Southern Africa, East Africa & Mt. Kilimanjaro
Why I’m a Consultant
My love for travel has grown so much since I joined the Travel Beyond team. Prior to starting my career in the travel industry, I had traveled outside the country only a handful of times, including studying abroad in college. As a Travel Associate for a handful of years, I aided in the booking process alongside the travel consultants and producers. My experiences have led me to be inspired by travel and constantly expanding my knowledge on new destinations. After all, knowledge is power. As a Travel Consultant, I am eager to inspire others to travel to new destinations based on my own experiences and knowledge.
BS in Marketing, Minnesota State Mankato
Why Travel Beyond
As I grow older, I realize life is too short and one should do what makes them happy. For me, traveling is fulfilling and empowering. I am not meant to work in a hospital or delve into the depths of the corporate world, I am meant to explore. I love experiencing new places and sharing my stories with others. Travel Beyond makes this possible. As stated on our website, “our world is full of magnificent places, unique cultures and amazing people. From the majestic wildlife and remote beauty of Botswana’s Okavango Delta to the stunning scenery and hospitable culture of South America, there is no shortage of destinations to add to your travel bucket list”. As for me, my bucket list keeps growing to the corners of the world I never knew were possible.
Most Memorable Travel Experience
I have been in love with Africa for several years now. The wildlife, culture, diversity, adventure and people have taken a hold on my interests and continue to inspire my future travel plans. I have been bitten by the safari bug and am so glad I have! In February 2019, my colleague Katie Blackstone and I embarked on an educational trip throughout Kenya. I had been dreaming of visiting Kenya for some time, though I was not prepared for the amount of growth I would experience both personally and professionally. Katie and I were lucky enough to witness the Big 5, set out on a 2-day walking safari, game drive throughout the famous Masai Mara and enjoy some remarkable cultural experiences throughout this trip. Since returning, I tell most of my clients interested in travel to Africa, “if you have a vision of what Africa looks like in your head, it’s Kenya”. The memories we shared in Kenya will stay with me forever and shine through when I talk about this magical country to my friends, family members and clients.
My Most Recent Trip
In September 2019, I embarked on a journey back to Tanzania. Though this time was not meant for a jaw-dropping photographic safari, but rather to trek Mt. Kilimanjaro! In order to prepare for the adventure to the summit, I trained for about 5 months, and it paid off! I summited the mountain on September 29 at approximately 7:10am, one of the greatest feelings I have ever felt. The road was a long one, and I want people to know this trek isn’t easy. You must be physically and mentally fit to endure the long days, unpredictable weather and high altitude. While I have been an active person my entire life, I had never been above 14,200 ft elevation before this hike, which was very nerve racking leading up to the moment. As long as you take each step very slowly, or rather “pole pole” (“slowly slowly” in Swahili), your success rate will increase. If you love hiking, camping and the outdoors or enjoy a challenge, then Kilimanjaro should be added to your bucket list. Since returning to the states, I am already anticipating which major hike I wish to accomplish next!