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!

Destinations Visited

Ecuador (including Galapagos Islands), Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, New Zealand, Fiji, South Africa, 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).

Education

Bachelor’s in Business Administration with emphases in marketing and entrepreneurship – Bemidji State University

Career History

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 May 2019, I traveled to Thailand, Vietnam and Cambodia for 18 days. It was my first time to Asia and an experience unlike any other place I have traveled. Southeast Asia has so much to offer! From large cities with scooters everywhere you look, to spending the day with elephants in the jungle, and having some quality relaxing time on the beach. What really stands out is the culture, the friendly locals, and the many different types of food you can try in each country. (Yes, we tried scorpions!) Food tours, an overnight cruise in Halong Bay, Vietnam and a countryside vespa tour in Siem Reap, Cambodia are must-do’s!

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.