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

South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Australia, Peru, Guam, Canada, Germany, The Netherlands, Belgium, France, United Kingdom, Ireland, Bahamas, Argentina, 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 overseas was to South Africa and Botswana. Africa has a piece of my heart, and with each trip comes new memories and stories to share. This was the first time I got to see cheetah, on my sixth trip to Africa! This was also the first kill I ever witnessed, as we came upon a mother cheetah teaching her two (adorable) cubs how to hunt by taking down an impala, who was too busy fighting another impala to notice the three incoming cheetah. Though I am the type who was secretly rooting for the impala to get away, it is a part of nature that is incredible to witness, and an experience that I will always remember!

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.

Southern Ocean Lodge – Kangaroo Island, South Australia

My family arrived late at night to an illuminated, paradisaical resort without knowing what was surrounding us, besides widespread woodland and the creatures that call it home. My sister woke me up in the morning by opening our bedroom curtain to reveal an incredible ocean view just past our door, as far as the eye could see. Though it is hard to tear yourself away from the luxurious lodge all afternoon, the activities on offer were even more amazing! The tours revolved around the flourishing wildlife on Kangaroo Island, and I never thought I’d see so many kangaroos, wallabies, koalas, seals and sea lions, as well as the elusive echidna.

Ceiba Tops – Nauta, Peru

From the boat transfer across the Amazon where I first saw the pink river dolphins to viewing the rainforest from above the treetops on the canopy walkway, this lodge was full of exciting spectacles. I’ll never forget the tamarins leaping around the boardwalk, Charlie the capybara or the tapir that hung out around the pool!