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Australia vs. Africa

On my recent trip to Australia, I heard a quote that really stuck with me: “If you only visit two continents in your lifetime, visit Africa – twice.” (-R. Elliot). As I have visited southern Africa four times in my eighteen years and plan to return soon, I wholeheartedly agree with this statement. Something about Read more…

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The Beals Down Under

This June, I visited Australia on a 14-night trip with my wife Kay and daughters Sydney (20) and Kyndall (18). As many of you with grown children know, time goes by quickly. Now that our girls are both in college, trips like these are even more important to spend time together and create lasting family Read more…

Slowing Down in Africa

I recently spent 33 days in Botswana, Zimbabwe and South Africa, and several of my colleagues who joined me on this trip have already written about the wonderful safari camps, the incredible wildlife viewing and the other features that one might expect while visiting Africa and being on safari. However, I thought I would take Read more…

Kayla at Machu Picchu Mountain's Summit

Hiking up Machu Picchu Mountain

I recently returned home from an 11-day adventure in Peru. Each time I travel, the highlights seem to involve nature, hiking or wildlife experiences. This trip was no different. Peru is a stunningly beautiful country with colorful rolling mountains in the highlands, ancient Incan ruins, friendly people, incredible wildlife experiences in the Amazon, brightly woven Read more…

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Rose’s Return to Botswana

I recently returned from my adventures in Botswana with my colleague Marsha Carroll, with many wonderful experiences along the way! After four long years since my last visit, Botswana was beckoning me to return once more – and I am very happy that I did! Botswana is a fascinating country with many unique areas and ecosystems Read more…

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Safari After Dark

A typical day on safari begins between 4:30am and 6:00am. Your guide will knock on the door (or canvas wall) and say, “Good morning, time to get up!” From that moment forward, the day will be filled with tracking animals, only interrupted by a midday siesta when the sun is too hot for you or Read more…

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23 Days in Botswana: Marsha’s Educational Adventure

In April, I had the incredible opportunity to travel with my colleague Rose Loggi all over Botswana, exploring Chobe National Park, the Linyanti Private concession, Selinda Reserve, the Okavango Delta and the Makgadikadi. We visited a grand total of 35 properties over the span of 23 days. It had been four years since I was last in Read more…

Dana

From City to Jungle: Dana’s Peru Highlights

Peru. A country of beautiful landscapes, fortresses, the Amazon River, culture and delicious food. In April, I visited this wonderful country for the first time with colleagues Joleen, Kay and Kayla. As I reflect on my trip, there were many highlights. We boarded the Hiram Bingham train at the Ollantaytambo station for our hour and Read more…

South Africa Honeymoon

The Adventure Together: A Honeymoon in South Africa

Our honeymoon had a tough act to follow: our joyful, emotional, meaningful wedding! Yet, as we hopped on a plane to South Africa, we were confident our 12-day honeymoon would be equally joyful and meaningful (but without the tears!). I’m blessed to work at Travel Beyond, so I fully trust our creative, detailed and knowledgeable Read more…