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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Active Adventures, Cities & Cultures, Once in a Lifetime, Tailor-made Private Tours

Top 6 Winter Experiences on Tour in Norwegian Lapland

Call yourself an adventure traveller? Your Norway tour won’t be complete without a winter visit to the world’s extreme northern wilderness, Norwegian Lapland. An untouched archipelago sitting at the top of the world, this otherworldly region is home to majestic reindeer herds, fascinating Sami culture, awe-inspiring Aurora Borealis and adrenaline-pumping outdoor activities. 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 »

Active Adventures, Explorer-in-Residence Series

George Kourounis' Expedition To Turkmenistan's "Doorway to Hell" - Part 2

I had travelled halfway around the world from Canada to the Karakum desert of Turkmenistan with a mission, a rather insane mission… To become the first person to ever set foot at the bottom of the Darvaza crater, a deep sinkhole that has been burning for decades. A botched Soviet natural gas drilling project from the 1970’s, the flaming pit is fascinating, mesmerizing, and more than a little bit terrifying. Some call it a doorway to Hell, and I was about to knock on the door. Read More »

Active Adventures, Exclusive Access, Food & Wine, Tailor-made Private Tours

Where to Eat: Icelandic Cave Dining

Take an unforgettable journey into the earth…literally! Adventurous travelers can embark on a caving expedition just a short drive from Rekyavik, including entertaining folklore tales and an unbelievable custom made candlelit dinner inside a volcanic cave. Read More »

Travel

Jeff Fuchs' Himalayan Expedition: A Horseman And A Valley

Bandits and brigands who were ever creative would often strike not at or after the crossing of a pass but rather in the valleys leading to the great passes, where escape routes were numerous and sightlines blurred and blocked. Mountain Passes on the other hand were rarely used to stage such attacks. Read More »

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