It was all hands on deck at A&K earlier this year, as employees around the world worked to fill a shipping container with used bikes for a Zambian village. In the end, we filled two containers, which have been set up into a bike rental and repair shop. Watch the video and see how these donations make a difference.
The rugged, pristine South American wilderness of Patagonia offers some of the most amazing, Instagram-able scenery in the world. Here is a look at five of our favorite things about Patagonia.
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August 20 – September 12, 2015
A&K’s 2015 The Northwest Passage: From Greenland to the Bering Sea departed on August 20 and we will be providing daily cruise updates on the blog. Check back often under A&K’s Trip Logs.
Last week, @AKTravel_USA and @LuxeTiffany of Tiffany Travels hosted an exciting Twitter Chat with special guest, Geoffrey Kent, author of bestselling travel book, Safari: A Memoir of a Worldwide Travel Pioneer. Thanks to everyone who participated, especially our co-hosts @BrookeBCNN, @OrlandoChris, @Landlopers, @KirstenAlana, @PFro, @MissSmartFlyer and @LAKarenLoftus. If you missed the chat, which trended worldwide, here is a recap:
Q1: What are your travel essentials? #GKSafariChat
— Abercrombie & Kent (@AKTravel_USA) August 10, 2015
A1: Sat phone, Louis Vuitton Classeur briefcase, Blackberry for office, iPhone Instagram photos https://twitter. #GKSafariChat
— Geoffrey Kent (@Geoffrey_Kent) August 10, 2015
Who Were the Vikings?
The peoples of medieval Scandinavia who we know as the Vikings have been called many things down through the years — barbaric raiders, inventive boat builders, uncanny navigators and courageous explorers — and they continue to exert a powerful pull on our imagination. But who were they?
Historians believe the Vikings’ expansion to the west began with the colonization of Iceland by Norway in about 874. About a hundred years later, in 982, a Norwegian exile named Erik Thorvaldsson, better known as Erik the Red, led a fleet of settlers from Iceland to Greenland. He established two settlements on the icy land mass. The settlements flourished and the remains of 300 farms have been found in the area.
Like Father, Like Son
Sailing off southwest coast of Greenland one day, the otherwise unheralded Viking explorer Bjarni Herjolfsson was blown off-course and caught sight of the coast of what would later be called Newfoundland, Labrador and Baffin Island. Although he turned back without landing, the exciting tale he told upon his return to Greenland served to inspire a fellow countryman, Leif Eriksson.
Guest post by Andy Bill, A&K Traveler
This June my wife, Laura, and I took our two boys on an A&K Safari in Style, during which we would stay in luxury camps and visit the three main parks in Tanzania. Like all expectant African explorers, we knew about the “Big Five” (lion, leopard, rhino, buffalo and elephant) and a small part of me — the unreasonable, waiting-by-the-water-cooler-wanting-to-brag part — was ready to grade the trip on how many of these animal celebrities we saw. It turned out we saw all five, effortlessly and in multiples, almost as if they were waiting patiently for us to arrive. But it turns out our safari was not about what we saw so much as what we learned along the way.
I am happy to present an excerpt from my new book, Safari: A Memoir of a Worldwide Travel Pioneer, published by HarperCollins. I tell of my journey from the East Africa of my birth to the first beginnings of Abercrombie & Kent, and how (thanks to hard work and more than a little luck) I eventually grew it into the world’s premier luxury travel company, with offices around the globe. In the section excerpted below, find out how Abercrombie & Kent almost began life as “Abbot & Kent,” how we learned to set up a safari camp in 24 hours, and how a travelling Texan ended up teaching me an important lesson in salesmanship.
For years, I had dreamed of combining the greatest destinations in South America into a single, comprehensive itinerary. I personally designed our new Private Jet Journey for 2016 to fulfill that dream. While it is months away, I am already looking forward to travelling with A&K guests on the Cuba portion of our upcoming Cuba & South America by Private Jet.
Here are the three things I am most excited for our guests to experience: