Category: Travel Diary

Alaska Adventure - The New Frontier

Alaska Adventure – The New Frontier

An isolated wilderness, Alaska is home to some of the world’s largest national parks and most pristine natural beauty. An Alaska adventure is perfect for enthusiasts of all ages willing to forge through its wild terrain. Travel photographer Austin Mann recently explored the raw nature of Alaska capturing its beauty with his lens. Mann stayed at the remote Winterlake Lodge, accessible via floatplane, helicopter, or dogsled. He also visited its sister property, Tutka Bay Lodge, which is accessible primarily by boat. Winterlake Lodge is open from June to October and from mid-January through April. Tutka Bay Lodge is open June through […]

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From Russia with Love

From Russia with Love

Ker & Downey designer Jeanne Stayton traveled to Russia where she discovered the beauty of both Moscow and St. Petersburg. These cities were not awash with cement-Stalin-esque buildings like some might think, but instead plenty of pale pastel buildings. And the Metro stations, she says, “were museum-like and built that way to encourage use.” To get the most out of your Russia luxury travel adventure, you’ll want a private guide who can help you avoid large tour groups.

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MJ's Trip to Namibia

MJ’s Trip to Namibia

Ker & Downey designer MJ Eraci recently took a trip to Namibia and combined it with a few days in Cape Town, South Africa. Of her stay in Namibia, she said, “Namibia is different than other destinations. You feel the wide open spaces, remoteness, and variety of landscapes like no place I have ever been. The people are warm and amazing.”

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A Different World

A Different World

Take a detour away from the average vacation destination and head to Uzbekistan, once the epicenter of the Silk Road. Ker & Downey designer Nicole Porto explains why you should embark on an enchanting journey to Uzbekistan.

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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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