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.
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.
We say it a lot: having the “travel bug” is a requirement on this team. Ker & Downey’s Regional Business Development Manager Barrett Caldwell definitely qualifies; before he landed at Ker & Downey he had visited 55 countries and been on the go all over the globe for four years. Even after all that travel, Barrett still learns something new with every journey he takes. We caught up with him for a reflective Q&A after his eye-opening journey to China.
Designer Tess Koptiuch journeys to Japan and discovers a country where modernity and ancient tradition go hand in hand. Travel to Japan with Ker & Downey. 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.
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.