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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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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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 »

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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 »

Nature's Splendor

Panda Love in Chengdu, China

While some people tightly cling to stuffed bears each night before they go to bed, those who visit the city Chengdu have the opportunity to sneak a peek at some real-life baby pandas. Adventurous travelers who have a soft spot for these snuggly creatures should plan a trip to the bustling Chengdu, capital of the Sichuan province in China. Read More »

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