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 July, 2014

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 »

Active Adventures, Explorer-in-Residence Series

George Kourounis' Expedition To Turkmenistan's "Doorway to Hell" - Part 1

The locals call it the “Doorway to Hell”, and rightfully so. Deep in the barren Karakum desert of the former Soviet republic of Turkmenistan is a place of wonder, mystery, and dangerous beauty that few people have heard of, and even fewer still have ever set eyes upon. The Darvaza flaming crater looks like a volcano, but it isn’t. There is no molten rock here, no risk of a Vesuvius-style eruption to bury any nearby towns under a blanket of ash. Read More »

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