Why We’re Here

At Kated we’re on a mission to change travel for the better.

Unsustainable mass-market tourism is ruining the world. Destinations are over-crowded, locals are annoyed, and what was once authentic travel is now a theme-park-like attraction. There’s an endless plethora or agents and tours, yet they all squeeze you into generalised products based on consumed trends.

None of us have time for average travel experiences. Yet we know you want to truly travel, rather than be a tourist.

We’re passionate about a form of travel that only locals and experts know. And we don’t believe the world is getting smaller. We live for the search and love to discover authenticity beyond mass-market monotony. Like a private Bocelli concert, cooking with a double Michelin-starred chef, or helicoptering to an Alaskan mountain-top spa.

We have a different definition of elite travel and believe that luxury is experiential. It’s intimacy, exclusivity, authenticity, and the chance to travel differently. Travel designers can make that happen. By connecting you to them directly, they get rewarded for their expertise, and you can enjoy the perfect adventure.

Morning view of Amalfi cityscape on coast line of mediterranean sea, Italy

What To Do In Italy

Italy
Leopard Climbing a Tree, Masai Mara

Things To Do in Kenya

Kenya
Shibuya scramble square

What To Do In Japan

Japan
Barcelona cityscape in famous park Guell, Spain

What To Do In Spain

Spain

What to Do in South Africa

South Africa
Nauyaca waterfall, Costa Rica

What To Do In Costa Rica

Costa Rica
Mosaic Arches, Jaipur

What To Do In India

India
A large male Proboscis Monkey climbs a tree to sleep for the night along the Kinabatangan River in Sabah Borneo

Things To Do In Borneo

Borneo
Helicopter Island, El Nido

What To Do In Philippines

Philippines
Riding husky dogs sledge in snow winter forest, Finland, Lapland

Finland Vacation

Finland
What We Do

If you can dream it you can do it. But there are only very few people who will know how and where. At Kated we take a contemporary approach to travel planning. Instead of designing trips and tours ourselves, we connect you to the most qualified travel specialist - the person who knows how to deliver something authentic and unique.

Kated is a platform. It’s a service connecting travelers with travel designers. We search the globe for the specialists who offer truly unique travel experiences. Then we screen them to make sure they meet our rigorous standards.

These travel designers are experts in designing complex itineraries down to the smallest details. They cover logistics, accommodation, transport, guides, and access to those special moments that nobody else can deliver. Their itineraries can’t be adjusted to mass market offerings and it’s high-end all the way.

Why Travel Designers

Travel agents don’t like us and we think they’re very old fashioned. They squeeze their clients into experiences and accommodations that pay the most commission. Their idea of customisation is picking tour A or tour B.

The world’s leading travel designers work independently. Most of them are small businesses, often owner-operated, who have the time and desire to really listen to what their clients want. And they don’t share their unique offerings with the mass market.

Our vetting program ensures that every travel designer on Kated is an expert in what they do and provides the peace of mind every traveler needs, like insurance, tourism board registration and 24-7 service.

La Pedrera - Casa Milà, Barcelona

After Hours Guided Visit to Casa Mila in Barcelona

Spain
Panoramic image of the Taj Mahal as seen from Yamuna River, Agra. India.

Taj Mahal Out of Hours, No Crowds

India
Vatican Museum Spiral Staircase, Italy

Private Access to the Vatican Museums, Including the Sistine Chapel

Italy
Multi Day Husky Safari, Lapland

Husky safari: Multi-day Marathon

Finland
Robben Island, South Africa August 3, 2008: A silhouette of a man leaving the prison on Robben Island near Cape Town, South Africa on August 3, 2008.

Robben Island With Mandela’s Guard

South Africa
Japanese woman with tea tray and traditional kimono dress

Michelin Dinner With a Geisha in Kyoto

Japan
A nice sunset captured in Kota Kinabalu seaside.

Catamaran Charter Around North Borneo

Borneo
Seaplane, Philippines

Island Hopping by Seaplane

Philippines
Guided Walking Safari, Samburu National Park

Samburu Walking Safari With Samburu Tracker Guides

Kenya
How it Works

Dream Your Travel Bucket List

Travel shouldn’t start with a set itinerary you can change. Nor what somebody else considers a must see or must do. It should revolve around the beautiful moments you will still remember a decade from now.

Add moments to your Kated bucket list and start curating a dream trip, based on the things you really want to do. Then use these moments as the basis of a trip request.

Connect With a Travel Designer

We’ll connect you straight to the source and the best travel specialist for your trip. That’s our service in a nutshell.
Travel designers provide a personalised service. They are among the world’s leading travel professionals and their time costs money. You’ll pay a small deposit for your tailored itinerary and this is deducted from the final trip balance.

Book Your Dream Trip

The travel designer will tailor your itinerary down to the smallest details. Transfers, logistics accommodation, guides - it’s all done with a focus on excellence. And it’s all created to your preferences. When it’s perfected you can book with confidence on the Kated platform. Kated provides a guarantee against fraud and your money is held securely.

Share Feedback With the Kated Community

Other travelers will benefit from what you have to say. Feedback about the experience and travel designer, so we can all change travel for the better.

Who We Are

We’re a diverse team of travel professionals from many corners of the world. We speak many languages and we’re joined by a passion to realise the noble function of our time - move. Our backgrounds lie on different continents in many different aspects of travel, from tech to tour operations, large five-star hotels to small-scale travel design. Here are our some of our personal favourite moments.

Leopard with Cub, Mara Region

Mara Naboisho Leopard Safari

Kenya
Sicilian Cannolo, Italy

Cooking Class With a Michelin-Starred Chef in Taormina

Italy
South Africa: Mandela House in Soweto

Meet Mandela's Family in His Soweto Home

South Africa
A young Japanese woman holding a saxophone.

Japanese Fusion Jazz Performance in Miho Museum

Japan
Asian Bengal Tiger in Ranthambore Park India

See Wild Tigers Up Close in Nagarahole National Park

India
Cycle Rickshaw, Old Delhi

Explore Old Delhi in a Traditional Cycle Rickshaw

India
Huge swirling school of Bonito off the coast of Layang Layang in Malaysian Borneo

Diving Day Trip to Layang Layang With Private Air Charters

Borneo
Cajon del Maipo is a valley close to Santiago de Chile on an easy drive, is an amazing place for rafting, rock climbing or just have some relaxing hike. On this picture we can see a rock climber trying to reach the summit on a cliff at Central Andes.

Challenging Rock Climbing in Wawa

Philippines
Luxurious selection of tapas, traditional small portion snacks in Spain, in San Miguel tapas bar, Basque country, Spain. Madrid

Private Tapas Tour of Madrid

Spain
Sami Reindeer Herder, Saariselka

Four Day Safari Through Lapland to Saariselka

Finland
Commitment to Travel Excellence

We appreciate that you don’t have time for average travel. Travel is a purchase that doesn’t allow second chances. You can return a shirt or a car, but you’ll never get your free time back again.

The existing travel system is dominated by a race to the bottom (cheapest price) and a race to the top (the best-advertised, over-the-top, shout-the-loudest services). We believe in the travel excellence that sometimes gets lost in between.

Removing Intermediaries

Excellence is what you experience on the ground, on your vacation. It’s nothing that intermediaries can offer. Intermediaries only complicate matters and take their commission.

Only Travel With Experts

Our vetting system ensures your travel is planned by experienced experts, not wannabe agents who simply don’t offer the necessary expertise.

Leverage Local Knowledge and Specialism

What seems like excellence from afar may be very different on the ground. That’s why we connect you to travel designers with distinct geographical specialisms. They fine-tune travel excellence in just one or two countries and their niche knowledge helps to raise the bar.

Cathedral of Monreale, interior with its golden mosaics, Sicily, Italy

Private Concert in the Dome of Monreale

Italy
Kathakali Performance, Kerala

Evening Kathakali Performance in Cochin

India
Ribera del Duero Wine Region

Tour of Ribera del Duero Wine Region

Spain
Northern lights seen from a Boeing 747 airliner with its wing in the foreground

Northern Lights Scenic Flight

Finland
Kayaking, Philippines

White Water Kayaking Tour in San Jose

Philippines
Pangolin in Kafue National Park, Zambia

Phinda Pangolin Conservation Experience

South Africa
Family Suite, Sasaab Samburu

Sasaab Camp in Samburu

Kenya
Martabe Thabametsi Treehouse

Stay in Thabametsi Treehouse

South Africa
Villa La Massa, Pool view, Italy

Villa la Massa

Italy