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

Africa: Botswana, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Kenya, Morocco
Latin America: Ecuador & Galapagos Islands, Peru, Bolivia, Chile, Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Uruguay, Panama, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Belize, Mexico, Antarctica
Southeast Asia: Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, Indonesia (Bali, Lombok, Flores)
Additional countries: Jordan, India, Japan, Taiwan, Nepal, Bhutan, Maldives, Australia, New Zealand Canada, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ireland, England, France, Germany, Luxemburg, Belgium, Netherlands, Spain, Austria, Germany, Italy, Iceland, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Greece, Bosnia, Croatia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates

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, I have narrowed it down to two. The first 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.

The other is one particular day within a larger multi-week Himalayan trek. I’d already spent two weeks in Bhutan and thirteen days hiking in Nepal when my group took a slight detour to visit Hinang Gompa, a monastery tucked in a side valley off the main Manaslu trail. 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.

My Most Recent Trip

Southern Africa, September 2021

This past September, I returned to southern Africa for the first time in 18 years, alongside my colleagues Kota Tabuchi and Megan Huntoon. We spent three weeks visiting South Africa, Botswana, and Zimbabwe and had the opportunity to participate in some truly incredible activities. Beginning in South Africa, Megan and I witnessed a handful of unforgettable sightings: a family of leopard eating an impala, a clan of 40 hyena devouring a hippo, and 11 lion cubs warming themselves inside a zebra. In Botswana, the three of us hopped into helicopters, for two doors-off flights, one over the Okavango Delta, the other in the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans. Seeing these two expansive ecosystems from the air gave us an entirely new perspective on their size and beauty. We spent a morning with meerkats and an afternoon accompanying local bushmen on a short walk across the pans. In Zimbabwe, we watched around fifty elephants visit a watering hole from within a nearby photographic hide and spent a night sleeping out under the stars. No matter which country or what camp, around every corner there was something new for us to see and do!

Kenya, June 2021

After over a year of staying home, I couldn’t wait to explore a new corner of Africa and our two weeks on safari far exceeded even my wildest dreams. Starting in Lewa, my friend Anna and I watched a demonstration from the Conservancy’s anti-poaching canine unit, spotted numerous rhino, including a three month old calf, and spent a morning on horseback, getting far closer to giraffe than I ever thought possible. In Loisaba, we enjoyed sundowners alongside a leopard family and were treated to incredible bush meals, complete with lanterns, a firepit and full bar. From there, it was off to Mara Plains, for a few days in a luxurious riverside tent. Here, we had the good fortune of witnessing a cheetah stalk, chase, and bring down a Thompson gazelle. Watching it run, full speed, in the open plain, is something I will never forget. Our guide also found us lion and leopard that same morning, giving us our first African Cat-Trick. The final stop on our epic adventure was Ngare Serian, from where we hot air ballooned over the Masai Mara and spent an evening in the camp’s newly refurbished tree house. Topping it all off we stumbled upon an adorable cheetah family and the tiniest of lion cubs. From the accommodations to the animal sightings, the food to the various daily activities, I couldn’t have asked for a more perfect introduction to Kenya!

Favorite Properties

Singita Sweni—South Africa

Singita Sweni is the ideal combination of service, luxury, and activity. Located in its own private concession, you have access to incredible wildlife and the opportunity to explore both in a vehicle and on foot. The landscape is wild and rugged, which pairs perfectly with the comforts of camp. Each room also offers the option to bathe and sleep outdoors, allowing you to feel fully immersed in nature throughout your stay.

Duba Plains– Botswana

This camp offers everything one could want while on safari. It’s décor—copper fixtures, leather couches, and intricate rugs– transports you back in time, making you feel like an intrepid explorer. The camp’s culinary team provides gourmet meals, made from the freshest ingredients, and even offer an interactive dining experience. And the wildlife. From rhinoceros to malachite kingfishers and everything in between, you have a chance to spot so many interesting species. Plus, with water year-round, you can always hop on a boat cruise or do some fishing! Duba Plains truly has it all!

San Camp—Botswana

There is no more unique location than the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans and San Camp offers the perfect place from which to explore this vast ecosystem. Situated just on the Pan’s edge, you can drive, ride, or even quad bike out into the landscape (weather permitting), appreciating the total silence that arises as you venture farther afield. Rare species such as aardvark and brown hyena make an appearance, most often in the evening, while a family of habituated meerkats offer an adorable up-close animal encounter. The camp itself—with its white tents and Moroccan inspired decoration– only adds to this often-otherworldly experience.

Explora Torres del Paine—Chile

For someone who enjoys the mountains, there is no better place to stay, as you start each morning with unimpeded views of the magnificent Macizo del Paine. Pair that with the opportunity to hike its various trails and appreciate the nearby glaciers, and the lodge is every nature lover’s dream. Explora’s impeccable service, exceptional guiding, and delicious food only add to the experience, making it a destination you’ll never want to leave!

Uma by COMO, Ubud – Bali

This property is an ideal Indonesian retreat. Whether you book a standard room, suite, or one of the private villas, you can’t help but relax. Fill your days with complimentary yoga classes, a massage, or simply a soak in one of the property’s pools. And for those who want more adventure, there are morning walks, along with a handful of excursions to choose between, including cultural and culinary tours.