or resources to make a bigger impact on local communities, wildlife, and environments. At Ker & Downey, our philosophy has always been to give back in ways that are more personal and powerful than just tourism dollars, so we partner with some incredible companies that make it easy for you to do good while you travel.

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