Southern Africa Safaris
East Africa Safaris
South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Namibia, Kenya, Rwanda, Seychelles, Swaziland, Morocco, Argentina, Chile, Ecuador, Galapagos Islands, Peru, Brazil, Australia, French Polynesia, Japan, South Korea, Singapore, Guam, India, Dubai, Qatar, Oman, Bahrain, Bulgaria, Romania, Greece, Hungary, Austria, Germany, The Netherlands, Belgium, France, United Kingdom, Denmark, Switzerland, Canada, Mexico, Belize, Honduras, Bermuda, Jamaica, Bahamas, Anguilla, Saint Barts, St Lucia, St Martin, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico
BS Systems Engineering, US Naval Academy ‘94
MS Nuclear Engineering, Georgia Tech ‘96
US Navy, Submarine Officer, 1994-2005
Travel Beyond, Owner, 2005-present
Professional Awards & Accomplishments
- Travel+Leisure A-list 2009-present
- Safari Professionals, Founder, Board Member
- American Society of Travel Agents, ASTA, Upper Midwest Treasurer 2006-2009
- PURE – member, 2010-Present
Why I’m a Travel Consultant
I have been to Africa over 35 times so it should suffice to say I am mildly obsessed with the place! I “saw the World in the Navy” and grew up in the business I now own so it is quite difficult for me to sit still! I have never really had a desk job. I also happen to love South America and being on the open ocean (or any body of water). Not just working in travel, but owning a company is rewarding to me. I love to see our own staff develop professionally and personally. The quality people I work with every day at Travel Beyond challenge me to be not only the best consultant and trip designer I can be but also the best leader. It truly is a pleasure to show-up at the office or get on the Land Rover every morning!
Most Memorable Travel Experience
My most vivid memories are my first safari to Zimbabwe and Botswana in June, 1984. I remember equally well our first game drive as a family in 2008 when our kids were old enough to go on safari. In summary, being a kid on safari or seeing a kid on safari for the first time is something that etches itself into your mind forever. I don’t think I will ever forget the view from the Four Seasons on Bora Bora, or the Masai Mara, or Torres del Paines National Park in Chile.
Recommended Right Now
Kenya is the best value in luxury, experiential travel in the world right now.
Mombo Camp, Botswana
I find myself going back to Mombo Camp in Botswana quite a bit where I feel like family. I feel like I could drive myself on the concession at this point in my career.
MalaMala Game Reserve, South Africa
I love a safari lodge like Mala Mala in South Africa where I am ALMOST willing to guarantee in writing that my clients will see the big five on a three day stay.
Lewa Wilderness Camp, Kenya
Lewa Wilderness stands out as the best run of the family run/owner operatred safari lodges that are prolific in Kenya.
Lion Camp, Zambia
I have not spent enough time in South Luangwa National Park but a three day stay at Lion Camp is on-deck for my next visit.
Four Seasons, Bora Bora
Not in Africa but I know I have not made my last anniversary visit to Four Seasons Bora Bora!
My Most Recent Trip
In June 2016, I visited Australia for 18 days. The country is enormous, and it always surprises me that first-time visitors think it is feasible to check Australia and New Zealand off their bucket list in one fourteen-day trip. Australia is a continent, and many of its states are larger than the major countries in Europe: South Australia alone is 380,000 square miles; Italy is 116,000. My family spent eight nights in South Australia split between the Barossa wine valley, Flinders Ranges and Kangaroo Island. It was here that we saw most of Australia’s iconic wildlife species. We also enjoyed superb food and luxury accommodations. Next we flew to Tasmania, which is slightly smaller than Portugal. At 43 degrees South latitude in late June, Tasmania was quite cold. We knew this ahead of time and made the best of it. We finished our species checklist by seeing many Tasmanian Devils in one of the various sanctuaries where they are being quarantined from a disease affecting the entire population. The trip ended in Sydney. If I went broke and had to start over again, I would consider rebuilding a life in Sydney!