7-Year-Old Saige’s School Visit in Botswana

Some see travel as a way to escape, to explore a new frontier, to photograph new scenery or to understand another culture. Others see travel as an opportunity to make a lasting impact in the lives of others. As consultant Marguerite Smit talked through trip ideas with Julie, Dave and their 7-year-old daughter Saige, Julie asked if there Read more…

Sharing a love for the Galápagos

The Galápagos Islands have held a special place in my heart since my first visit in 2001. I have built my career around my love for the Galápagos and a handful of other destinations in Latin America, and was even married on the powdery sands of Tortuga Bay on the island of Santa Cruz. Twelve Read more…

Tastes of Vietnam and Thailand

Experiencing the world through food offers more than just the food itself, it tells a story and a history that may not be revealed until further investigation. I don’t know about you, but I’m all about the food. Before I pack my bags and go anywhere, local or international, I’m sure to look up where Read more…

Born to be Wild in Borneo

There is something so serene and peaceful about floating down a river. But doing it on a private houseboat in Borneo surrounded by the jungle on both sides – well that is something altogether special. This January, I found myself within the thick forests of Kalimantan—the Indonesian side of Borneo, Asia’s largest island. My objective Read more…

Kayla and Katie’s Trip to Myanmar

In fall 2015, Travel Beyond consultants Kayla Torgerson and Katie Blackstone traveled to Vietnam, Cambodia and Myanmar. The trip was Katie’s first experience in Asia and Kayla’s first time back in Asia since living in India. Below is Kayla’s account of their time in Myanmar. After our adventures in Vietnam and Cambodia, we wrapped up Read more…

May Spotlight: Wilderness Safaris in Namibia

At times, descriptions of Namibia can sound downright eerie. Historic shipwrecks lay abandoned on the aptly-named Skeleton Coast. Desert-adapted wildlife make epic treks for water in the seemingly endless sands of the Namib Desert. The dead, blackened trees of Deadvlei provide a stark contrast to a backdrop of red-orange dunes. Yet, as our consultant Rose Read more…

Finding Beauty in Namibia

The sign at the Twyfelfontein UNESCO World Heritage Site in Namibia said “Train your Eyes” and “See Like the Artist”. I found that this sage advice applied not only to my viewing of these ancient rock engravings but were truly words to live by during my entire trip through Namibia. Namibia is a land of Read more…

Active Trip Ideas in Africa

For some travelers, the ideal way to recharge on vacation is not to kick back and relax, but to get moving! We polled our team of experts for the best ways to add activity and adventure to any trip to Africa. Let us know when we can start planning an active trip to Africa just Read more…

Cambodia: Katie and Kayla’s Trip Report

In fall 2015, Travel Beyond consultants Kayla Torgerson and Katie Blackstone traveled to Vietnam, Cambodia and Myanmar. The trip was Katie’s first experience in Asia and Kayla’s first time back in Asia since living in India. Below is Kayla’s account of their time in Cambodia. After our week in Vietnam, we explored Cambodia—a destination that’s Read more…

April Spotlight: Mountain Lodges of Peru

Peru’s iconic Machu Picchu is often thought of as an individual site, a singular destination to check off the bucket list. Yet, this idea fails to recognize the enormity, complexity and interconnectedness of the Inca empire. In order to grasp the importance of Machu Picchu, you must first embrace the entire journey through the Sacred Read more…