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Dann y Sim m on s Photographer: My Shanghai; The Secret Kitchen Danny is a photographer, videographer and jolly giant. He has his B.A. in International Studies with a minor in Chinese Studies from UC San Diego. He’s a master of many trades—from playing saxophone professionally to pitching in the College World Series in 2009 and 2010. His thirst for international travel and food has led to many fruitful collaborations with his sister, Krista Simmons. For me, summer means … The crack of the bat, rolling waves, sweet watermelon, tanned skin, fresh air, sandals, freeflowing pilsners and new love. If I could instantly learn a new language, I would learn... French

Nel l Ca se y Writer: Italy: Tailor-Made Nell Casey is the editor of the best-selling anthology “Unholy Ghost: Writers on Depression” and, more recently, “The Journals of Spalding Gray.” She has written travel pieces for such publications as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Town & Country and more. She lives in Rome, Italy with her husband and two children. Top of travel bucket list ... Istanbul and Cappadocia, Turkey For me summer means ... Chaos and fun.

Ryan Crosby Writer: The Drink Ryan Crosby is a Los Angeles-based freelancer who spends most of his time working as a professional musician, composing pop music for artists as well as music for commercials, TV and film. His second love is journalism, specializing in travel, entertainment and food and drink. This pursuit has taken him to countries as diverse as Norway, Africa, Turkey and China, found him interviewing numerous celebrities and reviewing some of the best restaurants and nightlife venues in the world.

For me, summer means… Going to the beach. I grew up in South Orange County, so the day after school would get out, we were compelled to go to the beach as many days as we could afford. Top of my travel bucket list … Any destination I have never heard of.

ADDITIONAL PHOTO CREDITS: Thinkstock | Russ Dixon; Thinkstock| katritch; Thinkstock | Top Photo Corporation; Thinkstock | crisod; Inkanterra Hacienda Conception; Thinkstock | TANZANIANIMAGES; Palazzo Avino | Roberto Bonardi; Lewa Safari Camp; Taj Mahal Palace and Towers; Vivanta by Taj Coorg; Vivanta by Taj Bekal; Taj Falknuma Palace; One & Only Hayman Island; Portrait Firenze; Four Seasons Hotel Westcliff; Thinkstock | Jason Prince; David Marek; Peninsula Beijing; Thinkstock | master2;Thinkstock | fazon1; Thinkstock| fotozambra; Banyan Tree Al Wadi: Kingston Tree House at Ivory Lodge; Cavas Wine Lodge; Silolona Sojourns, MSV Si Datu Bua; Uma by COMO Punakha; La Sultana Oualidia; One&Only Reethi Rah; Hotel Cala di Volpe; Amangalla; Les Ottomans; Raffles Hotel Singapore

QUEST Magazine Issue 3  

Explore France, Italy, China, Maldives and some of the best places to travel this summer in Ker & Downey's Summer issue of QUEST magazine.

QUEST Magazine Issue 3  

Explore France, Italy, China, Maldives and some of the best places to travel this summer in Ker & Downey's Summer issue of QUEST magazine.