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!
Tanzania, Kenya, Egypt, Botswana, 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 Trip
In early 2020, I embarked on a two week safari to Tanzania and was blown away by the beauty of the country. From experiencing the breathtaking natural wonder of the Ngorongoro Crater to seeing the migration on the plains of the Serengeti from a hot air balloon, the trip left me in constant awe. Tanzania really has something for everyone!
I started my trip in Tarangire National Park, which is known for its large elephant population and great bird viewing. I got to watch a large herd of elephants splash and bathe in mud, which left me laughing with delight. From Tarangire, I headed to the Ngorongoro Crater, which is the world’s largest intact volcanic caldera and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. I spent hours watching the abundance of wildlife scattered across the crater floor and enjoyed a bush breakfast while three male elephants sauntered by. I also enjoyed two cultural experiences, a walk with a Maasai warrior along the crater rim and time in a boma to see how the Maasai people live. To read the full details of that experience, check out my blog post: Discovering the Culture of Northern Tanzania.
Up next was Serengeti National Park, with its vast plains and clusters of rocky hills, known as kopje. Taking to the sky in a hot air balloon in the southeastern part of the Serengeti, I got to see the magnitude of the migration and watch hyenas hunt for their morning breakfast. I then headed north to the Lamai wedge area of the Serengeti a stretch of land bordering Kenya’s Maasai Mara Game Reserve. Here I had a true lion king moment when a male lion, perched up on rock sunbathing, roared to his brother who was laying on a nearby rock. If you have never heard a lion roar, the sound reverberates right down to your soul!
My last stop was to the Singita Grumeti Reserve, a neighbor of Serengeti National Park. Within 20mins of landing at the airstrip, our guide had found a male leopard who was displaying his recent kill up in a tree. That evening, I was then surprised with a female leopard with two cubs. Watching the young play in the long grass while their mother watched was a beautiful moment. Those two leopard sightings were unbelievable! On my last day in Tanzania, mother nature wasn’t done yet and I was greeted in the afternoon by a male cheetah perched atop a termite mound in search of a meal. Two big cat sightings in two days was the icing on the cake.
I departed Tanzania with a huge smile on my face. Having seen so many different wildlife species and geological wonders, I can confidently say that it really is a safari destination all should consider.