Why Travel Beyond

Growing up with parents who loved to travel definitely instilled within me a passion for the industry.  I love how traveling can open our eyes to new cultures, adventures, and experiences.  It can broaden our education and understanding of the world. 

Destinations Visited

Botswana, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Kenya, England, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Belgium, Czech Republic, France, Greece, Italy, Indonesia, ChinaSingapore, Canada, Mexico 

Education

BA in Psychology from University of St. Thomas

Career History

Previous to Travel Beyond, I worked for 7 years as a Travel Director for a marketing group that planned incentive and corporate travel. I also worked for a nonprofit for 1.5 years. 

Most Memorable Travel Experience

My most memorable travel experience happened in 2018 when I was lucky enough to experience a hot air balloon ride over the Masai Mara in Kenya.  To witness the game from this perspective was truly awe-inspiring.  To this day, it is still one of the best moments of my life! 

My Most Recent Trip

My most recent trip was to Southern Africa in the winter of 2019.  We started in Johannesburg where we visited the Apartheid Museum. We then flew to Botswana to explore Mashatu Game Reserve and enjoyed spotting an abundance of big cats (leopard, cheetah, and lions). From Mashatu, we returned to South Africa visiting the MalaMala Game Reserve and the Sabi Sands Game Reserve.  Next we made our way to Zimbabwe to see one of the seven natural wonders of the world – Victoria Falls.  This is truly a sight I will never forget. 

While visiting Zambezi National Park, I also had one of my favorite pachyderm experiences to date.  Shortly after we arrived at Mpala Jena camp, we were greeted by a parade of elephants who surrounded camp— as if they were the welcoming committee.  We immediately stopped our conversation and just stood in awe of what was taking place before us. Following our time in Zimbabwe, we returned to South Africa to cap off our trip with a few days in Cape Town, including city explorations and cape experiences.