Regions: Southern Africa, East Africa, Egypt, Latin America, Antarctica & the Arctic, and Southeast Asia
Travel Types: Luxury Travel, Adventure Travel, Active Travel, Expedition Travel, Family & Multi-Generational Travel, Romance & Honeymoon Travel, Primate Treks, Safaris, Special Celebrations
Special Interests: Beach, City Tours, Conservation, History & Culture, Food & Wine, Hiking & Walking, Nature & Wildlife, Photography
Africa: South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Kenya, Tanzania (including Zanzibar), Rwanda, Morocco
Latin America: Ecuador (Galapagos Islands), Peru, Chile, Argentina, Costa Rica, Belize, Mexico
Southeast Asia: Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, Myanmar, Indonesia (West Papua)
Additional countries: India, Antarctica, Australia, Palau, Japan, Iceland, Italy, England, Netherlands, France, Spain, Portugal, Turkey, Switzerland, Austria, Czech Republic, Greece, Belgium, Slovenia, Israel, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Canada, and various parts of the United States.
Why I’m a Travel Consultant
I often tell my friends and family that I’ve won the “job lottery,” and I truly believe that. It gives me so much joy planning once-in-a-life time journeys to some of my favorite places on earth. There is nothing more rewarding for me than sharing my travel experiences with others, so that they can use my experiences to help plan their own adventure. When our clients return home after an amazing trip to India or an adventurous safari in Africa they see the world just a little bit differently and have the opportunity to share those experiences with others. Travel is such an important part of my life because it opens my eyes to new ways of thinking and offers experiences and opportunities that I would never have in my hometown: Minneapolis, Minnesota. We live in such a big world, I feel very fortunate to be able to explore so much of it!
Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Spanish, University of Wisconsin – Madison
My career in travel started unexpectedly with an internship in India just after graduating. While there, I worked for a tour operator in Gurgaon, located just outside of Delhi. My stipend for the internship was something like $200 per month, but fresh out of college, with room and board, and travel paid by the internship, I was set! I got to explore India from north to south, east to west and there are still over 20 states in the country that I never visited. By moving to India, I learned so much about myself, fell in love with travel and found a passion for world exploration. Since then, I’ve never stopped. After living in India, I found my way to Travel Beyond and it’s been the perfect fit– fulfilling my desire for travel and my passion for helping others do the same. This year marks my 10-year anniversary with Travel Beyond.
Professional Awards & Accomplishments:
Travel Agent magazine “30 Under 30” Recipient – 2015
Where I’ve Lived Abroad
Spain & India
Most Memorable Travel Experience
My first safari in Botswana is an experience I will never forget. There is one particular moment on safari that will always stay with me. I was staying at Savuti Camp in the Linyanti and my guide Tsepo and I were out on an afternoon game drive. It was just the two of us in a vehicle and we came around a corner to this incredible view that reminded me of a scene from The Lion King. It sounds silly, but it was magical. There were giraffe and elephant in the distance, impala and zebra grazing together in peace and then warthogs scurrying about. Not to mention a variety of birds were floating around in the mix. It was this picture perfect moment that I just loved. We sat in that same spot for probably 20 or 30 minutes just taking in the scene. We only left once a large herd of elephant (including babies!) walked right in front of our vehicle, checking us out as they lazily passed by.
My Most Recent Trip
Just after borders opened in Argentina, my colleague Nicole Cooper and I hopped on a flight and were on our way! The trip to Argentina was filled with amazing food and wine, stunning nature, beautiful hikes, and so much more. This was my first trip to Iguazu Falls after having been to Victoria Falls many times and I thought it might be “just another waterfall”, but it was truly a haven of waterfalls and jungle. It looked like a scene out of an adventure movie. I loved it! I also love the variety of experiences possible in Argentina – there is something for everyone! A highlight of the trip was the trip to El Chalten for the Fitz Roy hike. It was a challenging trek, but so rewarding and incredibly beautiful. This trip reminded me how much more there is to see and explore in Latin America!
Recommended Right Now
There are so many amazing places to visit, but my favorites tend to be some of the most remote. I love the feeling of being away from civilization, away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. I even enjoy places that have no WiFi! To completely disconnect from emails and phone notifications and to reconnect to nature and to myself. That’s what I love.
When people ask me what my favorite place in the world is, I cannot answer with just one place. Instead, I narrow it down to my top 3: Torres del Paine in Chile, West Papua in Indonesia, and the African bush- specifically, the Okavango Delta in Botswana. All three of these places allow me to do just that- to escape from the outside world and commune with nature.
In no particular order:
Singita Kwitonda Lodge, Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda
If I had to choose just one word to define this lodge, it would be divine! The setting, the accommodation, the location and the food cannot be matched in all of Rwanda. The camp is set on the very edge of the forest in which the gorillas live. It doesn’t happen often, but it is possible to see the gorillas if they decide to search for food on nearby farms. The rooms are enormous and so stunning. If you are looking to end your trip with a gorilla trek (one of the most amazing safari experiences I’ve personally ever had) and with incredibly luxurious lodging – this is the place to stay!
Eolo, Patagonia’s Spirit, El Calafate, Argentina
The views from this property are out of this world. The photos don’t do it justice. On a clear day you can see for miles and miles, and even spot the peaks of Torres del Paine in Chile in the distance. The food here is incredible and the service is top notch. In my opinion there is no better place to stay in Argentina, and especially in El Calafate. My only regret is not spending more time here.
Bumi Hills Lodge, Lake Kariba, Zimbabwe
Lake Kariba is far larger than I ever realized, and Bumi Hills is an amazing place to stay while exploring it. You can look out into the lake without seeing the other side- it seems more like an ocean than a lake. It’s such a special ecosystem because it’s home to a variety of fish, such as tiger fish (which are very fun to try to catch!) and a host of other species that hang out on the shores of the lake such as elephants, antelope, hippos, crocodiles and a plethora of birds. There’s no swimming in this lake, but all of the activities on offer here make it an amazing stop on any Zimbabwe safari!
Rekero Camp, Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
This camp is one of the very best locations from which to witness the Great Migration in August and September. Sometimes, you can even see a river crossing right in front of camp! The camp is quaint with nothing too flashy about the tented accommodations; but the property gives you a true sense of adventure and of being on safari. It’s hard to come by a night that you don’t hear hippo or lion. It’s awesome!
Nomad’s Lamai Serengeti, Northern Serengeti, Tanzania
From the moment I arrived at Lamai Serengeti, I knew it was one of my new favorite properties in all of Africa. The views from the common areas (the bar, dining area, and lounge) are unbelievable! Lamai sits on a large kopje that is home to a pride of more than 30 lions, so needless to say, the lion sightings I had were some of the best I’ve ever seen! I stayed in room #1 which is a bit of a hike from the common areas, but it’s worth the effort as the views were certainly the best. It’s ideal for anyone who wants to feel like they are alone in the middle of Africa.