Why Travel Beyond

Quite simply, being passionate about travel. The world is a huge place and there will always be another destination to discover, you can’t put a price on the memories created when you travel!

Destinations Visited

South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Kenya, Canada, Mexico, China, India, Bahamas, Nevis Island, United Kingdom, Belgium, France, Spain, Hungary, Ireland, Netherlands, Czech Republic, Italy, Turkey, Greece, the British Virgin Islands, Various parts of the USA including Hawaii.

Education

BA in Public Relations and a Communications Minor at the School of Journalism, University of Minnesota – Twin Cities

Career History

Trip Director-Carlson Marketing Worldwide
Fund Development Assistant/Events Coordinator-Sierra Vista Child & Family Services

Where I’ve lived Abroad

London, England

Most Memorable Travel Experience

My first walking safari in Kenya in March 2014 with my husband and two guides. To be on ground level, feet from animals and not knowing what to expect with every step, was by far the most thrilling travel experience I’ve ever had.

My Most Recent Trip

South Africa in December 2019. This was my second trip to South Africa and I got to visit a few campsI had seen in 2012 and also some new properties and areas I hadn’t experienced before. I joined three Travel Beyond colleagues and five consultants from other travel companies for a 2 week familiarization trip. We covered properties in Johannesburg, Kruger National Park, MalaMala Game Reserve, Lions Sands Private Game Reserve, Cape Town, Franschhoek and ended the trip in the Tswalu Kalahari Game Reserve.

Favorite Properties

Vumbura Plains (Botswana)

I loved the sleek, modern and opulent décor and spacious feeling of this camp. We had an excellent guide, food was impeccable, and my first siting of wild dogs at this camp, so it will always be a favorite.

Lewa Wilderness Lodge (Kenya)

Located in the Lewa Conservancy, this lodge will forever have a special place in my heart. This is where I experienced my first walking safari mentioned above and met my most favorite guide on safari thus far, Karamushu.

Mara Plains (Kenya)

Located in the Masai Mara, this camp was magnificent. The night I stayed there I was able to enjoy a sundowner and appetizers (also known as bitings) on a blanket by a fire overlooking a wide open grassland of giraffes, zebra, wildebeest and even a hyena making their way across the bush before sunset. It was such a special and unforgettable memory.