Exploring Panama’s Caribbean Coast

As a history major in college, I’d always been fascinated by Panama: The arrival of the Spaniards. The creation of (and multiple failed attempts at constructing) the Canal. The United States’ subsequent presence. I’d heard so much about the country and was eager to see the sights of which I’d learned and the ways in Read more…

Top 3 Reasons to Visit Zimbabwe

This summer I brought my mom along on another adventure to Africa. This was her third trip in less than three years, so it’s fair to say she is hooked! On this trip, we went to Zimbabwe to visit places that were new to both of us. While I had been to Victoria Falls a Read more…

Reflections on a Recent Trip to Panama

This past spring, Shelly Riera and Todd Giadrosich traveled to Panama on an epic week-long trip planned by Dianna Upton, one of Travel Beyond’s outstanding consultants. Upon returning to the United States, the couple shared some photos and a few reflections about their adventure. What was the best part about traveling to Panama? Panama is a Read more…

A Covid-19 Pre-Travel Check List

Travel at this moment in time necessitates a few more logistics, be it forms to complete or tests to administer. Rules and regulations are constantly in flux, with guidelines changing at a moment’s notice. Travel Beyond actively monitors requirements for our travelers, but setting off on a trip still calls for a good deal of Read more…

A First Timer’s Guide to Kenya

A regular New Year’s resolution of mine is to visit two new destinations annually, be it domestic or international. So, come this past March, when I found myself fully vaccinated and with countries re-opening, I started actively thinking about where I wanted to explore. I threw out a handful of ideas but the country that Read more…

In Memory of Russell Crossey

All of us at Travel Beyond are deeply saddened to hear the news of legendary Botswana Safari Guide, Russell Crossey’s passing. Earlier this year when Craig and I, along with some of our colleagues, were planning our trip to Botswana, I was delighted when I read the itinerary and saw Russell Crossey was going to Read more…

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…

Guess Who’s Back?

There is nothing we like more than a surprise happy ending, especially when it comes to animals and our environment. And in recent weeks, we have received just that with the announcement that not one, but two species previously thought to be locally extinct are, in fact, alive. Their reappearances, in Argentina and the Galapagos Read more…