Specialties

Southern Africa Safaris
East Africa Safaris
South America
Australia

Destinations Visited

Botswana, South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Kenya, Tanzania, Egypt, Chile, Argentina, Peru, Ecuador/Galapagos, Australia, The Netherlands, Italy, Czech Republic, Hungary, Spain, Aruba, Jamaica, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Barbados, St. Barts, St. Lucia, Dominica, Barbados, Tortola (British Virgin Islands)

Education

BA in Management and Leadership, Concordia University

Career History

Travel Beyond, 1995-present

Professional Awards

Top 25 – Travel Agent Magazine, 2012

Recent Press

I was honored to share tips for How to Find an Affordable Safari with The New York Times!

Why I’m a Travel Consultant

Simply put, I love planning trips for others.  I started traveling with my mother at a young age and I believe it is because of her and these experiences that I entered the travel industry.  I have always been fascinated by our world and the places I’ve been fortunate enough to visit, and I knew that I wanted to help others experience these places, too.

Most Memorable Travel Experience

Spiritual: Bobbing in a raft with a slight fog in the Pacific Ocean and suddenly a 36 ton gray whale put her head on our raft close enough for me to touch! I will never forget this.

Beautiful: Tarangire National Park in Tanzania. The combination of the baobabs trees, giraffes and elephants was magnificent.

Life altering: Terizen Concentration Camp in Czech Republic.

Recommended Right Now

Australia!  Just recently, the country has added a nice portfolio of luxury hotel/lodge products, something that Australia never really had (except hotel chains in major cities).  You can find luxury product now in the Blue Mountains (2 ½ hours outside of Sydney), in/around the Great Barrier Reef, outside of Darwin (ask me about the best lodge here!), Ayers Rock, Adelaide/wine country, Kangaroo Island and even Tasmania.

There is a lot of press about many of these properties and some are fully inclusive (meals/activities included). All of these properties are set in natural areas that highlight the outdoors and stunning scenery! Hiking, guided walks (Great Walks of Australia are incredible), snorkeling/diving – all while seeing animals in their natural habitat.  With the Australian dollar currently weaker than the USD, now is a great time to visit Australia. I recommend AT LEAST 2 weeks in Australia – more if you have the time.

Favorite Properties

MalaMala Game Reserve, South Africa

Hands down, this reserve has the best game viewing in Southern Africa.

Cape Grace, Cape Town, South Africa

Luxury, service, and a “small hotel” feel. I love when returning to the hotel after a long day of touring they say “welcome home”.

One and Only, Wolgan Valley, Australia

Located about 2 ½ hours’ drive from Sydney in the Blue Mountains, I loved the peacefulness, nature (kangaroos galore) and the food! The food is out of this world!

Explora Lodge, Torres del Paine National Park, Chile

Getting to the Torres del Paine National Park is no easy feat, but once you are there, Explora Lodge cannot be beat! The experiences (hiking, walking, horseback riding and more) here are incredible and at the end of the day your views from the hotel are spectacular!

Sarara, Namunyak Wildlife Conversation Trust, Kenya

I have saved the best for last. Jaw dropping landscape and the most raw cultural experience I have ever had in East Africa.  This place is a MUST and should be on everyone’s itinerary when visiting Kenya.

My Most Recent Trips

March 2016: Botswana
April 2016: Peru
November 2016: Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam