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Why Travel Beyond
Growing up with parents who were both teachers gave me the unique opportunity to travel every summer. From those experiences, I developed my passion for travel and wildlife conservation. In the past few years, I found myself creating my own trip itineraries and started helping friends plan theirs. Seeing that spark of excitement in someone’s eye when they return from a trip is what it’s all about for me. I knew then that I wanted to work in the travel industry and help others get the most out of their travel experiences. After using Travel Beyond to plan my honeymoon, I knew their knowledge, service, attention to detail, and passion for travel set them apart from other companies in the industry. I got my dream job at Travel Beyond in 2019. Today, I am thrilled to be a travel consultant, planning custom journeys for clients that exceed their expectations and hopefully inspire conservation!
Tanzania, Kenya, Egypt, Botswana, South Africa, Bali, Netherlands, Great Britain, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Germany, France, Czech Republic, Austria, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia, Switzerland, Russia, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Norway, Singapore, Aruba, Jamaica, Turks & Caicos, Mexico, Canada and various parts of the United States including Alaska and Hawaii.
I started my career off doing affiliate sales and marketing for a company that is a distributor of television programming networks. I learned a lot about sales and how to tackle numerous different duties that a small company requires. After 11 years, I decided I wanted to make a career change and work in an industry I was passionate about.
Most Memorable Travel Experience
It has been a lifelong dream for my husband to go to Egypt. This past October we made that dream happen! We wanted to see as much as we could, so we opted to do a cruise on the Nile river and additionally spend two nights in Cairo to see the Great Pyramids. From seeing Abu Simbel, a UNESCO World Heritage site dating back to the 13th century BC, to the many temples located just minutes from the banks of the Nile and the tombs of Egyptian rulers scattered throughout the Valley of the Kings and Queens, the cruise was such a great experience and I definitely recommend anyone considering Egypt to include a cruise to their itinerary. Ending our trip in Cairo to see the Great Pyramids was an eye-opening experience, it took around 20,000-30,000 workers to build and is much bigger in person. We even braved the narrow climb inside the pyramid to see king Khufu’s tomb room. My husband and I left Egypt with more than we bargained for, it really is a true ancient marvel of the world. To read the full details of my trip, check out my blog post: An Adventure on the Nile
Most Recent Trips
In October-November of 2021, I headed to South Africa where I spent much of my time in the Sabi Sand. The reserve had some of the best and most varied animal viewing, including leopard, which I saw at least once a day! These elusive cats are one of my favorites, and this area is teeming with them. Another highlight was seeing a mother cheetah and her three adolescent cubs all feeding on an impala kill. To read more about the Sabi Sand, along with other reserves I visited in the Greater Kruger ecosystem, you can read by blog here.
From the Sabi Sand, I headed to Cape Town and the Winelands. While here, I enjoyed seeing the penguins at Boulder’s Beach, walking along the V&A waterfront and of course enjoying some wine tasting. Cape Town and the Winelands pair perfectly with safari as it gives you the best of both worlds: seeing some amazing wildlife while also getting to enjoy world class food, wine and city life.
My trip ended in the Marakele National Park to with a visit to Marataba Safari Lodge. This is a malaria free area and offers a landscape quite different from the Sabi Sand. The Mathews Mountain Range can be seen from the tents, providing a spectacular backdrop. A highlight here was seeing 18 rhino in one day! Marataba is such a unique area and I look forward to going back one day.
In April of 2021, I embarked on an incredible safari to Botswana with the owners of Travel Beyond, Craig and Kay Beal, and my colleague Melanie Reger. Our first stop was the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans to catch the tail end of the zebra migration. We also spent time with the habituated meerkats that live near Jack’s Camp, San Camp and Camp Kalahari, all of which have this activity on offer. To read the full details of my experience in the salt pans, check out my blog post: Discovering the Magic of the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans.
From the salt pans, we headed to the Okavango Delta where we enjoyed amazing game drives. We spotted wild dog, one of my favorites, and watched a crocodile attack a baboon. The whole troop eventually helped their fellow member escape and the crocodile disappeared below the water. Truly an epic moment! We also took a scenic helicopter ride over parts of the Delta, during which we could appreciate the varied landscapes and animals from an entirely new perspective! Another activity that we simply couldn’t miss was a mokoro (dugout canoe) ride through the Delta’s narrow waterways. From here, we got to see small things not normally noticed like frogs and beautiful water lilies. Botswana as a safari destination exceeded my expectations and I cannot wait to return.