Westbury, New York Travel Agent
Wild for Safari and Wildlife
I have a degree in Biology from Emory University with a focus on Animal behavior. It is no surprise then, that I enjoy planning and experiencing vacations that include wildlife in nature.
An African safari is the holy grail of wildlife trips, and an absolutely life altering experience. The thrill of seeing animals in nature doing what they do is simply incredible. On safari in Kenya I even had the experience of watching as a baby zebra was born. We were out on a game drive and came upon a zebra on the ground. We assumed she was hurt - but our tracker knew better. He stopped the vehicle and within a few moments we watched as the baby was born and stood right up to shake himself off. Simply amazing! On another safari in South Africa a leopard walked so close to our open air Land Rover that if I had put my hand out I would have touched him. I obviously did not -- but the experience made every hair on my body stand up!
There are many, many ways to experience wildlife on vacation. Without leaving the country you might find bald eagles, moose, buffalo, black and grizzly bears and several species of deer. A wildlife safari is a great tour option when visiting many of our national parks and a great way to spend a morning or afternoon. Alaska offers many of these opportunities as well. Great guides and naturalists only enhance the experience by providing explanations and insights into the behavior of the animals.
Galapagos is also a wildlife lovers dream -- and here you can see many species not found elsewhere in the world. I haven't been yet - but the Biology major in me is eager to visit Darwin's playground.
Australia offers a unique opportunity to see wildlife. I even ran into a wallaby (essentially a smaller kangaroo) while hiking in Wineglass Bay in Tasmania! Snorkeling in The Great Barrier Reef was also an incredible way to see all of the amazing sea life this part of the world has to offer. And who doesn't want to see a real life Tazmanian Devil?
Even if your entire vacation isn't focused on wildlife, you can still enjoy an activity or two that will get you up close with animals in their natural habitats. Whale watching in Hawaii, California and even New England is a great way to observe these magnificent creatures.
The number one trip on my bucket list is a gorilla trek in Rwanda. I have always been fascinated by primates and primate behavior -- and for me this would be the ultimate. I am determined to make it a reality in the near future!
Interested in safari and wildlife? I can get you up close and personal.....
Related Travel Experiences
I have been very fortunate to experience not one but two African safaris so far in my lifetime. I can honestly say that these were life altering experiences and that if you are even mildly considering a safari that you should book one. Immediately.
My first safari was to experience the migration... Read more from my African Safaris story.
Couples Quick Getaway
So happy you guys enjoyed your time in Islamorada! I knew you would love it! Where to next?
The Perfect Coronacation
Debi, I am so glad that you enjoyed your stay at Miraval - I knew it was right up your alley! Even more so, I am thrilled that you felt safe and comfortable and were able to enjoy your time there!
The most relaxed and wonderful location
Looking forward to planning many more trips for you guys!
Great Job in a Last Minute Booking
Laurie - Wow! This one was a real nail biter! Though we could not have anticipated the earthquakes in Puerto Rico -- I am SO happy we were able to pivot with only a days notice and send you guys on an incredible trip to Turks & Caicos! My job is to make situations like this as stress free for you as possible! I am so glad I was able to succeed! Looking forward to working with you guys again! Best - Shawn.
A knowledgeable, detail-oriented travel advisor.
I loved planning this trip for you and hearing about all of your adventures! I am looking forward to working with you again!
Won't Travel Again Without Shawn!
Drew - Taking care of my clients is always my number one priority. When unforeseen events hamper travel plans, my job is to make it as painless for you as possible. I will always advocate for you and do whatever I can to do right be you! Looking forward to making your Greece trip happen as soon as humanly possible!
Best Trip Ever
Michelle - I am so glad that your family enjoyed Lake Placid as much as I knew they would! The videos of your kids wake boarding and tubing were priceless - and I know that seeing the site of the 1980 hockey championship was super special for your son. I can't wait to plan your next adventure!
A perfect family vacation
I am SO thrilled that your family had such a great time! I knew that both your teenagers and little ones would have SO many options! A first cruise is a big step and I appreciate your taking a leap of faith and putting your trust in me! Looking forward to planning a European vacation that everyone can enjoy!
College Trip to New Orleans
I love working with your family on all of your travel plans - even for quick weekend trips such as this one. I am so glad we were able to plan a really great family trip to New Orleans around college tours at Tulane!
Key West Getaway
So glad I was able to help make your engagement weekend so special. Looking forward to working with you on the honeymoon! Best-Shawn
Best Trip and Best Travel Advisor!
I am SO thrilled that you enjoyed your trip. I really enjoy working with your family -- looking forward to our next adventure!
Detail-oriented and knowledgeable
I really enjoy working with you as well and am looking forward to planning your next trip!
Perfect place to unwind as a family.
I am so happy that you so enjoyed your vacation -- looking forward to working with you again!
Shawn changed the way we book our trips forever!
Amy - The suite Belmond upgraded you to looked insane! I am so happy that you enjoyed Charleston and I am looking forward to planning your next trip!
MOST DREAMLIKE EXPERIENCE
I am SO ecstatic to hear how special your 40th BDay trip was --- the fact that John Mayer and Dead and Co. were staying at Rosewood Mayakoba at the same time as you could be the best bday present ever! I so enjoyed working with you and can't wait to plan your next adventure!
The Eau Palm Beach
I Love it when my hotel partners come through for my clients! So happy you enjoyed!