Kenya’s Unique & Intimate Wildlife Experiences

In the fall of December 2016 I visited Southern Africa. So, when I learned I was returning to this great continent earlier this year, I was elated to hear I would be visiting East Africa and the country of Kenya along with my colleague Jenny Mikkelson. Of course, it was a fabulous trip – how Read more…

Tanzania – The Authentic Africa

My most recent trip to Africa brought me to Tanzania, the authentic Africa. I was lucky enough to explore several national parks, take in the views of the Ngorongoro Crater, a natural wonder, and immerse myself in the heart of the Great Migration. A trip to Tanzania should most definitely be on everyone’s bucket list. Read more…

The Marshalls’ Samburu wedding in Kenya!

As some of you may know, my wife Linda and I celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary this year – time flies when you’re having fun! Since we were already scheduled to visit Kenya near the date, I decided to try to make something special (although I wasn’t sure quite what) happen along the way as Read more…

Ecuador: Land of Diverse Beauty

The old adage ‘great things come in small packages’ has never been more appropriate than when describing the South American country of Ecuador. Compared to its closest neighbors, Ecuador is modest in size, but a peek inside this gem will show you it proudly boasts some of the world’s most incredible natural beauty and a Read more…

Great Migration, Natural Wonder

The wildebeest of East Africa give life to the phrase, “The grass is always greener on the other side,” continually migrating through northern Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park and southern Kenya’s Masai Mara National Reserve in search of green grass on which to feed. The annual Great Migration of more than 1.5 million wildebeest and 200,000 Read more…

Zanzibar: A Vacation from Your Vacation

My most recent trip to Africa was my fourth trip to the continent but included my first trip to an African beach destination (outside of Cape Town). After an amazing 3-week trip in Kenya and mainland Tanzania visiting 40 properties, I made my way to the island of Zanzibar for a bit of R&R. A trip Read more…

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 it to 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…