Specialties

Southern Africa (South Africa, Botswana and Victoria Falls) – luxury wildlife safaris and cultural excursions
East Africa (Kenya, Rwanda and Tanzania incl. Zanzibar) – luxury wildlife safaris, cultural excursions and beach vacations
Chile – active and luxury vacations
The Galapagos Islands – active wildlife expeditions
Peru – active, luxury and wildlife focused vacations
Argentina – active and luxury vacations
India – cultural, religious and wildlife safaris
Southeast Asia (Myanmar, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and Thailand) – cultural and religious journeys, as well as active and luxury travel
Indonesia (West Papua & Borneo)
Honeymoons, Anniversary, and Intergenerational travel
Expedition Cruising – Antarctica, the Artic, Australia, Micronesia

Destinations Visited

South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Kenya, Tanzania (including Zanzibar), Rwanda, Antarctica, India, Ecuador (Galapagos Islands), Peru, Chile, Argentina, Australia, Indonesia (West Papua), Palau, Thailand, Laos, Japan, Vietnam, Cambodia, Myanmar, Italy, England, Netherlands, France, Spain, Portugal, Turkey, Morocco, Switzerland, Austria, Czech Republic, Greece, Belgium, Slovenia, Israel, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Costa Rica, Belize, Canada, Mexico and various parts of the United States.

Education

Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Spanish, University of Wisconsin – Madison

PROFESSIONAL AWARDS:

Travel Agent magazine “30 Under 30” Recipient – 2015

Where I’ve Lived Abroad

Spain & India

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 it from north to south, east to west!

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.

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.

My Most Recent Trip

There aren’t many people who can say they were able to travel in 2020, so I guess I’m one of the lucky ones! My mom and I ventured out to Kenya in September to see the Great Migration and to stay at the world-famous Giraffe Manor. This was truly a trip of a lifetime for us. The country was almost void of tourists and we had many camps to ourselves during peak season. We saw so many animals and had such an amazing time!

To read more about this trip you can read my blog post in which I describe each amazing stop!

Favorite Properties

In no particular order:

Rekero Camp, Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya

This camp boasts arguably one of the very best locations to witness the Great Migration in August and September in the Masai Mara National Reserve. It sits in the central part of the reserve providing access to various crossing points depending on where the large herds of the migration are located. Sometimes, you can even see a river crossing right in front of camp! My mom and I visited this camp in September of 2020 – it was my second time staying there. 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! While staying here we saw so many animals: tons of lion, a leopard, 4 cheetah and loads of plains game. This was one of the highlights of our whole trip.

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. It’s simply amazing! The camp it set on the very edge of the forest where the gorillas live. It doesn’t happen often, but it is possible to see the gorillas if they decide to come out of the forest to take food from the farmers on the forest’s edge. 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!

One&Only Nyungwe House, Nyungwe Forest Reserve, Rwanda

The setting of the One&Only Nyungwe House is an enormous tea plantation with mountains in the background. It’s it so beautiful as you drive into the grounds of this property and look out over the fields. I must have taken a hundred pictures of the same view, because none of them could possibly capture the vista. It was a bit rainy when Rachel and I visited in October and the mist and clouds that ran through the mountains made the setting all the more mysterious and beautiful. Chimp trekking is an activity that is not for the faint of heart, at least in Rwanda, as it’s quite a challenge! However, I thought it was one of the most adventurous treks I’d ever done. Our guide and tracker practically dragged us through extremely thick bush until we found the chimps. Some other groups got much closer than we did, but the adventure of the experience alone was what I enjoyed most. Coming back to a delicious meal and a cozy room made this such an amazing stay!

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! As far as the eye can see, you are looking at open Serengeti grasslands dotted with kopjes (rocky outcrops) that are iconic in the area, and in the distance you can see parts of the Masai Mara in Kenya. 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! After seeing many of the other views on the property, the views from my room were certainly the best – ideal for anyone who wants to feel like they are all by themselves in the middle of Africa.