Why Travel Beyond

Growing up in an adventurous family, I had the opportunity to travel during school vacations. These experiences fostered a love of exploration that has manifested in my life in many ways, from choosing to work at a school focused on the idea of a “global student” to pursuing interests in photography and writing. Travel Beyond presented me with the opportunity to turn my passion into my profession, something that seemed too good to be true. I’m excited by the prospect of helping others fall in love with travel as I have and to see firsthand the power it possesses: to shape perspectives, to build bridges, and to ultimately change lives.

Destinations Visited

Canada, Mexico, Belize, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Colombia, Ecuador & Galapagos Islands, Peru, Bolivia, Chile, Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay, Antarctica, Ireland, England, France, Germany, Luxemburg, Belgium, Netherlands, Spain, Austria, Germany, Italy, Iceland, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Greece, Bosnia, Croatia, Turkey, Morocco, Botswana, South Africa, Zimbabwe, India, United Arab Emirates, Maldives, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, Japan, Taiwan, Nepal, Bhutan, Australia, New Zealand

Education

BA in US History, with a minor in Education from Bowdoin College

Career History

I spent nine years working in the field of education, as both a primary school teacher and administrator, before deciding to pursue my interest in travel.

Where I’ve Lived Abroad

I spent a summer working in Cusco, Peru and then subsequently studied in Buenos Aires, Argentina for a semester. I also spent a summer working in India.

Most Memorable Travel Experience

While I’ve loved every travel experience, one of my most memorable would have to be Antarctica. It had been on my bucket list forever and after years of pestering my parents, they finally agreed. So, following a few days in Buenos Aires, wandering through my old stomping grounds, we set off for the Frozen Continent. Each moment of the trip was everything I’d imagined and more: humpback whales bubble net feeding, their open mouths emerging from below the water’s surface; chinstrap and gentoo penguins cuddling alongside their adorably fluffy chicks; two pods of orcas just off the bow, swimming through water shining gold in the setting sun; boating through a sea of icebergs and alongside jagged peaks coated in snow. All I can say is, ten days wasn’t nearly long enough.

My Most Recent Trip

My most recent trip was to Bhutan and Nepal in the spring of 2019. After recovering from ACL surgery, I wanted to celebrate by visiting a part of the world I’d always dreamed of exploring, and so I set off for 7 weeks in the Himalayas. The first two were spent in Western Bhutan touring monasteries, dzongs (each district’s administrative headquarters) and small villages. Interacting with the locals and hiking down to the Tiger’s Nest were definitely highlights. From there, it was off to Nepal for an epic trek through Tsum Valley and Manaslu. It was absolute magic. Throughout the 24 day hike we crossed a 5106m (roughly 17,000 ft) pass, were surrounded by panoramic mountain views, slept in tents, and meet curious villagers. One day we took a short detour to Hinang Gompa, a monastery tucked in a side valley off the main Manaslu route. As we neared, we noticed smoke billowing from the main temple and heard the music of ancient instrument carrying in the breeze. Turns out, we had arrived in the midst of their annual puja (a Buddhist religious ceremony) and sat with the monks all afternoon, listening to their chants and watching their practice. It was one of the most unique, and most authentic travel experiences I’ve had.