Established in 1975, Travel Beyond was the first company founded in the United States to plan luxury safaris to Africa. Our founders, South Africa-born Audrey Beal and Minnesota-born David Beal, started Travel Beyond to share their love of Africa with like-minded travelers.
Today, more than 43 years later, the mission of our family-owned luxury travel consultancy remains the same:
to design custom journeys that exceed each client’s expectations.
David and Audrey’s son, and Travel Beyond’s current owner, Craig Beal grew up in the safari planning business, whether on game drives in the back of a Land Rover on family vacations to Africa or working in the Travel Beyond office during school breaks. After attending the US Naval Academy and serving as a US Navy Submarine Officer, Craig and his wife Kay purchased Travel Beyond in 2005.
Travel Beyond’s expert consultants are leaders in the travel industry. Several of our team members have lived or worked in Africa, and many have received countless industry awards for their expert knowledge and skill. We’re especially proud of our annual recognition by the following prestigious national publications:
World’s Best List by Travel+Leisure
“Top 10 Safari Outfitters” (2018)
“Top 10 Safari Outfitters” (2017)
A-List Agents by Travel+Leisure
Craig Beal (2011-2017)
Jeanie Fundora (2009-2013)
Top 25 Travel Advisors by Travel Agent
Jeanie Fundora (2015)
Kota Tabuchi (2013)
Jenny Mikkelson (2012)
Craig Beal (2011)
Trendsetter by Luxury Travel Advisor
Kota Tabuchi (2017)
Jennifer Gillmore (2016)
“30 Under 30” Agents by Travel Agent
Kayla Torgerson (2015)
Katie Blackstone (2014)
Travel Beyond consultants are frequently in the news, offering travel tips and destination ideas for notable travel publications. Most recently, The New York Times ran an article telling the story of a father and daughter’s journey to meet the gorillas of Rwanda. The trip was planned by Travel Beyond’s own Jenny Mikkelson, who worked with these clients to arrange all the details of this incredible adventure. This is Jenny’s second appearance in The New York Times, as she has also shared tips on How to Find an Affordable Safari!
Travel Beyond’s Latin America Product Manager, Jennifer Gillmore was also featured in The New York Times on Planning A Luxury Vacation to Brazil for Less and Affordable Luxury Travel in Buenos Aires. Jennifer also recently shared her “Five Secrets to Success” with industry publication Luxury Travel Advisor.
Travel Beyond consultants are also frequent sources for Travel Weekly, including Craig’s input on trends in Africa and Kota’s ideas for creative safari experiences, Katie’s thoughts on millennial travel in Africa and Kayla’s reflections on the impact of Nelson Mandela’s legacy on South Africa tourism.