Why Travel Beyond

Travel is my passion. There is nothing I enjoy more than deciding on a destination to visit, followed up by executing every tedious detail that goes into trip planning. From budgeting to reviewing every hotel and restaurant, I’ve always been a natural at taking the reins on trips for both myself and for larger groups. I feel so lucky to surround myself with people who have the same appreciation for seeing the world as I do, and to have a job that truly doesn’t feel like work.

Destinations Visited

Africa: South Africa
Latin America: Mexico
Additional countries: Australia, New Zealand, Belgium, England, France, Italy, Germany, Greece, Monaco, Spain, The Netherlands, Canada, Antigua, Aruba, The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Cayman Islands, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, St. Martin, St. Kitts, St. Lucia, U.S Virgin Islands, Various states throughout the U.S, including Hawaii

Education

I received my B.A in Journalism/Strategic Communications, with a minor in English, from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities

Career History

I left the University of Minnesota very set on the idea that the advertising/marketing industry was where I should be. I spent several years in a few different account management positions, but never felt truly fulfilled, and knew that there was more out there for me. As I began incorporating some of my own personal interests into ‘side gigs’, I realized that it was time to pursue a career that would keep my interest full time, not just on the side. I am so happy that my love for travel and planning eventually brought me to Travel Beyond.

Most Memorable Travel Experience

Living abroad in another country is an incredibly unique experience. As a college student, I spent the summer of 2009 living and working in Adelaide, Australia, where I did my best to blend in at a local advertising agency. While not working, I made a point to see as much of the country as I could, often taking the lead on planning weekend excursions to other cities with a handful of other interns who were based in Adelaide along with me. Although I’d done plenty of traveling prior to this summer, it was my first time experiencing true independence while abroad. I ended up seeing all corners of the continent, with activities ranging from snorkeling the Great Barrier Reef, climbing the Harbour Bridge in Sydney, and even sleeping under the stars in the Outback. My travels to that corner of the world came to an end with a weeklong excursion to New Zealand, where I capped off my trip by bungy jumping from one of the world’s tallest structures.

My Most Recent Trip

I was lucky enough to travel to South Africa with my colleague Callie Robinson in April 2022. It was my first trip to Africa and after years of having this country on my bucket list, it was totally worth the wait! We began our journey on safari in the Greater Kruger National Park, staying at what ultimately became my favorite property—Singita Lebombo Lodge. Spoiled with our own private guide and the best of the best with food, wine and service, I couldn’t have dreamed of spending our first few days at a more amazing location. Our stay at Lebombo was followed by equally impressive experiences at two other properties in the Sabi Sands before ending the first leg of our safari  at MalaMala Camp. Leopards were aplenty throughout our first week in Africa and I was fortunate to have a few rare animal sightings—including two separate leopard kills!

We continued our journey with a two-night stay on the Western Cape of South Africa, spending time at Grootbos Garden and Mountain Lodges. After the many early mornings we had on safari, this was the perfect place to get a little rest and relaxation. We then ventured to Cape Town and the Winelands to again experience incredible food, wine and scenery. I particularly enjoyed our stay in the Victoria & Alfred waterfront area and the many shops and restaurants steps away from our hotel (Cape Grace).

We finished up our two weeks in Africa at both Marataba Safari and Mountain Lodges. The abundance of rhino at these properties was truly incredible and the landscape could not have been more beautiful. A perfect place to close out my first (and definitely not last!) trip to South Africa.

Favorite Properties

Singita Lebombo Lodge- South Africa

The moment you step onto the property, you feel instantly pampered. The lodging, food and wine simply cannot be beat, and the resort-style pool is the perfect place to relax after a morning on safari. Although all of these are reason enough to stay at Lebombo, my personal favorite part was the service we received. Everyone on staff was incredible, but our safari guiding team in particular really made my stay here (and my first time on safari) second to none.

Grootbos Garden & Forest Lodges- South Africa

Both of these properties are perfect options for those looking for a spa-like experience pre or post safari. Spend your mornings relaxing with a cup of coffee on your private patio overlooking the ocean, followed by afternoons at leisure with plenty of activities available right on site. With both Gansbaai and Hermanus nearby for shark cage diving, whale watching, wine tasting and more, you are free to do as much or as little as you want—just how a vacation should be!