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 March, 2012


Reasons not to miss Topkapi Palace in Instanbul, Turkey

Istanbul is the most famous city to visit on Turkey tours. While the city is home to a plethora of cultural, artistic and historic sights, those who overlook a chance to see Topkapi Palace will be kicking themselves once they leave. Intriguing Palace History: Topkapi's history has expertly been preserved by making much of the palace into a museum. The castle, in addition to being a large visual point for the city, was also the setting for many of Istanbul's most intriguing historic events. Read More »


Explorer In Residence, Mark Terry, climbs Mount Cotopaxi

I’ve always enjoyed mountain climbing, especially the pay-off of the spectacular view when you reach the summit. Visiting my son Herb in Ecuador recently, we decided to climb Mount Cotopaxi, one of the highest mountains in the Andes standing majestically at nearly 6,000 meters (almost 20,000 feet), on December 25 so we could have a White Christmas at the Equator! Driving to basecamp was quite the ordeal. Read More »

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How To Get Lost in Tortugeuero Village, Costa Rica

Travelers on Costa Rica tours have a range of rugged destinations to choose from among the country's many rainforests, beaches and mountains. Brandi Merchant, Latin America Destination Expert, suggests taking it one step further and getting lost in the remote cultural offerings of  Tortuguero Village. Here's how: Access the remote area by foot. Surrounded by Tortuguero National Park, there are no roads that lead into this part of the country. Read More »


Notes on a Grand France Tour

Europe Destination Expert, Kerstin Sowden, visits Paris, Caen, Provence, Riviera and Monaco on a France Tour. “Lunch at a local square in Avignon surpassed all experiences on this trip – especially the lingering memory of what is the most divine quiche I’ve ever had. Read More »

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