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  • Elusive and increasingly threatened, the African wild dog is a coveted sighting while on safari. Some of our favorite safari camps throughout eastern and southern Africa are among the top places to see African wild dog. Finding animals that roam such large territories can be a challenge, and it’s important to remember that sightings are never guaranteed. Visiting these select parks and camps puts ...

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  • You could say New Orleans is having a moment. It has recently been recognized as a top city by Travel + Leisure and Conde Nast Traveler, and this year, it’s celebrating its tricentennial. With celebratory events scheduled throughout the year, there’s no better time to travel to the “Big Easy.”  The three-hundred-year-old city is a true melting pot of cultures, with influences from Europe, the Cari...

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  • “Bologna is celebrated for producing popes, painters, and sausages.” – Lord Byron (1788-1824) Rome, Venice, Florence, the Amalfi Coast… the classic sites of Italy are incomparable in their appeal for both first-time visitors and repeat returners. Yet one of Ker & Downey’s passions is pursuing points of interest outside the typical tourist circuit, whether that’s presenting a popular locale in a ne...

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  • Long considered the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance, Florence is packed with extraordinary art and architectural masterpieces around each turn of its narrow cobbled streets. The city is brimming with world-class art museums full of paintings and sculptures from masters like Botticelli and Michelangelo, fresco-clad churches, quaint trattorias, local markets, and of course, the Duomo.  With so...

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  • Quest’s Editor in Chief Martine Bury went island hopping in Croatia and discovered a different Mediterranean in the region known as Central Dalmatia. When I think of Europe’s great seaside escapes, I think of the French Riviera, Mallorca, Spain or Kefalonia, Greece. In Croatia, everything is fresher and more surprising: a layered history, a profound wine culture, and islands so vivid they actually...

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  • Stories of pirates, parrots, and perfect seas are popular because of their sense of adventure. We selected some of our favorite tales that had us dreaming of turquoise waters, white sand beaches, and snorkeling through coral reefs from Cuba to the Red Sea. These are tropical tales, our beach island inspired stories. Gulliver’s Travels This classic was written in 1726 by Jonathan Swift and is about...

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  • A trip to the Coral Triangle reveals a colorful underwater world in Southeast Asia. By Rina Chandarana Some places are designed to blow your mind. Others are born with a certain x-factor and bestowed with blessings: lush, green islands cloaked in white sand, wrapped in blue-green oceans; a kaleidoscope of sea life, protected and thriving; a natural playground for all. The Coral Triangle is such a ...

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  • Tasmania, the island at the edge of the world is a hot spot for culture, gastronomy and natural wonders. By Rina Chandarana Just 150 miles off the Australian mainland, Tasmania might as well be worlds away. The far-flung island state—which also encompasses 334 islands dotting the Pacific and Indian Oceans—offers the same turgid mix of unspoiled wilderness, fruitful vineyards, fascinating history a...

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  • Dian Fossey was one of the foremost primatologists, studying the mountain gorillas in the forests of Rwanda for 18 years before her tragic death in 1985. In celebration of her birthday, we’re taking a look at some of our favorite gorilla safaris, not only in Rwanda, but in Uganda, and the Republic of Congo too. Rwanda The mountain gorillas of Volcanoes National Park were well-loved and researched ...

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  • Each year, the famed Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli hosts a concert in his hometown of Lajatico, Italy at the Teatro del Silenzio (Theater of Silence). The theater, built in 2006, is an open-air amphitheater surrounded by the Tuscan hills. Once every July, the Teatro del Silenzio hosts a concert by Bocelli, then remains silent the rest of the year. It’s a truly special event for devoted fans of the ...

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  • Experience the Land of the Incas on the ultimate bucket list trip. Elizabeth Frels shares five reasons Peru should be on the top of your travel list in 2018. Ker & Downey’s new high-flying adventure invites you to journey to the uncharted corners of Peru in search of the country’s finest hidden gems. Private jets and exclusive-use train charters give unprecedented access to these far-flung hotspot...

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  • Whether you are planning a trip in the new year or just daydreaming, these 2018 travel trends are sure to make your wayfaring heart swoon. Solo Travel Ever since Elizabeth Gilbert’s Eat, Pray, Love was published, solo travel has gained popularity, especially among female travelers. While some destinations are certainly safer to travel solo to than others, with Ker & Downey, the world is at your fi...

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  • Happy New Year! We’ve made it through the rush of the holidays and are settling into the New Year. To kick things off this year, we’re taking a look at our most-loved posts from 2017. So if you’re having trouble getting back into the swing of things after a few days off or are just looking to kill some time, have a look at our top 10 posts from the last 365 days. 10. Must-See Game of Thrones Trave...

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  • Home to the world’s longest continuous civilization, there’s thousands of year’s worth of exploring to do in China. How do you possibly see everything you want to see? As Stephanie and Michelle recently found out, the best ways to see China is by multiple modes of transportation. “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” – Lao Tzu China by Plane China is the world’s second-largest...

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  • Amy, our in-house graphic designer is spending a year traveling the world. She just finished up a month in Thailand and today, she’s sharing her top 5 things to do in Chiang Mai. To read more about Amy’s travels, click here. Chiang Mai is the quieter side of Thailand, great for people looking for fresh air and outdoor activities. With lush mountains just a short Songthaew (the cheapest way to get ...

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  • Travel to Georgia with writer Kelly Phillips Badal as she visits Eastern Europe’s on-the-rise destination and discovers a new luxury travel scene, wildly beautiful landscapes and her keen love of the country’s wine, cheese, and bread. Photography by Tanveer Badal Georgia draws comparisons to France and Italy for its rich history of wine and love of food; Switzerland for its snow-capped Caucasus mo...

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  • Ker & Downey looks back at 2017 and forwards 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 ...

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  • Discover six amazing reasons to travel to Jordan, Western Asia’s most inviting oasis. By Rina Chandarana Laced with striking desert landscapes, the Arab Kingdom of Jordan offers ample opportunities for total immersion in its diverse history. Experience all of it: see spectacular ruins, sample sumptuous cuisine, soak up local culture and glamp in the heart of nature. Peaceful and safe, the land of ...

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  • An isolated wilderness, Alaska is home to some of the world’s largest national parks and most pristine natural beauty, and it beckons as an adventure destination for those willing to forge through its wild terrain. By Austin Mann and Haley Beham This past June, travel photographer Austin Mann explored the raw nature of Alaska, armed with his Sony A9, iPhone 7 Plus and the new Apple iPad Pro 10.5. ...

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  • Just back from the land of big skies, storied Medieval castles and golf, Luxury Travel Expert Jessica Rizzolo shares her top picks for adventures in Scotland off the beaten path. Active adventure and wildlife were not terms that I would have associated with Scotland prior to visiting but they were the highlights of my recent journey. In addition to culture, history, castles, golf and whiskey tasti...

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  • Set your sights on new travel experiences for 2018. Here are some of the places we predict will be the most talked-about in the coming year. Cambodia Southeast Asia’s bright jewel has all the qualities of a hidden gem with so much to discover: sparkling rice paddies, temples peeking over the tops of lush jungles, beautiful beaches and remote villages along the Mekong River. Why Go? Find wonder. Th...

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  • Ker & Downey’s Luxury Travel Experts share their top things to do in Williamsburg and the surrounding area, one of this year’s top cities in the United States in Travel and Leisure’s World’s Best Awards.  It’s not surprising to see Williamsburg on Travel  Leisure’s World’s Best Awards as one of the best cities in America. The historic town is home to the restored Colonial Williamsburg, one of the ...

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  • On a Ker & Downey-curated luxury Namibia safari that included Botswana, travelers John and Renata Harbison photographed the haunting scenes and many moods of two of Southern Africa’s most alluring destinations. They share the experience in their own words. Photography by John Harbison Visiting Namibia is about entering a landscape of expansive vistas and sweeping scenery with an otherworldly feel....

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  • Ker & Downey has been partnering with travelers to create their own journeys to Cuba since August 2015. Recent policy changes on American travel to the country have stirred up questions about traveling to Cuba and the future of visiting a place that is so close but was once too far out of reach for many. The good news: Cuba is not out of reach with Ker & Downey. What Do the Policy Changes Mean? In...

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  • A wide range of natural wonders, bustling cities, and a brilliant array of cultural gems are a must-see. Ker & Downey helps you decide where to go in Latin America in 2018 and which countries have unique experiences that should not be missed. Guatemala Conservation and cuisine alone make this central American country a must-see all on its own. Indiana Jones-worthy Mayan ruins are hidden within lus...

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  • A little strange and definitely unique, these are some of Ker & Downey’s most outrageous places to spend the night which are worth trying once. The Manta Resort Sleep under the sea in the Underwater Room off the coast of Zanzibar. This floating structure gives you an up-close look at the schools of colorful fish that swim by during the day and the curious nocturnal creatures that glide by your win...

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  • Ker & Downey’s guide to the top things to do in Kyoto. Kyoto is the storehouse of Japan’s traditional culture and the stage on which much of Japanese history was played out. With 17 UNESCO World Heritage sites, more than 1,600 Buddhist temples and over 400 Shintō shrines, Kyoto is home to the country’s most treasured remnants of imperial life. Here, geishas still entertain in full makeup and dress...

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  • We check in with Corie Knights on the work WildAid and the WildAid conservation travel partners are accomplishing in Kenya and Tanzania. Since 2000 WildAid has made it their mission to end the illegal wildlife trade. To highlight the importance of their work and showcase some of their various conservation projects, Corie Knights leads donors’ trips around the world each year. In June she and her h...

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