Why I work in Travel
For me, travel is a true passion, and I find great joy in sharing my experience and expertise with others. I’ve been fortunate to have had so many opportunities to travel myself, whether with family or for work, and each time I learn new things about myself, other cultures, and this incredible world in which we live. I love exploring new destinations and planning itineraries.
I know how lucky I am to be part of the Travel Beyond family, where there is a shared interest, passion, and dedication to the mission; “design(ing) custom journeys that exceed each client’s expectations”. The leadership at Travel Beyond takes incredible care of their staff; sending staff on familiarization trips to ensure that we can speak authentically to clients about each core destination and every aspect of their trip. It’s no wonder there is not only great knowledge within this organization, but also incredible enthusiasm and genuine care for one another. In turn, the staff emulates its leadership by taking the same great care of clients and passing along that same incredible experience. I know how rare and special the work environment and atmosphere are at Travel Beyond, and I feel truly blessed to be part of this incredible team.
Germany, Austria, France, Great Britain, Switzerland, Italy, Greece, Czech Republic, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Poland, Ireland, Iceland, Mexico, Canada
BA – History and Political Science, Concordia College, Moorhead, MN
BS – Social Studies Education, Mankato State University, Mankato, MN
MA – Educational Leadership, Southwest State University, Marshall, MN
I was a history teacher for eighteen years, with expertise in Holocaust education, and loved being in the classroom. During the summer months I started taking students, and later colleagues, on study tours to share my passion for travel. It eventually evolved into my own small business while on summer hiatus. When my daughter graduated from high school, I left the classroom and joined the Travel Beyond team: a place I had longed to work for some time. I quickly felt at home among people who shared my interests and passion and are simply the best in the business. A few short months later, however, I was offered a position at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. Faced with one of the toughest decisions I’ve ever had to make, I ultimately decided to go to DC or I’d always wonder “what if?” I spent five incredible years training teachers around the globe in Holocaust education, furthering the Museum’s mission, and researching/creating a Museum resource that examines the choices teachers made during the Holocaust. Five years in our nation’s capital was enough, however, and it was time to return home to MN where we could once again enjoy all the natural beauty this state has to offer and be immersed in “MN Nice.” I’m thrilled to be home, both in my native state and back at Travel Beyond. I know this is where I belong. I can’t wait to assist clients in planning their “trip(s)-of-a-lifetime” and once again work with the best possible team in the industry.
Most Memorable Travel Experience
There are too many to pick just one…but some that certainly top the list are snorkeling in Hawaii, only to be joined by a pod of wild dolphins swimming & playing next to me, and then going back out for a nighttime snorkel with giant manta rays! Other memorable moments include spending a family Christmas at the Matterhorn (Zermatt, Switzerland); attending a performance of Brundibar at Terezín with a Holocaust survivor who was once part of the children’s opera herself (Czech Republic); standing atop the Cliffs of Moher and feeling incredibly small (Ireland); getting a private tour of the streets and hills of Sarajevo from a survivor of the 1992-95 Siege of Sarajevo (Bosnia and Herzegovina); exploring the ancient Roman Baths by torchlight and then relaxing in the warm, thermal waters of the Thermae Bath Spa (Bath, England); and enjoying a nighttime stroll through the streets of Rome with my family surrounded by ancient ruins like the Colosseum and thinking about all those who once walked this same path long before us (Italy).
Most Recent Trip
My most recent trip abroad was to London in March 2018. I was there for work with the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, training educators in the Museum’s pedagogical approach to teaching about the Holocaust and introducing them to my research project and educational module, Oath and Opposition: Education under the Third Reich. When traveling for work, I always try to include at least a day or two of personal travel time, if possible. I was fortunate to spend an afternoon touring the (Winston) Churchill War Rooms and the Imperial War Museum. The former history teacher in me was ecstatic to finally make it to these two places! I also wandered the streets along the River Thames, enjoyed some quiet time in St. James’ Park, and took in an evening performance of Phantom of the Opera. Even though I had already seen it several times, there’s nothing like watching a live performance at Her Majesty’s Theater in London’s West End.