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.

extreme Travel Blogs


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 »

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 »


Simon Donato's Learnings From The Jungle

Kensington Tours' Explorer in Residence, Simon Donato is an adrenaline adventurer left his life as a geologist behind to take on the toughest terrains on the planet, including a 155-mile race through highlands and volcanoes in Iceland. He is a current member of the Explorers Club and star of the TV show, Boundless, in which he documents the many gruelling endurance races he and friend/co-star Paul Trebilcock take on around the world. Read More »


Jeff Fuchs' Himalayan Expedition: Of Ice and Men... and Mules

Kensington Explorer-in-Residence, award-winning explorer and author Jeff Fuchs is currently leading an expedition to trace one of the ancient world's longest trade routes through the daunting and stunning geographies of the Indian Himalaya. On August 1st, Fuchs began what he's coined as the "Route of Wind and Wool". He is leading the first-ever western team on a close to 8oo km journey shaped by fierce blizzards, jarring rock surfaces and remarkably lush valleys. Read More »


Tornado Chase 2013 - Storm Season Wrap Up

Kensington Tours' Explorer-in-Residence, George Kourounis, continues to send dispatches from his month long journey across the heartland of the U.S. as he criss-crosses the region known as "Tornado Alley". Here, storms can tower over twice the height of Mount Everest and concentrate all their energy on a single point where a tornado grinds up a farmer's field. Read More »

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