Why Travel Beyond

Travel Beyond was actually the first place I ever worked, when I was in high school. I loved being a part of such a close-knit team and of course, working for the family business! Even if I didn’t have familial ties to Travel Beyond, I still feel I could have ended up here based on my love for travel, wildlife, and conservation. I have learned a lot about conservation and sustainability through my previous work here. It didn’t take me long to rejoin the team after trying a few other jobs, and I am excited to be back!

Destinations Visited

Africa: South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia
Latin America: Argentina, Peru
Additional countries: Australia, Guam, Canada, Germany, The Netherlands, Belgium, France, United Kingdom, Ireland, Bahamas, Antarctica, French Polynesia, Samoa, American Samoa, Fiji

Education

I graduated from the University of Miami in 2020 with a degree in Ecosystem Science and Policy and minors in Math and Education and Psychosocial Studies.

Career History

Since graduating from college, I have worked as an educational nanny, the Assistant Manager of a Snap Fitness club, and a Spa Coordinator at Life Time.

Most Memorable Travel Experience

The most memorable trip I have taken was an expedition cruise to Antarctica that my family and I went on together. The trip was an absolute dream from start to finish, but nothing compares to the day we finally got to the icy continent of Antarctica and got to sled down snowy hills alongside penguins who waddled their way to the top of the hills and slid down on their bellies! We had a champagne toast and rang in the New Year as we continued along our incredible journey. I will never forget the millions of penguins we saw, the seven species of whales we spotted from the ship, and the enormous elephant seals lounging along the shores of the islands we visited.

Most Recent Trip

My most recent trip was to one of my favorite countries, Peru! I first visited the country when I was just ten years old. I fondly remember riding a donkey in Cusco, befriending a parakeet, tapir, and capybara in the Amazon, and counting the alpacas and llamas we spotted at Machu Picchu – we saw 17! It was a trip that always stood out to me, so I was thrilled to return to the country that stole my heart over a decade ago (and this time being old enough to enjoy the classic pisco sour).

Our trip began in Lima, where we enjoyed a food tour and visited the Larco museum, famous for its beautiful gardens. We next traversed the rivers of the Peruvian Amazon aboard the Delfin I, a truly unforgettable experience. Our next stop was the Sacred Valley of the Incas. We loved our cozy casita at Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba, and the mountain views were breathtaking! Kayaking on Lake Piuray followed by a traditional Pachamanca lunch was a highlight of our stay in the Sacred Valley. My favorite part of this excursion was meeting the friendly resident alpaca who was soaking up all the attention he could get!

The next site we explored was Machu Picchu. Hopping off the Vistadome train at KM 104, we climbed a shorter, 8-mile portion of the 26-mile Inca Trail. While the hike was quite a challenge, the views of the Machu Picchu Citadel from the Sun Gate made it all worthwhile. Here we even witnessed a marriage proposal! Our journey came to an end when we returned to Cusco, where we spent some time exploring the city (and savoring one last pisco sour) before heading home. This trip proved to me that even when revisiting a previous travel destination, there will always be more to discover!

Favorite Properties

Cape Grace – Cape Town, South Africa

As an ocean lover, Cape Town is without a doubt my favorite city in the world, and the Cape Grace makes you feel like royalty. It is stylish yet homey with amazing service and spectacular views of the marina and Table Mountain.

Toka Leya – Livingstone, Zambia

When I was eleven years old, I stood in the pool as it was being built, and crossed my fingers for a chance to come back when the lodge (and the brick pizza oven) were complete. Five years later, I jumped into the pool after laying out in the sun, following an incredible morning boat safari and a manicure at the spa. The endless activities along with the staff, rooms and food make Toka Leya my all-time favorite safari lodge.

Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba- Sacred Valley of the Incas, Peru

From our first night arriving in the dark and being transferred by golf cart to our casita, I could not yet see the surrounding mountains, but I could already tell the property was truly special! In the morning when we drew back the curtains, the mountain views were breathtaking.  The hotel’s exterior design is based on the Cusco regional architecture, with an interior design based on local materials. I hated to leave our casita but loved the views of the countryside as we drove away from the property.