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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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 »


5 Things You Didn't Know About Petra, Jordan

The mystical sandstone city of Petra has entranced and enthralled travelers for ages. Famously described as "a rose red city half as old as time," the stunning UNESCO World Heritage site served as the capital of the powerful Nabataean kingdom between 400 B.C. and A.D. 106. The Nabataeans used the city to command the trade routes from Damascus to Arabia, collecting taxes and protection money from the spice, silk and slave caravans passing through. Read More »

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The Emerald Isle Beckons: Private Guided Ireland Special

With crumbling storybook castles, lush green valleys & quaint pubs, every inch of Ireland is a decadent feast for the eyes. The country is steeped in history, offering wild open vistas, spectacular coastlines of towering cliffs, pristine sandy beaches and picturesque local villages. Read More »


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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Lynne Tours Ireland, Wales & England

Lynne Pettit, Kensington's Western Europe specialist, was born and raised in England and since childhood, has traveled much of the country and its surroundings. As a former flight attendant for British Airways, she developed a passion for discovering all corners of the UK and Europe and continues to follow this aspiration. During her recent travels, Lynne has focused on digging out places to stay that go well beyond the ordinary. Read More »

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