Craig Beal Named to Travel + Leisure A-List for 9th Year!

For the 9th straight year, Travel Beyond owner Craig Beal was named to the elite Travel + Leisure A-List as a Safari Specialist! As Craig’s 2019 member profile on Travel + Leisure’s website explains, “Safari travel runs in Beal’s blood. His mother founded Travel Beyond — the company he now owns — and he has Read more…

Consider a Culinary Experience when Planning your Next Trip

No matter what country you visit, you can be assured its culture is inextricably linked to its food. So, if your travel goals include seeking authentic cultural experiences that are personally meaningful, then consider adding a culinary experience to your next itinerary. While you will delight in exotic tastes and smells that represent each new Read more…

Travel Agent Awards Rachel David “30 Under 30”

  Travel Beyond is proud to announce that consultant Rachel David was recently named to Travel Agent magazine’s elite 2019 “30-Under-30” list! Having held several positions since joining the Travel Beyond team, Rachel brings a strong customer service focus to her role as a consultant and prides herself on creating genuine connections with her clients. Read more…

Photographing Wildlife at “The Hide”

This spring, we took our first family trip to Southern Africa over our kids’ spring break (late March to early April). This was the farthest we had ever traveled with my 15-year-old son and 14-year-old daughter, but we managed to pack a lifetime of experiences into just twelve days. We spent time in South Africa Read more…

The Pulse of the Mekong River

From its spring-fed source in China’s Tibetan Plateau, the Mekong River flows through Myanmar, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam before emptying into the South China Sea. While the upper half of the Mekong flows through rugged terrain, the river’s flow and landscapes in Cambodia and Vietnam lend well to travel and exploration by boat. Often Read more…

Returning to Botswana with My Kid in Tow

Last June, I returned to Botswana, one of the first countries I visited in Africa on my first safari in April 2000 and truly a jewel of wildlife conservation. Nearing two dozen trips to Africa, I still never get jaded by the safari experience, the game drives or the animals. Africa just doesn’t get old Read more…

A Peruvian Adventure

Most people have an image of Machu Picchu in their mind’s eye when they think of Peru, but this vast country has much more to offer than its most iconic site. In April 2019, my younger sister and I embarked on a trip we had always dreamed of taking together. We set out on a Read more…

A Sea Turtle Soiree in South Africa

The Leatherback sea turtle is the biggest and one of the rarest of all sea turtles. Threatened by activities like commercial fishing and pollution, there are only 34,000-36,000 left in the wild, so catching a glimpse of these giant turtles can be a once in a lifetime opportunity and a breathtaking sight. During my January Read more…

Sea Safaris in the Coral Triangle of Indonesia

African safaris have always been our most-requested type of travel, given our company’s longstanding history in Africa. Wildlife viewing in iconic destinations like the Serengeti, the Okavango Delta, the Kruger ecosystem and the Masai Mara are unforgettable experiences. Often travelers return from a safari with a new appreciation for wildlife, eager to see iconic species Read more…

Safari Guides: Storytellers, Zoologists and More

Bleary-eyed, we raced over the plains of the Masai Mara, the chilly morning air whipping around us as we gripped our thermoses with one hand and the vehicle with the other. Far in the distance, our guide had spotted a cloud of dust rising from a rocky outcropping—to our untrained vision, yet another feature of Read more…