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

Australia, New Zealand, Belgium, England, France, Italy, Germany, Greece, Monaco, Spain, The Netherlands, Canada, Mexico, 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 planned a whirlwind 10-day, five country tour of Europe for my husband and I in the Fall of 2018. Since it was his first time to Europe, it was my hope to show him some of my favorite places, while also experiencing some “firsts” of my own. We started our journey in a city new to both of us, Amsterdam, and lost track of the number of miles we covered, exploring the city by both foot and bike. We next took a quick train ride over to Cologne, Germany, where we sampled the local cuisine and beverages (Kolsch). Our third country on the list was Belgium, where we spent time in both Brussels and the fairytale city of Bruges. Chocolate, beer, and French fries were consumed heavily! Last on our list were London and Paris, the former being one of my favorite cities in the world. We stayed right in the heart of Covent Garden, where we experienced the true hustle and bustle of the city. All in all, it was amazing to share in the experience of traveling internationally with my husband, and we can’t wait until our next trip together!