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.

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New Zealand Tours: The Land of the Long White Cloud

By Daniel Hughes New Zealand might look small on a world map, but it’s as diverse and spectacular as several continents rolled into one. The dramatic Pacific nation is brimming with otherworldly treasures like breathtaking fjords, bubbling mud pools, snow-capped mountains, sublime beaches and gushing geysers. Read More »

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A Warm Heart in Africa: A Safari Through Botswana, Zambia & South Africa

By Africa Expert Jolene Plant I first fell in love with Africa in high school when I spent a year living in central Zambia. On a 12-month cultural exchange I was immersed in the “real Africa,” one of mesmerizing landscapes, fascinating traditions, jaw-dropping wildlife and optimism in the face of hardship. It was one of the most profound years of my life and it inspired me to pursue a career as an African travel specialist. To me, Africa is magnetic. Read More »

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Seductive Landscapes, Secret Sites & Ancient History: Jessica's Tour of Italy

By Europe Expert Jessica Hill Since I was young I’ve been drawn to the rich culture and history of Italy. The country is one of the world’s great civilizations and its gorgeous landmarks, artistic treasures and intriguing history - not to mention delectable food and wine - make it truly irresistible for me. The dazzling country is made up of 20 regions, each with their own dialects, traditions, architecture and sumptuous food. Read More »

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Bangkok to Bali: An Exotic Tour of Southeast Asia

By Asia Expert Jess Pretty Southeast Asia is a destination brimming with ancient wonders, sacred spaces and sublime landscapes. It is a land rich in colors and contrasts, a place where travelers can enjoy bustling city treasures, tranquil temples, fascinating natural wonders, beautiful beaches and GREAT FOOD all in the same trip. I recently toured through Thailand and Bali to find the finest travel experiences and accommodations for my clients. Read More »

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Luxury Tour De France: Paris, Normandy & Loire Valley

By Europe Expert Christine Wilson Nowhere else in the world do I feel as elegant and indulgent as when I’m in France. Its opulent art & architecture, sublime cuisine, glamorous hotels & cafes, and lush scenery are pure heaven to my senses. Creating tailor-made tours through France for my clients, even if they’ve visited before, is a true pleasure. The possibilities are endless. Read More »

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