Travel Now!

Ker & Downey’s trip-savvy experts share insights on why there’s never been a safer, advantageous, or more exciting time to see the world. Go ahead, and take your dream journey.


Today, travel is about taking everyday moments and turning them into transformational experiences. In-depth cultural exchanges, uninterrupted time with the family, genuine philanthropic work, and surprising, unplanned moments you never expected—these are the intangibles only garnered from exploring abroad. There are so many headlines preventing people from traveling beyond their immediate comfort zone. If we as humans never break through that barrier of fear, how will we ever say we truly lived?
— Elizabeth Frels, Product Manager
China, India, and Vietnam are among the safest destinations to travel now, with an ever-growing variety of luxury resorts, boutique hotels, and eco-retreats. Culturally-rich, there is something for everyone—families, couples, and single travelers. Find superb ancient sites, stunning scenery, outdoor adventure, culinary delights from street food to imperial dishes, and so much more.
— Lisa Sun, Product Manager
The travel value right now is incredible! The dollar is up against currencies including the Euro and the South African Rand.
— CJ Whatley, Air Department Manager

FUTURE FORWARD

The new world of luggage is smarter, sleeker, stronger, and value-driven. Here are three maverick brands we love.

AWAY Two former eyewear executives researched travelers’ wants and needs to build direct-to-consumer suitcases with unbreakable shells, luxe materials, built-in USB ports, great looks, and nice prices. The Bigger Carry-On in Black | $245 | awaytravel.com

AWAY

Two former eyewear executives researched travelers’ wants and needs to build direct-to-consumer suitcases with unbreakable shells, luxe materials, built-in USB ports, great looks, and nice prices.

The Bigger Carry-On in Black | $245 | awaytravel.com

RADEN A millennial CEO approached this line like a tech startup. The result? Minimalist design meets intuitive function in an app-connected suitcase with a built-in charger and scale. It even updates travel status via push notifications on your phone with the Raden App. A22 Carry-On in Hunter | $295 | raden.com

RADEN

A millennial CEO approached this line like a tech startup. The result? Minimalist design meets intuitive function in an app-connected suitcase with a built-in charger and scale. It even updates travel status via push notifications on your phone with the Raden App.

A22 Carry-On in Hunter | $295 | raden.com

PARAVEL The founding duos’ fashion pedigree launched a runaway hit among the jet set that boasts elegant Italian leather details, ultra-lightweight construction and tough-as-nails durability in signature water-, stain-, and spill-proof canvas. The Grand Tour in Scout | $345 | tourparavel.com

PARAVEL

The founding duos’ fashion pedigree launched a runaway hit among the jet set that boasts elegant Italian leather details, ultra-lightweight construction and tough-as-nails durability in signature water-, stain-, and spill-proof canvas.

The Grand Tour in Scout | $345 | tourparavel.com


PICTURE PERFECT: 

Take better travel photos with tips from Lindsay Silverman, senior product manager for pro DSLR, and accomplished photographer at Nikon.

Depending on the trip, what type of camera do I need?

A DSLR type camera is a great option and investment for any trip because of its amazing image quality and versatility. With different lenses it can capture any scenario from landscapes, to food, portraits, safari, and architecture. If you want a lighter more compact DSLR, look for a DX-format camera. For maximum image quality and low light ability, carry a full frame camera.

Tips for shooting scenery, animals or people?

It’s a good idea to explore your camera's autofocus options to see what modes are available. Additionally, scene modes make it easy to automatically set up the camera for any scene you might find yourself in. For animals, use a long telephoto lens to keep yourself at a safe distance. Shoot at fast shutter speeds (above 1/125) for sharpness, and always turn on VR image stabilization. A general tip is to always focus on the eyes, and to be patient and wait for the perfect image. The best shots of people are often candid, and are usually made with a short prime lens like the 50mm f/1.8 or 35mm f/1.8. Get close to your subject to immerse yourself in the culture and personality of what you are photographing. Set the camera to a wide (low number) aperture to bring emphasis to your subject. Use a wide-angle lens, and your camera's landscape mode to optimize the settings to create vivid shots with wide depth of field. 

Tips for taking photos at night?

Night photography can be a challenge because there is less light and the camera wants to use slower shutter speeds, which can blur a photo. First, always hold the camera steady if you don’t plan to use a tripod to get sharp photos. Don’t be afraid to turn on your camera's flash to illuminate close subjects—just be aware of reflections. Your camera has a setting for ISO and Auto ISO. Explore these camera settings, and use higher ISOs when in challenging light to increase your camera's sensitivity. 

Simple lighting rules?

Know the golden hours! Early in the morning and before dusk are when the best light is available, with a warm, soft glow that flatters your subjects. Every other time of the day, watch out for harsh shadows from sun. If your faces are full of shadows, use your built-in flash as a fill flash to eliminate them for a nice picture. Take a lot of photos. Keep exploring from different angles, different lenses, and come back at different times of day.


PACKING: SUN ESSENTIALS

Wherever, whenever—stay covered.

Healthy, chemical-free sunscreen from a venerated French skincare line, in 5 oz. for your checked bag or 1 oz. for your carry-on. Avène Travel Size Ultra-Light Hydrating Sunscreen Lotion Spray SPF 50+ | aveneusa.com

Healthy, chemical-free sunscreen from a venerated French skincare line, in 5 oz. for your checked bag or 1 oz. for your carry-on.

Avène Travel Size Ultra-Light Hydrating Sunscreen Lotion Spray SPF 50+ | aveneusa.com

Cool in any context, whether it’s seaside in Corsica or on safari in Zambia. RAEN Remmy 52 Sunglasses | Matte Brindle Tortoise (Polarized) | nordstrom.com

Cool in any context, whether it’s seaside in Corsica or on safari in Zambia.

RAEN Remmy 52 Sunglasses | Matte Brindle Tortoise (Polarized) | nordstrom.com