Travel to Japan with Ker & Downey. Designer Tess Koptiuch journeys to Japan and discovers a country where modernity and ancient tradition go hand in hand. As told to Haley Beham for Quest Magazine If ever there was a picture of how millions of people can peacefully coexist, Japan is it. Over 127 million people call the island country home, yet the streets are clean and people are civil and polite to one another. It’s full of stark contrast. I take in these odd, striking juxtapositions as I travel from Tokyo to Kanazawa to Kaga, and back to Tokyo again. […]
We take pride in our designers’ abilities to handcraft the perfect itinerary for each client. They find success time and again because each designer has extensive knowledge and on-the-ground destination experience. In other words, they travel! Actually going there is the best way to learn about a destination. We caught up with Ker & Downey designer Ken Hermer fresh off his trip to Tanzania for a quick Q&A about his highlights.
After her recent visit to Uruguay, Ker & Downey’s Tiffany DeSalvo shares why the country should be next on your travel bucket list. Why Uruguay? Uruguay is sandwiched between Brazil and Argentina and is one of the best-kept secrets in Latin America. Because not many people think if it when planning a journey to Latin America, it has a more “off the beaten path” feel to it. The country is safe, politically and socially stable, and has little economic disparity. It’s a socially-progressive country with great infrastructure. And lastly, the food and wine throughout the country is amazing.
Ker & Downey’s Jamie Bell shares her top Namibia travel highlights from her recent trip. Namibia is otherworldly. There are few countries on the earth that rival its raw, natural beauty: dramatic landscapes of sand seas and soaring dunes, dead-tree valleys, the Skeleton Coast, Naukluft Mountains, and the arid desert to name a few.
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.
At Ker & Downey, we are firm believers that any day is a good day for a safari. We have yet to experience one that didn’t live up to (or surpass) expectations, but there are definitely some game drives that stick out as extra special. Ker & Downey’s luxury travel designer Nicole Porto had one such experience on her recent trip to Tswalu Kalahari.
Kenya’s natural diversity has always attracted safari seekers, so it makes perfect sense that luxury properties are working hard to ensure that the pristine landscape remains preserved for years to come. Ker & Downey’s luxury travel expert Michelle Nicholson recently embarked on a journey to eco-friendly Kenya and shares some of the environmentally-conscious practices she learned about at Ol Pejeta Bush Camp, Naboisho Camp, and Rekero Camp.
A visit to Greece’s Thessaloniki uncovers a city with layers of history, each as sweet as the indulgent honey-drizzled baklava piled up in the city’s many buzzing cafes. Ker & Downey’s Marketing and Content Assistant, Rina Chandarana, traveled to this Macedonian city, the second largest in Greece, to dig into its delectable cuisine and unearth some spectacular stories of the past.
Uganda is sometimes overlooked by those searching for a safari experience. But Ker & Downey travel designer Cherie Tann says it’s an east African country worth exploring for its spectacular landscapes, gorilla and chimp treks, and friendly people. She shares the top spots to visit on a journey to Uganda. As told to Rina Chandarana.
Ker & Downey’s Nicole Porto travels to the land of sun and sea to sample its rich culinary scene on a unique Malta culinary tour. South of Sicily and north of Libya, the country of Malta sits at a fascinating crossroads of history and culture. Early settlers left their mysterious Neolithic temples and tombs; invading Arabs brought their language; St. Paul ushered in Christianity, and France sent Napoleon. That prompted the Maltese to request the assistance of the British, who stuck around until the 20th century. Now Malta is its own republic, but still preserves the vestiges of these cultures.