Why Travel Beyond
My biggest passion is traveling and sharing the travel bug with others. I’m always thinking about what my next adventure will be, as I love to experience new things and explore the world while learning about other cultures. There is so much you can learn from traveling and every place is different. I’m very happy to be surrounded by people who share my passion, and give me new ideas for my very long and always growing bucket list!
Africa: South Africa
Latin America: Ecuador (including Galapagos Islands)
Southeast Asia: Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia
Additional countries: New Zealand, Fiji, England, Ireland, Scotland, Germany, France, Italy, Vatican City, Switzerland, Austria, Iceland, Canada, Aruba, Puerto Rico, St. Lucia and many states in the USA (including Alaska three times, and Hawaii).
Bachelor’s in Business Administration with emphases in marketing and entrepreneurship – Bemidji State University
I was in the events and hospitality industries working and planning various events from corporate meetings/trainings to incentive trips at third party meeting planning companies. I am always planning something, so I wanted to use my skills and follow my passion to help others go on their dream vacations!
Where I’ve lived abroad
I studied abroad in Oxford, England and then traveled around Europe.
Most Memorable Travel Experience
Very hard to pick just one! In New Zealand, I did an overnight cruise in the Milford Sound (beautiful fjord) where we went kayaking. I also went skydiving in Queenstown, New Zealand over the white snowcapped mountains. Completely breathtaking!
In South Africa, having the opportunity to see a black rhino with her baby, African wild dogs with their pups, and being parked in the middle of an elephant herd watching a large female’s stomach move around from her baby inside. One evening on safari while we stopped and got off the vehicle for a “sundowner,” a couple white rhinos approached us quietly and kept getting closer to check us out. Bit of an adrenaline rush to get so close to these strong and large animals on foot! Experiences I will never forget!
Most Recent Trip
In December 2019, I traveled on an educational trip to South Africa during which I visited Johannesburg, Kruger National Park, Cape Town, Franschhoek and the Tswalu Kalahari Reserve. Most of our safari in the Kruger area was rainy (the amount of rain was unusual for that time of year), but we made the best of it and still had amazing sightings! Our trip ended in the Tswalu Kalahari Reserve which is a completely different terrain. The dry desert was very welcomed by our group and we all enjoyed seeing different kinds of animals. We also had the opportunity to walk with meerkats which was a highlight of the trip!
In June 2019, I traveled to Ecuador and embarked on a 7-night cruise in the Galapagos Islands. I fell in love with all the different wildlife we saw on land and sea. It was amazing to swim with sea lions, sharks, sea turtles, manta rays and one of the rarest penguins in the world. The Galapagos Islands are a place I definitely would like to go back to, as you never know what wildlife you will see or the rare wildlife encounters you may have on each island. If you are looking for a different type of safari, a trip to the Galapagos Islands is a must to see animals that you won’t see anywhere else in the world.
Tswalu the Motse – South Africa
Tswalu the Motse and its five bedroom villa, Tarkuni, are located in the Tswalu Kalahari Game Reserve. The guiding and service are excellent, and each booking gets its own private guide and vehicle. The terrain, with its red sand and arid climate, is different than what you would experience in Kruger. While here, you’ll experience very few, if any, mosquitoes which made searching for unique animals such as pangolin, meerkats, sable and aardvark even more enjoyable. The “Walking with Meerkats experience,” offered was a highlight for me; and many clients have enjoyed the nearby fly-in restaurant called Klein Jan owned by a Michelin-star chef.
Leeu Estates – Franschhoek, South Africa
Leeu Estates has a similar feeling to a luxury bed and breakfast, one surrounded by beautiful landscaping and views. You feel right at home with the soothing and cozy décor. It is far enough from town to have quiet and relaxation, yet close enough to town to visit if you choose and dine at local restaurants.