Gorillas, Monkeys and So Much More

In December 2017, a travel dream came true. After being with Travel Beyond for 22 years, I was asked to travel to Rwanda to experience tracking the highland mountain gorillas. A gorilla trek has been high on my bucket list for the last 15 years, about as long as I had been offering to my Read more…

Off the Beaten Path in Peru

As the most famous site in Peru, Machu Picchu draws travelers with its mystical presence, ancient charm and scenic beauty. This “must-see” location is the focus of most trips to Peru, but many travelers also want to experience Peruvian highlights that are off the beaten path-or beaten Inca Trail in this case! Below, we highlight Read more…

Crossing Bolivia

I have loved South America since my first visit in 2001. Over the past 17 years, I have explored the continent in depth, from Colombia down through Chile on the western side, and from Argentina back up to Brazil on the eastern. Somehow in all those years and dozens of trips, I never made it Read more…

A Roller Coaster of Emotions in Kenya

In September of 2017, I was privileged to lead a sailing club’s membership travel program to Kenya. The planning was two years in the making – a long road of anticipation and excitement. It was a group of 17, most all whom had never stepped foot on the continent. With wide eyes and smiles, I Read more…

Jennifer Gillmore Featured in The New York Times!

Travel Beyond’s product manager for South America, Jennifer Gillmore, was recently featured in an article in The New York Times entitled “A Luxury Vacation in Brazil for Less”. In the article, Jennifer shared her recommended ways to visit Rio, which destinations are great for budget-focused travelers, how to eat like a local and more. Read Read more…

Bali – Dianna Explores the Path Less Traveled

It was a welcome return for me to Bali. Known as the “Island of the Gods,” Bali is blessed with natural beauty and a unique culture. Frangipani, plumeria and jasmine flowers abound – so fragrant you are constantly taking deep breaths to try and capture their essence. Its beaches attract surfers from around the world. Read more…

India’s Royal Treatment

Drawn by India’s rich history, iconic temples and authentic cultural charm, travelers are often surprised by another notable aspect of India’s allure: the rich hospitality of her people. For hundreds of years, the elaborate palaces of India were home to royal families who hosted dignitaries and eminent personalities from around the world, introducing their guests Read more…

The “Single Best Moment” of Katie’s Gorilla Trek

Last year, I took the trip of a lifetime to the Mahale Mountains in Tanzania. In my blog post about this experience, I described how lucky I felt to experience this up-close encounter with the area’s chimpanzees. This year, I experienced another unique and unforgettable primate encounter – trekking with the mountain gorillas in Rwanda. Read more…

3 National Parks, 19 Camps: Marguerite’s Safari in Zambia

“When you run alone, you run fast. When you run together, you run far.” – Zambian Proverb Located on the plateau of Central Africa, Zambia is a country with fourteen ecosystems, classified into forest, thicket, woodland and grassland vegetation types. The Rhodesian giraffe, Kafue lechwe and Zambian barbet are some of the country’s well-known endemic Read more…

Authentic Zambia: Marsha’s Safari

The last time I visited Zambia was in 2003. Fourteen years later, I was excited to return to the South Luangwa National Park and visit two new national parks, the Lower Zambezi and Kafue National Parks. I have been traveling to the African continent for the past 15 years, and I am always amazed how Read more…