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.

Postings for May, 2011


Be part of the action at the 2012 London Summer Games!

As the rest of the world watches the 2012 Summer Games on television; you can take part in the action of this time honored event in person with the latest addition to the Kensington Tours’ portfolio, customizable experiences built around the 2012 London Summer Games. With more than 10,000 athletes from 205 nations competing for gold and glory from July 27 – Aug 12 in 2012, sports aficionados and patriots from around the globe are already planning to travel to London. Read More »


Once-In-A-Lifetime Experiences Are Back

After a tough year in 2010, the demand for once-in-a-lifetime VIP experiences and luxury level travel is on the rise again. “While millions of people watch on TV, there are some sport aficionados who want to experience the world’s most prestigious events front row and center,” says Julie Hegedus who oversees Kensington’s Championship Series VIP packages to events like Wimbledon and the Monaco Grand Prix. [ng gallery id=17] Read More »


Patagonia – Untouched but Always Evolving

Luxuriously wild, the southernmost tip of South America has been attracting outdoor enthusiasts for years. Johanna Turres, Kensington’s Senior South American Expert likes the wider assortment of adventures suiting travelers of all types for 2011. “In addition to trekking its landmark glaciers, travelers can experience authentic estancias (Argentinean ranches), relax at any number of new eco-camps or enjoy a leisurely cruise along Patagonia’s sparkling coast. Read More »


India 2.0- Off the beaten track

Even though it is hard to steer first timers away from the classics in North India, Karishma Kaul, Kensington’s Senior South Asia Expert likes less traditional takes on the Golden Triangle. “There are desert camping experiences in Rajasthan, tiger trekking and elephant back safaris in Central India or travelers can head south to explore wild game reserves in search of leopards, sambars and chinkaras,” states Kaul. Read More »


Brazil- Why wait till 2014? Reveal its secret NOW

“With the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympics around the corner, Brazil is on the cusp of exploding,” says Johanna Turres Kensington’s Senior South American Expert. “Travelers who want to see Brazil in the near future need to get in now before the crowds heat up the prices. Read More »


Rwanda- Discover the "Land of a Thousand Hills"

Renowned for its primates, intrepid explorers have been trekking the wilds of Rwanda for chimpanzees and rare mountain gorillas for years, yet until now, the choices were limited for those wanting a little luxury. “With a selection of new premium properties and eco-lodges opening in the next year, 2011 sees Rwanda attracting not just adventurers but more and more jetsetters and travelers with a taste for the finer things in life,” says Gaby Nijdam, Kensington’s Senior Africa Expert. Read More »


Beyond sightseeing- Second layer vacations in Europe

Coming on strong in well traveled Europe are “second layer” vacations that focus on experiential travel over more traditional sight-seeing. Kerstin Sowden, Kensington’s Senior Europe Expert notes “travelers are looking for affordable alternatives to group travel and set itineraries. Demand for tailored experiences like personalized adventures tracing family roots, active adventures, epicurean journeys and multi-generational family trips is spiking.” Read More »


Safari Houses- Private African Paradises in South Africa and Botswana

Villas aren’t just for Italy anymore. “A growing number of luxury villa rentals and safari houses have sprung up particularly in South Africa and Botswana,” says Brad Crockett, Kensington’s Senior Africa Expert. “They are going to become very popular for families and groups of friends seeking more exclusive safari experiences.” Read More »

Active Adventures

Nicaragua- The next Costa Rica?

"With its great mix of tropical rainforests, vibrant culture, colonial history, heavenly beaches and amazing, affordable properties, Nicaragua is working its way up the hot list,” says Brandi Merchant Kensington’s Senior Central American Expert. “Currently more like the Costa Rica of 20 years ago, Survivor Nicaragua is putting the country in the spotlight and driving a spike in enquires. Read More »

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