Top 3 Reasons to Visit Zimbabwe

This summer I brought my mom along on another adventure to Africa. This was her third trip in less than three years, so it’s fair to say she is hooked! On this trip, we went to Zimbabwe to visit places that were new to both of us. While I had been to Victoria Falls a Read more…

A First Timer’s Guide to Kenya

A regular New Year’s resolution of mine is to visit two new destinations annually, be it domestic or international. So, come this past March, when I found myself fully vaccinated and with countries re-opening, I started actively thinking about where I wanted to explore. I threw out a handful of ideas but the country that Read more…

A Perfect Time for Phuket

Phuket is set to open to tourists in July and it couldn’t be a more perfect time to visit. The past year has given this region of Thailand the opportunity to both rejuvenate itself and return to its traditional roots, making Phuket an ideal destination for those looking to head back to Southeast Asia. Wildlife Read more…

A Year Without Travel

In March of 2020 I had planned to visit Peru on my first educational trip with Travel Beyond. I’d spent a summer in Cusco sixteen years earlier and couldn’t wait to return to my old stomping grounds. But then, just two days before my departure, everything changed. The COVID-19 virus we’d been hearing about in Read more…

Discovering the Magic of the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans

The dust from the airplane settled as we disembarked the plane. Immediately, we are greeted by a tall man beaming from ear to ear, exclaiming warmly, “Welcome to the Salt Pans!!” The Makgadikgadi Salt Pans (pronounced ma-KHAD-ik-KHAD-ee) stretch across a huge area of Botswana’s semi-arid Kalahari Desert. They are the remnants of an enormous lake that Read more…

Animal Viewing in the Okavango Delta

When you think of safari, what comes to mind? For most it is riding in a 4×4 land cruiser across a vast landscape. This is certainly a common way to view the wildlife of Africa, but it is by no means the only. I recently returned from a two-week trip to the Okavango Delta, located Read more…

An African Safari: The Perfect Honeymoon

It’s hard to put into words how meaningful it was to return to Africa after almost two years away from the bush. About once a year for over a decade, I’ve been lucky enough to explore many incredible destinations throughout southern and east Africa. But what made this trip even more special was this time Read more…

Travel During COVID-19: A Q&A

Following her recent return from southern Africa, we chatted with Katie Gomer, Travel Beyond’s Product Manager for Africa. From discussing her international flights to the protocols at each camp, she shed light on mask wearing, test administration, and the overall experience of traveling during COVID-19. While everyone’s trip will look and feel different, her answers Read more…

Exploring Panama’s Caribbean Coast

As a history major in college, I’d always been fascinated by Panama: The arrival of the Spaniards. The creation of (and multiple failed attempts at constructing) the Canal. The United States’ subsequent presence. I’d heard so much about the country and was eager to see the sights of which I’d learned and the ways in Read more…