Ker & Downey, a global leader in custom luxury travel, is now offering fresh, inspired springtime travel itineraries for 2018, including romantic Valentine’s trips, exotic island getaways, stress-free family trips, not-to-miss festivals and more. According to Ker & Downey’s destination experts, a few locations trending for early 2018 include North America’s national parks, South American destinations such as Argentina and Chile; European gems like the Italian Dolomites as well as Cadiz and Santa Cruz de Tenerife in Spain; and a number of locations in Asia such as Bali, Bhutan, China and India.
“As we get further into 2018 people are realizing they haven’t finalized their travel plans for the year, and we are starting to see a lot of interest from our clients wondering what they can do to fulfill their wanderlust sooner rather than later,” said Ker & Downey Director of Marketing and Sales Nicky Brandon. “Based on whether someone wants to stay relatively close to home or check off a bucket-list trip half-way around the world, there are a number of locations travelers should be considering this spring based on travel industry trends and the new experiences Ker & Downey is offering.”
With spring comes spring break, which often means family travel and even more multigenerational travel as larger family units try to make memories while kids are out of school. Ker & Downey recently began offering additional options for those American travelers wanting to stay a bit closer to home, including custom travel to a number of national parks as well as new offerings in Alaska and Hawaii. Those looking for an extra reason to get out and discover their parks this spring need look no further than National Park Week, which begins April 21. If someone wants to discover history as well as spectacular views, Ker & Downey’s “Mid-Atlantic History Tour” sample itinerary includes private tours of the homes of Thomas Jefferson, James Madison and James Monroe.
Couples looking for a perfect getaway for Valentine’s can still book a trip to experience the seductive city of Buenos Aires, also known as the “Paris of South America.” The mild February weather provides warm days and cool evenings, perfect for tangoing through the music filled streets and indulging in authentic wine and cuisine. Featuring European flair and spice with South American accents, the tantalizing culture of the city creates unforgettable experiences.
Also drawing wine-lovers and gastronauts from around the world to South America, the beautiful Chilean winelands in the Casablanca Wine Valley offer optimal day trips and excursions throughout the region. Guests have an opportunity to see the vineyard leaves and Patagonia foliage turn to vibrant autumn colors in April. Those traveling in March can raise a glass to their health and happiness during the annual wine festival season.
Also in March is one of Europe’s most iconic festivals – Carnival. Soak in the lively culture and watch as colorful masquerades and over-the-top floats flood the historic streets of Spain. Although Carnival is celebrated throughout the regions, festivities in Cadiz and Santa Cruz de Tenerife are particularly dynamic, according to Ker & Downey destination experts. In addition to experiencing cultural events like Carnival, guests traveling to Spain in spring can also take advantage of the country’s many spectacular parks that come to life after winter.
Thrill-seekers can spring into action with an abundance of snowy activities at the Italian Dolomites, famous for its hiking and skiing slopes. After working up an appetite, travelers can experience the area’s delicious cuisine as they taste their way through Bassano del Grappa and Asiago then sip prosecco from a personal luxury gondola in Venice.
Offering unparalleled relaxation, the tropical beach-strewn paradise of Bali welcomes the ultimate far-flung vacationer. Ideal travel times are April and May, during dry season and before peak season. With customized trips from Ker & Downey, visitors can enjoy the Indonesian province’s beaches as well as tour the temples and stroll through the rice paddy walks at discounted seasonal rates.
Anyone who loves a good festival or places a priority on cultural experiences should consider visiting Asia this spring. In March, India celebrates the end of winter with street parties, during which everyone throws colored powder and water at each other in the vibrant Holi Festival. Across Southeast Asia, residents of Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and southwest China ring in the New Year with the annual Water Festival. Held mid-April across the region, locals splash anyone and everyone, especially minding tourists, creating a fun and playful atmosphere for any visitor.
The serene, natural beauty of Bhutan blossoms in spring when the indigenous Rhododendron flowers are in bloom. The three-day Rhododendron Festival, held April 20-22, 2018, highlights the region’s eco-tourism and celebrates its culture of peace and enlightenment. Ker & Downey guests can combine this experience with a trip to neighboring Nepal and trek through the Himalayan Mountains, most visible during April before the monsoon rains begin.
Another top destination in Asia is China, an enormous country with a wide variety of experiences to offer and a shoulder season from late February through mid-March that provides discounted pricing. Taking in thriving metropolises and majestic forests, travelers can explore China’s ancient mountain ranges and The Great Wall, one of the world’s oldest wonders, with better weather and smaller crowds at this time of year.
More information about Ker & Downey and its custom journeys can be found at www.kerdowney.com.