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. Fast forward 4 years, and I got my dream job. I am thrilled to be able to help in the process of planning custom journeys for clients that exceed their expectations and hopefully inspire conservation!
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
I have many memorable travel experiences, so it’s hard to pick just one! My furthest travel experience was my honeymoon to Bali, which introduced me to the beauty of Indonesia. The whole trip was memorable, but the rural discovery day is something I’ll never forget. We started our day off by visiting a traditional Balinese home and upon arrival, the whole family welcomed us with warm smiles and a homemade breakfast. They continued to share their home with us by allowing us entrance into their private ancestral temple. We learned a lot about the Balinese culture and family life from the home visit. From there, we visited a traditional rice farm and saw all the hard work that goes into the process of farming rice. Our next stop was Pura Kehen Temple, which we had to ourselves! Walking around a temple from the 13th century was awe-inspiring and very educational regarding the Balinese religious beliefs. Following the temple, our guide surprised us with a detour to an overlook that gave us views of Bali’s active volcano, Mount Batur. The last stop of the day was the Sacred Monkey Forest. We interacted with and watched many mischievous macaque monkeys run around the area. The people, culture/history and wildlife make up the heart and soul of Bali.
Most Recent Trip
In October 2018, I traveled with my husband and friends to Germany. We made numerous stops throughout the trip: Stuttgart, Munich, Nuremberg, Bamberg and Frankfurt. A highlight was Bamberg with its cobblestone streets, red brick roofs and beautifully preserved 11th to 19th century buildings and churches. Since it’s a UNESCO World Heritage site, we couldn’t go a block without stumbling upon an old structure.