Why Travel Beyond
Travel Beyond provides me with world knowledge that I would never have otherwise gotten and keeps me up-to-date on world news as well. It also allows me to travel to places that I have always dreamed of visiting but likely would not have had the opportunity to go to if I wasn’t in the industry. My co-workers are some of the best people out there, and we have created a powerful work environment and team – and we know how to have lots of fun together!
BA in Psychology and Spanish, University of Wisconsin – La Crosse
Where I’ve Lived Abroad
Most Memorable Travel Experience
My entire two-night, adventure-packed stay at Sosian Lodge on a private 14,000 acre ranch in Laikipia, Kenya. From the welcoming staff, delicious food, comfortable accommodations and variety of activities you can’t go wrong with a minimum 3-night stay at Sosian. One minute you might be army crawling towards a pack of wild dogs to get an up-close view and the next you may be jumping off a 30ft waterfall into a cooling pool of water to escape the afternoon heat. They also have great horseback or camelback safaris and incredible sundowner spots that will make your mouth drop!
Recommended Right Now
I would highly recommend based off my coworkers’ experiences and my own experience to visit Kenya. The game is abundant, the people are welcoming and full of cultural experiences you have never heard of before. I am dreaming of my return so I can explore even more areas!
My Most Recent Trip
I traveled to Kenya October 2015 for an 11-day Offbeat Safaris educational trip where I visited The Emakoko in Nairobi National Park, Offbeat Meru in the Bisanadi Reserve just outside of Meru National Park, El Karama, Sosian Lodge and Suyian Soul in Laikipia, and finally, Offbeat Mara in the Mara North Conservancy. Along with me on this adventure were 7 other agents from around the globe. We had incredible game sightings including a baby leopard, lion cubs, a cheetah, and a pack of 10 wild dogs.
Favorite hotel: La Residence in Franschhoek, South Africa
Each room is decorated elaborately and differently. You will open your windows to the most majestic views of vineyard, mountains, and city. You feel and are treated like royalty when you are there.
Favorite luxury lodge: Tintswalo Safari Lodge in the Manyeleti Private Game Reserve, South Africa
The reserve is big and open and I didn’t see another camp vehicle while I was on game drives. Their explorer suites are the perfect spacious size and there is a large tree that provides water during rains for animals to drink from that’s located right next to the lodge deck. Also, delicious food and friendly staff!
Favorite tented camp: Tanda Tula Safari Lodge in the Timbavati Game Reserve, South Africa
I saw all of “the Big Five” in my first afternoon game drive at this property! The entire staff is wonderful – they are entertaining, very knowledgeable, and caring. I loved relaxing at the pool while watching elephants, warthogs, and kudu drink from the watering hole. Since my visit they have refurbished and the lodge looks even more amazing!