Compass Blog

Compass is a collection of blogs based on the imaginative research the Kensington team undertakes to ensure we find new and better ways to transform travel into a more meaningful and personal experience. In other words, we are always on the lookout for a secret café in Paris, the best spot to find the black rhino, a favorite local dish, a superb hike out of Buenos Aires and the next great hidden lodge. To accomplish this we've enlisted our team of destination specialists. When they are not designing custom trips that wow our clients, they are traveling the world for inspiration. In addition, we have pulled together a team of 'Explorers-In-Residence' - Royal Geographic Society Fellows, Explorer's Club Fellows and leading adventurers with fascinating stories. Follow these explorers and gain a unique perspective from their awe-inducing expeditions.

Compass Editor

Tailor-made Private Tours

Top 5 Treasures of Ancient Japan

Japan has a unique fusion of ancient spirituality, otherworldly sites and sleek modern marvels that has stimulated the minds and stirred the souls of travelers for centuries. On a Kensington private guided Japan tour you’ll gain hard-to-find insight into this unique and enigmatic nation. Delve into the complex history of one of the world’s greatest civilizations and get lost in its dreamlike ancient sites. Read More »

Tailor-made Private Tours

Kensington Tours Wins 2015 Travel + Leisure Award

Each year the Travel + Leisure Awards recognize the world’s best tour operators, destinations, hotels, cruise lines, and more. Tour operators are judged on their staff and guides, itineraries and destinations, activities, accommodations, food, and value. As voted by T+L readers, Kensington Tours earned top accolades for its vast range of personalized itineraries, outstanding private custom tours, and unrivaled accommodation. Read More »

Cities & Cultures, Nature's Splendor

Winners of the Travel Becomes You Photo Contest Announced

Kensington is thrilled to announce the winners of the first-ever Travel Becomes You Photo Contest. The photography competition challenged travelers from across North America to share their best travel images in the categories of Nature & Wildlife, People & Portraits, History & Culture and Private Guided Moments. The response was incredible. Read More »

Tailor-made Private Tours

Get Your Cameras Ready! Kensington Launches New Photo Contest

From the savannahs of South Africa to the streetside cafes of Paris to the wondrous ruins of Petra, the world is a photographer’s dream. That’s why Kensington Tours has launched the Travel Becomes You photography contest, offering incredible prizes to travelers who share inspiring travel photography from travels across the globe. Read More »


100 Miles of Wild: A Tour of Madagascar�s Great Tsingy

Located over 1000 miles east of Africa, Madagascar (4th largest island in the world) is as exotic a destination as you could imagine. Formerly a French colony, the island famous for its unique plant and animal species (particularly lemurs, a threatened primate found only on the island) - having evolved over its 200 million years of isolation from the mainland. Read More »

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World's Best New Year's Eve Celebrations

Confetti, champagne, and countdowns are all standard New Year’s fare, but in cities around the globe, the last night of the year sparks epic displays of joy and pageantry sure to dazzle and delight even the most unassuming traveler. This year, why not ditch the local in favour of thrilling entertainment, spectacular fireworks, exotic scenery and sumptuous food & drink in one of the world’s most marvelous cities. Read More »

Active Adventures

A Life Beyond The Ordinary: Q&A with Explorers Club President Alan Nichols

Alan Nichols has packed a lot of adventure into his 84 years on Earth. He was the first person in the world to bicycle the entire Silk Road from X’ian, China to Istanbul, Turkey, a distance of 1500 kilometres, and the first westerner in modern times to circumambulate the sacred Mt. Kailash in Tibet. Read More »


Kensington Cares Spearheading New Vision for Education Masai Mara Kenya

Kensington Cares has been supporting education projects in Kenya’s Masai Mara for as long as we’ve existed. It is in our DNA. Recent projects have included a new Kindergarten and two dorms (one for girls and one for boys) to help students who often live far from school stay in school longer. Past projects have included lunch programs, school supplies funding and classroom construction. Our next project is our biggest and most exciting by far. Read More »

Cities & Cultures, Epicurean Journeys, Family, Tailor-made Private Tours

Italy Three Ways: Classic, Culinary or Family - which style is for you?

So rich with historic, cultural and gastronomic treasures is Italy that the only way to really experience what moves you is on an Italy tour tailored just for you. Kensington’s custom tours allow travelers to create the trip of a lifetime, with the best private guides and award-winning attention to detail. Read More »

Active Adventures, Explorer-in-Residence Series

100 Miles of Wild - Madagascar's Limestone Labyrinth, A Ground-Breaking Expedition To The Great Tsingy

Kensington’s Explorers in Residence Simon Donato, George Kourounis, and Travis Steffens are embarking on the first-ever mission to explore and map the Impenetrable Strict Nature Reserve of the Tsingy Forest in Madagascar. The renowned explorers will trek, climb and crawl through the remote unexplored northern section of the Strict Nature Reserve of Madagascar’s Great Tsingy. Read More »

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