Hi, I'm Lora!

I’m the New York City expert and travel planner at Beyond the Square. I’ve been planning trips for NYC travelers since I retired from my first career as a Relationship and Family Therapist in 2018. For nearly 20 years, I supported clients who felt overwhelmed and stuck, who needed support as they navigated difficult circumstances to find a way forward. These are skills I still use as I help travelers plan their trip to NYC!

I often get asked how I came into this new line of work. Well, over the years I found my passion and inspiration on the city streets of New York..and so I travel here, ALOT. I come to the city every few months to explore neighborhoods, discover new places and immerse myself in the vibrant culture. My frequent travels resulted in people asking me for tips and ideas for their trips…even asking if I would plan their trips for them. That’s why I started Beyond The Square, a New York City travel planning and concierge service. I plan custom NYC vacations for travelers worldwide. From New Zealand to Qatar, Lima to Ireland, and all points in between...it's been a dream to grow this business!

Whether you’re here to source information for planning your own trip or you want to hire me to do the planning for you, my desire is to help you feel confident and equipped as you navigate New York City. My highest hope is that you’ll have had such a great time that you'll want to come back again, and again!

Want to know my favorite neighborhoods? Click here and here.

  • Special Diet (ex.Vegan/GF)
  • Foodie
  • Large Travel Party
  • Family (Young Children/Teens)
  • Limited mobility
  • Celebrations
  • Holiday Travel
  • Adventure Focused
  • Budget Conscious
  • Layover
  • Luxury
  • Couples/Romance