A Perfect Time for Phuket

Phuket is set to open to tourists in July and it couldn’t be a more perfect time to visit. The past year has given this region of Thailand the opportunity to both rejuvenate itself and return to its traditional roots, making Phuket an ideal destination for those looking to head back to Southeast Asia. Wildlife Read more…

A Year Without Travel

In March of 2020 I had planned to visit Peru on my first educational trip with Travel Beyond. I’d spent a summer in Cusco sixteen years earlier and couldn’t wait to return to my old stomping grounds. But then, just two days before my departure, everything changed. The COVID-19 virus we’d been hearing about in Read more…

Discovering the Magic of the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans

The dust from the airplane settled as we disembarked the plane. Immediately, we are greeted by a tall man beaming from ear to ear, exclaiming warmly, “Welcome to the Salt Pans!!” The Makgadikgadi Salt Pans (pronounced ma-KHAD-ik-KHAD-ee) stretch across a huge area of Botswana’s semi-arid Kalahari Desert. They are the remnants of an enormous lake that Read more…

Animal Viewing in the Okavango Delta

When you think of safari, what comes to mind? For most it is riding in a 4×4 land cruiser across a vast landscape. This is certainly a common way to view the wildlife of Africa, but it is by no means the only. I recently returned from a two-week trip to the Okavango Delta, located Read more…

Five Photography Tips for Your Next Trip

Whether you are an avid photographer or you just like to dabble, you are likely to going to want a snap at least a few photos during your travel. There are countless options for cameras, lenses and more and we address those in our blog post focusing on cameras and binoculars. No matter your camera Read more…

Options in Kenya’s Mara

Comparing the Masai Mara National Reserve and Mara Conservancies If you have ever thought about a Kenya safari, you have likely considered a stay in the Mara area. Deciding whether or not to go to the Mara is pretty easy – it is one of the country’s must-see destinations, after all! However, given the many Read more…

An African Safari: The Perfect Honeymoon

It’s hard to put into words how meaningful it was to return to Africa after almost two years away from the bush. About once a year for over a decade, I’ve been lucky enough to explore many incredible destinations throughout southern and east Africa. But what made this trip even more special was this time Read more…

Travel During COVID-19: A Q&A

Following her recent return from southern Africa, we chatted with Katie Gomer, Travel Beyond’s Product Manager for Africa. From discussing her international flights to the protocols at each camp, she shed light on mask wearing, test administration, and the overall experience of traveling during COVID-19. While everyone’s trip will look and feel different, her answers Read more…

Capturing Wildlife—Binoculars and Cameras 101

As you prepare for your upcoming adventure, you want to be sure that you’ve packed the perfect equipment for seeing and/or capturing the exceptional wildlife that awaits. While there is no right answer, we asked a few of our consultants to share their expert opinions on both binoculars and cameras. Binoculars: To Bring or Not Read more…