Chimpanzee Trekking in Rwanda

My colleague Kayla Torgerson and I recently traveled to Rwanda to check off an item on both of our bucket lists: Gorilla trekking. Although many travelers visit the country for only 3 to 4 days to do just that, Kayla and I decided that since we had the time we would explore more of the Read more…

Reach for the Sky: Your Guide to Kilimanjaro

It had been pitch black for hours as I patiently waited for the sun to appear. For a rising sun meant I was almost to the top, the top of the mountain. As I stopped for a drink of water, my guide told me to turn around. Moving slowly to keep my balance while at Read more…

The Soul of Africa: Botswana

Approaching the Okavango Delta from a bird’s eye view, I knew this was a special place. As we flew over this vast open space, seeing nothing but the gorgeous landscape and wildlife, a feeling of serenity washed over me. We had arrived in the soul of Africa. After we disembarked our light aircraft flight, we Read more…

The Otherworldly Intrigue of Namibia

Proudly hailing from Minnesota—the land of 10,000 lakes—I was excited to explore uncharted territory to me: the vast, red sand-filled desert of Namibia. While I will always have an affinity for water, there was something so exotic and enticing about this Martian landscape. Namibia filled me with a sense of wonder that has stayed with Read more…

An Adventure on the Nile

The Nile is amongst the world’s longest waterways, holding magnificent ancient history around each winding bend. Having never been to Egypt or Africa, I arrived with no expectations. What I received in return was a glorious adventure I’ll never forget. My trip started at the Abu Simbel temples, a UNESCO World Heritage site dating back Read more…

Travel Beyond Named “World’s Best” of 2019!

For the third straight year, Travel Beyond has been honored as a “Top 10 Safari Outfitter” in the Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards! The annual World’s Best Awards are voted on by Travel + Leisure readers, who rate and review the tour operators, hotels, cities, cruise lines and other travel companies and destinations they’ve Read more…

Craig Beal Named to Travel + Leisure A-List for 9th Year!

For the 9th straight year, Travel Beyond owner Craig Beal was named to the elite Travel + Leisure A-List as a Safari Specialist! As Craig’s 2019 member profile on Travel + Leisure’s website explains, “Safari travel runs in Beal’s blood. His mother founded Travel Beyond — the company he now owns — and he has Read more…

Travel Agent Awards Rachel David “30 Under 30”

  Travel Beyond is proud to announce that consultant Rachel David was recently named to Travel Agent magazine’s elite 2019 “30-Under-30” list! Having held several positions since joining the Travel Beyond team, Rachel brings a strong customer service focus to her role as a consultant and prides herself on creating genuine connections with her clients. Read more…

Photographing Wildlife at “The Hide”

This spring, we took our first family trip to Southern Africa over our kids’ spring break (late March to early April). This was the farthest we had ever traveled with my 15-year-old son and 14-year-old daughter, but we managed to pack a lifetime of experiences into just twelve days. We spent time in South Africa Read more…

Returning to Botswana with My Kid in Tow

Last June, I returned to Botswana, one of the first countries I visited in Africa on my first safari in April 2000 and truly a jewel of wildlife conservation. Nearing two dozen trips to Africa, I still never get jaded by the safari experience, the game drives or the animals. Africa just doesn’t get old Read more…