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

Africa: South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Kenya
Additional countries: India, Canada, Mexico, China, Bahamas, Nevis Island, United Kingdom, Belgium, France, Spain, Hungary, Ireland, Netherlands, Czech Republic, Italy, Turkey, Greece, the British Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, and 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

My passion for travel and ultimately my career path was chosen quickly after college graduation through a program called Bunac where I was a granted a 6-month work visa to work abroad in London, England. Following this experience of working and traveling abroad, I returned to the US and began my first “real job” post college as a travel staff employee at the former Carlson Marketing Worldwide (a branch of the Minneapolis based, Carlson Companies). After almost 5 years of working quite literally all over the world, I got off the road and learned about the world of non-profit and event planning at Sierra Vista Child & Family Services in Modesto, California where I was living at the time. In 2011, I returned to my roots in Minnesota and a friend of mine referred me to Travel Beyond where I returned to my original passion for travel and have been ever since.

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 during which I was able to re-visit a few camps I had seen in 2012 and also see 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, Lion 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 I had my first sighting 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.