The VIP Team: Sherry, Rachelle, Betsey, Kirsten & Sunny!
|Sunny Ranieri - Owner / Agent
My name is Sunny Ranieri and as of May 2018, I have owned Vacations In Paradise in downtown Windsor for 10 years. I was born and raised in Colorado. In 2003, I graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from Colorado State University. In 2008, I received my Master of Business Administration with a concentration in finance and accounting from Regis University. I lived in Australia for 6 months while attending University of Canberra and backpacked and skied for three weeks in New Zealand. I have cruised through multiple Caribbean islands, spent a week on the lovely island of Maui and gone on an all out adventure up mountains and through cloud forests in Costa Rica. I had a fabulous opportunity to spend a week touring South Korea and that was culturally a fabulous experience. I have been scuba diving in various locations including; Great Barrier Reef, Fiji (South Pacific Paradise!), Bonaire, Cozumel and Jamaica. Although I love scuba diving and travelling the world, raising my two boys; 9 and 7 has slowed me down for just a bit, but not for long!! 😊 Owning Vacations In Paradise has built so many cherished and incredible relationships. Assisting with every aspect of each unique vacation by providing detailed, personalized service is incredibly rewarding to me - it means the world and I take great price in it!
Thank you to everyone who has trusted Vacations In Paradise to be a part of lifelong memories - We look forward to many more!
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|Betsey Smith - Agent
I have been in the travel business for over 30 years now, and still enjoy the daily challenges that come with this ever-changing industry. I love the personal satisfaction of being able to deliver a unique vacation experience that matches both your budget and travel interests. I feel so fortunate to have a career that I love, and make people happy in the process. The most rewarding aspect of my career, is making lifelong relationships- and creating new ones!
I have cruised Alaska, Europe, and everywhere in between many times, and at the same time experiencing most of the cruise lines in the process. Hawaii is my home away from home, having traveled there more times than I can count! Over the years, I have explored most of Mexico- and all of the Caribbean Islands. Recently. I have discovered my love of Europe, and could never get enough of Italy, Spain or France. I spent my 50th birthday in the city of lights (Paris), and visited the beaches of Normandy.
The world is truly an amazing gift of diversity- and I advocate the phrase:‘You’ve gotta get away if you’re gonna get a life’!! (What are you waiting for????)
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|Rachelle Smith - Agent
My name is Rachelle Smith and I was born and raised here in Windsor, Colorado! Venturing out of our small town after high school I attended the University of Hawaii and then graduated with a Business Communication degree from the University of Northern Colorado. I have been in the travel business for over 12 years now and find that having travel as a passion of my own helps me best serve my clients. I have been lucky enough to live in Hawaii and have traveled the islands extensively. I have stayed at the new Aulani Disney Resort on the island of Oahu - amazing! I also have personal experience traveling to Disneyland and Disneyworld (with three little ones in tow!), Mexico and have vacationed at or cruised to almost all of the Caribbean islands. I have toured the Napa countryside and enjoyed many city stays right here in the US and am headed for London and Ireland this year - I enjoy finding new geography to explore! My favorite travel experience thus far was sailing the British Virgin Islands for a week with my family. I represent Vacations in Paradise as a Honeymoon and Destination Wedding Specialist as well as emphasis on family travel and I would love to help you plan your dream vacation.
I love the saying that “Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer”and live by the premise that getting out, exploring and making memories are the best use of our time and money!
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|Kirsten Wiest - Agent
I have lived most of my life in Colorado, and am happy to be able to raise my family in the same place where I grew up. I have been in the travel business for almost 20 years, and still love it! Starting as a hotel desk clerk in Greeley, I then worked as a reservations agent for Rail Europe, in Boulder, and eventually became a Travel Consultant for AAA in Spokane, Washington. I have worked in both Leisure and Corporate Travel since. I was fortunate enough to become an Independent Consultant with the birth of my first child, and was able to have the best of both worlds by working from home, while raising my babies. I have travelled extensively through the United States, living in upstate New York, Connecticut, Washington State, and in Northern California. I have been to Europe a few times, as a tourist in Italy, and was able to stay with a family, to see how they lived in Paris, and in the South of France. I have been to Disneyland, Disney World, and on a short Disney Cruise. My love is the ocean, and have enjoyed trips to Mexico, and several trips to Hawaii, my favorite! As a Consultant, of course, I love being able to travel... but my favorite part of my job is my clients. It is so exciting to me, to see my clients get excited about an adventure they are about to take, and hearing about it when they get back! I am excited to meet you, and to help you plan your next adventure!
“We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.” ~ Jawaharial Nehru
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|Sherry Wirtz - Agent
My name is Sherry Wirtz, and my friends all say that I have itchy feet—meaning, I’m sure, that I’m always on the go somewhere! Traveling is my passion, and I’m usually planning my next trip on my way home from the one I’m on. I have two college-age daughters that can attest to my love for travel, because they have been towed along since they were toddlers. I have a special interest in adventure travel, and recently spent a month solo in Thailand, riding elephants and playing with tigers. I have visited most of the Caribbean islands, been to yoga retreats in Costa Rica, snorkeled with whale sharks in Mexico, explored shipwrecks in Bermuda while scuba diving, and have been exploring the Mayan Riviera regularly for 15 years. Most recently, my travels have taken me to Europe, where I enjoyed a week-long Viking River Cruise on the Rhine river—I can’t recommend it HIGHLY enough! Fantastic service, incredible food and luxury accommodations on the Viking Gullveig, which has under 100 staterooms on the entire ship. A very intimate cruising experience…and they also include one excursion per day. Ask me about it! My European adventure included several days in Rome, Italy, and finished with a 7 night Mediterranean cruise on the Holland America Eurodam, visiting unique ports such as Palmero, Sicily and Monte Carlo, on the island of Monaco. Within the last year, I’ve also been able to re-visit Thailand, doing a backpacking trip with my youngest daughter, where we did deep water solo rock climbing, sea kayaking, elephant training camp and exploring the islands of southern Thailand
To me, travel is the ultimate learning experience, and that’s why I’m a travel agent—to use my knowledge to help YOU plan the ultimate vacation! Whether it’s a weekend in San Francisco or a cruise around the world, we can make it happen!
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