Why Travel Beyond

I love to write, tell stories and create, so the many facets of my role as Brand Manager keep each day interesting! Better yet, our “tribe” (as we refer to the Travel Beyond staff) is a tight-knit family. The energy in the office is contagious, and I’m grateful to spend each day with an engaging and passionate team!

Destinations Visited

South Africa, Botswana, Zambia, Antarctica, Argentina, the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador, Belize, the Bahamas, France, Italy, Vatican City, Canada

Education

BA in Communication and Journalism, University of St. Thomas

Most Memorable Travel Experience

I’ve been fortunate to visit some incredible destinations over my past six years with Travel Beyond, but my South African honeymoon in October 2015 rises above the rest. For the full scoop, read my trip report. The short version? Incredible game viewing. Engaging guides. Breathtaking landscapes. Over-the-top accommodations. Romantic candlelight dinners. Bustling Cape Town. Neighborhood coffee shops. World-renowned restaurants. And, most importantly, an abundance of love, laughter, dessert and wine with my favorite trip mate!

Most Recent Trip

In November 2016, I knocked another continent off my bucket list: Antarctica! Kayla and I visited “the white continent” on an expedition cruise, and I was awestruck by the landscapes: majestic turquoise icebergs, sparkling snow-lined shores, thousands of playful penguins at each landing and an array of activities designed to truly experience the continent’s magic, from kayaking in a glassy, iceberg-filled cove to cross-country skiing under brilliant blue skies. (Read my blog about our trip!) Before the expedition cruise began, we explored Argentina as well, enjoying the colorful street art, unique neighborhoods and food-focused culture of Buenos Aires before escaping to Bariloche to hike, photograph and explore the stunning natural environment of Patagonia.

Recommended Right Now

My favorite trips are well-balanced: a dash of adventure paired with time to relax, days spent in wild spaces with a weekend in the city, and a mix of natural environments and cultural encounters. With that in mind, I’d recommend visiting Namibia for a unique and unforgettable trip: the iconic sand dunes of Sossusvlei, the quaint fishing village of Swakopmund, the longstanding culture of the Himba people, the eerie historic shipwrecks on the Skeleton Coast and a unique safari experience featuring desert adapted animals and salt pans at Etosha National Park.

Favorite Properties

Ngala Tented Camp

The private game reserves bordering South Africa’s Kruger National Park host a wide array of fantastic camps and lodges to match a traveler’s style. I love the intimate, warm feel of Ngala Tented Camp, perched on the bank of the Sand River. Vervet monkeys, warthogs and antelope have a constant presence in the camp, adding to the “authenticity” of the African experience, and the welcoming staff expertly creates special experiences to give each stay a personal feel.

Chitabe Camp

As the first safari camp I visited, Chitabe will always hold a special place in my heart! I get nostalgic thinking about my time in Botswana’s Okavango Delta: laughing with fellow travelers around the campfire, listening to wildlife outside our tent while falling asleep, happily bouncing in the back of a safari vehicle on my first game drive and watching a leopard beautifully leap over a stream.

La Residence

Jaw-dropping only scratches the surface of describing La Residence in South Africa’s Cape Winelands. Nestled in a scenic valley patterned by vines, lined with mountains, and framed by flowers, the property offers luxurious, uniquely decorated suites and villas in a class above the rest. The attentive staff ensures your only decision is what bottle of wine pairs best with your picturesque balcony view.