5 Years & Counting: Craig Beal Repeats on Travel+Leisure A-List

Posted September 22nd, 2015 by Mel Reger


For the fifth straight year, Travel Beyond owner Craig Beal was named to the prestigious Travel+Leisure A-List! Recognized for his expertise and knowledge of southern Africa, Rwanda and Kenya, Craig is joined by other leaders in the travel industry with the knowledge and connections to make any dream trip a reality.

Craig Beal’s Travel+Leisure A-List Profile:

“A former nuclear engineer and submarine officer, Beal knows how to pay close attention to detail. His South African–born mother founded Travel Beyond, taking him on his first safari at age four. He’s adept at navigating the complicated logistics of getting clients to and from remote safari destinations, and he briefs them beforehand on any backup plans. When he isn’t in Africa—staying at new lodges and meeting top guides—he’s talking about it at conferences as a cofounder of Safari Pros or in online forums such as TripAdvisor and FlyerTalk.”

New Favorite: Zimbabwe’s game-rich Hwange National Park finally has a top-tier lodge: the nine-tent Linkwasha Camp. Located on a private concession in the park, off-road game drives are private and away from the crowds. The reserve is also one of the most diverse in Africa, with an ecosystem that transitions from the Kalahari Desert to the woodlands of northern Zimbabwe.

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Last Minute Travel Deals! Africa & South America

Posted September 21st, 2015 by Molly Demmer


Last Minute Fall Trips

Unused vacation days? An open pre-holiday schedule? Make the most of a plethora of last-minute travel specials in Southern Africa, East Africa and South America. Our partners are offering us incredible rates and availability for the remainder of 2015. If you’ve dreamt of traveling to Africa or South America, returning to your favorite lodges or discovering a new country, the time is now! See the specific offers below for a small taste of what’s available.

Family Travel: Kenya and the Galapagos

For travelers who have yet to book their family holiday travel, camps and lodges in Kenya still have availability over the holiday season. Intergenerational family safaris are a great way to create lasting family memories, capitalize on school breaks and give loved ones a meaningful gift of travel this holiday season.

The Galapagos Islands offer another family travel option this fall, with stunning scenery, incredible wildlife and educational opportunities and the ease of traveling on an expedition cruise ship.

Sample Offers

One of the best package deals in southern Africa is the annual Wilderness Safaris Multi-Country Special, with special pricing that allows travelers the opportunity to piece together multiple countries into a comprehensive tour of southern Africa. Whether visiting Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Namibia and/or South Africa, guests can mix and match camps and destinations into an easy and cost-efficient trip. In fact, a sample pricing at some of our favorite Botswana camps for mid-November to mid-December features up to 50% off normal prices! For safari travelers concerned about quality of game drives, the amount of game seen at this time of year in Botswana remains similar to peak season wildlife viewing.

Singita is the essence of luxury in East Africa and southern Africa, with their safari camps appearing in prestigious lists of top properties, such as Travel+Leisure magazine’s 2015 World’s Best Awards, where Singita secured the top two spots in Africa. In 2016, the luxury safari company is offering incredible packages at their properties in Tanzania, South Africa and Botswana. For example, guests visiting Singita Serengeti properties between February 1 and May 31, 2016 or November 1 and December 19, 2016 can take advantage of a “Stay 3, Pay 2” pricing structure. Additional Singita packages are available in Botswana and South Africa and differ depending on season and date availability.

Showcasing five safari camps in landscapes varying from desert to delta, the Kwando 5 Rivers Special allows guests to combine multiple camps under a special pricing structure where each camp shares a nightly rate. This special runs November 15, 2015 through March 31, 2016 and features properties in Botswana, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

In Kenya, our partner Bush&Beyond is offering special fall incentive rates for new bookings for September 1 – October 31 and December 1-19, 2015 for Lewa Wilderness Camp, Lewa House, Ol Malo and Ekorian’s Mugie Camp. Read about Marsha and Marguerite’s Spring 2015 trip to a few of these properties!

Availability on expedition cruise ships in the Galapagos is hard to come by, but our partners have notified us of availability and a 10% cruise rate reduction for fall sailings through the second week in December, subject to availability. These sailings are great pre-holiday options for anyone already committed to holiday plans.

South America offers a wealth of destinations for both first time travelers and return guests alike. For travelers looking to check the iconic Machu Picchu off their wish lists before 2015 closes, a current sample itinerary for Cusco and Machu Picchu has estimated costs of $1650 per person. This pricing and itinerary, subject to availability, includes five nights of double occupancy at four-star hotels, not including international or domestic airfare.


To learn more about these offers (and countless more!) and ensure flight and camp availability, contact us today. Our consultants are eager to share these phenomenal opportunities with clients!

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Travel Agent awards Kayla Torgerson “30 Under 30”

Posted September 16th, 2015 by Mel Reger


Travel Beyond is proud to announce that consultant Kayla Torgerson was recently named to Travel Agent magazine’s elite 2015 “30-Under-30” list!

The industry magazine acknowledged Kayla’s growing knowledge, experience and problem-solving abilities as an up-and-coming travel consultant. It’s the second year in a row that a Travel Beyond consultant has been named to the list, as Katie Blackstone received the award in 2014!

Kayla Torgerson’s “30 Under 30” Profile in Travel Agent Magazine:

Before joining Travel Beyond, a member of Signature Travel Network, Kayla Torgerson spent nine months in India as a U.S. marketing specialist for an inbound tour operator. “My experience was incredible and it deepened my love for travel,” she says. Today she specializes in selling luxury and active vacations to India, Southern Africa, Turkey, Chile and the Galapagos, and says she feels like she has won the job lottery.

However, it isn’t always “smooth sailing.” In her first few months as an agent, she had taken over a family cruise booking for eight people to Southeast Asia; four days prior to departure, the line contacted her, reporting that the maiden voyage was going to be delayed.

“I worked countless hours with two of my colleagues and my local partners in Southeast Asia in order to create a full itinerary to coincide with the river cruise they were supposed to take. The clients had a great time,” she says.

Torgerson used the mishap to educate herself on how to avoid such problems in the future: “I learned not to book a maiden voyage on any cruise line; it is not worth the risk. I also learned that the best thing to do in a crisis is to be very open with the client, be calm, provide options, and be as accommodating as possible,” she says.

Clients in her age range tend to be honeymooners in their 20s and 30s who, Torgersen says, are typically interested in lodging that offers great value for money. “When I’m planning these types of trips I will often offer a circuit of properties under the same brand name (More Hotels properties in South Africa or Explora Lodges in Chile).” By doing this, her young clients “still get a very high-end experience, but at a discounted rate.”

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