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

Nature's Splendor

Best Beaches in Central America

Central America has reinvented itself as a world-class beach destination and its unfiltered natural beauty is truly unbeatable. From rolling Pacific shorelines to sultry Caribbean isles, Central America’s warm sands are the perfect setting for a family vacation or romantic getaway. In Belize, Costa Rica, Panama and Nicaragua, travelers can unwind at legendary beaches and insider hotspots. Read More »

Cities & Cultures

Seductive Souks & Desert Sunsets: Finding Romance in Morocco

Morocco is like a magic potion, spellbinding and fragrant. It’s ancient medinas brim with kaleidoscopic colors, its soaring mountains give way to endless desert and its captivating Moorish architecture shimmers in any light. From the lyrical landscapes of the Sahara desert to the exotic bazaars of Fez and Marrakech, Morocco is a vibrant and intoxicating country that offers a fairy-tale holiday experience. Read More »

Travel

Kensington Tours Summer Insurance Sale

Kensington Tours is pleased to announce our summer insurance sale – the perfect opportunity to combine great value and peace of mind. Starting now, you will receive 5% off the cost of your private tour to any of the 94+ countries we offer when you book travel insurance with Kensington Tours. Read More »

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 »

Travel

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 »

Exclusive Access, Once in a Lifetime

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 »

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