Specialties

Luxury safaris
Inter-generational family trips
Honeymoons
Gorilla trekking and primate safaris
Cultural trips to South America, Egypt and the Middle East

Education

BS in Psychology, University of Pittsburgh

Career History

I joined Travel Beyond in 2011. Prior to this, I worked at luxury travel company Abercrombie & Kent for 11 years. I planned and sold both custom independent trips and escorted group tours before becoming the Product Development Manager for Africa & the Middle East destinations for 5 years, responsible for designing enticing and unique tour programs to a variety of destinations. This included extensive international travel to research and develop new tour program ideas.

Destinations Visited

Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Uganda, Ethiopia, South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Namibia, Mozambique, Egypt, Jordan, Israel, Morocco, Abu Dhabi, Chile, Argentina, Brazil, Peru, Ecuador, Galapagos Islands, Antarctica, Falkland Islands, Italy, Belgium, Netherlands, England, France, Switzerland, Cambodia, Nepal, Thailand, Curacao, Antigua, Guatemala, Belize, Mexico, Canada, and various parts of the United States.

Why I’m a Travel Consultant

Helping people to realize their dreams is perhaps the main reason why I am a Travel Consultant. I have been fortunate to have the opportunity to visit some of the world’s most amazing places, so I can use my personal experiences to design the perfect trips for my clients. I firmly believe that there is no “one size fits all” safari experience, and I love creating unique itineraries which best match with each of my client’s personal interests. Many people say that travel to Africa is a once in a lifetime bucket-list dream trip, and I especially love it when clients enjoy their first safari so much that they want to go back again and again!

Most Memorable Travel Experience

We were chasing the total solar eclipse in Peru, when the clouds rolled into our observation zone. Serious amateur astronomers had their telescopes set up for hours, but we were traveling light with just our welder’s glass. Getting more nervous by the moment, the word was finally given: “We’re moving!” We all rushed to the waiting bus to travel to a better location with only minutes to spare. Flying down the rural road at about 80mph, we were only minutes away from totality. At the perfect time, the bus skidded to a stop where we all ran into the desert and were treated to the most spectacular celestial event, under perfect clear viewing conditions.

If you expect the unexpected and are flexible and open minded during your travel, you will be rewarded over and over again.

Recommended Right Now

Following my recent visit, I am recommending Botswana more and more these days as an exciting and diverse safari experience. The exciting water activities that are available make it very different than many other safari regions where you are often limited to viewing game on drives in your safari vehicle. What I love about Botswana is that many of the camps offer a wide variety of activities, including safari game drives during the day as well as at night, in addition to guided bush walks, traditional mokoro canoe, motorboat safaris, and even fishing if you’d like. Botswana combines very nicely with a visit to the picturesque Victoria Falls and also with South Africa, for even more safari game viewing or to explore Cape Town, one of my favorite cities in the world!

My Most Recent Trip

In April 2016, I had an extraordinary opportunity to explore the fascinating country of Botswana in depth with my colleague Marsha Carroll. For 23 memorable days, we sampled a wide variety of different properties, from authentic tented camps lit only by the soft glow of kerosene lanterns to luxury camps complete with air conditioning and their own private plunge pools. With its many unique areas and ecosystems to explore, from Chobe National Park to Linyanti & Selinda Reserves, to the Okavango Delta and the Makgadikadi Pans, even a seasoned safari-goer can find some new experiences in Botswana! There was something very special about floating peacefully in the Okavango Delta at the slow pace of a mokoro canoe, with a quiet moment to reflect and contemplate the beauty of nature that is surrounding you. There was the thrill of watching wild dog on a successful hunt, and the joy of spending an afternoon watching lion cubs frolic & play. There was the special moment of seeing meerkat for the first time, slowly emerging from their underground burrows one by one to gaze alertly over the landscape before setting off for the day. In addition to the wildlife, words simply cannot describe the truly magical experience of interacting with a community of Zu/’hoasi Bushmen, gaining special insight into the way of life of this ancient culture. I can truly say that there is something for everyone in Botswana and if you have not visited yet, now is the time!