A Green Season Photo Album
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by Joleen Soderberg
6d ago
The Great Migration is one of the most spectacular natural events on Earth, involving the movement of millions of wildebeest, zebra, and other herbivores across vast distances in search of food and water. From January to February (although exact timing varies each year), the herds gather in the nutrient-rich ecosystem of southern Serengeti. The area provides an optimal environment for the migrating, pregnant females to give birth and for the newborns to thrive. The babies are born into conditions that support their growth and development. Known as the “green season,” this time in the Serengeti ..read more
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Honeymoon R&R at Patina Maldives
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by Joleen Soderberg
2M ago
This September, immediately following our wedding, my husband Derek and I took off on the long journey to the Maldives. I’ll admit, getting to Maldives from Minnesota (or anywhere in the US) is a hike, but the 7 days we spent in paradise made the travel totally worth it. Our home away from home for the week was Patina Maldives, located on the Fari Islands in the shimmering turquoise waters and stunning white sands of the North Male Atoll. On arrival in Male, we were quickly swept away by our Patina Representative to the Male jetty which is adjacent the airport. It’s exciting to see the water ..read more
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Our Favorite Photos of 2023
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by Joleen Soderberg
2M ago
The Travel Beyond team had another year full of family, fun and (of course) travel! From global adventures to local pursuits, our collective year has blended into a tapestry of colorful and beautiful moments. We are thrilled to share our annual “Favorite Photos” blog, a visual diary of what we’ve experienced this year. Please join us on this walk through another year of special memories! ~Untamed Wilderness~ Jennifer Gillmore: This was the first of ten thrilling jaguar encounters my colleague, Nicole Cooper, and I experienced on our Brazil adventure in July. “Jaci” was spotted during a day sp ..read more
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Why Are Airline Ticket Prices So High Right Now?
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by Joleen Soderberg
2M ago
As the Travel Beyond “Air Guy,” I get asked a lot of questions about airfare and why ticket costs are skyrocketing. It’s not an easy question to answer, because there are several current factors that have come together to drive up prices. Here are some of the reasons we are feeling more sticker-shock lately. Shortage of aircraft When the COVID-19 pandemic took hold, air travel hit an all-time low. Airlines were forced to cancel flights and put aircraft out of service. In most cases, this meant parking them on a ramp or taxiway somewhere, leaving them at the mercy of weather, birds, insects, ro ..read more
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Trusted Traveler Programs – Explained!
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by Joleen Soderberg
2M ago
In an effort to strike a balance between national security and a smoother travel experience for passengers, the United States has implemented a range of Trusted Traveler Programs. While the programs are all closely related, choosing the best one for you really depends on how and where you travel. To help you decide, check out the highlights (and limitations) of the various programs: What is the difference between TSA Pre-Check and Global Entry? These are the most common programs used by Travel Beyond clients. Both are offered by the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) through the Tra ..read more
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Ugandan Activities: An Exploration of the Senses
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by Joleen Soderberg
2M ago
Uganda, often referred to as the “Pearl of Africa,” is known for its diverse landscapes, rich wildlife, and vibrant cultures. Home to the source of the Nile River and numerous lakes, Uganda boasts lush greenery, fertile plains, and dense forests, including the iconic Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and Kibale Forest National Park. Beyond its natural beauty, Uganda’s warm and welcoming people contribute to its charm. A trip here to chimp or gorilla trek is a must, but exploring the various activities that tantalize the senses is also something not to be missed. TINKA’S TRADITIONAL LUNCH Located off ..read more
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Flying to Antarctica: A Unique Way to Visit the 7th Continent
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by Joleen Soderberg
2M ago
Antarctica is an awe-inspiring destination. The frozen continent offers stunning landscapes, epic wildlife and a true sense of wonder. Many feel that visiting Antarctica is out of reach because of its distance, the cost, or the amount of time it takes to reach the seventh continent’s icy shores. Today, there are many options to experience Antarctica, whether you want to explore the continent for a couple of days, a week, or several weeks – there is an option for everyone! In February I sailed with Antarctica21 on the Ocean Nova which has a capacity for just 67 guests. This ship is charming a ..read more
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The First Safari: Highlights & Helpful Tips
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by Joleen Soderberg
3M ago
If you are new to travel, you may think you couldn’t possibly go on a safari without having a certain amount of travel expertise under your belt, but I can say from experience – you can do it! I had never traveled internationally before my recent safari and while it was a bit intimidating at first, it was extremely worthwhile. The following are some of my favorite moments from my trip to Botswana and Zimbabwe with a few tips sprinkled in to hopefully help you when you’re on your own safari adventure! Flights Even the most seasoned traveler would likely agree that getting to your destination i ..read more
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Special Experiences in Egypt
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by Joleen Soderberg
3M ago
I recently had the opportunity to return to Egypt, an ancient land that has fascinated travelers for centuries. Who can gaze at the perfect beauty of the Pyramids and Sphinx and fail to marvel at their mysteries, which are still debated after 4500 years. On this visit, however, I not only explored these main iconic sites that we all picture in our minds when thinking of Egypt, but also enjoyed many opportunities to experience several unique and special moments that greatly enhanced my trip! The Grand Egyptian Museum I started with a sneak preview of the Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM) before it’s ..read more
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Exploring the Pantanal
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by Alison Spencer
5M ago
What is the Pantanal? Located in the Mato Grosso state of western Brazil, and spilling into Bolivia and Paraguay, the Pantanal is the world’s largest tropical wetland. Covering more than 60,000 square miles, the ecosystem is a downward sloping basin that collects run-off from the Paraguay River and its tributaries, creating an enormous internal river delta, similar to Africa’s Okavango. The name Pantanal comes from the Portuguese word pantano, which means swamp, and the al suffix which means abundance. When combined, the word means “big wetland” or “big swamp.” When is the best time to visit ..read more
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